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Zacki's Culinary Creations
4.8
from 89 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 114 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Evonne M.
Verified review

As I was interviewing Zacki, I found she is an amazing woman! Her knowledge of cooking runs the gamete. She brings a certain elegance and style to her catering along with delicious food. If you are looking for someone with experience and style Zacki is your person.

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Em’s Catering
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Quilla J.
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OMG! Where do I begin. Emma was AMAZING. We were celebrating a late Valentine's Day and she was perfect. We needed Emma as a personal, intimate evening chef for 2. She arrived on time and instantly got to work. She allowed us privacy while also engaging in conversation. Emma was AMAZING. The aroma coming from the kitchen was something I later laid in bed wishing I could smell over and over. And let's not talk about the FOOD!! OMG. On our evening menu was TENDER, JUICY, AND SUCCULENT Chicken Breast, along with Green beans, and garlic mashed potatoes. AND OMG! It was nothing like we had never tasted before. Emma is truly a Gem and is great at what she does. She has an amazing story to share and would definitely recommend her to ANYONE. We will be using her for all of our future catering and personal chef needs.

Womack Catering
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Matthew G.
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Lewis was fantastic for our wedding! The food was delicious, the service was wonderful, and He and his wife were both a joy to work with. They were friendly, prompt, and personable. They surpassed my expectations and helped make our special day a wonderful experience for us and our guests. We will certainly be keeping them in mind for any events we might host in the future!

My Chef Catering
4.3
from 6 reviews
  • 21 years in business
Susan B.
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I have been to several events catered by My Chef Catering and found both their food and presentation to be superb. I have since hired Steven to prepare food for an event and it garnered rave reviews from guests. Steve is easy to work with and I would highly recommend his services. (The fruit salsa with home made cinnamon chips is wonderful!!!)

Branch's BBQ & Catering
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 10 years in business
Pat N.
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David & Terry catered our 65/person family reunion in 2014 and did an outstanding job! The food was tasty and well presented with more than enough for everyone, and all at a reasonable price! Thanks for a job well done!

  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Carena L.
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For the Moment Event Services has done a great job in catering for the It's Your Life television show. As a sponsor of the show, For the Moment Event Services is establishing itself as a premier catering company in the area.

  • 19 years in business
Elle B.
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Karen helped us cater our son's graduation party. She was on budget, professional and very creative. I was really impressed with how she was able to work with the budget we had and come up with a delicious menu! We highly recommend her services!

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I offer catering services, which include setting up, decorating, serving, greeting, and cleaning up. I can also help with planning, customer service, making phone calls, and doing shopping. I do most anything that a client needs, ones that deal with catering and preparation of food. I do all trays.

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We are an authentic Puerto Rican, Cuban and Dominican restaurant. We also cater any type of events, big or small, such as weddings, birthday parties, street fairs, corporate events, fund-raisers and lots more. We can deliver and serve the food, or you can pick it up. Call us now.

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I cater small dinners, cocktail parties, and individual platters upon request. Examples are appetizers, cheese fondue, stuffed cucumbers, veggie kabobs, fruit kabobs, Holiday meals, and New Year's Eve cocktail parties.

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I have been a chef in NY for over 20 years. I have run 3 restaurants, one being my own. I love ethnic food and have cooked every kind of food. I enjoy catering very much because of the variance of food, creativity, and working at different sites.

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Dub-Plate introduces foodies to the great taste of Caribbean cuisine with hands-on lessons and techniques.

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We offer home cooking and catering specializing in Italian cooking, basic American cuisine, BBQ, healthy dishes and little Mexican fare as well.

  • 6 years in business
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We specialize in providing quality food for all of your catering needs. We provide services for parties, weddings, luncheons, and all special occasions. KJ's takes pride in serving quality food with attention to detail. Our top priority is insuring that you will be happy with the food presented by our company. To insure satisfaction, we tailor our catering talents to fit individual clients' needs for any event. Quick business luncheons, impressive spread for visiting VIP or elegant wedding receptions, we can provide a menu to suit any event. We want you to be proud of the event we cater. We always remember that we are catering your affair and understand what it means to work within a budget.

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We decorate cakes as well as cater parties, weddings, events, etc. We offer high quality products with attention to detail.

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We specialize in Italian, Mexican and American dishes. We cater from 20 up to 500 guests. Also, we have food truck available. We make soups for the cold weather. We provide free estimates.

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We provide catering and party planning for the following: * Small dinners * Baby showers * Engagement parties * Office lunches * Business meetings

  • 5 years in business
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I am a chef that sees food as an art. I love to create masterpieces that will last in the memories of my clients for a lifetime. I want to tantalize your taste buds with flavors and your eyes with a picture perfect meal.

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We specialize in Japanese cuisine (Sushi, Hibachi, Asian liqour bar, and asian dessert).

  • 5 years in business
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We offer personal chef/catering services for personal, corporate, and family events. The chef/owner is also a certified personal trainer and exercise physiologist who specializes in preparing meals that cater to your dietary specifications as needed. We have a fun and friendly staff who truly love what they do!

  • 13 years in business
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La Tropicale Catering, LLC provides the best in authentic Caribbean fares. We are a full-service caterer, specializing in Caribbean cuisine.

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.

Actual Requests

See other requests for caterers in Durham

Need Catering Services on April 11, 2013

Winston Salem, NC

  • Type of catering needed
    Cocktail party
  • Cuisine type
    I'm not sure yet
  • Number of guests
    25-40
  • Additional Service(s)
    Appetizers, Beverages (non-alcoholic)
  • Details
    This is a business spritzer for commeircal tenants.

Need Catering Services on July 13, 2013

Raleigh, NC

  • Type of catering needed
    Buffet - with servers
  • Cuisine type
    I'm not sure yet
  • Number of guests
    25-40
  • Additional Service(s)
    Appetizers
  • Details
    I have a guest list of 50 - 54 people for a surprise 50th birthday party for my husband

Need Plated Catering for a Dinner Party on April 12, 2013

Raleigh, NC

  • Type of catering needed
    Plated meal
  • Cuisine type
    I'm not sure yet
  • Number of guests
    40-60
  • Additional Service(s)
    No additional service
  • Details
    60 people and low cost.
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