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Rochester Buffet 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
Tanya M.
Verified review

We enjoyed having Wendy and Bill as our caterers for our night of fun with friends. It was the perfect kickoff to our Memorial Day weekend. There was plenty of delicious and unique foods to taste. We had awesome wine and beer pairings as well. All of our guests enjoyed everything. We absolutely recommend trying their services!

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  • 12 years in business
  • 81 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Iris W.
Verified review

Jess catered our Pastor's 30th Anniversary celebration. I made the arrangements with her assistant Sue. Sue was very easy to work with and had good suggestions for me. She worked with me to create a menu that would work for us. I found the pricing very reasonable for what we got, an outstanding value. Jess arrived on time and had things set up quickly, with only minor issues (leaky water pans). She was very nice, and gave clear instructions, since we were serving the food buffet-style. The food was very good, and we got several compliments from our guests. Overall, it was a near-perfect experience, and I would recommend them!

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Leslie's Catering
4.8
from 53 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 84 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!

  • 3 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Ray B.
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Fantastic Meal, food was hot, service was on time, quality and quantity was excellent. Hope and her staff did an amazing job. We will use this service again.

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

William was amazing for our Corporate Picnic! After working with him on a menu, he came up with an collaborated with me on the perfect menu for my company as well as making sure that our vegetarian co-workers needs were met. He was wonderful in reassuring me that the event would still be wonderful even with our in climate weather of rain but he was well prepared with a tent of his own and came promptly to set up before guests arrived. He was quick on his feet and brought his partner Jennifer who attended to our needs as well as assisted in running food to our buffet line to keep it warm and stocked for the slow accrual of guests. Since then, everyone has been raving about the food, especially the steak tips! They were an amazing team, the food was spectacular and I wholeheartedly would recommend them for any catering that you could need. They went above and beyond.

  • 24 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Shawney L.
Verified review

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!

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

James and Frog and Turtle provided catering and bar services for my wedding in June. They were wonderful to work with. James was able to work with me to get exactly what I wanted within my budget. My wedding went perfectly, and the guests are still talking about how great the food was. The champagne was also a huge hit I have had numerous guests ask what kind it was. The servers and bartender were personable and professional which was appreciated by myself and the guests! Katelyn was absolutely amazing, and did everything to make sure my day went perfectly. She was in close contact via text/phone with my maid of honor, even after the event to make sure everything went great and to see if there was anything else we needed!

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!

Amanda Pomer, Private Chef
5.0
from 7 reviews
    Katrina L.
    Verified review

    She puts effort into everything she does and strives for top quality food. She goes above and beyond to make delicious food that looks amazing. She also works well with people who have allergies. 10/10 would work with her again!

    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.

    Only Catering
    5.0
    from 5 reviews
    • 9 hires on Thumbtack
    Pauline C.
    Verified review

    I hired Only Catering to do a barbecue for my husband's birthday party of 35 people. I had never used a caterer before and was nervous. Laurie worked with me to get the menu I wanted: Barbecue ribs, chicken wings, pulled pork, baked beans, potato salad, coleslaw, vegetable salad, veggies and dip, all at a very reasonable price. The food was excellent and plentiful. My worry about not having enough food was unfounded....there was enough left over for several meals afterward! Laurie's catering service includes food, table cloths, paper products, utensils, and beverages if you want them. We were very pleased with her service and would highly recommend Only Catering.

    Belmont Hall & Restaurant
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 86 years in business
    Erika S.
    Verified review

    Everything was fantastic. The servers And the service was spot on, the food was great, the full bar was a plus (I recommend a mimosa)! We were concerned that my nana wasn't going to be able to attend until they told us that they are handicapped accessible. We will definitely be using Belmont Hall 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.

    Great Events Catering
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 4 hires on Thumbtack
    Rob D.
    Verified review

    what can I say? Sami is the consumate professional with care and attention given to each and every detail. Moreover, she has the knack of doing 10 things at once but still gives undivided and personal attention to whomever may have a question. ..and she makes the event fun! Thank You!

    • 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.

    About

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

    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.

    About

    We are a full catering facility that loves to cater in private homes and at special parties. We will do all the cooking, serving, and cleaning up with big smiles and lots of fun.

    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....

    • 19 years in business
    About

    We pay attention to every detail now matter how small or large it may be.

    About

    Our signature style is amazing food prepared from scratch using locally sourced meats, vegetables, fish and greens. We source from a dozen farms in the Southern Maine region and purchase straight from the docks on the coastline.

    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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