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Raleigh Party Food Caterers

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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
Christy T.
Verified review

Working with Zacki was a pleasure! She works with excellence, creativity, and attention to the details. Also, she was able to accommodate a myriad of dietary restrictions for guests attending my dinner party. The food was delicious and her service was top-notch!

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Em’s Catering
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 26 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!

  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
John B.
Verified review

I wanted to surprise my wife with a nice candlelight dinner. I contacted Chef Lemar and told him some foods that my wife enjoys. He responded within a day with a great menu! We made a couple of tweaks but it was completely due to preferences. I would recommend Chef Lemar not only for the food but also the price. He made some of the best food I have had and he was by far the most reasonable in regards to price. If you need a personal chef in the triangle area, go with Chef Lemar. I promise you won't be disappointed!

  • 13 years in business
Valerie C.
Verified review

Annie did an absolutely amazing job with our rehearsal dinner! The food and drinks were so delicious, the decorations were beautiful and the whole staff was brilliant! She organized it all and everything went so smoothly that we could enjoy ourselves and our friends and family!! She made great suggestions and then took care of every detail for us and it was the most perfect evening! She is so organized, friendly, professional and knows how to throw the best parties! Anyone would be lucky to have her take care of any event!

Sweettooth CS
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Cheryl M.
Verified review

SweettoothCS did a corporate party for my company. The turn out was amazing. The whole crew arrived on time, service was fast pace and entertaining. Everyone was friendly. Food was delicious, and the drinks they created for us was incredible. We had a guest count of 221 and each person got treated the same, amazing. I love the professionalism they showed. Absolutely no complaints and will be using this company from now on. Our next event is in August. They mean it when they promise satisfaction guarantee.

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

Chef Matthew prepared a 50th Anniversary tour of my in-laws lives together. He came to my home, prepared all the food, had incredible servers that came and helped with everything else. From setting up, passing food, making sure the punch and wine were refilled and cutting the cake. The food was absolutely amazing and everyone at the party was raving about it. When the party was over, they cleaned up everything. I swear, my oven is cleaner than when he got here!!! They even started a load of kitchen towels in the laundry room. This was an amazing experience with a very talented chef!!! It makes me want to have more parties so that I can hire him again. The cost was a lot less than we had expected also, but we had no idea what something like this would cost. I highly recommend Chef Matthew!!!!!

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

I have been to several events catered by My Chef Catering and found both their food and presentation to be superb. I have since hired Steven to prepare food for an event and it garnered rave reviews from guests. Steve is easy to work with and I would highly recommend his services. (The fruit salsa with home made cinnamon chips is wonderful!!!)

Comfort Cuisine
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Heather M.
Verified review

Maggie was an incredible caterer to work with! I'm so glad she reached out to me. My husband and I are vegan, so it was important to us to find a caterer that could create tasty, plant-based food for our wedding. Maggie was able to craft a menu with dishes from around the world and we received a ton of compliments during dinner from our guests on the food. From grandparents, to fellow vegans, the food was a hit! She and her team exceeded my expectations and helped make our wedding a night to remember :) Thank you Chef Maggie!

  • 2 years in business
Marie N.
Verified review

I worked with Monica from Oak and Dagger to coordinate a party for my fiancé’s 50th birthday. We followed her suggestions on how to use and configure the space and it was great! Not only did our guests have plenty of space to mingle and enjoy the appetizers we’d arranged but they have a separate bar for this area. Drew was our server and bartender and did a great job keeping up with our group and providing suggestions for drinks and food. He even brought the cornhole boards out after dinner to keep the party going well after the plates were cleared. I would definitely recommend Oak & Dagger for an events venue if you want casual and fun with good food and beer.

T.J. Ruffin's
4.8
from 5 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Shelia M.
Verified review

They arrived on time and was very professional. The service and food was excellent. The food was more than enough for my guest! I will definitely be contacting them for my next event

  • 8 years in business
Rebecca E.
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Joe catered my husband's 50th birthday party. The food was amazing, and my friends are still talking about the beef tenderloin and duck wontons. From set up to clean up, the service was unbelievable.

Fantacy Events
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 10 years in business
Tina G.
Verified review

Fantacy Events exceeded our expectations decorating and catering our mentoring formal. Thanks for a job well done. We will definitely use them again for future events .

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.

Staffing a la Carte
5.0
from 3 reviews
    Jennifer B.
    Verified review

    I hired Staffing a la Carte for a private party in my home. It went off without a hitch. They sent b us Jason, Amy and Jay, and these three worried seamlessly together to make my party Ann instant hit with my friends and family. Jason is a terrific cook, one of the best. If you hire them, be sure to ask about his bbq. It's absolutely delicious. Amy is also very professional and easy to deal with and she does a great job bartending. Their server/assistant Jay is efficient, kind, and helpful. I couldn't be more pleaded, and I will definitely hire them again. They were very well groomed, handled the event with professional courtesy, and made my party a smash success. Fantastic team!

    Event Planning & Catering
    4.5
    from 2 reviews
    • 16 years in business
    Anne W.
    Verified review

    Mr. Dawes catered a dinner party.

    • 4 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Jo C.
    Verified review

    Sunday afternoon party. Warm welcoming atmosphere and great food. Maxecine is the best!

    Marshell's Catering
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 10 years in business
    James B.
    Verified review

    Sheldon was great. Everyone in the office loved the food. We will definitely use you in the future.

    Alexandria H.
    Verified review

    I wanted to throw an upscale birthday party for about 50 people and had no idea what to do. I called CT Big Time Events, and Celeste worked it out! Everything was on point from the food to the music to the atmosphere. My birthday was last year and people are STILL talking about it, anticipating this year's blowout.

    Steven G.
    Verified review

    Simply scrumptious are the absolute best caterers I have ever used hands down! The food is amazing. They cook any type of food you can imagine. The shrimp and grits and the roast chicken were to die for. I have used them for cookouts, graduation parties, work events, and birthday parties. They are always prompt and professional.

    Heaven's Best by Gretta

    New To Thumbtack

      About

      I offer catering services, which include setting up, decorating, serving, greeting, and cleaning up. I can also help with planning, customer service, making phone calls, and doing shopping. I do most anything that a client needs, ones that deal with catering and preparation of food. I do all trays.

      Food for Thought

      New To Thumbtack

        About

        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.

        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.
        Hire skilled professionals for absolutely everything.