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Asbury Park Chefs

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Renegade Outpost
4.7
from 134 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 222 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Christine Y.
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"This was the best food!" EVERYONE Ellen catered to for our dinner last evening could not get over how delicious their meals were. There are not enough words of gratitude I can share with her or any of you who are considering to hire her for your event. Ellen is concise when reaching out with her menus, her menus are organized by cuisine (making it easy to discuss), her response time is excellent, there are no hidden last minute charges, she shows up at the agreed time, is able to work in a challenging kitchen (we are in an office with a no flame policy and she made do with sternos), her food presentation is attractive and appetizing, and she is an absolute gem to work with. I have been in the food and beverage industry for 20 years, worked with many many chefs and Ellen is the real deal. Our group was falling behind and dinner service was delayed by close to 45 minutes. She made sure the main courses were still hot and of the best integrity, which is difficult to do when serving poultry and fish. Everything was seasoned beautifully with a variety of flavors with each course. Truly, the whole experience was magical and I can't wait to work with her again. Thank you so much Ellen!

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Every Detail Catering
4.9
from 111 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 141 hires on Thumbtack
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Kate K.
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My husband gave me a great 50th birthday party gift of a personal chef to have a summer evening handled by Chuck with 9 of my friends. The food was fantastic, presented well and my friends raved! What I loved most was how easy Chuck was to work with and how accommodating he was. On time, prepared and best part was my kitchen and home were left in tip top shape. We were so happy- Chuck and his wife Maria were attentive yet unobtrusive at the same time. I absolutely loved my evening and would have Chuck come back for more parties!

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NY Catering Service
5.0
from 88 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 126 hires on Thumbtack
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Jess G.
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Chef Chris catered the New York City Food and Wine festival for my company and to say he hit the mark is an understatement. His outgoing personality right off the bat made the overall experience absolutely incredible. He was sincere in his work and in his responsibility to get the job done. The food was beyond epic. He had this amazing appetizer that was out of this world called the Perfect Bite. And let me tell you--it was more than perfect! It had to be one of the most amazing things I have ever tasted. It was perfectly smoked crispy prosciutto, brie cheese, and granny smith apples. The combinations of flavors were mouth watering. I, along with everyone else at the festival kept on coming back for more. It was such a hit! His staff was also extremely professional and did such a tremendous job getting the food together. There was never a moment someone was not at our booth trying the food. The feedback from my team and reactions from the people at the festival were overwhelmingly wonderful. He was such a great advocate for my company and I cannot wait to book him again for another event. I truly cannot say enough about this guy.

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Bacco Catered Events
5.0
from 76 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 84 hires on Thumbtack
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Susan M.
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Chef Lauren was a pleasure to deal with from the very beginning to the end of the event! Her food was terrific and her staff is second to none!

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Amoraco
5.0
from 70 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 96 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Susan T.
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Tamara is simply AMAZING! She is not only an extremely capable and very talented chef, but is also a consummate professional. She knew exactly the type of food that would lend itself to our organization and the event. We had nothing to worry about. Tamara catered a 300 person event for us and people are still raving about her delicious and creative food items. She is a joy to work with and helped make our Benefit an incredible success. Thank you Tamara!

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  • 6 years in business
  • 88 hires on Thumbtack
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Roma S.
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Chef Dan and his fiancee are a power team! I hired Chef Dan to cater a small bachelorette party for my sister. The food was amazing and Chef Dan was so friendly and professional. He made us feel like he was just a friend in our kitchen cooking just for us! He helped make our night one to remember and would definitely recommend him for any party or occasion.

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  • 68 years in business
  • 92 hires on Thumbtack
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Jennifer L.
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This was a special dinner for two. Everything from start to finish was perfection. Steve (our chef) was friendly, talented, and thoughtful. I can't recommend this experience highly enough.

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Manjar Boutique Catering
4.9
from 62 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 66 hires on Thumbtack
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Karen L.
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Adolfo and his team were FANTASTIC! The food was plentiful, beautifully executed and delicious. I highly recommend and will definitely be using him for our next soirée.

Melissa D'Elia
4.8
from 55 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 73 hires on Thumbtack
Leah H.
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I had an amazing experience working with Melissa!! From before the event when we emailed and face timed to plan the menu, till the dinner everything was professional and high quality! We had 10 girls and a number of different dietary restrictions that she easily accommodated. We were at staying at a rental house that she had to work with what we had there and she set up a beautiful table scape, with flowers she picked up! The meal was so delicious and accommodated everybody’s eating restrictions!! Not to mention she was just fun and easy to get along with! Much appreciation to her sous chef for also being our photographer:) Can’t wait to work with Melissa again!!!

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HighLife Productions LLC
5.0
from 52 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
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Rachel T.
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We had a wonderful time at our group cooking class at La Pulperia. Chef Carlos and his team were so gracious (accommodating of food allergies) and the food was delicious - empanadas, salmon tartar, guacamole and ricotta gnocchi (which we learned how to make). We enjoyed making one of their signature cocktails and sipped wine (and tequila). Thanks to Chef Carlos and everyone at La Pulperia for such a fun and unique time. Also, thanks so much to Tyler for setting everything up!

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Chef Aless
4.9
from 52 reviews
  • 34 years in business
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
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Allison R.
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Amazing meal and easy to work with. I have hired many chefs but Aless was one of the best. All my guests were impressed.

Most Wanted Chef LLC
4.9
from 49 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
Kalpana B.
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Alana put together a wonderful dinner for my father in law's 70th birthday. Each course was beautifully laid out and delicious. She also made a wonderfully unique cocktail to start off the festivities. She works very hard, has a lovely and calm demeanor during all of her prep and even found time to chat with our kids. Only area for improvement is a suggestion of proactive communication leading up to event, but otherwise, everything went really well.

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Kulinary Kings
4.7
from 48 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
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TERRENCE K.
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GREAT EXPERIENCE, THE FOOD AND SERVICE WAS AWESOME. CHEF DID HIS THING FOR OUR ANNIVERSITY 2/21, THE WIFE WAS MORE THAN PLEASED. CANT WAIT FOR THE DATE I BOOKED IN MAY. THANK U AGAIN CHEF FOR A NIGHT ILL ALWAYS REMEMBER.

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Creative Table NY
4.9
from 44 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
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George H.
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Peter is not only a very talented chef, but also a lovely man and a pleasure to be around. Peter has prepared meals for myself and my family regularly over the last year and has been a huge success with us all. I unreservedly recommend anyone to try Peter's excellent work. You will be extremely happy. :)

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  • 9 years in business
  • 72 hires on Thumbtack
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Jessica P.
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Chef Melissa taught a cooking class for myself and 4 friends. She was very fun and informed us on proper cutting technique. We had a lot of allergies/food restrictions and Melissa was very easy to work with regarding these. Her recipes were healthy and delicious! Our menu included Sweet Potato Fritattas, Cod w/ Mango Salsa, Baked breaded artichoke hearts and Almond Butter Cups. We had a great time and would highly recommend her!

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F.I.G. Catering
5.0
from 25 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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What a crew! The chefs, waiters, bartenders were all knowledgeable and attentive to my guest's needs. Starting with the spring fling cocktail to the grilled watermelon dessert, all of the food and drink was superb.

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Now That Was A Great Party
5.0
from 25 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Shamin H.
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Doris and her staff did an OUTSTANDING job making sure that my 40th birthday party was perfect!! From the time we met and discussed my vision I felt comfortable in knowing that she would be able to see things through. Anytime I contacted Doris with questions, concern, or suggestions she was available to assist me. On the evening of my party Doris and her staff worked effortlessly to decorate and set up my venue. Everything came together just as I imagined. The food was so SUPERB that many of my guest still rave about how tasty It was. Every one left saying "NOW THAT WAS A GREAT PARTY"!! Thank you again to Doris and her staff for making my 40th Birthday Party one that myself and guest will never forget.

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Make my Pastry, LLC
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
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Monique M.
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We met Chef Pearl, and we knew she was our choice from the start. She sent us cup cake tastings! Decorated them, they tasted and looked amazing (image below)... after that we told her what we were looking for months in advance. We were so comfortable with her, and not worried, that we didn't write to her again until a week prior the wedding! She told us all is well and we believed it. My wife and I did NOT see the cake until we walked in for our first dance! We were in love! She is great, her work is great! I wouldn't have made another decision if given another chance.

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JP's Delicacies LLC.
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
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Musi Q.
Verified review

JP catered a party for us of about 40 adults and 20 kids and we had a great experience working with him - highly recommend his services! He was responsive and flexible during the planning phase, able to modify his gameplan day-of when our rooftop venue got rained out :( and prepped and served the food efficiently, beautifully and notably, without needing anything from us as hosts, letting us truly enjoy the party. On top of all that, all the guests loved the food itself and several have inquired about contacting JP for their own events. I’m happy to make those connections because JP is truly a great chef and a consummate professional!

Sarah's Breakfast & Brunches
4.6
from 17 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Terryann D.
Verified review

We were looking for an authentic Louisiana chef and Chef Rob fit the bill.....the food was amazing.....fit right into our mardi gras theme......it was delicious and everybody enjoyed it......even had people ask for MORE when there wasn't any!!!!! Fabulous

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Chef Nirva Llorca LLC
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jose C.
Verified review

Chef Nirva catered a small engagement for my staff of 15 for a brunch party. Nirva curated a special menu designed on everything I enjoyed in a brunch event. One of my favorites was the homemade French toast with a nice brioche bread and topped them off with fresh passion fruit and strawberry reduction. She also provided a fresh egg station, where she had a fresh egg station from fried and scrambled eggs, but I really enjoyed her omelette with spinach. Overall my experience was excellent from her attention to detail, presentation, and friendliness.

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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