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Elmwood Park Private Chefs

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Renegade Outpost
4.7
from 137 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 226 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Alison L.
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Chef Ellen was so great to work with. She responded quickly to the initial request and we put together a wonderful menu. She has so many amazing choices it was hard to choose! Her appetizers were so delicious and all our guests raved about them. This was the first time we had ever hired a private chef and Chef Ellen really made the night memorable and special. She was personable and friendly with all our guests but at the same time took her work very seriously and the flow of food was excellent all night. Thank you Chef Ellen!

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NY Catering Service
5.0
from 88 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 135 hires on Thumbtack
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Tory R.
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We had an amazing experience with Chef Chris. He prepared a delicious four course meal for our family. Every dish was prepared perfectly; he even prepared little side dishes for the kids. The whole team did a great job, we would strongly recommend to anyone looking to hire a private Chef.

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Bacco Catered Events
5.0
from 77 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 85 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Linda E.
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We have used Bacco for three events now and I look forward to having them at our next party! Our guests rave about the delicious food and Chef Lauren and her staff could not be better to work with. I know that I do not have to worry about a thing when I hire Bacco. I would highly recommend this catering company.

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Provencharly
5.0
from 77 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 83 hires on Thumbtack
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Sean C.
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Charly was brilliant! My husband surprised me with a private chef for our first anniversary dinner and Charly did not disappoint. He made delicious food in our tiny Brooklyn apartment. Already making plans to hire him again.

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Amoraco
5.0
from 72 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 97 hires on Thumbtack
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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
  • 89 hires on Thumbtack
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Caryn H.
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Chef Dan provided the food for my husband's birthday celebration this past summer. Having never hired a private chef before, I wasn't quite sure how things would turn out. I shouldn't have worried. Chef Dan was very accommodating and pleasant to work with in the planning stages while we worked out a menu. The food he cooked was absolutely delicious and beautifully presented. The day of the party, he was the ultimate professional, along with his wonderful team, allowing us to fully enjoy the party as they took care of all the details. Altogether, this was a wonderful experience and I would not hesitate to hire Chef Dan again for another function.

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  • 68 years in business
  • 95 hires on Thumbtack
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Frances R.
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Do you want to know the definition of Excellence? Hire Luisa c/o De Cicco's Event Planning! I have never worked with a more professional, friendly company. Luisa has a way of catering to her client's and making them feel like they're at the top of her priority list. If you need her, drop her an E-mail and she IMMEDIATELY gets back to you. Need a personal Chef to teach you how to cook? Luisa can connect you with top of the line quality professional's that KNOW what they're doing in the kitchen. I'm currently taking lesson's from her Chef and I went from being a novice who's food was either bland, burnt and completely un-edible, to a person who can now chop, dice and make a meal so good, my family calls me asking me to cook for them again. Luisa and her staff are so friendly, so welcoming and very attentive to the needs of the client. Luisa has done a fine job in picking her staff and I’m extremely happy I hired her company because it was worth every penny.

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Manjar Boutique Catering
4.9
from 62 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 68 hires on Thumbtack
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Helene D.
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When you hire Manjar you know your event is in excellent hands! Their exquisite taste and attention to details has made our "tight budgets" into a beautiful celebration of food, decor, and specialty mocktail & cocktails. His team treats each event as if you are part of their family. Over the last 7months, I have had the pleasure of working with their event team & chefs on at least 10 events, including new product launches, corporate, wedding, and celebratory events in NJ private estates, galleries, retail environments & nyc apartments. The guests rave about the service & food. At the most recent event, my client was very demanding, last minute, with specific dietary needs... Manjar surpassed my expectations. I would recommend them for any event from a french service sit-down dinner, graduation celebration, to a summer garden cocktail party. Trust them with what you need and you will not be disappointed! Great events, all of the details attended to, and great results so you can enjoy your own event!

Melissa D'Elia
4.8
from 58 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 79 hires on Thumbtack
Lena W.
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Chef Melissa and her team provided private chef services for lunch for 15 of my private clients across a two-day retreat event in New York City. Even though it was solely lunch, it was three courses which she started with a custom beverage. She provided glasses, flatware and dinnerware. She also provided a printed menu for each person for each day's menu. A full on experience. My clients LOVED her presence. I would like to also mention, two days before the event, the venue I booked had a fire and we had to move at the last minute. Chef Melissa took it all in stride, changed the menu slightly and kept right on going - a testimony to her professionalism and experience. If you want a positive experience, pay for the best.

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HighLife Productions LLC
5.0
from 52 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
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Jennifer O.
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Best experience ever. We needed a bartender for a private birthday party I was organizing for my boss and took a chance on hiring HighLife. Not only did we get a bartender but we got Tyler himself - the owner of HighLife. He was amazing. Our chef we hired from a different company was a disaster and Tyler took it upon himself to help serve the meals, set the tables with wine glasses, pour water/wine throughout dinner, not to mention making the best margaritas on the planet. Extremely reasonable prices with top notch service that is so hard to find these days. Next party I organize I will simply call Tyler. Whether I need a bartender, chef, catering, etc - HighLife will be my only phone call. Thanks for everything!

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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.

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  • 9 years in business
  • 76 hires on Thumbtack
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Scott K.
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Melissa was great. We had an in-depth conversation up front about our dietary restrictions including a shellfish allergy, a gluten sensitivity, and a dairy sensitivity within our party. Overall, we were aiming for a vegan meal. She worked with us and gave us multiple suggestions on dinner options based on our likes and dislikes. She even came by the house to provide samples of her dishes before the event. The night of the event, she did a great job executing appetizers, dinner, and dessert. The food was delicious and she left our kitchen in better shape than she found. I highly recommend Melissa as your next personal chef!

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Kulinary Kings
4.7
from 49 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
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Cameron B.
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EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME! I was celebrating my 10 year wedding anniversary and I wanted to surprise my wife with a private chef. I have a hard time keeping a secret from my wife but everything worked out perfectly. Chef Gregory was prompt and the food was delicious. The presentation of his food was off the chart! He prepared my favorite dish and my wife's favorite dish. The portions were great and we had enough for the next day to enjoy. I definitely look forward to hiring him again.

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Creative Table NY
4.9
from 44 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ann S.
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This was my first time working with a caterer for a private event. Peter's menu was unique and fresh for the summer, and everyone was really happy with it. He was awesome to work with and extremely flexible in changing the items of the menu from our first event to the next. He also took note of our VIP clientele and ensured that everything was top notch. Would definitely recommend him for any event going forward!

Aromas Boutique Bakery
4.9
from 24 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Rosa G.
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From the moment we went for our tasting, we were sold! Joanne and her sister are awesome culinary artists. Our wedding cake (vanilla cake, with Passionfruit buttercream filling) was to die for) and assorted mini-cupcakes were all gobbled up before the end of the evening. People raved, everyone had a favorite. Chocolate

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CORNBREAD26
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kimberly C.
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The chefs are most accomodating to my dietary needs all the while making me feel like I'm not missing out on the foods I love. I was served a delicious and completely Vegan Mexican inspired dip that was seasoned perfectly and was creamy and "meaty". Their food was amazing!

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JP's Delicacies LLC.
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mackenzie S.
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JPs Delicacies is run by chef and owner, John Paul. He was experienced and was able to work around all of my special requests. Best food I have had in a long time, highly recommend!

  • 7 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Terryann D.
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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 14 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
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Liz B.
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5 stars! Such a pleasure to work with and food was out of this world! Can't say enough good things about Chef Nirva! Can't wait to work with her again! I highly highly recommend her 😀

  • 16 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Jasmin A.
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After vetting several chefs, I knew once I spoke to Germaine that she was the one I would hire. Her positive energy, patience, and level of professionalism were amazing. She held a private tasting for my husband and I at her home and it was clear how much time she put into not just preparing a great meal, but the overall presentation. Needless to stay my event was amazing, the food was delicious as was the service. I would highly recommend Germaine and will most certainly be hiring her again for any of my future events!

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Studio Event Staffing
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
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Nicole M.
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It was an amazing experience having Milt, Janet and their crew as our caterers. They arrived early to set up and be prepared for our guest. The food was AMAZING!!!! I cannot get over their stuffed mushrooms, those delicious little chicken quesadilla, OMG the shrimp cocktail...I can sit here and name every single dish we ordered and tell the world what an amazing experience it was for my taste buds and my guest will say the same. I will continue to work with Studio Event Staffing for all my future events. Not only were they professional, they were very friendly and warm--they have an awesome team put together!!

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

How much should catering cost per person?

Catering prices can range from about $10 per guest on the low end to $150 or more per person on the high end. Catering costs represent the quality of food, presentation, variety, ingredients and service. But catering prices are more than the cost to cook the food that will be at your party; they also include the cost for the company to do business. Here is a simple breakdown of catering prices:

  • Menu: The food you serve your guests will directly affect the price per person. Organic ingredients, complex recipes, elaborate presentations, or high-ticket items like lobster or filet mignon all add to the cost.
  • Service: Buffet, family style, plated dinners — how you serve the food affects the cost per person. For example, a true plated meal can cost about twice the price of a staff-assisted buffet because of staffing costs. Hiring waiters, bartenders and cleanup crew will all be calculated into the per-person catering price.
  • Drinks: Providing beverages and alcoholic drinks for guests greatly increases your catering budget. Hosting an open bar can cost as much per person as the meal.
  • Rentals: Seating, plates, glassware, etc., will all have an effect on the cost per person for catering. For example, a plastic conference table that seats 10 costs about $6 to rent on average, while a wooden farmhouse table is about $80 to rent on average.
  • Business costs: Any catering cost will also include the cost for the company to do business such as insurance, employee wages, commercial kitchen space and more.
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