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Em’s Catering
from 22 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Molly F.
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I had a huge party to throw short notice and I was panicking! So I called Em’s Catering and she was so kind and calming for me! Her food was amazing and she was able to get everything done short notice for me! I would highly recommended Em’s Catering.

  • 10 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
Gwen M.
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I cannot say enough wonderful things about Smith's Catering. I've had the pleasure of experiencing their food on many occasions. Food has always been delivered on time, well prepared, and absolutely delicious. Can't wait to do business with them again!!!

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


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.


I am a culinary institute graduate and have been working professionally for 20 years as a personal, corporate, and executive chef. I specialize in all cuisines. I am available as a freelance chef with at least a 3-day notice. I travel to you and will do all of the shopping and menu planning for your; - Holiday parties - Dinner parties - Family gatherings - Cooking lessons Catering services are also available. I can provide a service staff and bartender, if requested for an additional cost. Please contact me for any additional questions. I am certified in food service sanitation and safety.

  • 3 years in business

At S&S Catering I strive to get customers the true feel of southern hospitality and southern cuisine. Along with competitive prices and excellent customer service. I take great pride in my customers experience and happiness.


We're available for party planning, weddings and anniversaries. We cater to all. We started our business together because we enjoy cooking and people were looking for good food. It's hard to find good restaurants where we live, and people don't cook anymore like the good olden days. We cooked Thanksgiving dinner one year and the food was fabulous; we've been catering together every since. We've catered for all special occasions.


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.

  • 19 years in business

Let your guests choose from white rice tossed with cilantro and lime or adobo seasoned brown Rice, slow simmered beans and adobo-marinated flame-grilled chicken and steak. We cater for groups of 10 and above !


We do country cooking. We put love in everything we do. Customer service is our business. We love what we do.


I have been a food service manager for 14 years and I am ServSafe certified. I am passionate about providing appealing, healthy and delicious food to people.

  • 8 years in business

I am an African-American with Dominican black/Bahamian blood. I have a Caribbean/African/American soul for food catering business. I specialize in jerk, curry, oxtails, fried chicken, rice, and beans. I have been catering for a few years now. I have a culinary arts degree.


We cater any events. We customize menus for any occasion to fit all budgets. We've been in business for 15 years now. Our style is Southern tradition with a modern spin.


Covington's Catering is pleased to provide your food service needs, whether it is a family reunion, wedding, banquet, office or private party, etc. We aim to please all our customers and to make your special event successful.


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.


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


I am a graduate of The Art Institute of Raleigh Durham. I use local and fresh ingredients and a fan of farm-to-table menus. I am passionate about food and the culinary industry and I enjoy seeing people satisfied through cuisine. If you a looking for a personal chef or someone to cater an event, I'm that chef. Remember to always pray, love and eat. Creating outstanding food


I have multiple years of experience in bartending. I worked in an oyster bar on the beach in Florida and as a bar manager at a fine dining jazz club.


In-home and on-location private caterings are provided by a classically trained chef to parties between 2 and 12. We offer unlimited menu options that are reasonably priced, and with a personalized service designed to meet the needs and expectations of each client.

  • 6 years in business

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.


We provide catering and bartending services for our clients. We will also provide food services such as serving and cleaning for the clients. I am a graduate of Nash Community College in 2009 for catering and management services.

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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