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Newark Soul Food Caterers

Browse these soul food caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Newark.

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Renegade Outpost
4.7
from 140 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 229 hires on Thumbtack
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Dana K.
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The food was Fabulous. The caterer was late and didn't tell me that she doesn't provide heating trays or any utensils etc. I didn't ask about those things because all the other caterers supply them and I just assumed she would as well. Otherwise, Ellen is a very nice person and did a great job. I was happy with the food and service.

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Every Detail Catering
4.9
from 114 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 148 hires on Thumbtack
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Stefanie M.
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This was by far the best catering experience we’ve ever had. Super easy to work with and everything was perfect the day of the party. Everyone at the party asked for the name of the caterer because they said the food was great! Will definitely use again.

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NY Catering Service
5.0
from 89 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 135 hires on Thumbtack
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Michelle U.
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Amazing!!! I was introduced to Chef Chris by a friend who hired him previously, and I Couldn't have asked for a better experience. Chef chris and his team made the entire night seamless! The food was delicious and the staff was friendly and accommodating. Thanks so much!

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Bacco Catered Events
5.0
from 77 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 86 hires on Thumbtack
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Joe S.
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Bacco Catering was a great choice for our event. We used them for a charity event at our store and they performed incredibly. Our guest were so pleased as many of them asked me " who are the caterers, this food and service is amazing". Thank you Lauren so much for such a great night.

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Amoraco
5.0
from 72 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 97 hires on Thumbtack
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Lena R.
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We hired Tamara and her team for a 15 person dinner party. I wanted light bites so everyone would be able to eat as they wanted and mingle while enjoying their food. They met every one of my expectations. Tamara with Amoraco catering was so easy to work with. She was timely, responsive, and very flexible in creating the perfect menu for my dinner party. We were lucky enough to have chef Mona cook for us. Mona was so friendly and took care of everything so I did not have to worry about a single thing but enjoying the food and my guests. The food was outstanding-everything she cooked was perfect. We had 15 people and everyone commented on how awesome Mona was and how amazing the food was. Can not recommend Amoraco Catering enough! Will definitely be using them again.

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  • 68 years in business
  • 95 hires on Thumbtack
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Sam L.
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Great Caterers, great food, great setup, easy to work with.

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Manjar Boutique Catering
4.9
from 63 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 72 hires on Thumbtack
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Todd G.
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We had a party for my wife's birthday at the house for 40 people and could not have been more pleased with Adolfo Silverio and Manjar Catering. Both the food and the service were first class. Adolfo worked with us on the menu and layout for the party and everything went off without a hitch. People were raving about the food from the duck crepes to the quesadillas and the service including set-up, passing service, and clean-up were executed flawlessly. T.G. - Stamford

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HighLife Productions LLC
5.0
from 53 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 60 hires on Thumbtack
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Maren H.
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Tyler was beyond awesome! All my guests commented on how fantastic his service was. Not only was he excellent at making manhattans but he kept everyone's wine topped off and cleaned and helped with food the whole night. Easy going and friendly- I will use Tyler again if we ever get the chance! Thank you!

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Chef Aless
4.9
from 52 reviews
  • 34 years in business
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
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Thumbtack Customer
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Chef Aless did a lovely job for us! Her team was professional and her food was delicious! Everyone had good things to say and personal favorites. Our party was for a group of recent college graduates and their parents so I wanted to keep the menu simple and unpretentious. Chef Aless did exactly that while still making it very grown up!

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Kulinary Kings
4.7
from 49 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
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Toni G.
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We loved the services and food catered by Kulinary Kings. They catered food for our 125 guest consisting of a variety of backyard BBQ foods. Our guest loved the roasted corn, the salmon pasta salad and the macaroni and cheese and chicken and beef skewers to name a few. Even more than the food, the service was great- we also requested servers and a bar tender and I must say all were on point and attentive to our guest. I would recommend This cater and will definitely use him again!

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Creative Table NY
4.9
from 44 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 60 hires on Thumbtack
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Sara M.
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Peter and Team were absolutely fabulous to work with. They were on time, professional, timely with the creation and execution of the food and everything was delicious and superbly made. I WILL hire Creative Table again and again when I can!

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.

Tara's Italian Cucina
4.9
from 36 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
Elizabeth F.
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Tara is an outstanding chef! Her food is well thought out to suit the needs for your special event. It is delicious and artfully presented from her own recipes. Tara creates a one of a kind, personalized menu. She listens to what your desires are for your party and works with you to achieve a fabulous result! The food is well timed enabling your event to run smoothly and on time. She is gracious and more than willing to intermingle with your guests if that is your wish. Her staff is excellent and very well presented. The entire operations was flawless and extremely professional! I had a four course dinner party for ten people at my home. Tara paired wines for each course which were excellent choices. Everything was so fresh and exquisite! Tara and her staff left my kitchen immaculate with everything in its place. Each one of my guests is now raving about Tara Ciannella and her entire operation!

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Harvest Specialty Catering
4.9
from 29 reviews
  • 25 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
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Tom M.
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Jason and his team did an excellent job with our wedding. It was a vegan wedding, and although Harvest is not a vegan-specific caterer, the food was excellent. Every guest raved about the food, and many did not realize it was all vegan. Jason was more than willing to work with us to keep the price in budget without sacrificing the things that were important to us or the overall quality. Harvest also handled many of the logistics for us. If I had another big event, I would definitely hire Harvest again.

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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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Jan H.
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Doris was great! She is personable, friendly and professional. The food was delicious, setup was smooth, and it was a pleasure working with her-definitely will use again!

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Celestial Touch Catering
5.0
from 27 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
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Melva C.
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We had our tasting today 11/12/16. The presentation of the food was great and the food was awesome! Brenda and Wayne were very professional and welcoming. We can't wait for our wedding guests to taste the food. Brenda worked within my budget and offered great suggestions to make our wedding day very special. She is hired!

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CORNBREAD26
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
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Maurice H.
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Awesome job you guys. Everything delivered on time and the food was delicious. You two are a pleasure to work with and will work with you again!

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JP's Delicacies LLC.
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
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Meghan C.
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I hired JP for a birthday dinner for my husband - he cooked a beautiful 5-course dinner for 9 people. The food was delicious and exactly what I was looking for. Everyone loved it!

JP Fine Foods LLC
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Elisa C.
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Jeffrey was very professional and took his menu very seriously. He showed up on time and ensured that the menu was exactly to my liking. I would highly recommend Jeffrey and his food was delicious! My guests and I enjoyed him very much and highly recommend him!

  • 7 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Marquise R.
Verified review

Best soul food I have ever tasted hands down. I stumbled upon this company on social media and had to try them out. The food traveled well and did not disappoint. The staff is friendly and the food was plentiful. I had a 60 guest party and people are still asking about for the caterer’s info.

Frecklez
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Dedrick M.
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Ativa from Frecklez catering provided me with OUTSTANDING food & service for our Spa themed bachelorette party. Not only was she flexible with our requests, but she kept in touch throughout the entire planning process to ensure that all of our expectations were met. The sliders we ordered were prepared shortly before we picked them up for optimal freshness. She even remembered the condiments and dressings such as cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes when I had forgotten all about it. EVERYTHING tasted delicious and was seasoned to perfection. Everyone enjoyed the tea sandwiches as well and raved about the food overall. Not only was the food amazing, but so was Atvia! She communicated with me every step of the way and paid extra attention to the details (for example she marked turkey sliders with a different color tooth pick to set them apart when I didn't even think of that). I cannot say enough about how wonderful my experience with Frecklez catering was. You cannot go wrong with utilizing their service and I will be sure to recommend them to all friends and family in the future.

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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