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Zacki's Culinary Creations
4.8
from 89 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 114 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Amber B.
Verified review

I recently used Zacki’s Creations to come into our home and prepare a Mother’s Day brunch for a group of 10 adults and 3 little ones. Zacki was extremely responsive to my initial request for a quote, and very helpful in offering suggestions when creating a menu. The food was delicious with blueberry pancakes made fresh and hot off the griddle, egg and sausage casserole straight from the oven, a fresh fruit platter, and fresh mandarin orange mimosas. In addition to giving me the chance to be a guest at our family get together, she invited my 5 year old son and 4 year old niece to help as her “sous chefs” in the kitchen and they had a blast being her little helpers. I would definitely recommend Zacki to anyone who is looking to host an event in their home without having the added pressure and stress of preparing/cooking the meal so that you may enjoy your visit with friends and loved ones.

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Em’s Catering
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Megan S.
Verified review

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!

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

Chef Matthew was outstanding! He put a great deal of thought and time into planning and preparation and then finished strong with perfect execution. Everyone truly enjoyed our special celebration. I strongly recommend Chef Matthew Hoyes!

Capital Cakes
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 4 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!!!

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.
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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

My Chef Catering
4.3
from 6 reviews
  • 21 years in business
B. B.
Verified review

Steven, owner of My Chef Catering, was a good listener. He was able to grasp what we wanted to convey to a large group of people at a corporate environment and prepared a menu that impressed everyone. Staff commented on his personality and had nothing but positive to say about him. We were so pleased that we will be using him to cook weekly prepared easy meals for our elderly aunt. We highly recommend him!

Carolina Culinary Creations
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Quinton M.
Verified review

Our company has used Jocelyn frequently over the fall and cannot recommend her highly enough! She is able to cater to a wide variety of dietary needs and left to her own devices she continually comes up with courses that surprise and delight! She recently did a Thanksgiving feast for our 20+ person office and each person I spoke with was over the moon about the amazing meal. On top of her talents in the kitchen, she is easy to work with, very professional, and generally someone you would be thrilled to do business with. If you have a need for a fantastic chef, you can't go wrong with Carolina Culinary Creations!

  • 8 years in business
Mark K.
Verified review

Chef Joe listened to what I wanted to do for my wife's 50th birthday party. He gave suggestions and helped to keep the event within budget. His food, presentation, and service were outstanding! We would definitely use him again. Highly recommend him and his team.

The Food Fairy
4.8
from 4 reviews
  • 22 years in business
Charlotte C.
Verified review

I have used Terri and her Food Fairies for 5 years or more. She and her team always provide incredibly delicious food at an incredible price. I throw components at her like tight schedule, and needing all local and organic food, with mostly vegetarian and vegan thrown in to boot, and with energy and positive enthusiasm she delivers. She provides recipes after the fact (and the groups she caters for me almost always want them -- even the carnivores in the group find themselves asking for the vegie recipes), and has worked in difficult conditions, such as kitchens without all the nice amenities, with the results still being stellar.

Dan R.
Verified review

Skynet would like to thank Vicente Rosario, who accompanied us on our last trip to Green Bank Observatory, in January. Vicente has joined us before, but never in his capacity as a professional chef! Take a look at some of the delicious meals and desserts that we were treated to, between our all-day coding sessions. Vicente is based in Hillsborough, NC, and serves both the triangle and the triad. For more information: https://www.facebook.com/CocinadeVicente/

Coffee & Crepes
5.0
from 1 review
  • 15 years in business
Gardenia C.
Verified review

Terri was wonderful and personable. it was a little chaotic whens he arrived from allof us being tired after the wedding the day before. She came in took charge and set everything up. the food was delicious. I am trying to find an excuse to use hr services again. .

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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.

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I have many years of experience creating great food for people in a variety of environments. I understand the importance of preparing wholesome, well prepared ,visually appealing meals ,tailored to the client's needs.

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I cook 2 weeks worth of meals in your home. Then I store them in your freezer. You just following the reheating instructions. I do all the shopping, cooking and cleaning. You just relax and enjoy the extra time! It's healthier, certainly, than eating on the run. And it's more affordable than you may think. Full-time, part-time and referral discounts available. I am also available for dinner parties (romantic dinners, special occasions). I can stay and serve. Or leave and let you take all the credit. Anything to impress your friends! Gift Certificates also available. (Christmas, new mothers, post-surgery, etc.) So contact me for a free consultation today and a 20% introductory discount!

  • 3 years in business
About

We guarantee the best and authentic tasting Indian food that you will have. For bigger catering events, we will provide you with samples of the food that you order to get it tailored to your taste buds.

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A client prior to event to determine preferences and specific wants and needs. Compensation will be discussed at initial consultation. My passion is healthy food. I am a recent graduate of The Arts Institute of Raleigh Durham. My schedule is very flexible; I like to have as much notice as possible for special events. Thank you.

  • 6 years in business
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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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.

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 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.
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