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FOR THE LOVE OF FOOD + DRINK
4.8
from 118 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 172 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Dwight & Gayle D.
Verified review

Chef Bill and Wendy provided farm to table catering for the grand opening of our office. We hosted approximately 80 guests and they were all thrilled with the food and the wine pairings. Excellent job. Recently attended one of their signature events at the Victoria Inn. The Indian food was OFF THE CHART!!! Give them a try!

  • 11 years in business
  • 117 hires on Thumbtack
Lindsay F.
Verified review

Cristos kitchen was so great at my wedding reception of 275 guests. Chef Chris worked with me throughout my entire process of planning and budgeting. He and his team provided me with lots of delicious food and friendly, genuine service. There was a very big menu with lots of choices for dinner and hordourvs. Everything tasted the same and just as yummy as it did at the tasting. I was so happy with cristos kitchen I would most definitely recommend it, and hire them again.

Top Pro
  • 12 years in business
  • 81 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Charissa H.
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Living on the NH Seacoast, catering is super expensive. I was looking for a more budget-friendly caterer that wasn't close to home. Little Miss Sophie's Restaurant is a hidden gem! They understand budget, quality, and always treat you like you are their best customer! I highly recommend them! And not to mention, the food is AMAZING!

Hostess Catering
4.7
from 37 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 68 hires on Thumbtack
Kristen T.
Verified review

My company has used Hostess Catering for dinner 4 nights a week for over year. They are flexible, professional, creative and dependable. It's very hard to satisfy a large group every night with many different tastes, diets and eating habits. These ladies always come up with a fun menu every week that appeals to meat lovers and vegetarians. Hostess even catered our Holiday Party in December of 2014 and did all the planning from menus to table settings to waitstaff. They worked hard and I looked like a Super Star! These women do a knock out job and no job is too big for them to handle.

TMT Private Chef Services
4.8
from 24 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
Carol L.
Verified review

Tanya has done both family and work events for me. She is a wonderful & creative Chef. I have never been disappointed and leave the menu planning and shopping all up to her. Whether she is cooking for two people or a hundred people, she is consistent and skilled. I would never use or recommend anyone else.

  • 24 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Valentina G.
Verified review

We worked with their catering division, and really appreciated their ability to tailor a menu specifically to our needs (a thematic party about travel to the UK & Ireland). Their ideas for apps were spot on and they also served up a specialty cocktail and whiskey tasting, and worked with our non-standard event space, which added up to a great value compared with renting a restaurant space!

BUFFETS INC
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 31 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Debbie S.
Verified review

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!

The Frog and Turtle
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Kate S.
Verified review

James and his team from the Frog & Turtle Pub catered our evening VIP Grand Opening for our new business in Westbrook. I had heard wonderful things about James's catering, and when arriving in Westbrook, was thrilled to discover that the Frog & Turtle was just across the street! The party was from 6-8 in the evening. James's crew, respectful of the fact they were entering a work environment, arrived no earlier than 4. They had already established a clear idea of where they would be setting up their stations, and most of the food prep had been done ahead of time. James, Matt and Megan were friendly and professional. Once the party got going, they made sure that food and drink were easily accessible. And everything was delicious. I received many compliments on the food and service, both at the party and afterward. I have managed and cooked for many catering jobs in my culinary career, and it is not a job I would wish on anyone that doesn't love it. It's clear that James and his team not only like what they do, but do it well and with quality ingredients. At the end of the night, Megan packed up the leftovers and left them neatly bagged for me and my guests to take home. James and his team left our space clean and organized. I would recommend James and the Frog & Turtle to anyone looking for an excellent catering service that delivers delicious food, and friendly, gracious service, at an extremely reasonable rate.

  • 3 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Kristin Piracini
Verified review

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!

Thyme + TIDE kitchen
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Melinda L.
Verified review

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.

Very Best Catering
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Laurie S.
Verified review

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.

Theresa Hyatt
5.0
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.

3 Kitchens Catering
5.0
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
    5.0
    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!

      About

      I can provide a full catering service from setting up to complete tear down I have the capability to cook on or off site. My goal is to achieve your thoughts and needs for whatever you may need my services for. True Satisfaction....

      • 5 years in business
      About

      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 Get Ready for Vacation… Our Island Style state of mind takes the average meal and blasts it with bright and flavorful ingredients! Whether we are kicking up the heat or adding a sweetening touch; seafood, chicken, pork and steak take on a whole new appeal. We’ll bring the food and feeling of vacation directly to you. Our catering menu provides the fresh ingredients and eclectic flavors you’ll come to love with Big Kahuna’s Catering. Our team will be able to work with you to fully understand your desires and budget, and put together a service package tailored specifically to your needs.

      • 3 years in business
      About

      Everything we do is homemade. We shop locally and hand select every ingredient we use. We work with local farmers who grow produce specifically for our menus. The amount of care we put into our food creates a noticeable difference between what we create and the pre-packaged products that are so common to many caterers. Being able to help people create an unforgettable event or party. With our attention to small details, we love being able to help create lasting memories when a special occasion goes really well.

      About

      I can come to your home and prepare a wonderful meal for you to enjoy with your family. Also, if you are interested in developing your culinary knowledge, I can assist you in many facets.

      About

      I work and cater for certain events. I do mostly drop offs do to my tight schedule. I also do a one time private chef business too unless other things come to mind.

      • 31 years in business
      About

      On budget...on time...and right on customer satisfaction. Food is an art form...from our presentation palette...to your taste palate.

      • 19 years in business
      About

      We pay attention to every detail now matter how small or large it may be. We love the kudos after each and every event and we love that clients recognize that we love what we do.

      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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