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Renegade Outpost
4.7
from 141 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 230 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Don A.
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Chef Ellen was terrific, I’ve never worked with a catering/chef before and didn't know what to expect. I was extremely happy with the results, Chef Ellen was amazing and I would recommend her for any event you may be having- I know I will. Chef Ellen “I would like to thank you very much for the excellent service and product you provide for my wife surprise Birthday event. Don

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Every Detail Catering
4.9
from 115 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 154 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Dana B.
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Chuck was awesome! Took my reservation with like 6 hours notice for a surprise anniversary dinner for my husband and I. The food was so awesome we even have some left over to enjoy tonight! We are new parents with a 3 month old and getting out is hard. He made a wonderful dinner for us to enjoy in the comfort of our own home! Highly recommend Every Detail Catering!

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NY Catering Service
5.0
from 90 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 136 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ellen P.
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NY Catering service prepared and ran my husband's 70th birthday party and everyone who was there thought it was the best party they ever went to that was prepared in someone's home. The food was amazing and the flow of the evening went perfectly. Could not have asked for anything different. Ellen P

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Bacco Catered Events
5.0
from 78 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 87 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Barbara S.
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Lauren did an excellent job for me for my daughter-in-law's baby shower. Everyone raved about the food! Presentation was lovely as well. Strongly recommend Bacco Catering!

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Amoraco
5.0
from 72 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 97 hires on Thumbtack
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Kaitlyn J.
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Tamara catered an in-store cocktail party for 70 people/ 2.5 hours. We were very impressed with all aspects of the booking and service. She gave us a fantastic menu to choose from and worked within our budget and wants even going above and beyond by providing additional menu options we did not request. Tamara was able to work in a small space and the entire event was seamless - I highly recommend Tamara for your catering needs.

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  • 6 years in business
  • 89 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sara L.
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Chef Dan was very accommodating to my catering needs & requests. I also like the convenience of hiring additional staff to assist with our event. We look forward to working with him and experiencing the menu he designed featuring our favorite flavors and dishes.

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Manjar Boutique Catering
4.9
from 64 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 72 hires on Thumbtack
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Jay H.
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Adolfo is very detailed oriented and makes sure the even is flawless. He did an awesome job not only with great food but with managing the process from start to end.

  • 10 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Anastasia G.
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I met Erika and savored her cooking during a private week long health retreat in Hudson, NY. Erika's cooking was mouth watering, innovative and used local and mostly organic ingredients. All the participants also lost quite a few pounds that week while not feeling deprived and celebrating food! I strongly recommend Erika for catering, health retreats and teaching ....

Mirabell Catering
4.9
from 55 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 69 hires on Thumbtack
Susan S.
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We had the pleasure of working with Mirabell Catering for a wedding in August 2015 & was amazing! Start to finish - easy to work with, professional & tasty!

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HighLife Productions LLC
5.0
from 53 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 60 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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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For C.
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Aless arrived on time fully prepared and ready to go. She was pleasant and professional and served my guests a beautifully plated and delicious dinner. The evening was a great success and she was fantastic!

Most Wanted Chef LLC
4.9
from 50 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 80 hires on Thumbtack
Nicole P.
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Everything was perfect. Alana showed up early and even though she had to park in a fire hydrant stayed until I arrived to greet me and make sure everything looked great. Catering was for private concert for 26 Upper East Side parents and everyone was blown away by the food and even commented on how great it looked and how good she did incorporating some vegetarian options. Will definitely reach out to Alana in the future for events both intimate and large.

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Kulinary Kings
4.7
from 49 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
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Jackie Y.
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Chef Greg and his team did an excellent job setting up and catering yummy foods at my wedding. Greg is very passionate in cooking... you will know it after you try his food. All my guests are still raving about the foods served that day especially the fish, braised beef polenta, and oxtail. The foods were not only delicious but also, illustrated remarkable artistic culinary skills. Stephanie was great in handling all the logistic parts, love the decor and end-result of the wedding venue. It was simply beautiful and elegant. Thank you for making my wedding day extra special!

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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
Nadine P.
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T&C Catering took care of us in a professional, kind and caring manner from the time we had our very first consulation meeting until the end of our event! They were always available to answer any questions we had during the planning process, and helped us make the best possible catering decisions suited for our event. Now...let's talk about the food!!! In one word -superb! The taste, the presentation, the service... all impeccable. Our guests were quite pleased and are still asking for T&C Catering's contact information. If you are looking for caterers that offer personalized care, pay attention to details, are professional, kind, caring....AND CAN COOK...look no more. Schedule an appointment with T&C Catering today!!! You will not be disappointed! "Thank you T&C for helping to make my daughter's 40th birthday celebration a success!!!"

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Celestial Touch Catering
5.0
from 27 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Danai G.
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All I can say is thank you Brenda and Celestial Touch catering you guys mad our wedding day the greatest day ever!!. The food and presentation were amazing. And your serving staff made everybody feel welcomed. I would recommend you guys to EVERYBODY I know. Thank you and your team Brenda you guys rock!!

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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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Karin D.
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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
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Musi Q.
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JP catered a party for us of about 40 adults and 20 kids and we had a great experience working with him - highly recommend his services! He was responsive and flexible during the planning phase, able to modify his gameplan day-of when our rooftop venue got rained out :( and prepped and served the food efficiently, beautifully and notably, without needing anything from us as hosts, letting us truly enjoy the party. On top of all that, all the guests loved the food itself and several have inquired about contacting JP for their own events. I’m happy to make those connections because JP is truly a great chef and a consummate professional!

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  • 12 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
LYNDSEY M.
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Here are some highlights that stuck out: gave advice about all kinds of things leading up to the big day- rehearsal dinner location, invitations, wedding games; really listened to what we like & tailored her suggestions accordingly; was patient with us when we were indecisive; gave us a lot of guidance during the rehearsal; stayed all the way through the end of the night and packed up our parents' cars. One of her major "deliverables" is an awesomely detailed schedule of events! This was a huge asset for us. She was also extremely attentive & helpful! She was direct but not bossy- exactly what we were hoping for. I would definitely recommend her to any brides who need some guidance!

Elemental Catering
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Sabrina C.
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We're so thrilled to have found Larry and Elemental Catering on Thumbtack. We hired them for our wedding day and had a very specific budget. Larry and his team were SO flexible and worked with us to refine the menu and service staff to meet our needs and vision. The food is incredible! We so appreciate Elemental Catering's professionalism and customer service - impeccable and wonderful as the food! Thanks for helping make our special day stress-free and delicious for our guests. XO :)

Brwnbox
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 3 years in business
Olivia W.
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Wow! Honestly, don’t know what I was doing before I started going to BrwnBox events & met Maz. Whatever it was, wasn’t it! LOL Aside from her genuinely delicious meals, her menu and events are always carefully planned and presented to WOW her audience & loyal clients, like myself :) I’ve never encountered any flaw with any BrwnBox product. She has a client for life

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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