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Top Pro
from 118 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 172 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Heather D.
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OMG! Hands down, your search ends here. Bill and Wendy are phenomenal; so responsive to email and phone calls. Conducted a site visit and offered sample tastings without being asked. Food was excellent. They did a mid-afternoon reception with about 10 different appetizers/desserts outside in 90 degree heat for 200 people. Presentation was gorgeous. Cold stuff remained cold, hot stuff remained hot, everything was beautiful and stayed replenished. Their demeanor is incredible. The only thing that people complimented more than the food was the catering staff. Truly you will not go wrong with them. 10 years as a innkeeper and 4 years as an event coordinator, I'm a critical judge of quality and service. I give them 5 stars without reservation. Thank you Bill & Wendy for making the 2017 USM Staff Recognition Event a very special day. People loved you and your food! Heather Dilios University of Southern Maine heather.dilios@maine.edu (207) 780-4462

  • 11 years in business
  • 117 hires on Thumbtack
Gwen D.
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Outstanding from start to finish. Awesome, great, delicious food. Professional, polite neat and honest. Chris is wonderful to deal with. I will use him for all my catering events

Hostess Catering
from 37 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 68 hires on Thumbtack
Constance C.
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I highly recommend Donna and her team for anyone's catered event. My guests raved about the food and its presentation. Donna was always quick to respond to any questions I had leading up to my party and was very accommodating. I look forward to my next event with Hostess Catering!

The Henrys
from 30 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
Kate K.
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The Henry's did a fantastic job catering my wedding. My (now) husband is vegan so I wanted an accessible all-vegan meal. They worked with me and created a masterpiece that everyone loved. I highly recommend them!

TMT Private Chef Services
from 24 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
Leslie C.
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Tanya was professional in every aspect. We had two conversations before our actual meeting. When she arrived she took over from a chaotic situation and made the best of it. She made my time enjoyable and stress free. Thank you.

  • 24 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Shawney L.
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Sam and his staff catered our nonprofit organization's annual Sandra K Russell Derby Day Benefit for MitoAction a few weeks ago and it was beyond amazing! Our attendees and staff cannot say enough great things about the Merrimack Event team. From start to finish, Sam was polite, attentive, and efficient. He worked with our budget and understood the complexity of the event. Sam went above and beyond to help decorate the event venue beautifully and of course, have his chef design an out of this world Southern Fare dinner menu to match our event's theme. Everyone was so pleased with the delicious food, and has told us out of the 8 years we have hosted this event - this one was truly the best. We cannot wait to use Simply Elegant Catering again next year! Thank you again Sam and team!

from 12 reviews
  • 31 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Debbie S.
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I have used Buffets Inc for at least 8 years and would not use anyone else! The food is made fresh each day, the prices are reasonable, this is a family owned business and they are great to work with. I first met Mark when he was volunteering his services for a non-profit I was involved with and was impressed with him personally and professionally. I have used Buffets Inc for small meetings to large clam bakes. If I am serving lunch at a meeting the attendees will often ask if Mark is catering because they remember his food and desserts! I can't say enough good things about Buffets Inc!

  • 3 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Kristin Piracini
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Nick & Meghanns level of professionalism equals their level of expertise. Theyre both so down to earth that you feel like close friends during the planning process- yet they provide such fantastic food & service that you know that youre dealing with absolute professionals. Kitchen to Aisle Catering is a definite gem in the catering & events industry!

Penguin Caters LLC
from 8 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
John P.
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My experience with Penguin Caters has been outstanding from the first phone call through the last guest leaving our party. We used 1caterer and 1 bar tender, and I could not have been happier with either of them. They were very presentable, friendly, helpful, organized, efficient, I could go on and on. Misha, thank you for providing a true 5 star service. Your definitely going to hear from me again should I find myself in need of services like this again. I sincerely thank you.

Thyme + TIDE kitchen
from 8 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Melinda L.
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Chef Reed and and his staff of culinarians and service staff provided a wonderful holiday feast for Phillips Exeter Academy. The attention to flavor profiles, detail in execution in all the selections were exceptional. Chef Reed attended all planning meetings, developed all the menus based on a shared vision while providing timely quotes. The wait-staff were professional, well presented and attentive to guests while ensuring the food presentation were maintained. I would highly recommend Thyme and TIDE Catering.

Theresa Hyatt
from 6 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Amanda C.
Verified review

Theresa was very easy to work with for my 40th Birthday celebration. We ordered a bunch of different items that were all excellent! She even tailor made me a few dairy free options, including a mini-cake for me to enjoy. The Mexican Sombrero cake was a hit, and everyone said it was delicious!! I would hire Theresa again for any of my catering events. A delight to work with.

Very Best Catering
from 6 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Laurie S.
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We use Very Best Catering for corporate events; meetings, and holiday parties. The food is consistently excellent along with the presentation and quality. I have also used this company for a private party. The quality and service is great. We are very pleased and will continue to do business with Very Best Catering.

Tanya The Homestyle Gourmet
from 5 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Lisa H.
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Tanya is amazing! She has been cooking regularly for my family for over a year and everything she makes is absolutely delicious! She is professional, reliable, punctual, and fun to be around. She would be an asset to any catering event. We feel very lucky to have found her.

Gayle R.
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Rawbert catered our daughter's wedding. The food and service were fabulous. It became the event of the reception. The restaurant is great, too. Don't miss it if you are in the Boston area.

3 Kitchens Catering
from 2 reviews
    Emily Hanson
    Verified review

    Great to work with! Whether it be for catering a wedding, cooking at a local pop-up or hosting a farm to table dinner! They think of it all and do not disappoint!

    Harding Catering
    from 1 review
      Jillian L.
      Verified review

      We worked with Kris from Harding Catering for our company's open house. He was extremely communicative, arrived early, and our customers and friends had many excellent comments on the food. Presentation and quality obviously mean a lot to this company. Thank you for making our event of about 100 people nearly effortless!


      We love to prepare local, organic and most importantly, delicious food. We are passionate about our craft. Our philosophy is farm to fork.

      • 5 years in business

      Relax, indulge and enjoy yourself with the best catering service in New Hampshire. We pride ourselves for our rustic, hip vibe that represents great food and a totally unique experience. Our team is committed to creativity and exceeding standards on all levels. Our focus is on you and your desires; with both taste and presentation

      • 7 years in business

      I take the time and care to make sure your happy ay all costs.


      We provide full-service catering from your backyard family barbecues to your company's social event functions and everything in between. If you are planning graduation parties, sports awards nights, corporate events, drop-off luncheons, breakfast buffets, or anything else, contact us. We also have event and equipment rental, whether it's a wedding, company bbq or just a special event. All rental services can produce the perfect ambiance and set any mood. All rental service options include tents, tables, chairs, linens, lighting, glassware, china, delivery and set-up. We even have a bounce house to rent.


      From corporate offices to your backyard.... from BBQ to Weddings.... from luncheons we put our flavorful twist to it all.

      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.

      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 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.
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