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  • 12 years in business
  • 81 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sheila C.
Verified review

Thanks for taking care of us!! We made a great decision using Little Miss Sophie's for our employee Christmas Dinner. Food was hot, plentiful and DELICIOUS. Everyone I encountered during the planning was pleasant and willing to help. We are a property with function space to rent, but no restaurant. Little Miss Sophie's is a great choice for catering. Close, pleasant and prices are absolutely reasonable. We will definitely be letting our customers know they are a great option for their events!!

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Leslie's Catering
4.8
from 58 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 92 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Claudia L.
Verified review

Leslie was a life saver for me when on short notice, I put on a large dinner at Par Sem in Parsonsfield for friends and family. She asked about my price range. Frankly, I did not believe I could afford a caterer. She had a menu that fit my budget. There was a wonderful variety of delicious food, which included an appetizer, a buffet dinner and dessert. She provided real plates and cutlery, so it was much like a restaurant meal. I could not have been more pleased with everything. She was really, really GREAT! You cannot lose using Leslie for any of your catering needs, large or small. All it takes is a call, and like magic...your event is planned. Even if you don't think you can afford a caterer, give her a call! You will be pleasantly surprised to find that you can have your occasion catered, and you are off the hook for cooking and cleaning and can enjoy your event.

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

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
4.8
from 24 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
Leslie C.
Verified review

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.

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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.

  • 3 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Marianne E.
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We had catering for our family while visiting Maine. As You Wish Catering was amazing!!!!

  • 24 years in business
  • 13 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!

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

We use The Frog And Turtle for catering many of our company events. The most recent was a summer BBQ and it was fabulous!

Thyme + TIDE kitchen
5.0
from 7 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.

Amanda Pomer, Private Chef
5.0
from 7 reviews
    Marc R.
    Verified review

    Amanda catered my wife's 40th birthday party, and she did an exceptional job! She worked with me to create a menu, providing me with a number of different options, including options for guests with dietary restrictions. The food and presentation were great, and our guests were raving about it days afterward! Amanda also was a big help during the party, replenishing the hors d'oeuvres and drink dispersers, refilling plates, cups and napkins, and then cleaning up the kitchen afterward. Amanda took care of it all, and I didn't have to worry about anything! I would highly recommend her for your event!

    Very Best Catering
    5.0
    from 5 reviews
    • 5 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Dori L.
    Verified review

    Jourdan worked with me through the whole process of planning this event, and was responsive to questions and requests. The food and service were amazing and I received great compliments on the food from everyone who was present. Would 100% hire Very Best again!

    • 3 years in business
    • 4 hires on Thumbtack
    Kate H.
    Verified review

    Nick and his team were absolutely phenomenal at our wedding yesterday!!!! I cannot say enough about their professionalism and consideration they provided on our special day. They thought of every detail and more that made the day even better than we could have imagined. The food was incredible, the presentation amazing, and the hospitality above and beyond our expectations! Thank you for everything!!! -Kate & Andrew

    Nick's Place
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Dorothy T.
    Verified review

    I hired Nick's Place, for a retirement party. I can not say enough about their expertise in catering. They took care of everything for me. The food was fresh, delicious, and the presentation was excellent. I would highly recommend Nick's Place. Father and son reassured me everything would be perfect and it was. Dorothy Tobin/Rowley Police Department

    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!

    Catering Services
    1.0
    from 1 review
      About

      We offer full service catering with a wide variety of foods to groups of any size. We offer menus that include Italian, Mexican, BBQ, seafood, formal, appetizers, casual box lunches and a wide variety of baked goods and candies.

      About

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

      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.

      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....

      • 31 years in business
      About

      On budget...on time...and right on customer satisfaction.

      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.

      • 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.

      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.

      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 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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      Need Caterer for a Birthday Party on June 22, 2013

      Worcester, MA

      • Type of catering needed
        Buffet
      • Interested in the following cuisine
        American
      • Head count
      • Details
        birhday party 30 yrs. old male

      Need a Caterer

      Warren, MA

      • Type of catering needed
        Buffet
      • Interested in the following cuisine
        American, Italian
      • Head count
      • Details
        Film set..7 days 2 meals..lunch and dinner.
      • $3953.13
        Average price

      Need Buffet Style Catering Services for a Wedding

      Lyndon, VT

      • Event type
        Buffet catered event
      • Cuisine type
        Casual American, BBQ
      • Number of people
        More than 200
      • Additional Service(s)
        Appetizers, Staff / Server(s) / Bartender(s)
      • Details
        I am just looking for pricing for caterering my wedding ... we hare having a 20's themed wedding.
      • $23
        Average price
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