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An Affair to Remember
4.8
from 126 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 199 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Josephina L.
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Carmen and her staff were outstanding! Everyone at the wedding complemented the food and the appearance of the food! She offered us rentals for tablecloths and her crystal trees to! Unlike most caterers, she was able to offer this to me! She helped so much with everything anything she could!

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Personal Chef to the Stars
5.0
from 110 reviews
  • 45 years in business
  • 155 hires on Thumbtack
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Suzanne B.
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This was a Celebration of Life reception in honor of my Dad. The event was held at a community center with a full kitchen and my Mom and I decided that a Personal Chef would be more Special than a normal caterer. And more special it was, as Chef Tyler and his team presented an amazing spread that everyone loved. A dozen tidbits and finger foods that took care of teenagers, younger kids, adults of all ages and every food need from Gluten Free to Nut Free. Simple items like Mini Tortilla Pizzas and Baked Chicken Nuggets combined with more sophisticated dishes like Tuna Tartare and Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus received raves from all. The staff handled the initial surge really well and kept plenty of food refreshed for the full three hours. Only an hour to set up and prepare and only an hour to clean-up was no problem for the well- organized crew. Chef Tyler took the time to clearly understand our needs and wishes, and was extremely accommodating and flexible along the way. All in all a superb performance and I would highly recommend Chef Tyler for any similar event.

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Chef Segreto
5.0
from 56 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 66 hires on Thumbtack
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Margaret S.
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Chef Julian was easy to work with, delivered a delightful gourmet meal and an awesome experience for our party of 8. He was prompt, brought everything he needed to our home to cook, serve and clean up. His easy-going, personable manner ensured a fun, interactive evening. While not inexpensive, this special evening was a superb birthday experience!

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Carolina Gourmet Catering
4.8
from 39 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 71 hires on Thumbtack
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Bud M.
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We needed catering of lunch and dinner for at least 30 days to possibly 1 year, 7 days every week for approximately 100 people with emphasis on vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and special diets. Many caterers with great reviews were easy to dismiss once they were interviewed. Carolina catering delivered what they promised: delicious food at a reasonable price with excellent personal service and a huge selection - even for those special dietary needs. I have used caterers throughout the country to take on this monumental task and no one has delivered the quality, variety, and scrumptious food Carolina Gourmet Catering has. I cannot thank them enough. And, by the way, we are 3 weeks into our project and continue to be very happy with the results. The only problem we have had was running out of food because people have been going back for second and third helpings because the food is so good! Make sure you prepare for this if it's buffet style.

Roosterdoodles Cafe and Cake
4.4
from 37 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Dianne S.
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Roosterdoodles catered my parents 50th wedding Anniversary and I can't even find good enough words to describe how great the entire experience was to have worked with them. They were kind and professional from the moment I met with them all the way up until they finished my event. The food they prepared was over the moon delicious and presented with so much care and personal touches. My guests kept asking who the caterer was. After this whole experience they feel like family to me and I will use them for every special event I have!!!! A huge THANK YOU and a round of applause to the lovely Donato's!!!!!!!��

  • 13 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Barbara H.
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Sylvia was delightful to work with. She worked with us in providing very nice menu choices. The food was all fresh and prepared to excellence!! She arrived on time and did everything exactly as agreed. When she left, our kitchen was completely clean. We have used Sylvia twice. The first time my husband contacted her to prepare my birthday www.chefsylvia.com/ Personal Chef Services. ... SIMPLE TO ELEGANT MEALS IN YOUR HOME. Dinner for Two ... Simply Sylvia Personal ...dinner in our home for us and all of our children. They loved the food and being able to relax in our own home. The second time was for a group of close friends. They were so impressed with Sylvia, the food and the way she handled the entire evening. We will use her again. She is amazing!!!!!!

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Edible Palette
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
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Jennifer N.
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Edible Palette was PHENOMENAL!! I would definitely use them again and I highly recommend this team. The food was delicious and very nicely plated.

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Senvette Catering
4.5
from 19 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
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Carolyn S.
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Yolanda was the truly professional caterer we had hoped to find when we began our search. We had some unusual requests and Yolando didn't blink. She said, "sure, no problem." When she arrived, she set up a lovely buffet! The food was wonderful and beautifully presented. I hope I get the opportunity to recommend Yolanda to others.

Divine Cultural Cuisine
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Tawni T.
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Chef Reeves is very nice and professional. The food had great presentation, and it was delicious and served at the appropriate temperature. Chef Reeves will definitely be my personal chef for all future catering needs.

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Cooking With Joya LLC
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
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Leah M.
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Very professional! She made food for my bridal shower and all my girls there loved it! Food taste fresh, very tasty but not too heavy on your stomach and just amazingly delicious!

  • 10 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Blair C.
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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.
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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.

A Taste For... LLC
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Pierre W.
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Chef Kingsley is absolutely awesome. She cooks meals for my daughter and I weekly and the food is amazing. She also is really good at getting the most out of your money. This was my first experience using a personal chef and I can’t believe I went so long without one. I’ll be using her for a long time to come!

  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Eileen M.
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Food is DELICIOUS and so convenient.

  • 1 year in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Jamir W.
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Jamir is a greaaaat Chef!!! He cooked for me and my husband for our anniversary and the food was on point!!!! Definitely recommend!!!

Yevad's Event & Decor
5.0
from 1 review
  • 9 years in business
Vernan B.
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Yevads events did my 40th birthday party. They provided my invitations, catering and decorate. I had an all white theme and they decorated my outdoor party with white pipping drapes with white linens and white chair covers. They accented the white decore with rhinestone Center pieces. The food was amazing! The staff was punctual and had the food set up and warm in time for my guest. My event was an evening of elegance.

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We are professionally delightful! I am a reliable, enthusiastic, and energetic individual that delivers excellent customer service for any event.

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Upscale Southern Comfort Food - personal service - attention to detail. We pride ourselves on making and keeping our customers happy!

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We are here to help you achieve restaurant-quality dishes in the comfort of your home. Dining for two, small gatherings, or holiday parties, we do it all.

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I am an executive chef at a local fresh food/organic restaurant. I serve only high-quality fresh foods that ultimately please the eyes and the palate. I am culinary educated and have well over a decade of food service experience.

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I am a caterer, baker, and events coordinator for private and corporate events who provides specialty cakes and personal catering services. I create and deliver customized meals for busy families. I will deliver meals or dessert items to people coming home from hospital or bereaving families with a card. I service corporate lunches and parties.

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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