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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
Lynette L.
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They did an excellent job with the catering. Food was awesome, presentation was amazing and service and helpers were so friendly. I highly recommend them!

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Personal Chef to the Stars
5.0
from 109 reviews
  • 45 years in business
  • 154 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Chris C.
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What a great St. Patrick's dinner party thanks to Chef Tyler. From the moment we connected through Thumbtack I knew it was going to be a great party. His suggestions were spot on. I never once had a problem getting in touch with him. Both he and his staff were punctual the evening of the party and the food and presentation were outstanding. He was quite a hit with some of his unusual dishes. Very talented and creative! All I had to do was sit back and enjoy the party. I have been looking for someone new for some time to do catering for us and I feel very fortunate to have found Chef Tyler so quickly. I can leave the planning to him! Now I am thinking of when we can have that next party! Chris Chavoustie - March 22, 2016

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Carolina Gourmet Catering
4.8
from 39 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 71 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Terrie N.
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Michelle and her team at Carolina Gourmet Catering were phenomenal! They catered our Thanksgiving Luncheon at Campbell Law School this year and everyone was pleasantly surprised to have a different caterer. The food was superb, their service was excellent, and we would not hesitate to use them again in the future. Highly recommended!

  • 13 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Hillary A.
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Sylvia catered a small cocktail party in my home. The food was fabulous. Everyone went on about it. She was very easy to chat with when selecting the menu. She is very efficient from setting up and cleaning up too. I will definitely ask Sylvia to cater my next party as well as special dinners for friends and families. I would highly recommend Sylvia to folks who want to enjoy your gathering rather than trying to be host and caterer.

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Edible Palette
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Harold S.
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It was an absolute pleasure working with Chef Devonte! His professionalism coupled with his culinary skills were exceptional! My wife and I were extremely pleased and 100% satisfied. I highly recommend Chef Devonte to cater to your needs!

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Senvette Catering
4.5
from 19 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Vincent E.
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Senvette Catering did an outstanding job with my luncheon. Awesome food made with the highest quality ingredients and care. I cannot compliment Senvette Catering enough for the truly professional experience I received. I highly recommend you give her a try! V E Holland Logistics LLC.

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
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Beth L.
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We used Cooking with Joya for a corporate breakfast event celebrating our admins. It was delicious! Everyone commented on how amazing the food was and asked if we could use her again in the future. The answer was definitely yes! She was on time, easy to work with and very professional. Would highly recommend Cooking with Joya for their next catered event.

  • 5 years in business
Millions M.
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Chef Brian with Notarized Catering is one of the most upscale professional chefs. His menu is diversified by offering items that can captures the gluten free community. It was defiantly a pleasure meeting Chef Brian. Good luck on future endeavors.

  • 10 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer F.
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Marci was absolutely fabulous with correspondence and working with our budget. She was super flexible and willing to create a menu specifically with our needs in mind. We'll definitely be using her in the future!

Chef Margo Page
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Scheili D.
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Chef Margo Page was a pleasure to work with. She catered the Passover Seder for our temple. The food was fabulous and I look forward to working with her again in the future!

Street Spice
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Margarida V.
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We held a charity fundraiser with Street Spice. Not only did we raise funds for an excellent cause, the food was out-of-this-world! They were professional in all aspects, the customer service was world class, and did I mention the food was oustanding? This is our 2nd time choosing Street Spice for catered events with our company, and I am very sure we will use them again. Don't miss their unique flavors!!!!

A Taste For... LLC
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Justin P.
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I used to this company for a dinner party. Not only was the food outstanding, original, fresh, and fulfilling, the service and set up and professionalism was beyond my expectations! I am very particular and passionate about putting on parties. This company is definitely be go to if you are looking for top-notch catering!

  • 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!!!

About

I am a southern cook. I prepare a lot of southern foods, but I can pretty much cook any type of food. I started cooking at an early age in the kitchen with my mother and grandmother standing on a stool to reach the stove and counter. I love to see people happy and food seems to make people happy.

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Full service catering for North & South Carolina. Anything from Weddings, Rehearsal Dinners, Business Meetings, Corporate Events, Reunions, Personal, Family & Social Gatherings.

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My service stands out from any other food and drink host/chef because cooking has all I have done my whole life; making everything from scratch and homemade. I never use a recipe and everything comes from the heart as well as based on what the customer needs and desires. Eating and drinking is about being happy and tasting deliciousness; the palette needs to be properly tended too or people believe that fast food and sugar is a way of life. I have never had anyone disappointed with anything I do or make; I am opening my own five star restaurant within the next year and a half and would be beyond honored to help you with whatever it is that you may need when it comes to food and drinks. Just ask me a question and I am here for you. I enjoy everything about the work that I do; I can handle all kinds of pressure and multi tasking like no one else. I have been a sous chef in several food establishments and have more then thirteen different certifications in the food and drink industry. I enjoy putting a smile on people's' faces and making their taste buds go crazy with pleasure and desire. I am always creating new dishes but am the best at original go to meals as well. Being in the kitchen prepping, cooking, plating, serving, and so much more is what makes me happy and what I enjoy the most. Sharing my skills and abilities with you and the ones you love will just make me happier and you happier as well.

About

We cater to weddings and any kind of parties or birthdays. We also do wedding and birthday or any occasion cakes. We cook what you want for your party, buffet style. Our cakes are fresh, not frozen. We also do a taste test, so you can get a taste of what our food is like.

About

I only use the best of ingredients- I put so much love into everything I prepare. I treat everything I make as if I were making and serving it to my own family and friends..my name and my reputation is on everything that I serve. Watching the faces of the people who sit down to enjoy a meal that I have prepared. Or open a sweeets basket for a special occasion that I have made in honor of them.

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I have been a chef for 13 years, and after being in restaurants, I decided to bring my artistic creations to life through catering and specialty cakes for all occasions. I take pride in all my creations, and I cannot wait to make your vision come to life!

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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