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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
Paul P.
Verified review

I highly recommend for The Love of Food and Drink. Bill and Wendy are great. We met them through Thumbtack while searching caterers for our Son’s wedding. As we planned the menu together it was clear Bill loves cooking and good food. Both he and Wendy were extremely accommodating and made the menu planning easy. They made everything sound so good. The listened to the Bride and Grooms ideas and included signature dishes that represented each of them. So would the taste meet expectations? No, exceeded. Everything was amazing. Pulled pork, sliders on homemade buns, Mac & Cheese with a bite, lime buttered corn on the cob, potato salad, and more. I highly recommend Wendy and Bill. Great tasting food and great taste in music. Thanks guys!

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Jen Royle: Dare To Taste
4.9
from 98 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 134 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
DIANNE B.
Verified review

As everyone knows, guests always remember the meal at a wedding. Our wedding meal was over the top outstanding. Jen and her fantastic team couldn't have been any more efficient, professional, engaging and in a word "perfect". We would highly recommend them. We were so fortunate that she was available to cater this event for us, a true blessing.

Sara's Cooking
4.8
from 78 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 145 hires on Thumbtack
Stephen M.
Verified review

Sara and her staff did an absolutely fantastic job catering our wedding in late July, 2016. The event was at a small horse farm in Rehoboth, MA, and Sara planned a menu that perfectly reflected the verdant, warm and playful atmosphere of the venue. Throughout the planning process, she and her staff were swift to respond to any questions we had and were very transparent about all of the costs involved. They were incredibly friendly and professional, reflecting a true pride in their work. The event itself went flawlessly and all the guests we talked to (we had about 150) really enjoyed their meals and the buffet service was well run. In short, the food was excellent and the customer service, friendliness and overall professionalism were superb. I highly recommend hiring Sara and her crew to cater any special event!

  • 11 years in business
  • 100 hires on Thumbtack
Meagan S.
Verified review

I truly cannot say thank you enough to the team at Cristo’s Kitchen for catering my wedding. They were friendly and supportive in putting together a menu. So easy to work with. On the day of the event they were on-time, anticipated the needs of the guests, created a beautiful spread, and served some tremendous food. All of our guests were so blown away by how wonderful the food was and by the service they received from the wait staff. Not to mention, the pricing was very affordable. I would recommend Cristo’s Kitchen 100% and give 5 stars on all levels!

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  • 12 years in business
  • 81 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Juliann S.
Verified review

Little Miss Sophies did a wonderful job catering my wedding of 175 people. The vegetable, fruit, cheese & cracker display had a great variety and was very well done. For dinner, the taco bar and slider bar were a huge hit, especially with the addition of homemade baked macaroni and cheese! Guests were very satisfied and Jessica, Sue and team were seasoned professionals even when the weather didn't cooperate at times! I would recommend them to anyone in the area that is looking to hire a caterer for their next event.

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Manda & Me
4.9
from 37 reviews
  • 27 years in business
  • 67 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Claudia H.
Verified review

I had a small function with 30 people and every thing was perfect. The appetizer selection was beautifully presented and had wonderful flavor, Julie was very helpful in selections and extremely easy to work with. I would never use anyone else again. People that live in Boston can have a hard time finding a caterer for a small event. She was wonderful..

William Ference Catering
5.0
from 35 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
Caroline H.
Verified review

William and his team catered our wedding of about 100 people and I would highly reccomend him! William truly went above and beyond both with his amazing food and constantly offering to help make things easier on us as we got closer to our wedding. The food and presentation was absolutely amazing! Even our vendors who have eaten at countless weddings raved about the food. William also surprised us with some special treats for my husband and his groomsmen and a great display for our late night pretzel bar. William was so much fun and easy to work with and I really can't say enough about how delicious the food was!

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

Visnja and Donna were catering part of your wedding reception. It was great to work with them: they are creative, understanding, intuitive, kind and extremely helpful in so many details. We could stick to our budget! Food was delicious! Everything was on time, prepared with care. Just wonderful!

  • 12 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
Jacky F.
Verified review

Heidi has been catering events for our family for over 10 years. Her menus are creative , healthy and scrumptious, from romantic dinners for two to weddings her food and energy are amazing. I would recommend her to anyone looking for an extordinary culinary experience.

The Henrys
5.0
from 30 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
Nathalie D.
Verified review

Dining with the Henrys Catered our wedding and we are so pleased with everything they did! From the beginning, I knew I made the right choice in choosing the Henrys. Chris was really easy to work with, very responsive and worked with me on meal ideas and the flow of the reception. In addition to cook an amazing meal, they also bartended and helped create a serve our signature cocktail- Hemingway in Rome. We received many compliments on the food and service. The whole evening seemed flawless. My family and I are so grateful to have had Dining With the Henrys, they made our wedding day so special and delicious! Thank you!

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  • 12 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
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Crystal B.
Verified review

Extremely please with the service provided for my wedding, so professional!

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

Chef Or Die Catering
5.0
from 9 reviews
    Nich J.
    Verified review

    Chef Or Die Catering is my new caterer of choice. Between the top notch customer service, amazing food and unbeatable value delivered by this group their service is unrivaled. We were so pleased with our last two, small events which we had them cater that we decided to have Chef Or Die Catering be the caterer for our wedding We will be flying Beau Williams and his crew out to St Louis to fufill our catering needs for our 250+ people wedding reception. Their flexibility, willingness to appease the customer and immaculate food is unparralelled!

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

    Thyme and Tide catered our wedding last summer. Everything was yummy and our guest couldn't stop commenting on it!

    Only Catering
    5.0
    from 5 reviews
    • 9 hires on Thumbtack
    Mary M.
    Verified review

    We recently had Only Catering for our wedding, they were fantastic. Laurie told us everything she would bring and needed so the set up went flawlessly. She brought more food than was expected and all of it tasted great.She also had gluten free selections that were just as tasty. I would definitely rate them outstanding.

    Nonna Maria Delights
    4.3
    from 4 reviews
    • 5 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Lisa C.
    Verified review

    This is the first time I used a caterer for a party at my home. It was for my son's high school graduation and I wanted relax and enjoy instead of running around. Everything worked out great, the food was excellent, it was on-time, it stayed warm the whole time (2PM-9PM) with the warmers that they used, and they came back to grab everything and clean up. It was so cost effective as well. I wouldn't hesitate to use them again or recommend them to others.

    • 2 years in business
    Kyle R.
    Verified review

    These guys catered our wedding and did a fantastic job. I still receive comments from wedding attendees about the food. Not only was the food excellent, but their professionalism and attention to detail far exceeded our expectations.

    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.

    • 3 years in business
    • 4 hires on Thumbtack
    Michael G.
    Verified review

    This was hands down the best experience I have had working with any company. Meghann and Nick are incredible at what they do an offer so much more than just good food. With out them our dream wedding wouldn't have been half the success that it was. I will be looking for excuses to use their services again in the future!!!

    Two Sisters Catering
    5.0
    from 1 review
      Brian W.
      Verified review

      Recently had them cater my nieces wedding. The food was EXCELLENT. We had several of our family members and friends comment on the quality and freshness of the food. Highly recommended!

      • 35 years in business
      • 2 hires on Thumbtack
      Sharon S.
      Verified review

      We contacted Craig Twohey via Thumbtack looking for a caterer for our daughter's wedding. Craig was so confident about his service & after our initial food tasting with him I can see why! Fabulous food was served to myself, my husband & our daughter the Bride-to-Be and we decided to go with King Phillip Catering for the wedding. Great Job Craig & Jean!!

      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.

      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.

      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.
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