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2. Little Miss Sophie's Catering, And Restaurant
4.9
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  • 13 years in business
  • 81 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Dover, NH
"We recently hired Little Miss Sophie’s to cater our wedding reception in Salem, Massachusetts with 130 guests – they are simply THE BEST! We can’t say enough wonderful things about their food, their service, their attention to details, and their kind and warm professionalism. We initially travelled to the restaurant to do a tasting, and got to sample a ton of different options – everything was beyond delicious, and they even gave us all of the leftover food from the tasting to take home with us (which we made several meals out of!). In the months before the wedding, Sue was in regular contact with us about our contract and all pertinent details, and was always available to answer any and all questions we had – she was so kind and pleasant to work with! Sue and Jess were amazingly flexible with us as well, and worked with us to add in vegetarian options, gluten-free options, and even a special meal for one of our guests with severe food allergies. Overall, they were incredibly responsive to all of our needs and questions (which made the process enjoyable and fun, rather than anxiety-inducing!). The appetizers we ultimately selected (coconut shrimp, garlic potato puffs, spanakopita, caprese salad skewers, chicken cordon bleu bites, cocktail sausages, rustic buffalo chicken dip, and spinach artichoke dip) were AHHHHHMAZING – we could have made an entire meal just out of those! The casual dinner buffets we selected (a tacos and nachos bar with all of the fixings, a creamy mac and cheese bar, and a slider station with pulled pork, pulled chicken, hamburgers, and vegetarian burgers) were SO good. Even the desserts – fresh fruit and homemade cookies and brownies – were to die for! Everything was made from scratch and absolutely mouthwatering and scrumptious. They made SO much food – guests were able to eat as much as they wanted, and we even had leftovers (which they packaged up for us to take home!). I was so impressed by both the quality and the quantity of food – it was all truly astounding. We got SOOOOOOOO many compliments on our food from our guests, many of whom said it was the most delicious and fun wedding food they had ever had at a wedding, hands down… and that is high praise coming from our friends and family, who love to eat! Jess and her team did an INCREDIBLE job – paying the extra money to go full-service was a great decision for us. Having staff on hand to help manage the buffets, clean up, and simultaneously be attentive to our guests (filling water glasses, etc.) was well worth the money! Overall – Little Miss Sophie’s was a five-star experience in every category. Jess clearly is passionate about her food and about making the client pleased – and it showed (and we appreciated it so much). We were so pleased with everything, and I would hire them again in a heartbeat!"

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10. Hostess Catering
4.7
from 40 reviews
4.7
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4.7 (40)
  • 10 years in business
  • 72 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Dover, NH
"Hostess Catering was our wedding caterer. We got married in August 2018 at the Custom House in Boston and had about 100 guests. We chose to work with Hostess Catering because both my husband and I (and many of our family and friends) are big foodies and we wanted to offer our guests the best food with fresh, seasonal, and local ingredients. There was a lot of pressure on us to pick the right caterer as our guests had high expectations of the food quality and selection. Food was so important for us that we actually considered having our wedding reception at one of the best restaurants in Boston, but we are so happy we went with Hostess Catering. We mostly worked with Donna and she was AMAZING! Donna is an incredibly talented chef who is organized, reliable, friendly and so sweet. From the first moment we met her she was patient, attentive, meticulous, and provided excellent advice from food selection, to food quantity, to decoration, to staff hiring. She was extremely professional, kind and calm throughout the 3 months planning process. She would respond to my emails and text messages immediately with clear answers and tips. Donna was easy to work with and made the daunting process of finalizing our reception menu and figuring out all the tweaks easy, stress-free, and smooth (Hostess Catering has a great menu to choose from). Donna was open-minded about suggestions, accommodated our specific flavor requests, and made changes to include ingredients we liked (even using a more expensive bread without increasing the price). Everything turned out PHENOMENALLY!! We also worked with with Visnja a week before the wedding during the final walk through of the venue, and also on the day of the wedding. She was there all day making sure everything was running perfectly. Just like Donna, she was wonderful! Our venue is a particularly challenging for a catering company. The Custom House is a beautiful and historic building, but it doesn’t have a kitchen and it doesn’t allow for open flame. However, Donna knew exactly how to handle this tricky situation. We had guests spread out in 2 floors and we also moved all the guests to the Observation Deck on the 26th for sunset cocktails and mini taco bar. We opted to have a cocktails style reception with buffet dinner. Donna made sure there was plenty of food for everyone, without much waste. She actually advised us a couple of time to reduce the amount of certain items. For example, rather than ordering 100 shrimp cocktails, she recommended we go with 80 instead. She was right and saved us money! The appetizers and buffet items were generous portions and all our guests had plenty to eat. We had a charcuterie board, 6 passed appetizers, a taco bar, buffet dinner, and a dessert bar and everything was AMAZING! The food was fresh and incredibly DELICIOUS! Our guests were blown away by the food, and still rave about how exquisite everything was from food selection, to presentation, to staff service. The presentation was STUNNING (I am very picky with my food presentation). Every piece was decorated beautifully! The menu was planned and executed PERFECTLY. Hostess Catering cared about every little detail and their work showed passion for great food as well as genuine care for their customers. The fact that Hostess Catering managed to pull off serving our 100 guests so flawlessly with the unique setup of our venue is testament to their expertise and experience. We are so grateful for the unforgettable culinary experience we got to enjoy at our wedding thanks to the hard work of the Hostess Catering’s team. Donna’s team of servers did an excellent job. Everyone was so professional and had a big smile on their face throughout the night. The serving of food was perfectly timed and it was seamless. Hostess Catering also provided all the plates, tables, chairs, etc. and everything was beautiful! And at the end of the night, Donna made sure to pack for us “left overs” so we could enjoy it the next day. And boy we did!!! Another example of Donna’s beautiful personal touch is that she kept us up-to-date with ingredient preparation the days leading up to the wedding with messages and pictures, and it us got even more excited for the big day. We absolutely LOVED working with Donna and Visnja. What a dream team! Just FANTASTIC! We couldn’t have asked for better service or food. We have many beautiful memories from our wedding, and the food is one of the best! We can never thank Donna and Visnja enough for the gift of amazing food they offered us and our guests. We really appreciated not only how delicious the food was (everything was wonderful, no exceptions) but how easy it was to work with Hostess Catering. The peace of mind that comes with knowing that your wedding caterer is trustworthy, reliable and super talented is priceless! We would hire them again and again. Hostess Catering is truly amazing and we highly and enthusiastically recommend them. You and your guests will be in GREAT, IMPECCABLE hands! A 10 out of 10!! If you are curious, here’s a summary of our wedding reception menu: 1. The charcuterie board was unbelievable, with an incredible selection of cheeses! 2. The jumbo shrimp and cocktail sauce were excellent. 3. The avocado toast points with heirloom cherry tomatoes and basil infused oil were incredible! 4. The triple mushroom, half mozzarella and half with gorgonzola, with thyme was so delicious! 5. The bay scallop ceviche with mandarin and crispy tortilla triangle were out of this world! 6. The chicken skewers with hostess gourmet satay were incredible! 7. Pigs in a blanket all beef hotdogs were so good our guests couldn’t stop eating them. 8. The mini taco bar was outstanding with the most gorgeous presentation! Small plates tapas buffet & salad station: 9. The sliced beef tenderloin with chimichurri was so scrumptious! We’ve received so many compliments on this dish, so many! 10. The baked salmon with roasted red pepper and hazelnut salsa heavenly! 11. The ravioli with roasted butternut squash, sautéed spinach, garlic, toasted pine nut, and ricotta cheese was to die for! The portions were very generous and everything was cooked perfectly! Salad Station: 12. The panzanella salad with shaved Romano, homemade croutons, with champagne vinaigrette was so yummy! 13. The fresh fig salad with cheese, roasted beets, arugula, sugared walnuts, white balsamic was perfection! The dessert buffet and our wedding cake were simply divine! 14. Chocolate mini gaunach tartlet, lavender whipped cream, toped with raspberries 15. Lemon cheese cake 16. French Macarons with butter cream frosting: Pistachio, vanilla, lemon—the best we’ve had!"

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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 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 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.

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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