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Zacki's Culinary Creations
4.8
from 88 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 113 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Guo H.
Verified review

I'm so lucky to have come to know Zacki. She is an awesome teacher! I'm a traditional Chinese who loves to cook but never got the chance to be trained. Zacki is very understanding of my situation and she accepted me despite my lack of experience. She expands my knowledge of cooking, tutors me patiently, and provides a wonderful environment to learn. I learn new dishes every time we meet. She taught me the value of presentation and how to be a good caterer. I'm very thankful and she definitely is one of the loveliest people i've ever met! With her help, i hope i can provide high-quality service to all of her future clients.

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Em’s Catering
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Megan S.
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We’ve used Em’s catering for both large events and small meals (like a delivery meal to a new mama). She is consistently professional and her food is great. While some chef’s excel in one particular area, all of Em’s food (from appetizers to main dishes, sides, and desserts) are wonderful. Our personal favorites are: Beef Wellington, mushroom risotto, grilled romaine Caesar, warm pumpkin cake, and her yearly Christmas cookies. (I have Em bake cookies for all of my kids teachers) She’s sweet and easy to work with-highly recommend!

  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Brandon T.
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I had chef Lemar serve my wife and I private dinner for our anniversary. He offered a variety a selections for each course and the food was very good and very affordable. We will definitely be hiring him for other events in the future.

Comfort Cuisine
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Heather M.
Verified review

Maggie was an incredible caterer to work with! I'm so glad she reached out to me. My husband and I are vegan, so it was important to us to find a caterer that could create tasty, plant-based food for our wedding. Maggie was able to craft a menu with dishes from around the world and we received a ton of compliments during dinner from our guests on the food. From grandparents, to fellow vegans, the food was a hit! She and her team exceeded my expectations and helped make our wedding a night to remember :) Thank you Chef Maggie!

A taste of Harlem
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Christine M.
Verified review

just wanted to thank you and everyone at A Taste Of Harlem Catering services for making my birthday such a special and memorable event. Shamyra have made this whole process so effortless and I appreciate how you worked with me on the cost and keeping it a beautiful event. From the very beginning, I felt very comfortable working with you and knew you had everything in control. In addition, I'm a perfectionist myself so it was great to be able to rely on you and your team and not have to worry about anything. It was more beautiful than I could have possibly imagined and I just wanted to thank you so much. We received so many complements on the food and I told everyone about A Taste of Harlem Catering and how amazing you and your team are. Thank you so much. If I ever have another event I will definitely rehire Shamyra !!!!!! 😊

The Food Fairy
4.8
from 4 reviews
  • 22 years in business
Barbara G.
Verified review

Terri provides excellent quality, healthy, tasty dishes that freeze well for us in portions for two. We always know there is a favorite, healthy choice in our freezer that fits our specific needs. She and her helper clean up well when finished. She leaves heating/serving instructions for some dishes, but not always. A little more instruction might be helpful.

Branch's BBQ & Catering
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 10 years in business
Lois M.
Verified review

Thanks for being such a pleasure to work with. The food was simply amazing!!! Whenever we are in need of a Caterer again you will be our first choice and thanks!!!

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.

    Candyland buffets
    5.0
    from 1 review
      Mckenzie M.
      Verified review

      Wow, is all my guest could say! I thought the kids would be all over it but the adults were the ones filling two bags! It was a pure hit! I will definitely use them in the future for any event or party!!!!!! And the servers at the table were very helpful! They were very sweet! And the set up/take down was organized! I love candy buffets!

      A Touch Of JO'
      5.0
      from 1 review
        Alesia S.
        Verified review

        A Touch of Jo' has provided excellent catering services for our monthly celebrity tributes. We're always provided with a delicious menu that's well within our budget and we are pleased with the professionalism offered by this business. A Touch of Jo' provides their customer with top-notch services and an overall memorable catering experience. I highly recommend A Touch of Jo' to anyone seeking a quality catering service.

        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 have been working in this business for more than 10 years. I have done many weddings, class reunions, workplace events and school parties. I enjoy doing this.

        About

        Soul food and crib fusion is a new taste that is taking the South by storm. I'm from New York, and I was raised in South Carolina. My wife is from the the island of St. Thomas, so I put the two taste together, and it has so much bite you will never forget, and you will keep coming back.

        • 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 a business that's just getting off the ground, but we will guarantee to make you smile! We cater all parties, weddings, etc.

        About

        I make southern homemade delicious food delivered to you for your party. Breakfast, lunch or dinner is available.

        About

        We bring together the best people artists, DJs, sound systems, entertainment, vendors, venues and food in world! We have over 30 years of experience in the music/entertainment/culture/catering business. We love sponsoring human edutainment and enjoyment.

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        My services include the following: * catering delivery * setup * cleanup * serve I am also available for clerical, administrative and business services.

        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.

        About

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

        • 6 years in business
        About

        We provide delicious business buffet style catering for office meetings, both breakfast and lunches. Our professional set up is done with real tablecloths and chaffers. Our staff both set up and return to clean up, and pack up your food.

        Q & A

        Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

        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.

        How much should catering cost per person?

        Catering prices can range from about $10 per guest on the low end to $150 or more per person on the high end. Catering costs represent the quality of food, presentation, variety, ingredients and service. But catering prices are more than the cost to cook the food that will be at your party; they also include the cost for the company to do business. Here is a simple breakdown of catering prices:

        • Menu: The food you serve your guests will directly affect the price per person. Organic ingredients, complex recipes, elaborate presentations, or high-ticket items like lobster or filet mignon all add to the cost.
        • Service: Buffet, family style, plated dinners — how you serve the food affects the cost per person. For example, a true plated meal can cost about twice the price of a staff-assisted buffet because of staffing costs. Hiring waiters, bartenders and cleanup crew will all be calculated into the per-person catering price.
        • Drinks: Providing beverages and alcoholic drinks for guests greatly increases your catering budget. Hosting an open bar can cost as much per person as the meal.
        • Rentals: Seating, plates, glassware, etc., will all have an effect on the cost per person for catering. For example, a plastic conference table that seats 10 costs about $6 to rent on average, while a wooden farmhouse table is about $80 to rent on average.
        • Business costs: Any catering cost will also include the cost for the company to do business such as insurance, employee wages, commercial kitchen space and more.
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