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Hackensack Wedding Caterers

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Renegade Outpost
4.7
from 137 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 226 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ellen P.
Verified review

Ellen Deluise catered a wedding reception for me for 150 people. I selected a traditional menu but Ellen provided several other menu options to choose from. She was very professional, easy to work with and was quick to respond to phone calls. The quality of the food and presentation were excellent. I would definitely hire her again in the future.

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Every Detail Catering
4.9
from 114 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 145 hires on Thumbtack
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Jarrett M.
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We hired Every Detail Catering for our wedding of 100+ guests on 5/20/17 and they exceeded all expectations! We couldn't of been happier with the service and most importantly all the food was amazing – our guests have been raving about it for weeks now. Chuck and Maria take catering to a whole new level and truly have every detail covered. I would recommend Every Detail Catering to anyone without hesitation.

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NY Catering Service
5.0
from 88 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 135 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 77 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 85 hires on Thumbtack
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Brian F.
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Chef Lauren and her team of artists and service providers were on time, well planned, very accommodating, incredibly kind and made everyone feel so comfortable. They are also amazingly talented, on the spot with every planned serving and presentation and very reasonable. I am so pleased with their work and they made my wedding day so very special for my entire wedding party! My guests said it was the best food they ever had at a wedding!!! Brian Fox

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Amoraco
5.0
from 72 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 97 hires on Thumbtack
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Laura W.
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Tamara and her team catered our wedding reception (about 100 guests). She also did day of coordination and set up for the event. The day and night ran smoothly and the food was delicious (one of our guests told me the appetizers were the best she had ever had). The staff was friendly and helpful. Additionally, Tamara was flexible and amenable to our requests. She responded to our questions promptly.

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  • 6 years in business
  • 89 hires on Thumbtack
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Kate S.
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Dan and his team provided a cocktail reception menu and service for my outdoor garden wedding of 80 people. Dan was incredibly accommodating, providing a tasting at our home, and being very accessible throughout the planning with any questions I had. His food is beyond excellent, and the price was quite reasonable. Dan and his team of servers and bartenders were prompt in arrival and efficient...when not serving food, they were moving chairs as the even transitioned. I had MANY compliments from my guests on the quality of food, as well as the high standard of service. A server, upon learning the vegetarians in our group, appeared with a tray of bite sized vegetarian fare, just for each of them. The bartenders knew what I wanted to drink as I approached the bar each time. Dan was flexible with his team....allowing me to choose in the moment if I wanted to keep the bartenders or servers later into the night. I would HIGHLY recommend working with Chef Dan for any event!

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  • 68 years in business
  • 95 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Flo R.
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We worked with Katherine Fonsella from DeCicco events and cuisine and she was WONDERFUL. We were planning a pre-wedding dinner for about 100 people in the Tarrytown area, but we live in Northern California. We did not know any venues or caterers or suppliers. Katherine helped us find a great, unusual loft venue, arranged all the decor, tables, lighting, and set up the catering from DeCiccos. The staff were excellent, the food was very good, everything went off perfectly. We are so appreciative of all that Katherine did to make our event wonderful!

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Manjar Boutique Catering
4.9
from 62 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 68 hires on Thumbtack
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Bina D.
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Adolfo and his team catered our wedding reception in our backyard last weekend, and everything was amazing! When we met Adolfo during the planning stages, we felt comfortable with him and knew our reception and guests would be in good hands. Everyone was so professional and kind and helpful and the food was delicious. They helped make the reception run smoothly (even when the rain changed the set up slightly), and I didn't have to think about anything once they arrived. I really could not recommend them more highly! I would definitely hire them again.

  • 6 years in business
  • 100 hires on Thumbtack
Reuel R.
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Chef Stenneth Grant and his business partner Shanique Walker lent their exquisite culinary and catering talents to our wedding to glittering effect. We could not have been happier with their service and the sumptuous spread they prepared for us and our guests at the dinner reception. The menu was a thoughtfully curated mix of African-American, Caribbean, and Asian inspired cuisine, with options for both non-vegetarians and vegetarians. Not only was the food flavorful and delicious, it was also beautifully garnished and presented. Our guests raved about every single dish and were practically falling over themselves to grab seconds. Not surprisingly, several of them have asked for Stenneth and Shanique's contact information and plan to hire them for their own upcoming events. It's true what they say: word-of-mouth is the best recommendation; and these satisfied guests were singing Stenneth and Shanique's praises. To top it all off, the two exude utter professionalism as well as genuine warmth and passion about what they do. Although we contacted them somewhat late in the planning process to cater our wedding, they easily accommodated us, even putting together a free tasting on relatively short notice. They were punctual in delivering the food and their set up was speedy and seamless. All in all, it was an unqualified pleasure working with Stenneth and Shainique. We're still savoring the memories of their excellent cuisine and service. I hope we'll have occasion to hire them again. It hasn't been a week since our wedding and one of our guests already has hired them to cater an event--and on short notice to boot. How's that for validation! You can't go wrong with this excellent team! Thanks, Stenneth and Shanique! You're 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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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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Therese D.
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Chef Aless is a gem. When we first met Chef Aless she immediately put us at ease. She has the perfect blend of intuitiveness, professionalism, flexibility and a wonderful attention to detail! I was so excited to have her cater for our wedding and told some of the guests beforehand to be sure that they stopped by to meet her! It is always so refreshing to work with someone so accommodating and easy to work with, and Chef Aless has those qualities in spades. The food was as beautiful as it was delicious. My personal favorites were the miniature pork taquitos! You want things to be just right for your wedding and Chef Aless ensured that they were! She brought her own servers after ours fell through shortly before the wedding. Days before the wedding I emailed to see if she could help out with “just one more thing” and it was no problem. In short, I never had to worry about her part in our wedding day, and as any bride can attest that speaks volumes. Thank you, Chef Aless! We are so grateful. We hope we will have a reason to use your services for another occasion again!

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Kulinary Kings
4.7
from 49 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
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Tuere M.
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Our experience with Kulinary Kings and Chef Greg Evans was nothing short of amazing! It was our 15th wedding anniversary and we wanted to do a special dinner for our family. From the service, to the quality of the food, we could not have had a better experience. Our menu consisted of the following: Appetizers of Colossal Shrimp Cocktail and Red Velvet Chicken & Waffles Salad Course with an Organic Spring Salad Main Course of Surf and Turf of Filet Mignon & Lobster Tail, Turf and Turf for my mom who doesn't eat meat, which was a Chilean Sea Bass and Lobster Tail, and this was accompanied with Fresh Garlic mashed potatoes and broccoli. The food was absolutely delicious! I would highly recommend Kulinary Kings for your next event!

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Creative Table NY
4.9
from 44 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
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Kim N.
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Peter has taken the wedding party for my son, Michael and his wife, Fate, to a highest level that anyone could ever imagine. He paid attention to all details from the moment he walked into our house to set up the food stations, the bar stations and the kitchen where he and Jennifer, his assistant, worked. The food he cooked were very creative and beautiful and his staffs were so good in learning how to say the names of our Vietnamese and Filipino food. I strongly recommend Peter to any parties, whether for a wedding event, or home dinner. Thank you, Peter, you are the greatest (may be Momofuku should pay attention to the next Pork Belly bun with Kim Chi). Best regards, Kim

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Celestial Touch Catering
5.0
from 26 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Melva C.
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Brenda and her staff did a wonderful job catering my wedding on June 3, 2017. Everyone commented how good the food was and even the coffee!. Her pricing and professionalism was exceptional. I will definitely use them again for any other family event. I would highly recommend them.

Aromas Boutique Bakery
4.9
from 24 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Hemwattie G.
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Jo-Ann and her team were fantastic!!!! We came by her shop and had a tasting and went over the cake details with her. She wrote down everything and listened to us regarding exactly what we wanted. The strawberry cake with strawberry french buttercream we got was delicious! And the wedding cake itself was absolutely beautiful. I also reached out to her privately to add a little topper in the form of a rabbit and a monkey on the cake as a surprise for my husband. She got every single detail we discussed correct! The cake was also delivered promptly on time. I'm so happy with our decision to use Aromas Boutique Bakery! Thank you guys!

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CORNBREAD26
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 24 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
  • 18 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
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
John P.
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Robert catered a business event for clients and prospective clients that had 100 people pass through over the course of 2.5 hour event. We had a wide array of finger food and full on entrees and received many compliments from guests on the food which was terrific. The price was very competitive and the service excellent.

Elemental Catering
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Annabel T.
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Hiring Elemental Catering was, hands down, the best decision we made throughout our wedding planning process, and I cannot recommend them highly enough. We were working on a tight budget for our wedding and had a large enough guest count that required us to hire a caterer. As we didn't know anyone who had used Elemental Catering before, we were on the fence about whether to hire them, so we asked if we could do a tasting with them. This allowed us to meet the incredible duo, Larry and Karen, and taste some of their wonderful dishes--some of which made it onto our menu. Throughout the wedding planning, they were thoughtful in their approach and kept our budget in mind, offering us more affordable, beautiful and tastier options along the way. They added their input where needed but gave us the space to make the decision and supported us every step of the way. Weddings aren't often known for having great food, but every one of the guests we've talked to have commented on how amazing the food was. Without question, we'd hire Elemental Catering again, and unreservedly recommend hiring them!

  • 16 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Nayara L.
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My fiancé and I are working with Germaine for our wedding next summer. Working with her has been absolutely amazing. Our favorite quality about Germaine is how passionate she is about the work she does. She has a background and love for production, as well as experience and talent as a chef. This combination makes her such an awesome planner. My fiancé and I will be getting married being recent college grads, so our budget was definitely limited, but Germaine has been working with us to make sure we still have a quality and beautiful wedding that fits within our budget. She has many connections with all the different vendors she works with, and truly makes it so that your wedding planning process is fully stress-free. She is extremely professional and holds herself to a high standards, and on a personal level is so kind and personable. I truly hope others get to experience her amazing work both as a full service planner and as a chef!

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Studio Event Staffing
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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 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.

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.

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 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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