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Renegade Outpost
4.7
from 141 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 230 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jane R.
Verified review

I am so glad that my husband and I decided to work with Chef Ellen for our wedding party. So many things about our experience were great: the food presentation was awesome and she took a lot of care to make sure it matched our aesthetic; Ellen's staff was super pro and worked well in a venue with no kitchen; Ellen was very responsive in her communication and I felt well taken care of. And most importantly, the FOOD was delicious! Would happily recommend Renegade Caterers to anyone.

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Every Detail Catering
4.9
from 115 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 154 hires on Thumbtack
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Tina D.
Verified review

They are great caterers. My guests loved the food and a few asked for their contact info for future events

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NY Catering Service
5.0
from 90 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 136 hires on Thumbtack
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Amy P.
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Chris catered a dinner party at my apartment and everything was top notch. He arrived promptly, had enough time to get organized before the guests arrived, and looked very professional. The presentation of the food was as delicious as it tasted. My friend helped organize the menu and every course was more delicious than the next. I look forward to having him caterer more frequently, as well as teach cooking classes. Chris' professionalism and attentiveness was incredible. Thank you again for a wonderful evening!

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Bacco Catered Events
5.0
from 78 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 87 hires on Thumbtack
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Joyce K.
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I found Bacco Caterers on Thumbtack. I was impressed with the five stars and the reviews, so I contacted Chef Lauren to begin to see if she was the caterer for us—and was she ever! Joyce and I wanted to include our friends and family in our marriage anniversary celebration in our Brooklyn home. We are novice Open House hosts and Lauren advised us re details we would never have thought of, including in our menu selections. Her staff, chef Amanda and sous chef Laura, created freshly made hors d’hoeuvres in our kitchen as the party occurred, superb finger food that was varied, interesting, and delicious! People, including us, loved it. The servers Karen, Tony, and Kevin, and bartender Elroy were unobtrusively attentive and friendly to our guests. Our party took place on two floors and the yard, and the staff kept the food appearing and the empty glasses disappearing with seeming effortlessness. Many guests commented on how comfortable they made everyone feel, contributing to the general sense of joyousness. In spite of our request for no gifts, or perhaps because of it, many of our 50 guests brought flowers. As soon as I was handed the bouquets, Tony would appear and would arrange them in vases I had directed him to when flowers first arrived. I was free during the whole party to visit with my friends and family. I, who am not a party-person, enjoyed myself fully during this celebration, and I am grateful to Chef Lauren and her staff for the many ways (including a fantastic clean-up) they helped make that possible. Inez

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Amoraco
5.0
from 72 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 97 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lindsey F.
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I used Tamara for my engagement party and she was fantastic! I had about 60 people and we started with passed h'ourderves during a cocktail hour in one room (she provided the staff and a bartender). While this happened she was setting up the buffet dinner in another room. She let me know when it was ready and then (timing was flawless) we moved into the second room for dinner. My friends and family raved about the food, which included gluten-free and vegan options as many had dietary restrictions. We had a French theme as I had gotten engaged in France and Tamara worked with me on a French menu, including a delicious chocolate-hazelnut crepe desert with fresh berries. She was totally on-point with timing, presentation, and professional execution, including proactively handling things like insurance with the building so it wasn't a hassle for me. The reason I initially chose her was because she was more reasonable than the other bids I received for caterers in New York but she offered identical services to what they had proposed and she went the extra mile the day of the event. I will definitely be using her again and I would highly recommend her to anyone. I am still receiving compliments on her food and the friendliness/professionalism of her staff.

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  • 6 years in business
  • 89 hires on Thumbtack
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Pamela D.
Verified review

We had a party in our home for 30 colleagues. Chef Dan arrived exactly on time and brought everything he needed with him. He prepared an array of visually appealing and delectable tasting culinary creations that wowed our guests taste buds and satiated their appetites. The bartender was great and the servers did an impeccable job of constantly bringing Dan's gourmet offerings while being pleasant and unobtrusive. Many caterers provide quantity and some high quality- chef Dan did both at a reasonable price and with a smile on his face. He cooked everything fresh in our kitchen and when he and his staff finished, our kitchen looked as pristine as when he arrived. The party was great fun and a big success. Every one of our guests commented on how fabulous the food was and how outstanding the service. He is our go to guy for any future parties or affairs. kudos and thanks. Mel & Pamela Pratter

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Manjar Boutique Catering
4.9
from 64 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 72 hires on Thumbtack
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Deborah C.
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We are so happy to have chosen Manjar to cater our New Year's Day party. Experience with a variety of caterers over the years has shown how hard it can be to find someone who is responsive during the planning process and provides excellent food and service. Everything we had on our menu was delicious! Hosting a group of well-traveled, adventurous eaters, having highly flavorful dishes, aesthetically presented, is always a goal. Thanks to Adolpho and his staff that was exactly what we got. We would order everything again but I must say that everyone agreed that the baby lamb chops were the best they ever had (and this group has had a lot!), and the tuna ceviche was exceptional. But I don't want to slight the other dishes (especially the superb mushroom risotto and vegetable "towers" which were beautiful...I could go on and on). I was impressed from the beginning with our first exchanges through Thumbtack. Adolpho mentioned doing a walk-through months before to see our physical set-up. Besides the hour I'm sure it took him to get here, we spent another hour talking and making final plans. I never felt rushed; he is a great listener. He asked questions that I wouldn't have considered and the party was all the better for that. We felt totally pampered and relaxed throughout the evening. The kitchen was left immaculate. Adolpho captures what is, to me, the best combination of professionalism and warmth. He is simply delightful to work with, as are his staff. We are so grateful to have found him and look forward to our next party with Manjar. Deborah Corbett Montclair, New Jersey

  • 10 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Jenny S.
Verified review

I hired Erika for my sister's bachelorette party - She cooked an amazing meal for us Friday night and left us a picnic lunch to take out with us on Saturday. The food was delicious and she was open to special requests.

LCI Caterers
5.0
from 55 reviews
  • 25 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Bethany S.
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Joe and his staff catered my Brooklyn wedding. The food was delicious! My guests can't stop talking about the wonderful variety and quality of the cocktail hour and the dinner. LCI Caterers is beyond fairly priced and Joe even got me in touch with a great rental company for my china and glassware. The staff was amaizingly attentive. My guests' glasses were never empty and they did a wonderful job of bussing tables. They even did the room flip between ceremony and reception and cleaned up and broke down tables at the end of the night even though they weren't the ones who brought the tables. The champagne was perfeclty timed out for toasting and everything on the catering end ran smoothly and was extremely organized. I can't rave about Joe and his amazing staff enough! They helped me have the wedding of my dreams!

Mirabell Catering
4.9
from 55 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 70 hires on Thumbtack
Jenn K.
Verified review

Chef Martin is amazing! He was so communicative and set an amazing menu from the beginning. His prices are also much more reasonable fair than other caterers I’ve spoken with. We used him for our daughters birthday party, and we had 60 guests. On the day of the event, Chef went above and beyond to ensure he provided a beautiful presentation, delicious food, and professional service. I would highly recommend!

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HighLife Productions LLC
5.0
from 53 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 60 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Shannon D.
Verified review

The team at HighLife was such a joy to work with. My company threw an event for 60 of Norway’s top real estate producers and we needed a company to find our venue, do the catering and staffing AND they found the band for us as well and a photographer and brought everything in under my budget. I can’t say enough about the level of professionalism and the quality of the food and never

Most Wanted Chef LLC
4.9
from 50 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 80 hires on Thumbtack
Bridget W.
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Great food and service. Alana worked within my budget and provided a delcious brunch. Most of my guests went for seconds. Her service allowed me to relax and enjoy my event. I would recommend for any event.

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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
  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Abby B.
Verified review

Peter and his team were absolutely amazing. Not only was he great at communicating with me prior to the event, but he also offered many delicious options for the menu to ensure there would be something for everyone at my party. The team was on time and very respectful of the staff and the space, putting together a lovely set-up with flowers (!) that made the event feel that much more special. The food and drinks were delicious. My personal favorite were the pulled pork sliders and mojitos, but everyone raved about how delicious all of our appetizers were. Peter even sent a special plate over to me (the host) to ensure I'd have a chance both to eat and sample his delicious menu. I cannot say enough about the friendliness of him and his staff throughout the night. They were just so thoughtful and professional. I would (and will!) absolutely hire Peter and Creative Table Catering again in the future. My friends were also very impressed by him and the value of the services he offered at my event. In a city with innumerable options for caterers, I would highly recommend Peter for any event you have. He made my special night a celebration to remember.

T&C Catering
4.8
from 43 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 80 hires on Thumbtack
Alissa T.
Verified review

Carol and her staff helped us have an amazing wedding experience. The food was a hit, and the bartender did a great job too. I don't expect to get married again, but if you are looking for caterers, go with T and C!

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Now That Was A Great Party
5.0
from 27 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tara J.
Verified review

Doris catered my small wedding dinner. Doris and her daughter were fantastic! They arrived exactly on time and had delicious appetizers ready for us shortly thereafter while we all got ready. We were able to leave to go get married on the beach and we left with confidence that we would have a great meal upon our return. Doris had our first course of refreshing lemon sorbet on the table within minutes of our arrival. The rest of meal as well as their outstanding service and attention that they paid to us and our guests exceeded our expectation. All in all we had a great experience using Doris and wouldn't hesitate to use her again or recommend her to others. Planning was also super easy as we were able to plan a menu through a series of email exchanges and brief phone conversations

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Celestial Touch Catering
5.0
from 27 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sham S.
Verified review

We were more then happy with the catering service provided. These ladies were very accommodating and the food was amazing! Would you again!

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CORNBREAD26 Food Co., LLC
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Karin D.
Verified review

Last summer 2016, I had a small intimate brunch for close friends. Cornbread26, were in charge of catering and serving. My friends enjoyed a wonderful vegan spread that consisted of ; crab sliders, macaroni and cheese , and a mouth watering vegetable melody !!! Their signature guava sangria was there to seal this perfect afternoon with friends. Their services was top notch, professional and satisfying and I will be using Cornbread26, this summer for my annual brunch event.

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JP's Delicacies LLC.
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sarah P.
Verified review

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
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Tylan C.
Verified review

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.

Elemental Catering
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Adam D.
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I hired elemental catering for my husbands 30 birthday and I struck gold! There food and presentation was absolutely stunning. Everything had a fine dining touch to it. It was very professional and elegant. I am definitely going to hire them again next time I need a caterer. Everyone at the party keeps taking about the food, and many of my friends want to hire them for their parties. Thanks 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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