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

She was on-time, friendly and accommodated a few off-collar hors d'oeuvre menu requests. She explained the dishes as she served them and even threw in an additional appetizer for good measure. The only minor drawback is that she had another even scheduled right after this event, so people felt a little rushed during dinner and dessert. I'd work with Ellen again in a heartbeat. Recommended? Highly.

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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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Jess G.
Verified review

Chef Chris catered the New York City Food and Wine festival for my company and to say he hit the mark is an understatement. His outgoing personality right off the bat made the overall experience absolutely incredible. He was sincere in his work and in his responsibility to get the job done. The food was beyond epic. He had this amazing appetizer that was out of this world called the Perfect Bite. And let me tell you--it was more than perfect! It had to be one of the most amazing things I have ever tasted. It was perfectly smoked crispy prosciutto, brie cheese, and granny smith apples. The combinations of flavors were mouth watering. I, along with everyone else at the festival kept on coming back for more. It was such a hit! His staff was also extremely professional and did such a tremendous job getting the food together. There was never a moment someone was not at our booth trying the food. The feedback from my team and reactions from the people at the festival were overwhelmingly wonderful. He was such a great advocate for my company and I cannot wait to book him again for another event. I truly cannot say enough about this guy.

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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
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Lindsey F.
Verified review

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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Diana S.
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Chef Dan through a family style dinner party at my house for my fifth anniversary. Having a little one doesn't make going out as fun as it use to be. I just wanted the feel of being at a restaurant without having to leave the comfort of my home especially since the kids could run around and entertain each other. We are big appetizer people so for appetizers we had spicy crab sliders, lamb sliders, tuna tartar, and duck flat bread. Everything was absolutely delicious! For the next course we had filet mignon with truffle goat cheese smashed potatoes! Also absolutely phenomenal! We opted to not go for dessert because we are not sweets people, but I have had the pleasure of sampling some of the desserts and they are also exquisite. My biggest concern prior to the party was the the price matched the quality and that no one left my table hungry (for that would be a disaster). The food exceeded our expectations and as for the amount, let's just say that all our guests came over the next day for lunch and we somehow still had left overs! I would absolutely recommend Chef Dan and know that personally, I will be using his services again!

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Manjar Boutique Catering
4.9
from 64 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 72 hires on Thumbtack
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Biri M.
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Adolfo and his over the top staff catered an event for us. We were very pleased with how fresh and tasty everything was from the appetizers to dessert. The staff was incredibly on point from the minute they arrived. Last but not least the communication was excellent!!! We will definitely do business again. Thank you so much for making everything look so easy and elegant.

  • 10 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Elizabeth T.
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Chef Erika prepared not only a delicious but a healthy dinner for myself and ten guests in my home, including appetizers and desserts. She worked patiently on the menu with me beforehand offering many options for my vegans guests. In fact, even the non vegan guests found the vegan options delectable!! Chef Erika and her crew shopped for the food, prepared and served the meal and cleaned up the kitchen when they were done. The two women she brought to assist her were amazing. It was such a lovely evening I have already hired Chef Erika for another dinner party in August!

LCI Caterers
5.0
from 55 reviews
  • 25 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Dee Y.
Verified review

Joe did a great job everything was delicious. He was very proactive in helping us customize our menu and recommending what would work with each dish. The caterers arrived on time and set everything up for us we just had to bring our appetites. Thank you so much Joe! I would recommend him for any event.

Mirabell Catering
4.9
from 55 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 70 hires on Thumbtack
Deborah B.
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Our elegant dinner party with close friends exceeded all my expectations. Chef Martin is a true gem! The food was amazing and the service outstanding. Everything from the appetizers to dessert was so delicious. Chef Martin’s talent and experience were evident and my guests were blown away. Thank you, Chef Martin! We look forward to welcoming you back to our home soon!

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

Tyler bartended our dear friends' engagement party - and he was excellent! He quickly whipped up a fabulous signature cocktail with ingredients I had around the house, and it was a huge hit. He even stepped in to help me finish up some last appetizers, offering helpful suggestions and proactively finding his way throughout the apartment to make sure our guests were well taken care of. We will absolutely be using The High Life Productions in the future.

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  • 2 years in business
  • 82 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Scott K.
Verified review

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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Creative Table NY
4.9
from 44 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
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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
Allie W.
Verified review

carol did a fantastic job catering an event for my non-profit organization! she was easy to reach and great at communicating with me. she donated an appetizer to our event as we are a great cause working with young adults with down syndrome. The food arrived on time, stayed hot and was delicious! we had so much extra food too thank you so much carol

OpenSkies Hospitality
5.0
from 30 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Gigi H.
Verified review

I often attend events catered by OpenSkies Hospitality. Their food is always f r e s h and the presentation is beautiful. A v a r i e t y of delicious hors d'oeuvres are served. Also, some traditional and some very unique dishes which are followed by delicious desserts suit any taste. Chef Albert and his Staff are true professionals and provide a great quality service.

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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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Tara J.
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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
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Juanita S.
Verified review

Our daughter's shower, rehearsal dinner, post wedding refreshment hour, wedding reception, and the renewal of my husband & my 30 year renewal of vows was all catered by Brenda and the wonderful team of "Celestial Touch". Now what's amazing about all of this was not simply that the food at all the events was absolutely flavorful, fresh & delicious but each menu was inherently different-salads, light dinner, appetizers, signature drinks, full course dinner, desert bar with chocolate fountain. The food was presented beautifully, was graciously served, and was absolutely delicious. Brenda & her team promised that all would go excellently and through their prayers, diligent work, and love of what they do, each event was a marked success. Book them for your next event, you will be absolutely delighted!

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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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Crystal T.
Verified review

I picked Cornbread26 2 days prior for a last minute Mother’s Day Dinner and I’m So happy I did! I could not have asked for anything more. Claude and Craig did an extraordinary job. I was a little skeptical picking a caterer just from searching online and I had a combination of concerns. My family members are diabetic and have high blood pressure so cooking with certain ingredients was huge for me while keeping the flavor for others. I also had children coming to join and wasn’t sure if the food would be kid friendly but the food exceeded my expectations along with my family. Everything was delicious and tasty. Their food was the highlight of the night. I would definitely recommend this company and look forward to working with them for my future events.

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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
Margot D.
Verified review

John Paul delivered the food himself insuring that I didn't serve the wrong sauce with the wrong appetizer etc. and brought everything I would need for serving as well as consuming. He was very professional, charming and the food was delicious. Thanks!

JP Fine Foods LLC
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer R.
Verified review

Chef Jeffrey prepared a multi-course delicious Thanksgiving meal for 8 people at my home. Every meal item was well thought out and executed. The mashed potatoes were the most amazing I have ever tasted. He brought thoughtful appetizers, prepared amazing food and was courteous and professional. I would hands-down recommend him for any ever.

  • 3 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Tammy P.
Verified review

BOOK'EM NOW!...... LIKE RIGHT NOW!!! Hands down thee best catering company I have ever experienced! I used RSVP as the owner catered a friend's engagement party in February. I have worked in the restaurant industry for several years and could not believe the attention to detail that their wait staff displayed. They were on point with everything and my glass never went empty. The whole staff was very nice and very professional. Especially the bartender . I chatted it up with him for a bit, made really good drinks and was a real friendly guy. Now, the food was outstanding! I really enjoyed the gorgonzola stuffed babybella mushrooms amongst all the other delicious dishes. I had a chance to meet the owner Renee after the dinner while everyone was dancing. Not over exaggerating at all, they were probably the kindest people I every met. SUPER COOL, totally humble, and they even gave me food to take home. I would recommend RSVP to anybody and everybody that wants their party to be a success!

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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