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Zacki's Culinary Creations
4.8
from 92 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 117 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Guo H.
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I'm so lucky to have come to know Zacki. She is an awesome teacher! I'm a traditional Chinese who loves to cook but never got the chance to be trained. Zacki is very understanding of my situation and she accepted me despite my lack of experience. She expands my knowledge of cooking, tutors me patiently, and provides a wonderful environment to learn. I learn new dishes every time we meet. She taught me the value of presentation and how to be a good caterer. I'm very thankful and she definitely is one of the loveliest people i've ever met! With her help, i hope i can provide high-quality service to all of her future clients.

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CookWhere
4.9
from 73 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 82 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
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 35 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!

Chef Matthew Hoyes
4.9
from 9 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Craig W.
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My wife was turning 40 and I wanted to do something special for this occasion. We hired Chef Matthew to prepare a meal for about 15 friends and the experience could not have been better. From the planning to the execution of the 5 star meal, Matthew was a consummate professional. His meal was filled with delightful tastes and culinary creativity. My wife and friends were blown away. We are so happy we chose Chef Matthew!

Womack Catering
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Karmen M.
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Lewis has been the best caterer! He is willing to do any and everything to help with our wedding. He goes above and beyond what he needs to. Such a very personable and professional guy! The small details he puts into his work really defines him and his work. It really puts us at ease knowing we don't have to worry about anything. Lewis is good at what he does and treats you like family. He is someone who loves what he does, and his work shows that!

  • 2 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Melody H.
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Our company had customers visiting and we needed lunch for them and the whole shop. I found Hargett Music, Sound & Catering on Thumbtack and made the call. I needed food for about 40 people. The food was delicious and tasted like grandma's home cooking! I will definitely call on them again. Everyone gave it a big thumbs up!!

Horizon Catering
5.0
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!

Amara Catering
5.0
from 1 review
  • 6 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Kariem S.
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We had a dinner party for 50 people.The food was great, the service was outstanding and my guess were extremely happy and pleased with the party.

About

We are a business that's just getting off the ground, but we will guarantee to make you smile! We cater all parties, weddings, etc.

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I offer restaurant consulting services for private engagements. I am also a private chef catering special events and pop-up venues.

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The SmokeHouse Bandits is a professional BBQ team on the KCBS circuit. Our goal is to give the general public a chance to enjoy AWARD WINNING competition quality BBQ!!! We offer drop off as well as full catering services!! Our menu offers the traditional BBQ meats (award winning chicken, pulled pork, ribs,and brisket) as well as specialty items such as prime rib roast and smoked turkey breast! We also offer a wide range of homemade "made from scratch" side dishes to complement our Award winning Q'!!!!!

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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.

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We decorate cakes as well as cater parties, weddings, events, etc. We offer high quality products with attention to detail.

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I do catering for all types of occasions and all types of food. I specialize in soul food. I mostly prepare for no more than a hundred guests, but I'm willing to do more.

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I personally interact with each client. Together we develop a menu and services tailored for the event and any additional services necessary. My work doesn't stop at cooking. I host classes, children's parties, cooking demos, serve, bartend, and much more. I love making people happy through the serving experience. Being able to provide meals and make people happy is a pleasure for me. I love to cook, that's where my heart lies, but by no means does it stop there. Working one in one is where I shine.

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

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We are a company that enjoys cooking and catering for our local church. We are friendly and believe that the customers are always right. We do community feeding through our local church. We enjoy people from all walks of life. We decorate according to our stock and colors. We are willing to see the vision the client has and do our best to provide elegance at affordable prices. We do this not just for the money but because we enjoy people. We will adapt and learn new recipes for all types of clients. All we ask is for a chance. We are cooking with love.

  • 19 years in business
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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 !

  • 5 years in business
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We offer personal chef/catering services for personal, corporate, and family events. The chef/owner is also a certified personal trainer and exercise physiologist who specializes in preparing meals that cater to your dietary specifications as needed. We have a fun and friendly staff who truly love what they do!

  • 10 years in business
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I create the best fresh food around along w/ AWESOME customer service. I'm a professional chef with over 22 years of experience creating great entrees and hors d'oeuvre's from scratch, that I guarantee will tempt your taste buds. I specialize in menu design for each client individually, with all dietary needs and wants strictly adhered to without sacrificing the tremendous flavor of each and every morsel. I think that is the quality my clients love most about me and my vittles.

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I have been a chef in NY for over 20 years. I have run 3 restaurants, one being my own. I love ethnic food and have cooked every kind of food. I enjoy catering very much because of the variance of food, creativity, and working at different sites.

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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