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Charlotte Gluten Free Caterers

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An Affair to Remember
4.8
from 125 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 198 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Elizabeth N.
Verified review

We reached out to Carmen to cater our welcome dinner the night before our wedding, for about 100 people, and from the very first conversation, Carmen made the whole planning process easy. She was responsive and engaged, and asked a lot of questions to clarify what we were interested in and what would work for us. She was especially willing to help us choose food options that were different from our wedding reception food (catered by another company). Carmen worked to make sure we had aspects of our colors and our wedding "mood" (rustic, low-key, but still with some sophistication) mixed into the decor at the dinner, which she provided suggestions based on the arrangement of the venue and what we wanted the feel of our evening to be. We had a lot of restricted eaters (vegetarians, gluten-free, soy-free, diary-free, paleo, etc) and she was able to create a buffet style meal that met all our guests needs. The guests (and us) absolutely loved the food - it was delicious, fresh, consistent, and flavorful. Often times when cooking in bulk, it's easy to get dried out food items- particularly with chicken and salmon, two items we had. This was absolutely not the case here - the chicken and fish were moist and yummy. The mac and cheese was the talk of the night, with many people wanting a whole pan for themselves. Carmen also had a dessert bar, which was tasty and had a great selection. We really appreciated everything Carmen and her team put together that evening, and all of our guests had a fantastic time, which made us happy! Thank you Carmen and team for such a wonderful kick-off to our wedding weekend!

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Personal Chef to the Stars
5.0
from 109 reviews
  • 45 years in business
  • 154 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

I hired Chef Tyler to prepare an exciting assortment of appetizers and finger foods for my Husband’s Birthday party. Exciting it was as the menu choices were spot on and very delicious. The guests were raving all evening. There were thirteen different dishes and after the first few the guests could tell they were not the norm and they became excited with anticipation as each new item arrived. The favorites were the Jalapeno Sausage Bites in an Apricot Glaze, the Mango Corn Salsa, and the Charleston Style Grilled Shrimp. Chef Tyler had a meatless version for vegetarians and Gluten Free for others. The house is large and the guests were roaming all around and Chef Tyler and his staff kept moving the dishes to where ever the guests congregated and everyone had plenty to eat. Chocolate covered banana popsicles complemented the Birthday Cake and provided a great finale! The food was truly extraordinary and way exceeded my expectations. I highly recommend Chef Tyler.

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Carolina Gourmet Catering
4.8
from 38 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 71 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Bud M.
Verified review

We needed catering of lunch and dinner for at least 30 days to possibly 1 year, 7 days every week for approximately 100 people with emphasis on vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and special diets. Many caterers with great reviews were easy to dismiss once they were interviewed. Carolina catering delivered what they promised: delicious food at a reasonable price with excellent personal service and a huge selection - even for those special dietary needs. I have used caterers throughout the country to take on this monumental task and no one has delivered the quality, variety, and scrumptious food Carolina Gourmet Catering has. I cannot thank them enough. And, by the way, we are 3 weeks into our project and continue to be very happy with the results. The only problem we have had was running out of food because people have been going back for second and third helpings because the food is so good! Make sure you prepare for this if it's buffet style.

Gourmet To Go
4.8
from 32 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
Rebekah R.
Verified review

Jim was great from the beginning. We used Gourmet To Go for our wedding reception 3/18 with a guest list of 230+. That's a lot of folks to feed! We chose the Italian options offered, and Jim was great at helping us keep everything near our budget. Guests enjoyed the food and we did too both at the free tasting prior and then of course on the actual wedding day. We were impressed with 1) how the food remained warm as all made it through the buffet lines 2) Jim's timeliness...We did have one complaint in that among the drinks brought, we ran out of water bottles (~100 brought I've been told). Supplying our own ice was kind of a bummer too. My reception planner had to run to the store at the beginning of my reception to go buy 60+ more bottled waters for my guests. Overall, Jim was great to work with, and we'd recommend his food/services for your event.

David Mallard - Private Chef
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Omar J.
Verified review

Great experience with Chef Dave. Lots of communication. He was on time, the food was delicious and because of him, our event was a success and much easier for us to prepare everything and attend to our guests.

The Gourmand Chef LLC
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Susan H.
Verified review

Chef Heather has been able to accommodate both my daughter and I with our dietary needs, as we are both gluten and dairy free. Her meals have been outstanding and I am extremely impressed with the variety and quality of our food. The meals are made with care and absolutely delicious. I feel so lucky to have found her and she has made a true difference in our lives! I highly recommend Heather.

  • 5 years in business
Millions M.
Verified review

Chef Brian with Notarized Catering is one of the most upscale professional chefs. His menu is diversified by offering items that can captures the gluten free community. It was defiantly a pleasure meeting Chef Brian. Good luck on future endeavors.

Alternative Chef
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Lindsey J.
Verified review

Hannah Riley was FANTASTIC. Professional, easy-going, fun to be around. FOOD WAS AMAZING. She totally catered to our wants and needs (gluten and dairy free, minimal oil and salt etc). We will DEFINITELY be hiring her again!!

Cecils Kitchen
4.9
from 7 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Karen B.
Verified review

Cecils Kitchen catered my daughter's college graduation and my father's 80th birthday dinner. Cecils Kitchen worked with me to create a wonderful meal to accomodate our dinner party of fifty Cecils Kitchen created a gluten and corn free dinner as requested. The food was delicious! Cecils Kitchen delivered on time and setup everything. Cecils made the event easy and stress free allowing me time for our guests. I will definitely use Cecils Kitchen again!!

Chef Margo Page
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Gen C.
Verified review

Chef Margo has been instrumental in helping us manage multiple food allergies as well as gluten free cooking. You want a nut/gluten/soy/dairy/egg free great tasting muffin? No problem! She has been so patient and our kids often tell her she needs to enter cooking contests. She has a lovely personality and we so look forward to the days she is at our home. We highly recommend her, especially if you want to eat healthfully!!

Make It True Events
4.0
from 4 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Camilla W.
Verified review

I recently booked my wedding with Make It True. Her along with her team of make-up artist, caterers, and even photographers did a tremendous job. Courtney worked overtime to make sure my event was as stress free as possible.

Chef Ahesha
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Margaret S.
Verified review

Ahesha is a delight to work with- she gets right back to you when contacting her about an event. She helps tremendously in planning the menu and is able to accommodate with special requests ( e.g. healthy, gluten free menu for a 50th birthday party ) She is punctual, organized, and her food creations are beautiful and delicious. She uses the freshest ingredients and is picky about her food suppliers. The best part of a party is having her wonderful food that is leftover! She is a pleasure to work with and I recommend her with 5+++ stars!

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How do you find a good caterer?

Reviews, interviews and menu tastings will help you find the right catering choice for your big day. Start by screening possible wedding caterers based on past reviews. If a caterer you are interested in has a review that concerns you, ask them about it; how they respond will be very telling. Next, ask about their availability for your wedding date.

If the wedding caterer is available on your date, it’s time to talk about menus and prices. Be clear about what your maximum budget is find out what choices this will allow you. Caterers may custom-create a menu for your event, or they may have menu templates within different price ranges that can guide your decision. A clear budget gives the caterer clear parameters within which to work and offer creative suggestions. Schedule a menu tasting to confirm you love your wedding menu. Once you have a menu and date, and have paid a deposit to reserve the caterer’s services, confirm additional details including when the food will be delivered to the site, what kind of service will be provided, how many servers will be onsite and for how long, and who is responsible for setup and cleanup. The more specific your contract, the fewer worries you’ll have on your wedding day. Get more smart hiring tips here.

How much does wedding catering cost per person?

Wedding catering costs will always vary based on the number of guests you’re inviting, the menu you want to serve, and the way the food will be served to your guests. As you interview wedding catering companies, you’ll be presented with a cost per person for various menus. On the low end, wedding catering may cost approximately $15-$18 per person. This would include prepared food only, with no setup or service of any kind. The starting price for a simple buffet meal with minimal service typically averages $22 per person. Opting for the same menu with all organic ingredients could raise your costs to about $33 per person. A moderately upscale menu (finer ingredients, more elaborate presentation) could range from $24 to $34 per person. High-end wedding catering cost truly has no limit. Lobster, filet mignon, specialty seafood, organic ingredients — menu choices like these can boost your cost per person up to $150 and more.

What should you look for in a caterer?

A delicious meal is a critical element of a successful wedding, with happy guests fondly remembering your fabulous wedding food. The right caterer for you will be:

  • Available: Even the best caterer is no good if they aren’t available on your wedding date. Ask early before you get your heart set on someone.
  • Affordable for you: Find a caterer that you can afford. Having a spending plan ahead of time will mean you won’t overspend on food.
  • A good personality fit: Wedding planning is stressful, so work with someone that you can get along with and communicate with easily.
  • Experienced and recommended: Ensure the company has a proven track record with events of your size and the references to back it up.
  • Transparent about money: Steer clear of shady pricing. Find a caterer who is very clear about costs and is happy to talk you through budgets and pricing options.
  • Transparent about food: Find someone who is clear about where they source their food from and where it is prepared.

How much should catering cost for a wedding?

The cost of wedding catering will reflect the level of service, the menu you choose, the luxury you desire and the number of guests you invite. Where you live also plays a major role in your wedding catering costs. The regional cost to do business and local cost of food will affect your catering bill. There is no set price for wedding catering, because each wedding and each menu is different. This is why many caterers provide a per-person price. This allows you to break down what it costs to feed each person based on the menu you want. Working with your caterer, you can adjust menu items, service level and more to accommodate your budget and guest count. Keep in mind that wedding catering costs are not just for the food. The bill reflects all the components that go into commercial food catering: a commercial kitchen, ingredients, staff, insurance, marketing and more. Here are some examples of average costs:

  • Three-course plated meal, moderately upscale, for 125 in Los Angeles: $14,000. Because of staffing costs, a true plated meal costs about twice as much as a staff-assisted buffet.
  • Buffet meal, standard menu, for 100 in Los Angeles: $5,000.
  • Per-person cost for hors d'oeuvres, dinner and nonalcoholic beverages: $24–$37, depending on menu selection, in Southern California.
  • Drop off prepared food for 50: $1,000 in North Carolina. Price does not include any service, setup or breakdown.

How do you serve food at a wedding?

Food service at your wedding will affect your catering costs and influence the atmosphere of the reception. Buffet style is more informal; plated meals are a bit fancier; family style encourages sharing. Read about the different food service styles to select your preferred wedding catering choice.

  • Buffet: Caterers can drop off prepared foods for a DIY and budget-friendly buffet option where you set everything up and food is entirely self-service. For a fuller-service buffet, the caterers set up food, oversee the buffet throughout the event, and clean up afterwards. For food only, prices per person might average $16-$18, while a service buffet may start around $20-$22 per person. Adding food stations can increase per-person costs by at least $3-$5.
  • Family style: Servers bring large platters of food to guest tables in courses. It’s less formal (and less expensive) than a plated meal, but more formal and higher-cost than a buffet. You’ll need large tables to accommodate the platters, so plan accordingly when renting furniture for the event.
  • Plated: A plated event is a formal dining experience; waitstaff serve your seated guests for each course, fill their drinks, and attend to them throughout the dinner. A plated dinner is typically the most expensive option for both food and service.
  • Food trucks: Similar to buffets, with food trucks your guests get their own food and bring it to their table. A food truck gives a relaxed and playful vibe to your reception.
  • Cocktail reception: If you don’t want a formal seated dinner, you can opt for a wide assortment of passed appetizers at an extended cocktail hour reception.
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