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An Affair to Remember
4.8
from 120 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 196 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Debbie B.
Verified review

Fantastic! We had a small, casual wedding for about 45 guests and Carmen and her team did an excellent job. We were a bit untraditional having a cocktail hour prior to the ceremony and then a buffet dinner reception, however with this itinerary, my husband and I were able to enjoy the tasty appetizers with our guests and everyone could relax before the vows. The buffalo chicken pastry puffs were amazing! Carmen had a great team who she managed very well to ensure everything was ready exactly when it should be. The ladies on her team were so friendly and outgoing who kept things moving and food flowing constantly. If you are looking for good food, great service, value, and a relaxed (not uptight) team that will have fun with your guests then Carmen is your person.

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Personal Chef to the Stars
5.0
from 107 reviews
  • 45 years in business
  • 151 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jordan H.
Verified review

I highly recommend Chef Tyler! We were hosting a work dinner and I decided at the last minute that I wanted more than just a caterer- I wanted to make it a special experience for everyone!! Special it was- it was a fabulous experience!! We called Chef Tyler on Saturday afternoon for a Monday evening event and he came through like a champ. Delicious appetizer tidbits including: grilled figs wrapped in prosciutto, several bruschettae (That’s plural for Bruschetta), charred okra, and grilled shrimp – all with local seasonal ingredients. These were both passed and serve on the buffet table. Then an amazing dinner buffet with Barbecued Chicken, cooked Sous Vide then seared on the grill; mango corn salsa (Yum!), summer veggie pasta salad, heirloom tomatoes and other scrumptious sides. Followed by fresh peach shortcake that was to die for. We raved, the guests raved, and you would have too if you’d been here. Now, we are looking for a new excuse to have him and his team back again. I highly recommend him!

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An Event To Remember
4.9
from 56 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 99 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Teresa R.
Verified review

An Event to Remember provided a simply incredible rehearsal buffet dinner for 40, including appetizers, salad, 2 meat selections, 3 vegetables and dessert at a very reasonable price. The hand rolled taquitos were a big hit with both the adults and kids. Both the quality and the quantity of the food was exceptional. We are looking for an excuse to order those taquitos and salsa again!!!

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  • 18 years in business
  • 71 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kari M.
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Michelle's service and response time has been outstanding!! She has worked with me and my budget and has been able to offer excellent suggestions as well as been willing to facilitate my needs with a limited budget and time constraints!! I will write another review after the actual event but as of right now, hands down, she is amazing. After talking to several other caterers, I knew she was the one... encompassing excellent customer service, flexibility, creativity and willingness to help in a way that the other caterers were not. Thank you Michelle!!

A Taste of Soul Catering
4.7
from 35 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 53 hires on Thumbtack
Annie L.
Verified review

The food was delicious, it need to be warm to serve.

Roosterdoodles Cafe and Cake
4.4
from 36 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Susan K.
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Awesome presentation of foods from appetizers, to desserts always beautiful.

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Saucy Spoon Cooking
4.9
from 20 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Rich E.
Verified review

Jessica whipped up a dinner for 10 at our place. The appetizers and dinner were fantastic. Jessica was a bundle of energy and on the go from the time she arrived until the time she left. Not only was she our chef, but server and cleaned up as well. We did 3 appetizers; shrimp cocktail, stuffed mushrooms and caprese salads. It was probably too much for 10 people but each one of them was terrific. Caesar salad proceeded our dinner of filet mignon with mashed potatoes and sautéed spinach. Your guests will love the food.

Top Hat Event Planning
4.5
from 19 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Eric C.
Verified review

We had a phenomenal experience working with Top Hat and Liane. Liane and her staff showed up early to prepare giving us a lot of comfort. The food was phenomenal, as everyone loved the meal. We were able to customize the menu to our liking. The service with the bartender/server and chef were incredible. All in all, the event experience with Top Hat exceeded our expectations and we will most certainly use Liane and team again in the future. She took all the stress out of planning our first party.

Homestyle Gourmet
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Starr W.
Verified review

Love, Love Homestylegourmet and HG Dessert Bar. I have had the opportunity to use their services on several occasions for work and personal events, each time used my expectations were exceeded. Their desserts are always moist and the food items are always fresh and tasty with outstanding quality. I love that I can easily place my order online and get excatly what I ordered, when I did have to place a call I received a call back quickly. If your looking for one stop catering this is your go to place.Great chefs, food and service!!!

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The Cook Nook
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
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Tamra R.
Verified review

I had The Cook Nook cater a private dinner for two. The food was delicious, and the service was impeccable. Catherine prepared a steak dinner and honestly it was the best steak I’ve ever eaten and I’m a regular at Morton’s and Capital Grill. The appetizers, sides, and main dish were all delicious. It was a beautiful meal and a wonderful experience. I would highly recommend Catherine for a fantastic experience that your guests will thoroughly enjoy! Tamra R.

Epps Bistro
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Delouis W.
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Terique of Epps Bistro has done several jobs for me. He is my go to for all things food. Our first job was a small lunch with coworkers. I gave him a time to be there, a few diet restrictions and a very brief conversation about what we might enjoy. Honestly the rest was magic! He brings delicious choices sets it all up masterfully, serves with such gentle attention that he's sort of there always checking that all is well, but not intrusive. Then he cleans puts everything as it was and its as if he was never there. Well, except for the memories of great food, attentive service and the question I always have "what else can you do?" We recently hired him to cater a four day beach house event for eight of us. I wondered how it would be living with our chef. It was fantastic! We all had great food. Coffee was made when we awoke, creative breakfast options. Informal lunches and fresh delicious dinners. It was a fabulous four days and again...yummy memories. His talents are quickly recognized and appreciated as I now happily see him catering for gatherings that I had nothing to do with. I guess we all know quality when we see it. Our latest EB food obsession is his turkey and chicken meatballs. My family loves them. So I just have him on a delivery schedule, (oh and his fratatas) and our fridge is always stocked. This guy is so easy to work with. You'll love his quite humor. A+ operation.

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Cooking With Joya LLC
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Taylor M.
Verified review

I am SO glad I chose to hire Joya to be the private chef at my event. She cooked 5 meals for us + snacks all vegan. Not everyone at the event was vegan but everyone found ALL the meals delicious which was amazing. She was one time and on schedule for everything, so sweet, put a lot of love into her food/work and I truly hope to work with her again in the future. If you are thinking about hiring Joya definitely do it! You will not regret it.

Divine Cultural Cuisine
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Derrick R.
Verified review

I used Divine Cultural Cuisine for a private dinner party for 4. The Chef showed up on time with all the equipment. He was very careful and precise in cleaning his work area before and AFTER dinner. The party started at 7 pm and he showed up around 615pm to start prep work. Our menu was amazing and I am still full while typing this review. It consisted of Savannah calamari and crab stuffed shrimp as an appetizer. The portions were huge. We literally had to tell him to take the plate from us or we wouldn't have been able to eat the entree or dessert. I have to add, he applied some "orange sauce" to the shrimp that I literally would drink a bucket of. Chef Reeves is a saucier by trade so he knows what he is doing. Next, we were served a mixed green salad with a warm raspberry hazelnut dressing which was divine. Our main course was a surf and turf menu of orange soy glazed salmon and NY strip with mixed veggies and potato cakes. I don't know where to start. The steak was cooked perfectly. Salmon was cooked so well that I am troubled that I may never be able to cook salmon in my household again. And this orange soy glaze. He wouldn't tell us the ingredients but we tried to bribe him an undisclosed amount of money which he politely refused. I personally like grits so he made a side dish of his grits. They were the best grits I have ever tasted in my life and I am born and raised in the South. Just a wonderful meal from this point that was about to blow our minds. For dessert, might I add I don't even remember when he prepared it as we were stuffing our faces, creme brulee cheesecake with a white chocolate sauce and red velvet cake shooters with fresh fruit. The entire meal was better than I ever expected. My only regret is that we didn't know Chef Reeves and Divine Cultural Cuisine when we were getting married as we surely would have had him cater for us. We will be reaching out to him. We will be using him in the future and I truly believe if you have read all of this review up to this point, you will use him too.

Taste of Heaven Cafe
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Cassandra M.
Verified review

Reuben and a Taste of Heaven did a great job. I, as the wedding coordinator, have no complaints. There was plenty of food, appetizers, drinks for everyone. I was super pleased that he brings utensils, cups/glasses, plates, linen, etc for his services. He, and his staff was very polite, and professional. I really enjoyed working with them.

Endless Creations, LLC.
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Asia J.
Verified review

Boy oh boy! What can I say? No matter what I order it always come out AMAZING! From appetizer to dessert, everything is sooooooooo good. You will never be disappointed.

  • 10 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Blair C.
Verified review

The ladies are family oriented and made my first catering experience super easy! I would use them for future events!

  • 12 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Nick B.
Verified review

We have used Total Events for two separate occasions, and been so pleased! We’ve never had catered food that was as delicious! They are extremely professional, have an abundance of knowledge of their craft, and are very easy to work with.

Michaela's Nana Catering
4.3
from 4 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Missy G.
Verified review

Mimi was very responsive to all correspondance, arrived when she said she would and did a nice job on set up. Food was good especially for the price. Some things better then others. Twice bake potatoes were a hit. Pretzel nuggets were good as well as stuffed pepper poppers and mini taco bites. The chicken salad was good but I personally didn't care for the size of the cucumber cups. Overall an experience I would do again. Thanks Mimi.

  • 1 year in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Jamir W.
Verified review

Jamir is a greaaaat Chef!!! He cooked for me and my husband for our anniversary and the food was on point!!!! Definitely recommend!!!

Chef Terry personal chef
5.0
from 1 review
  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Regina H.
Verified review

We had a catered breakfast and the food was absolutely delicious! The guys were professional and very friendly. We will definitely have them again.

  • 3 years in business
About

I am a chef who is new to the area with over 10 years of experience in which time I have worked for the Ritz-Carlton in New York City and some of the finest country clubs on the East Coast. I believe I can create for you and your event some of the tastiest dishes you will experience. I also offer personalized cooking classes for individuals, couples, and groups. Contact me for details!

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.

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 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 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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