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Browse these food catering companies with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Asbury Park.

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Renegade Outpost
4.7
from 141 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 230 hires on Thumbtack
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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 115 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 154 hires on Thumbtack
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Megan S.
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Every Detail Catering provided the food for my baby shower held at my home. Everything was set up and ready within 10-15 mins. The presentation was professional and included everything we needed ( Butter, dressings, syrups, salt and pepper). The food was excellent and there was definitely enough for people to have seconds and thirds. The communication throughout the entire transaction was also very smooth and easy. I would definitely consider using again for future events.

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NY Catering Service
5.0
from 91 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 136 hires on Thumbtack
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Karina R.
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Chris assisted me with my wedding catering - on top of being such an extremely talented chef, he is so knowledgable about food & catering logistics. I have also eaten at many of the restaurants he has cooked at - amazing! So lucky to know a chef like him.

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Bacco Catered Events
5.0
from 78 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 87 hires on Thumbtack
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Joe S.
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Bacco Catering was a great choice for our event. We used them for a charity event at our store and they performed incredibly. Our guest were so pleased as many of them asked me " who are the caterers, this food and service is amazing". Thank you Lauren so much for such a great night.

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Amoraco
5.0
from 72 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 97 hires on Thumbtack
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Denise P.
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Tamara and her staff were wonderful,from beginning to the end of the event. Tamara returned every phone call and email at a lightening speed response. The food and presentation was so well done and delicious. I would highly recommend her services. I hit a home run whenI found Amoraco catering services. My daughter will never forget her 30th birthday party.

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  • 6 years in business
  • 89 hires on Thumbtack
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Hilary D.
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I have used these type of services many times and was blown away by the food and the service chef Dan provided . I would highly recommend !

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Manjar Boutique Catering
4.9
from 64 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 72 hires on Thumbtack
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Todd G.
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We had a party for my wife's birthday at the house for 40 people and could not have been more pleased with Adolfo Silverio and Manjar Catering. Both the food and the service were first class. Adolfo worked with us on the menu and layout for the party and everything went off without a hitch. People were raving about the food from the duck crepes to the quesadillas and the service including set-up, passing service, and clean-up were executed flawlessly. T.G. - Stamford

  • 10 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Victoria M.
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Ericka is fantastic. I am a vegan diabetic. She comes up with interesting menus for us every week and is always conscience of all of my food requirements. Her food is healthy and delicious. She also cooks for my children, who love her food and are very picky. She encourages us to try new things which most often, we love. I would highly recommend her services.

Mirabell Catering
4.9
from 55 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 69 hires on Thumbtack
Mackenzie A.
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Chef Martin was absolutely fantastic! He was professional and a pleasure to work with. He met with us beforehand to discuss the exact menu we were looking for and he made the food exactly how we wanted it! He showed up with staff, equipment, tables, linens, etc. and provided delicious food for a group of 150!!! Can't wait to work with him again in the future! Highly recommended

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HighLife Productions LLC
5.0
from 53 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 60 hires on Thumbtack
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Idannis M.
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Provided great catering service under last minute pressure! Will definitely use them for future events.

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Chef Aless
4.9
from 52 reviews
  • 34 years in business
  • 60 hires on Thumbtack
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Caitlin K.
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Within a 24 hour period of our putting out a query Aless responded, pivoted and catered our NGO's small Board dinner in a Board member's apartment. Food was delicious. Service and care extra lovely. Whole experience was seamless and a joy. Thank you!

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  • 2 years in business
  • 81 hires on Thumbtack
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Thumbtack Customer
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Melissa was very flexible about my guests' allergies and food requirements and very responsive to my email queries. She was able to bring together a menu that worked within the party theme. Though a few food dishes did not work completely in taste and function, most were good quality and the guests were happy.

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Kulinary Kings
4.7
from 49 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
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Toni G.
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We loved the services and food catered by Kulinary Kings. They catered food for our 125 guest consisting of a variety of backyard BBQ foods. Our guest loved the roasted corn, the salmon pasta salad and the macaroni and cheese and chicken and beef skewers to name a few. Even more than the food, the service was great- we also requested servers and a bar tender and I must say all were on point and attentive to our guest. I would recommend This cater and will definitely use him again!

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Creative Table NY
4.9
from 44 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 60 hires on Thumbtack
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Michael N.
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Peter and his professional staff made the event painless and enjoyable (at-home cocktail party wedding reception for 68 people). They worked efficiently behind the scenes during the event so I never had to worry about food and beverage serving. Beautiful presentation, impeccable service with a smile, and most importantly - tasty! They set up 4 hours in advance and cleaned up our home exactly as they found it.

T&C Catering
4.8
from 43 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 80 hires on Thumbtack
Dawn C.
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T&C Catering provided the food for my daughters Sweet 16 September 2013. They were friendly, arrived early, and they were very organized. Their food tastes amazing and the portions were a healthy size. We had plenty of leftovers and they are affordable. Thank you T&C Catering for making my daughters party an amazing event. ❤️

  • 7 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
Claudia S.
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Great service and food! 100% recommended :) Catered my graduation party and it was amazing!

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CORNBREAD26 Food Co., LLC
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
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Faye B.
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I have had the great pleasure of being a customer and guest on several occasions of Cornbread26's catering services. Each time I was blown away by their outstanding customer service, food quality and flavor, and beautiful execution of the event's decor. Claude and Craig work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that their clients don't have to worry about a thing except for enjoying the experience and the food.

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JP's Delicacies LLC.
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
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Liam N.
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I could not be more satisfied with JP's work. For a week or two leading up to my networking event, JP communicated with me regularly and with great responsiveness to make sure everything went perfectly. I wanted to make sure we had enough food for 50 guests within a tight budget. To be honest, I was worried we would run out, but JP made it work while providing exceptional quality. All of my guests were wowed by his simple, yet impressive hors d'oeuvres. His work ethic at the event was above and beyond. And to top it all off, JP is a great guy. Doing business with JP felt like doing business with a good friend. The level of trust and willingness to go beyond his job description really show why JP is the guy to go to. I would highly recommend JP and will be pursuing his service again for a similar event in the spring. Thank you, JP!

Dee-Lish..... registered LLC
4.8
from 20 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Kristin M.
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Dee-lish catering catered our Christmas party and made food for 150 people . The food was outstanding and everyone was very happy . Dena made us stuffed breads , salad , beef tips , pulled pork, Mac and cheese , vodka sauce etc . Her price per head was more than fair!

  • 7 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Katrina B.
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I dropped off something to a baby shower & BK Catering was setting up the food & bar areas. Everything was organized & well placed. Mrs Lee was pleasant & offered me a tasting of a selection. Honey Ginger wings were outstanding!

Elemental Catering
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Tali G.
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I have no words to describe how overjoyed we are that we found this catering company. * Communication was direct, no hidden fees, price offer was itemized and detailed so we could see exactly what we're paying for. * Tasting was wonderfully coordinated and very (very) generous. :D * The team rolled with the punches (we had a non-standard venue, lots of small changes, and mostly questions and confusion) and was super understanding and tolerant. * Event was SUPERB. I keep getting compliments from friends who attended about every single dish. These guys are phenomenal. Hire for whatever event you need (ours was a wedding), but don't skip the tasting because it's sooooooo good :) Looking forward to working with them again!

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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