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Rochester Custom Caterers

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Top Pro
from 118 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 172 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kate M.
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Bill & Wendy were the caterers for all of our farm to table dinners last summer. Their food and service is exceptional. Besides absolutely delicious food, they are also extremely fun to work with and easy to communicate with. I would highly recommend them for your events!

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Ballroom Catering
from 62 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 102 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jan S.
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I know Leslie through a non-profit that hosts events. Leslie has been one of the most used caterers by the people using our facilities. We always ask how things went and have heard nothing but positive remarks about her abilities. While we rent the facilities, we have little to do directly with her but what contact we have had has been nothing but exceptional.

Top Pro
  • 12 years in business
  • 81 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Samantha D.
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They were amazing! The food quality was awesome! They were early setting up which was perfect. Our wedding guests loved the food and many people asked where we found our caterers. Thank you so much!!

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The Home Chef of NH
from 54 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 91 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sara C.
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Sarah came through for our firm in a very short amount of time right before Christmas. We had a wonderful, savory, holiday luncheon that Sarah prepared and served us with all the accoutrements one would expect from a top-notch Boston caterer. Fantastic! We'll be calling on her again for our next company function!

TMT Private Chef Services
from 24 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
Lynelle S.
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Tanya was absolutely incredible!! From start to finish, my experience working with her was absolutely phenomenal, and I can't wait to hire her again. She went above and beyond to make my fiance's birthday extra special and planned a custom menu around his favorite dishes. She arrived early and was so organized and professional. Her and her sous chef made our night so special and memorable. Everyone can't stop talking about how incredible the experience was. Thank you SO much Tanya!!

  • 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!

Thyme + TIDE kitchen
from 8 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Nell F.
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Thyme and Tide catered our wedding last summer. Everything was yummy and our guest couldn't stop commenting on it!

Theresa Hyatt
from 6 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Tamson R.
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We hired Theresa to cater our wedding reception and couldn't have been happier. We were so lucky to have found her! Our first 2 caterers both just disappeared after making the commitment and Theresa saved the day with just 3 weeks before our wedding. Since we were having an Irish/Scottish wedding we requested a buffet with a variety of savory pies and not only did she accept the challenge but her food was amazing!! Everyone raved about it, especially the Steak & Ale Pie. She made absolutely beautiful "display" pies for each type of pie served, which was a really nice touch. Theresa had to deal with no stove/oven at the venue and a warming rack that didn't work and somehow still pulled it all off! Throughout it all she was calm and supportive and made me feel like I had nothing to worry to about, and she was right! I highly recommend her and will definitely use her again the next time we need a caterer. She is fantastic (and also an award winning pastry chef!). Our only regret was that we had already committed to having another vendor do our cupcakes otherwise we would have had Theresa do our dessert as well. She is an excellent caterer and a really warm, genuine person. We highly recommend her!

Very Best Catering
from 6 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Alyssa L.
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When I think back on some of my favorite life moments Very Best Catering has always been apart of them. It says something when you keep going back.

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

Mike H.
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Having worked for Tom on several catering jobs I can testify to the fact that he simply cooks absolutely delicious food. Whether for a dinner party for eight or a wedding reception for over 100, his organizational and culinary skills combine to produce results that impress everyone. It is a joy not only to work for him, but also to eat his cooking.

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!

    Catering Services
    from 1 review

      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.


      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.

      • 19 years in business

      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.


      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.

      • 31 years in business

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


      I handle all your catering and private chef needs, with bartending and front-of-house hospitality flair.


      Great tasting food is all about the amount of love put into it. My business will outfit you and your guests, from the menu to the execution, enjoying it all the way. I truly believe that if you love what you do, the difference will stand out tremendously. This is what will set our service from the rest. Our capabilities range from birthday parties to weddings of up to 150 guests. Please e-mail for any inquiry involving advising or catering.

      • 15 years in business

      We offer a small cafe with attention to quality and flavor. We are serving breakfast, lunch and party platters for all occasions. Thank you for your interest. Please do not hesitate to contact us for more details.

      • 7 years in business

      I take the time and care to make sure your happy ay all costs. The best part of my job is seeing the smiles on peoples faces when they have a great experience and a great meal.

      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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