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Raleigh Private Catering Services

Browse these private catering services with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Raleigh.

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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
Terry B.
Verified review

Zacki''s culinary genius is simply amazing. Her famous seasonings has broaden my palate and introduced me to dishes I thought I would never eat. Her hometown southern cooking is her absolute best in my opinion! Her professionalism, her presentation, and the individual touch she put on her client tailoring each experience can not be matched. I would HIGHLY recommend her services for any private catering.

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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.
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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!

  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Tom R.
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I had a casual office work party at my house. I wanted to do burgers and brats, but didn't want to spend my time at the grill. Lamar came and brought everything needed for the party and manned the grill, so that I could entertain my guests. The food was great and the service was perfect. I will use Lamar again for my catering needs.

Chef Matthew Hoyes
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Nikki S.
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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
Betsy F.
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My Chef Catering has catered small meetings and large events for our agency. The food and service are outstanding. Steve goes out of his way to create delicious and different canapes and desserts and uses the freshest ingredients. His truffles, in so many different flavors, are to die for!

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

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

Mr. Dawes catered a dinner party.

Marshell's Catering
5.0
from 1 review
  • 10 years in business
James B.
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Sheldon was great. Everyone in the office loved the food. We will definitely use you in the future.

About

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.

  • 9 years in business
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We feature both domestic and international cuisine, and our passion is making your corporate outing, birthday party, wedding, anniversary, or other special event a world class occasion.

  • 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.

  • 6 years in business
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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.

  • 7 years in business
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We dont know of anyone else that will come to you and cook on site. If you want a pig pickin and want to eat at lunch time, we may be at your place at four in the morning to start cooking, You get the full experience of the smoke rolling off the grill and the smells in the air.

  • 3 years in business
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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.

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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.

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We are an authentic Puerto Rican, Cuban and Dominican restaurant. We also cater any type of events, big or small, such as weddings, birthday parties, street fairs, corporate events, fund-raisers and lots more. We can deliver and serve the food, or you can pick it up. Call us now.

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We make sure our guests are happy and satisfied. Everything is up to par and readied the way they would want it. We aim to please!

  • 6 years in business
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We provide delicious business buffet style catering for office meetings, both breakfast and lunches. Our professional set up is done with real tablecloths and chaffers. Our staff both set up and return to clean up, and pack up your food.

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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