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Charlotte Home Caterers

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An Affair to Remember
4.8
from 122 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 197 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sophia G.
Verified review

Carmen and her team came to my rescue 4 days before my wedding. She saw my cry for help as an opportunity to showcase her character and talent by quoting a fair and reasonable price. Although we realized I had limited options, she did not take advantage of my scenario. She gained my trust within 5 minutes of discussing my needs. Her willingness to help pickup where my wedding planner fell short encouraged me to change my wedding decor as well. I knew I could rely on her. Carmen and her staff went above and beyond; truly providing full service planning and catering. I received several complements on the food and the friendliness of her staff. I wished I found her at the start of my planning process but God sent her just in time. I recommend Carmen and her staff for all your catering and planning needs. She will surely hear from me again. Thanks, Carmen!!!

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Personal Chef to the Stars
5.0
from 108 reviews
  • 45 years in business
  • 152 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Janet W.
Verified review

We recently planned a celebration for our 50th wedding anniversary in January 2016. It included an evening buffet meal for over 50 friends and family. Following an internet search on Thumbtack we chose Chef Tyler of Personal Chef to the Stars for our first private chef experience. We have a well equipped kitchen and wanted the enjoyment of watching the food being prepared in our own home versus having the meal catered. The food and service were fantastic - awesome hors d'oeuvres, delicious dinner buffet and a crowd stopping superb dessert. Chef Tyler delivered beyond our expectations - from the advanced planning to the super clean up and all our guests were impressed and delighted. We would recommend the personal chef experience with Chef Tyler to anyone.

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Chef Segreto
5.0
from 56 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 65 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Pete F.
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100% satisfied. We used Julian (Chef Segreto) and his wife Lilly for a catering event at our house in Dec 2017. We had approx 30 people over. The food Julian made was incredible. The service that Julian & Lilly provided was top-notch. We will definitely be using them again next year. We recommend Chef Segreto & Lilly without reservation! Pete & Kate Ford

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Carolina Gourmet Catering
4.8
from 38 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 71 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Debbie D.
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Yesterday we hosted a community pool luau with approximately 200-250 guest in 90 degree weather. Carolina Gourmet Catering did such an AMAZING job!! Everyone was raving about their food and service. Michelle Cook and her team were top notch. They were a pleasure to work with and were able to create a unique menu to suit our needs. I had several guests telling me that they wanted to book Carolina Gourmet Catering for their work parties. Aside from the great service and food, they also were extremely friendly and out going with our hungry guests and all the kids. We DEFINITELY want to book them for future events. Thanks so much Carolina Gourmet Catering ! - Debbie

Roosterdoodles Cafe and Cake
4.4
from 36 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Cheryl D.
Verified review

Susan and her helpers were fantastic! They were so kind and helpful. We rented a home for the weekend and they catered every meal. They were so flexible with the times they could come and cook our meals, they brought sooooo much food, and it was terrific. I really appreciate everything they did for us, they went above and beyond. Thank you!

David Mallard - Private Chef
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Vonne R.
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The food and the service was overall great!

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Edible Palette
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Harry L.
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Devonte, Chantel, and their team catered our wedding dinner. The only word we can use to describe this is WOW! They were consummate professionals from our initial meeting to plan this event thru preparing the meal to the clean up afterwards. The food was unbelievable, not only taste, but presentation was beautiful. When each course was brought out, Devonte would personally come out of the kitchen and provide a description and a back story. They truly create a unforgettable evening for our guests and us.

Top Hat Event Planning
4.5
from 19 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Luke B.
Verified review

Great overall experience, had a neighborhood get together with about 20 people, Top Hat provided bartending and catering services. Food was excellent, they provided all mixers, fruit, plates cups etc so took a lot off of our plate to prepare for the event. very reasonable prices. They went out of their way to make our guests feel comfortable and well cared for.

Epps Bistro
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
John S.
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I have used the services of Epp Bistro on more than three occasions and the food is OUTSTANDING. I would recommend for any type of catered event and or family outing where catering services are needed.

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Cooking With Joya LLC
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Michael S.
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The food was fantastic. Service was great and punctual.

Divine Cultural Cuisine
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Crystal C.
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DCC did an awesome job catering my family reunion brunch for approximately 60 people. The food was great and the service was exceptional! I highly recommend them for any catering opportunity!

CharlottesPrivateChef
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Sandy N.
Verified review

Chef Jamarr is AMAZING!!! He is so professional and his food is delicious. I have utilized his services for multiple events and I am always 100% satisfied!!! Chef Jamarr is truly the best!!!

  • 10 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Blair C.
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The ladies are family oriented and made my first catering experience super easy! I would use them for future events!

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

Chef Margo Page was a pleasure to work with. She catered the Passover Seder for our temple. The food was fabulous and I look forward to working with her again in the future!

  • 2 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Justin P.
Verified review

I used to this company for a dinner party. Not only was the food outstanding, original, fresh, and fulfilling, the service and set up and professionalism was beyond my expectations! I am very particular and passionate about putting on parties. This company is definitely be go to if you are looking for top-notch catering!

  • 14 years in business
Kenneth J.
Verified review

Kitty did the catering for our wedding, and everything was fantastic! My in-laws are Korean and she prepared bulgogi that even my mother in law was complimenting. Everything about the meal could not have been better. Kitty herself is also a treat to work with, and has an attitude that matches food... AMAZING! Thanks for helping make that day even better.

  • 1 year in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Jamir W.
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Jamir is a greaaaat Chef!!! He cooked for me and my husband for our anniversary and the food was on point!!!! Definitely recommend!!!

  • 6 years in business
Isaac A.
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Marketa is a culinary professional and goes above amd beyond to get the job done. I hired her to cater an event for my family and she did tremendous well.

Arnez W.
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We had previously chose another cater for our rehearsal dinner. Due to their tardiness and food we had to quickly get a hold of someone different for the wedding. Gail, Her husband and friend was able to get our dinner to us within a 24 hour notice. The food was amazing actually best collard greens and macaroni and cheese I have eaten. They honestly went way and beyond and gave top notch food and service. Have recommended their catering business to several couples getting married in the fall.

About

We offer bed and breakfast. I am also a personal chef and professional educator. Our services provide the professional upscale food that is made with fresh ingredients and quality products. I also am a professional educator and teach culinary arts. I break down how to make food delicious with professional cooking techniques.

  • 9 years in business
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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.

Do you tip a wedding caterer?

Tipping 15 percent to 20 percent on a $3,000 catering bill can feel daunting — especially in light of all the other costs of throwing a wedding — but tipping your wedding caterer is standard practice. Be sure to ask your caterer about their specific policies. Many catering companies include gratuity as a line item on their bill. If tipping is not automatically included in your total, a good approach is to tip all the people involved the day of the event rather than paying one lump sum to the catering company. For each server and bartender, you can tip $20-$50, depending on how long they were onsite and whether they did exceptional work. You can also tip the chef; experts suggest $50. It’s also a good idea to tip the catering manager, the point-of-contact person who keeps the catering service running smoothly the day of your wedding, ensures all the food looks beautiful and is plentiful, and resolves any mishaps. Industry pros recommend tipping the catering manager $100-$200. If gratuity is not included and you’re tipping individuals, set aside $200-$500 in cash to be safe.

How much does it cost to hire a caterer?

Catering prices depend mainly on how fancy you want the food and service to be and how many guests you’ll have. When you’re first looking to hire a caterer for your event, consider how many guests you’ll have and your total food and drink budget. The national average for event catering is $340, but catering prices can range into the thousands depending on your menu, guest count, and service.

Event catering is a broad term that covers everything from fully prepared, ready-to-eat food that the hosts plate and serve themselves to full-service, multicourse meals, including rental of linens, glassware and other items, with service staff organized by the catering company. Usually a caterer will determine cost based on the type of event you’re having, how many guests will attend, the level of service you desire, and what type of menu you’d like to have. For example, if you have a set catering budget, say $1,500, and you plan to have 50 people attend, that means you have $30 per person for food. If you have the same budget with 100 people, you have $15 per person for food. In this way, the number of people you want to attend your event and the level of food you want to serve them determines how much catering will cost.

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.
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