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Zacki's Culinary Creations
4.8
from 91 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 117 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Julio R.
Verified review

Zacki and her assistance Julie were phenomenal. They were sweet, interactive, educative, and the food was amazing. I highly recommend anyone interested in outstanding customer service, great food, at a competitive price to please give Zacki's Culinary Creations a try; you won't be disappointed.

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Em’s Catering
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Christy L.
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Emma has amazing talent and is a diligent worker with a passion for what she does. Her food creations are delicious and her high standards make her an excellent choice for catering of any kind!

Womack Catering
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Matthew G.
Verified review

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!

Staffing a la Carte
5.0
from 3 reviews
    Jason R.
    Verified review

    I've had them come over for a few events. We have used them for catering and staffing. I would highly recommend them. They have always arrived on time and ready to work. Had them cater a bbq for me and I would say its the best brisket I've ever had. The bbq pork was nothing short of spectacular.

    • 4 years in business
    Ashleigh G.
    Verified review

    My experience with Lorrielle's Catering & Event Planning was excellent!! They handled all of my needs with perfection!! The food was delicious and fresh!! If your looking for that one of a kind quality this is the company to consider!!

    • 2 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Melody H.
    Verified review

    Our company had customers visiting and we needed lunch for them and the whole shop. I found Hargett Music, Sound & Catering on Thumbtack and made the call. I needed food for about 40 people. The food was delicious and tasted like grandma's home cooking! I will definitely call on them again. Everyone gave it a big thumbs up!!

    Paradise Catering
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 8 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Monica S.
    Verified review

    The food was delicious! Everyone loved the BBQ pork. It was probably the best I'd ever had. We ate the little bit that was left over as soon as we got home.

    American Hero Roxboro
    5.0
    from 1 review
      Emily M.
      Verified review

      I love this place! I've been eating here for years and recently ordered catering for my workplace and everyone love it! Awesome, good-priced, phenomenal quality food, a great place to take your family!

      Horizon Catering
      5.0
      from 1 review
      • 20 years in business
      Sarah B.
      Verified review

      Everything was delicious! They were on time for delivery and the food was reasonably priced. We will be ordering from Horizon Catering for future events!

      Char's Catering
      5.0
      from 1 review
        Lora T.
        Verified review

        Charlene asked that I place a review on her Thumbtack – where do I begin. I have worked with Char’s Catering for several of my events. My first encounter was a wedding in 2012. I was allowed to join the bride and groom for their taste testing and the food was outstanding. Nothing was too salty or over/under cooked. We had baked tilapia – delicious. Our next encounter was for a retirement celebration in Reidsville in 2013. Yes she travels. Again the food was absolutely delicious and her staff was awesome as well. I remember the salad being the bomb! I love salads and it just stood out. I’m not sure if it was the dressing or the freshness of the salad itself. Then she catered for a fund raising event in October 2015 for me. The food was incredible, even a guest caterer asked who she was. Her staff were efficient and very helpful. Our most recent taste testing was in April 2016 for an upcoming event in October. Boy, the food was once again outstanding and prepared differently. She also offered desserts. Our client had a field day with the desserts. She has a glowing personality and is very personable and professional. She is organized and timely which is a must in this industry. She is neat, clean and works hard to please her clients. I’ve seen her in action and been a client of hers. When selecting a caterer, I think about what event I’m doing and if that caterer can meet the theme of the event and prepare & present good tasting food for the guests. Char’s catering can do this, she meets the clients requests. She is my go to caterer. She comes highly recommended.

        • 19 years in business
        Elle B.
        Verified review

        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!

        Sucre&Sel
        5.0
        from 1 review
        • 6 years in business
        • 1 hire on Thumbtack
        Maura S.
        Verified review

        On time, lovely food, "best grad party food ever". Florence also does smaller events for me - tasteful, tasty and memorable.

        About

        We are a company that enjoys cooking and catering for our local church. We are friendly and believe that the customers are always right. We do community feeding through our local church. We enjoy people from all walks of life. We decorate according to our stock and colors. We are willing to see the vision the client has and do our best to provide elegance at affordable prices. We do this not just for the money but because we enjoy people. We will adapt and learn new recipes for all types of clients. All we ask is for a chance. We are cooking with love.

        • 11 years in business
        About

        Because I can cook the meal for your event on the location.

        • 20 years in business
        About

        Raleigh Catering Service is an exceptional and reliable catering company that provides a wide variety of dining experiences.

        About

        We do weddings, parties, meetings, church events, barbecues. We have and can cook for more than 250 at a time. We have reference and would be glad to serve you.

        • 5 years in business
        About

        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.

        About

        I do catering for all types of occasions and all types of food. I specialize in soul food. I mostly prepare for no more than a hundred guests, but I'm willing to do more.

        • 6 years in business
        About

        Give us your menu, and we'll give you a meal that will leave you and your guests wanting for more. With years of experience in all types of food and deserts, we cook to please. So. let Fox's Country Kitchen give you and your guests a day you won't soon forget. No amount of people is too large for us, so give us a call and leave the cooking to us.

        About

        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.

        About

        I love what I do. I have worked in the culinary arts industry for over 20 years, and it never gets old. Using fresh ingredients along with the latest cooking methods, I will create dishes that will have great flavor that will keep you coming back for more like a stuffed chicken breast with a cream chicken sauce served with stuffed, baked potato and steamed seasoned broccoli.

        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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