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Dover Creative Caterers

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FOR THE LOVE OF FOOD + DRINK
4.8
from 116 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 172 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lisa C.
Verified review

When I contacted Wendy and Bill a few weeks before my daughters graduation, they were efficient, professional and valuable in knowledge about their services. I had never used a caterer before but, decided to be able to enjoy my daughters high school graduation and have a caterer provide the food. It was a big jump for me to hand off this important part! Wendy and Bill were the only caterers that wanted to meet at the venue that I had chosen, they had a sample menu printed up for me when I told them the theme of the party and, they had a lot of energy about the event. I could tell that they love what they do and that they are passionate about good food! On the day of the event, the weather was undecided and I had to consider another location. They were flexible and calm about the whole process. They arrived ready and organized- everything was absolutely delicious with our guests coming up for seconds! We had so much food that we had leftovers and that surprised me as we are all big eaters :-) I can't say enough about this catering company! For anyone that tends to try to do everything themselves for parties, consider For the Love of Food and Drink- they are very reasonable in price, provide wonderful service and create the most delicious dishes. They also have cooking classes that my daughter and I will attend. Thank you Wendy and Bill!

  • 11 years in business
  • 100 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer B.
Verified review

For more than 15 years I have been involved in fundraising. I have worked with dozens of caterers over these many years and I can confidently say that Cristo's Kitchen and Catering is the best that I have worked with. Outstanding service, detail oriented, professional, delicious food, honest and a great guy. Highly recommended and I look forward to working with them again.

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  • 12 years in business
  • 81 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Samantha D.
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They were amazing! The food quality was awesome! They were early setting up which was perfect. Our wedding guests loved the food and many people asked where we found our caterers. Thank you so much!!

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Leslie's Catering
4.8
from 51 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 81 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Trish G.
Verified review

We just got married last week and used Leslie's Catering for our reception. We had a small wedding 35-40 people. Leslie provided appetizers and a buffet dinner. The appeitzers and the dinner were exceptional!! Leslie was very reasonable priced compared to many other caterers that we looked at. She kept in contact with us throughout the whole process, arrived earlier, was very professional along with her staff! We would definately use Leslie's Catering for any future catering needs!

Hostess Catering
4.7
from 37 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 67 hires on Thumbtack
Corin M.
Verified review

Donna and Visnja were amazing! It was my first timing looking for caterers and I had a great experience. I primarily spoke with Donna and she was so bubbly, polite, and professional. She was quick to answer any of my questions and was very accommodating. I had a large family party but did not want to have a formal sit down dinner, so I opted for 3 of their food stations-the boardwalk, the skewer and the salad stations. They set everything up buffet style so my guests could eat at their choosing. I got so many compliments on the food! I was especially pleased to hear that the vegetarians of the group loved having so many tasty options (from the salad station). Next time I need to cater an event I know who to call. I would absolutely recommend them to anyone looking for a caterer!

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William Morin
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Liz B.
Verified review

professional chef with creative ideas and a passion for what he does. great chef!

  • 3 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Kely B.
Verified review

Hope and her staff did an excellent job with the catering for my daughter's 9th birthday party. The kids loved the caterpillar snacks made with fruits, the apple and peanut butter snails - very cute. It was so creative and perfect for the occasion. I would definitely rehire them for future events.

  • 24 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Nic O.
Verified review

We had an Indian fusion wedding last weekend at an off-site venue, and Simply Elegant Catering did a fantastic job. We originally contacted SEC to provide full service catering and American style food, with the intent of having another restaurant provide Indian food. However, SEC’s chef offered to make the Indian food for our tasting, and it was delicious. As a result, SEC caterered both style menus. They also worked with us to develop a mostly vegetarian menu to meet the needs of the groom and many of our guests. A few of our guests actually commented that it was the best wedding food they’ve ever had. Sam of SEC was very helpful and responsive, and his entire staff seemed eager to work with us to help make our event run smoothly and meet our wishes. And SEC’s services were very reasonably priced. Overall, I can’t say enough good things about SEC, and would recommend them to anyone looking for delicious food with friendly service.

Thyme + TIDE kitchen
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Tiffani L.
Verified review

There's not enough space or time to explain how pleased we were with our pig roast. Thyme and Tide was very professional. The food was phenomenal. Everything was fresh. There was no hidden costs. Price was Fair. We even had leftovers! This guy knows food and he left no mess behind. He'll be back at our house again for many years to come.

Amanda Pomer, Private Chef
5.0
from 7 reviews
    Olivia M.
    Verified review

    Amanda does amazing work! She is very professional and her food is amazing!

    Maine-ly Meatballs
    4.3
    from 8 reviews
    • 4 years in business
    • 4 hires on Thumbtack
    Christen G.
    Verified review

    From the opening inquiry to the post-event follow up, Maine-ly Meatballs was a first rate caterer. Jeanne worked with us to create a menu and was experienced enough to guide us. The food was delicious! We had traditional marinara, Asian style with slaw and cheeseburger sliders, with sides of salad and macaroni and cheese. We had 80 guests and every single one of them raved about their balls. Additionally, Jeanne is super nice, friendly and professional. As a hostess she was in my corner, helping to be sure the party was successful.

    Out Of The Box Catering
    5.0
    from 4 reviews
    • 4 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Tom M.
    Verified review

    Out of the Box Catering Jonathan Hatch and Eva Chen: Pattie and I are still hearing wonderful reviews from our guests about the fantastic food you served at our soirée. We are extremely pleased at your professionalism and manner during the party. All the guests were amazed at your prowess as a chef. Every part of the meal was unbelievable and absolutely delicious. Your promise to make this party one of good memory was delivered. Your service was admirable and friendly. Even the leftovers were spoken for. Out of the Box Catering certainly delivers with aplomb. Sincerely, Tom Mazzarini and Pattie Ricci

    Elizabeth R.
    Verified review

    Robert and the crew at Organic Garden did a great job of catering my wedding in August 2012. My husband wanted a strictly vegetarian wedding, but we wanted the food to appeal to everybody who may not be used to a vegetarian diet. The food was festive, beautiful, and tasty. The service was great. Everyone remarked that they felt like they were somewhere in Europe, enjoying each course very slowly and we lots of mingling and dancing in between each dish. Thank you so much.

    • 17 years in business
    Rosalie S.
    Verified review

    We used Chef Joseph to cater a very special birthday party as well as other events which people are still raving about. His professionalism, creative menu geared to our needs and pocketbook are to be commended. We loved his food and would not hesitate to hire him again.

    Thyme To Rise
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 4 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Kelley C.
    Verified review

    I highly recommend Sean for any occasion. Outstanding at his craft.

    About

    We are a full-service restaurant, offering complete off-site catering services. We have catered events of all different sizes, from bridal showers and family reunions to corporate luncheons and dinners.

    • 15 years in business
    About

    We offer a small cafe with attention to quality and flavor. We are serving breakfast, lunch and party platters for all occasions. Thank you for your interest. Please do not hesitate to contact us for more details.

    • 8 years in business
    About

    We are a family-run catering company. We offer expert decorating and planning along with great food. We love to do mashed potato bars!

    About

    I offer small catering and am an event planner who specializes in customizing each and every one of my client's needs! I focus on detail and will do anything from a simple flower arrangement, to cooking for 40 people.

    About

    Great tasting food is all about the amount of love put into it. My business will outfit you and your guests, from the menu to the execution, enjoying it all the way. I truly believe that if you love what you do, the difference will stand out tremendously. This is what will set our service from the rest. Our capabilities range from birthday parties to weddings of up to 150 guests. Please e-mail for any inquiry involving advising or catering.

    About

    We are a family-run restaurant operating in the Lakes region for 25 years. We are offering fantastic breakfast, lunch and dinner. We have a clean and comfortable atmosphere. We also provide catering to parties of 10 to 300.

    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.

    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 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.

    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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