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Garner Chefs

Browse these chefs with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Garner.

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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
Jamal S.
Verified review

Zacki Murphy is an amazing caterer. Zacki is not just the number one top chef in the Triangle, but she is an artist. Not only will you have her amazing cuisine but you will have beautiful art. I would highly recommend her for any event you have coming up. If you have any catering needs Zacki is who you need.

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CookWhere
5.0
from 70 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 79 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Amy T.
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For my mom's 70th birthday, we decided to have a surprise dinner party. (For the record, I'm a professional event planner based in DC and work with a number of hotels, chefs and caterers.) After talking to Chef Nico for less than a minute, I knew he was the one for this special occasion. He came up with a super creative menu, was attentive to every detail, and enchanted all of the dinner guests. I would hire him again in a heartbeat!

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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
Chad & Savaun P.
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My family recently contacted Chef Lemar to host my mom's surprise birthday party at our home. Chef Lemar arrived promptly and immediately began setting up in the comfort of our kitchen. Having Chef Lemar prepare the meals allowed us to solely focus on entertaining our guests. The meals, were absolutely delicious! Chef Lemar prepared a four course meal that began with a salad unlike any Cesar salad that we ever had before. His second course was a delicious crab cake paired with lemon seasoned cole slaw. The main course was a tasty pairing of his signature ribs and pancakes, with a creme brûlée desert to follow. The meals were absolutely wonderful!! I highly recommend Chef Lemar and I'm excited about the opportunity to use him again! I highly recommend him for any of your culinary needs.

Chef Matthew Hoyes
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Jimmy B.
Verified review

Chef Matthew prepared a lovely dinner for 10 to celebrate my wife's birthday. Everything was visually stunning and delicious. Best of all, the kitchen was spotless when he was done.

Stephanie Richardson
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Aysha R.
Verified review

Stephanie is a fantastic pastry chef! HIGLY RECOMMEND HIRING HER! I got my bag for buck and then some tasty cake :)

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

First let me say that Lewis is a world class chef. The food was exceptional. I am retired Army (35 years) and have traveled the world and I am not saying this lightly...Amazing food. Secondly his professional concern for making every detail perfect for our wedding was superb. One of the nicest, friendliest and knowledgeable people I have met (as well as his wife and assistant Lynne). His care, concern and talent - made our wedding extra special for us and all of our guests. On a scale of 1-5 I would give him a 10+ !! Thanks

Capital Cakes
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Miriam K.
Verified review

I have never tasted such good cakes made to order. I have missed Katelyn immensely since she left Charlotte to move to Raleigh. She is the best pastry chef. You will not regret ordering from her. My favorite carrot cake and the apple with spice. Miss you girl!!!

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!

  • 8 years in business
Linda F.
Verified review

Food was outstanding, presentation was beautiful, and service was top notch. Chef Joe designs a custom menu to impress. He's an artist!

Cordial Nights
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Amanda S.
Verified review

Everything about our dinner was absolutely amazing. Chef Madison carefully planned out a delicious 6 course meal for our friends that was impressive and of the best quality I have seen in this area. We will definitely use Cordial Nights again for all our upcoming private dinner events.

Valley Lily Chef
5.0
from 1 review
    Tanisha C.
    Verified review

    I have a regular weekly service with Valley Lily. The food is simply amazing & their customer service is awesome. Our family feels like we are eating in a gourmet restaurant every night. They leave flowers & gifts every week & I love that!

    About

    We provide personal chef services. We do the menu planning, shopping, cooking and cleaning for you! Services are provided in Fayetteville and the surrounding areas.

    About

    I use local, farm-fresh ingredients. I prepare fresh and simple food. I'm more than 20 years in this business. I'm looking for people that care about the food that they eat and are too busy to cook. I can bring it to you, or cook it at your home.

    • 6 years in business
    About

    My work stands out from others because I cook and bake with love. My food not only looks good it taste good as well. My cakes are not only beautiful the are moist and delicious. I offer complete Event services for a great price. Because there is no middle-man I can offer my services at very cost efficient prices.

    • 5 years in business
    About

    About

    I am a professional chef available for culinary instruction, in-home meals, meal drop-off, pantry stocking, and ingredient preparation for future meals.

    About

    Hey, we will cater your event or take care of all your concessions needs. I have been in the food industry for over 20 years. We take all the stress out of your event or special day.

    About

    We are sharing recipes with the world, more than your average Cajun! While I still offer the occasional cooking demonstration at local gourmet and specialty shops, my cooking is primarily at home. However, in addition to my present focus of writing about cooking and food (Cajun Chef Ryan blog), I'm also working on creating a line of artisan spice mixes, dressings and sauces for future mass production and marketing.

    • 14 years in business
    About

    For me, this isn't just a business, it's my life...what I was born to do. I believe that passion comes through in my food.

    About

    I cook food for any event. I can cook elegant, simple, and soul food. I have cooked for weddings. I do personal cooking and plate sale. I also cook for family reunions and other gatherings.

    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.

    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.
    Hire skilled professionals for absolutely everything.