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Clifton Home Caterers

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Renegade Outpost
4.7
from 139 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 229 hires on Thumbtack
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Aravind N.
Verified review

Ellen was instrumental in catering at our home for my wife's birthday event. Food was plentiful, varied and delicious. Ellen worked with our palate, our specific requirements (vegetarian) and home setup to provide an excellent spread for our us and our guests. She came up with creative ideas to add flavor and variety and worked extra hard to provide impeccable service. Both Ellen and her delicious food were stars at the party.

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NY Catering Service
5.0
from 89 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 135 hires on Thumbtack
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Lindsay S.
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Perfect! I requested catering services very last minute since my previous caterer canceled and Chef chris came to my rescue! He was so helpful and accommodating and I felt relieved the second I spoke with him. The event was flawless and It was a blessing in disguise that the previous caterer canceled because I got to experience NY Catering Service. Can’t wait to do this again. Thanks!!

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Bacco Catered Events
5.0
from 77 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 86 hires on Thumbtack
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Diane M.
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This is a first class professional catering service. You really do get what you pay for: not only was the food delicious, but Lauren and her team were superb: very sweet, but also very efficient, paying attention to every detail, and giving us precious advice when needed. Our bartender (whom we had hired separetly because we had a previous relationship with him) failed to show up and Lauren immediately and seamlessly fixed that glitch by re-organizing her staff and deploying 2 of them to tend bar. Every aspect of the service was very good. We cannot recommend them enough and will use them again. Thank you Lauren, Tony, John and all the others.

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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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  • 68 years in business
  • 95 hires on Thumbtack
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Eva B.
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Dear Luisa, Just wanted to let you know that the Shower was a huge success. I received many compliments on the food choice and everything was delicious. Your staff was absolutely wonderful, they went up and beyond to make this event run smoothly. I love Francesca she did an amazing job. I would definitely refer your catering service to everyone I know and would definitely use you for all other events in the future.

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Manjar Boutique Catering
4.9
from 63 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 72 hires on Thumbtack
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Jane H.
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We were extremely happy with the catering services that Manjar provided for a small cocktail party to celebrate my mother's 80th birthday. Adolfo and his team were professional and attentive and went above and beyond to make the occasion special. The passed appetizers were delicious and presented beautifully. We can't thank Adolfo enough for his attention to detail and his personalized service that allowed us to enjoy the party and not have to worry about anything.

Melissa D'Elia
4.8
from 59 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 83 hires on Thumbtack
Adam S.
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Melissa (and her helper) did an amazing job catering for 40 people. Everyone was incredibly impressed. From the expertly prepared vegetables to the perfectly cooked BBQ everything was top notch! Highly recommended! A+!

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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
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
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June B.
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f despite that it was thanksiving day, and she had her own family, Chef Aless catered my family's special day with superb attention to both the food, which was beyond delicious and plentiful, and presentation. She arrived early with a trolley full of delectable hors d'oeuvres, the best turkey ever baked, and containers full of great accompanying veggies. This was the first time I have ever needed outside catering, but the experience of having Chef Aless was so seamless, and the food was so perfect, that even if I have to invent an occasion,which I will, I know she could handle it with a touch of that marvelous French charm and expertise, and very little interference from me! I'm a cook,specifically a baker. but Chef Aless is a master, and everything was delivered expeditiously and promptly. And with heart... A truly wonderful experience. Thank you so much Alessandra. JuneBarsalona

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Kulinary Kings
4.7
from 49 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
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Pamela W.
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Great service and Great food. Mr. Evans was prompted with delivery and professional. The food was fresh. The most popular dish of the night was the jerk wings. The mac and cheese balls was my favorite. If I had to choose a chef to travel when eating healthy on the go, meal prepping and enjoyable food, I would choose Kulinary Kings Catering services. .. Thanks again!!!

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  • 9 years in business
  • 80 hires on Thumbtack
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Thumbtack Customer
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Prior to working with Melissa, she was very responsive. She was comfortable responding over text, email and phone. She gave me ample time on the phone so that I could get to know her before coming to our house. Additionally, Melissa was patient as I tried to figure out the menu for the actual event. On the night of the event, Melissa came over to the house. We were staying at a rented home that had limited supplies. Melissa was not at all thrown off by this, and she had brought all of the materials she would need to cook with. While Melissa was happy to cook in the kitchen alone with her assistant, she was extremely social with the other members of the party (there were seven of us); and was happy to share what she was cooking, how she was doing it, and answering any questions people had. A mixed gender bachelorette party, Melissa was really able to understand the energy of the space, and was even willing to take pictures of our group before she left! The food she made was absolutely delicious and she was able to find a good balance between feeding everyone without having too much food left over. I would definitely hire again for another event!

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Creative Table NY
4.9
from 44 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 60 hires on Thumbtack
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Vonnie B.
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Peter was fabulous to work with. He provided catering for us at a Trade show, he was responsive, on time and most importantly, the product was well prepared and well received. Thanks Peter! We look forward to working with you again!

T&C Catering
4.8
from 43 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 80 hires on Thumbtack
Tom N.
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Carol & Crew provided catering & delivery for our in home Christmas gather of about 30 folks. Given the order was on short notice and on a holiday, she was amazingly willing and receptive to work with us. 5 of s6 of the choices I'd rate as outstanding. Particularly awesome was the beef brisket (amazing), the BBQ ribs, mac and cheese and asparagus. The general chicken was very good and only the vegan spinach empenada's were a little less than expected (but then again, they were vegan -- no cheese!) I'd highly recommend T&C on all fronts and will certainly call on them again. Be careful not to over order, the "full" potions, while a good value, are ridiculously large -- we were eating leftovers throughout the holidays.

Tara's Italian Cucina
4.9
from 36 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
Jill M.
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Tara came to our home to provide a cooking lesson for myself and my husband. I thought Tara had a wonderful energy and attitude. She came prepared and on-time. She was communicative throughout the process. We really enjoyed our lesson and were left with a truly amazing dinner at the end of the evening. We look forward to working with Tara again!

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Harvest Specialty Catering
5.0
from 28 reviews
  • 25 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
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Elio B.
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You could not go wrong by choosing Harvest Specialty Catering! Jason and Stella took such amazing care of our guests, who were all family and close friends. They were extremely professional, prompt, courteous, and as hoped, the food was amazing. We chose Harvest Specialty Catering to cater our sons 1st Birthday and we had brunch: the omelette station was a huge hit and the chicken parm was amazing, as well as the rest of our meal. We will definitely be using them for future parties and highly recommend to anyone looking for a caterer that will not disappoint!

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Now That Was A Great Party
5.0
from 27 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
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Tosh M.
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They provided catering services for a holiday luncheon. The food was delicious! Doris and her team were professional and a joy to work with!!

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Celestial Touch Catering
5.0
from 27 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
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Angie F.
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Have had catering services on many occasions from Celestial Touch, one being my rehearsal dinner. The food consistently has great flavor and well presented. Have also had the pleasure of great service and much enthusiasm in the planning process for events.

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CORNBREAD26
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 27 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 18 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
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Sarah P.
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JP and his team were fantastic and we look forward to working with him again. He catered an event for 120 guests the night before our wedding so it was pretty important to us that it went right! The food was delicious, we still have friends telling us how much they loved it. He really goes above and beyond to ensure a good experience and provided us with many more dishes than we had anticipated. I would absolutely recommend him.

  • 7 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Tylan C.
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I threw a catered birthday party, and upon signing up with Thumbtack, Brooklyn Kitchen got back to me in the hour. Throughout the entire process, their responsiveness was always immediate and thorough, anytime I had a question, and we were even able to set up a call to discuss the catering. The food was delivered promptly and ready to present/serve, friends raved about the wings at the party and the NEXT DAY. Highly recommend.

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Chef Nirva Llorca LLC
4.9
from 15 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
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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.

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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