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Renegade Outpost
4.7
from 141 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 230 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jason C.
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I had the pleasure of working with Chef Ellen on catering my trade association’s annual meeting. Her responsiveness, attention to detail and presentation exceeded my expectations. The menu items received praise from attendees. I would highly recommend to anyone.

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Every Detail Catering
4.9
from 116 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 154 hires on Thumbtack
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Adam G.
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We had a fantastic breakfast after our wedding in our apartment. Every Detail Catering did an incredible job and we highly recommend them. Very professional, great food and services. We will certainly use their services again.

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NY Catering Service
5.0
from 90 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 136 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jillian R.
Verified review

Chef Chris was an ultimate professional - And his staff was extremely friendly and helpful throughout the night. The food was delicious! The guests were extremely complimentary and impressed with the quality of the food and the service of the staff. The event was wonderful and I look forward to hiring NY Catering service again in the future!

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Bacco Catered Events
5.0
from 78 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 87 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Bethany B.
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Working with Bacco catering has been a wonderful experience. They took the time to understand exactly what I wanted/needed in a caterer before providing me with a quote. Very professional and personable-perfect for a corporate party.

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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
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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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Arnold S.
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Excellent catering service!

  • 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 ....

LCI Caterers
5.0
from 55 reviews
  • 25 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Rose B.
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I have used LCI Caterers for a number of personal occassions and have ALWAYS been extremely satisfied. My guests always compliment the food, which is always fresh and delicious. Joe is also extremely professional and courteous. He has become my official "my catering guy".

Mirabell Catering
4.9
from 55 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 71 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer B.
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Working with Chef Martin was wonderful! Finding him was our first foray into Thumbtack - and it turned out marvelously! Having read the MANY 5-star reviews for Chef Martin/Mirabell Catering we were dubious... could he be THAT good? The answer is a resounding yes! We needed a caterer for an entirely gluten-free 4-hour open house for roughly 70 people - kids and adults. Chef Martin was swift in his response to our request for a caterer. He articulated a clear understanding of the menu needs, and how to avoid cross contamination - a BIG deal when you have celiac disease and have to live gluten free. He developed a menu offering a wide array of finger foods at a very reasonable price. By phone, we found him to be a gentleman - a rarity these days. He was professional and organized, calm and cool, affable and charming. (I had a feeling that our friends would want to hang out in the kitchen with Chef Martin and I was right!) Chef Martin arrived promptly and brought everything he needed. As he settled in - even putting us at ease as we hurried to finish readying for our guests - his waitstaff person arrived. From there, Chef Martin turned out hours of incredibly tasty, plentiful, finger food for a large and hungry crowd. Truly, everyone raved about the food throughout the party and after. And Chef Martin WAS as charming in person as he had been by phone. The kitchen was packed! Now here is the totally unexpected thing that happened with Chef Martin: whenever I walked through the kitchen in need of something, before I could say much of anything at all, it would be taken care of or I'd find what I had come in search of in my hand. Chef Martin knows events! His presence just made everything easier. I hope we will have the pleasure of working with him again. My husband and I are proud to say that we have held some great parties, but we enjoyed this party in our home more than any other. It was delightful to spend time with our guests - and to eat! It was a joy to not worry about the cooking or having to hustle about cleaning up throughout or face a terrible mess after. Chef Martin and his gracious and professional staff made our holiday open house easy for us, and a marvelously memorable event for our guests. If you need a personal chef/ caterer, Chef Martin is the man you want.

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HighLife Productions LLC
5.0
from 53 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 61 hires on Thumbtack
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Shannon D.
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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

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Creative Table NY
4.9
from 44 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mary D.
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Peter & the Creative Table team are really great to work with. Their food, presentation, and service are top notch. They are easy to work with, professional, and get the job done- what more could you ask for. It was our second time using them to cater our holiday party, and would recommend them to anyone to use for catering and party needs! -Mary D. Marketing Manager, Financial District, NYC

T&C Catering
4.8
from 43 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 80 hires on Thumbtack
MELISA S.
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Carol's catering was great! The food was very good, perfect for our event. We hosted around 200 people for a cocktail party, and everyone loved the food and had plenty to eat. Carol was very attentive, kind and responsive. We had to change the menu and delivery time a couple of times, and she was very helpful and on time, she was very understanding and diligent.

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Chef Dave's
4.9
from 32 reviews
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
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Mary R.
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Outstanding hands on demonstration and lesson for my 11 year old daughters and friends. Not only did they learn to cook the meal they enjoyed, they learned proper knife skills, cutting a chicken, importance of fresh ingredients vs. store bought, sauce prep and reduction technique, homemade salad dressing, and presentation of the meal. We all enjoyed Chef's simple educational approach as well as his lively sense of humor and calm command in the kitchen! Absolutely look forward to cooking with him again as well as using his catering expertise for at home celebrations.

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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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Sofia S.
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Ms Doris did our Thanksgiving dinner and it was amazing! She is the ultimate professional and a fantastic chef! She was easy to work with, very accomodating and patient (we had a few last minute menu changes). Honestly this was the best Thankgiving meal I've had in years. The amount of food could have fed twice as many people, but we don't mind eating leftovers, since they are delicious. Would use her again and highly recommend to anyone that is considering catering.

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Celestial Touch Catering
5.0
from 27 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
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Elizabeth C.
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Celestial Touch Catering did an amazing job for my son birthday party. The delivery was right on time and the food was excellent. My guests keep coming back for seconds. Brenda always kept in contact with me, she was even able to work out a great menu for my event based on my request. I will definitely hire Celestial Touch Catering for my next event. Thank you once again for your amazing service!

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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
  • 22 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!

JP Fine Foods LLC
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Michael M.
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I was involved in the organisation of a thanksgiving catering event at which over 600 people attended. Jeff was very professional throughout and the food was delicious.

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

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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