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Paramus Chefs

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Renegade Outpost
4.7
from 141 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 230 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Alex L.
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Elen is a rockstar. She truly went above and beyond and I loved working with her!!

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NY Catering Service
5.0
from 90 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 136 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sheri O.
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My husband and I hired Chef Chris to treat my (at the time future) in-laws to a relaxing dinner in their home as our wedding gift to them. Chris worked with them to create their ultimate menu and the results were nothing less than superb! They raved about the food, Chef Chris's skill in the kitchen, and how wonderful he was to work with. We would hire him again in a New York minute!

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Bacco Catered Events
5.0
from 78 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 87 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Linda S.
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My husband and I had a joint party to celebrate our 50th birthdays, Chef Lauren and her team arranged everything, from the ordering of the rentals to the food and service and even helping with linen color choice and table top decorations and flowers. The food was outstanding, everyone was blown away by the flavor and presentation. The servers were extremely attentive and courteous without being intrusive. Our guests could not stop talking about how beautiful the house looked and how wonderful the food and service was. It was an absolute pleasure to work with Bacco, they really made our party a wonderful success and enabled us, as hosts, to enjoy the event as much as our guests.

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Amoraco
5.0
from 72 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 97 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lena R.
Verified review

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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  • 7 years in business
  • 126 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Gianfranco F.
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A perfect experience. I would recommend these chefs to anyone. I used it for a 1 year wedding anniversary and absolutely loved it. Don't think twice at hiring these guy!

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  • 6 years in business
  • 89 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Chris F.
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Chef Dan was amazing. We had a Halloween wedding and his servers dressed up. Food was absolutely amazing and he was very patient and understanding. If you want someone who makes delicious food go with Chef Dan.

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  • 68 years in business
  • 98 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Barbara A.
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Decicco did an amazing job decorating my event! They helped me from beginning to end and were extremely responsive to all of my emails. They looked at the venue with me and helped make the vision I had for the event come to life!

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Manjar Boutique Catering
4.9
from 64 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 72 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Yoomi C.
Verified review

Adolfo and his team did a spectacular job with our company holiday party this year. Our staff and the clients we invited were beyond satisfied with their service and we will for sure be hiring them for our next event!

  • 10 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Tracy M.
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Chef Erika was so easy to work with from beginning to end. I was hosting a baby shower, so there was a lot of activity -- but she just came in and quietly created the most amazing, healthy fall meal. It was the perfect way to really spend time with loved ones and not feel the pressure of having to cook all day and time everything perfectly. We couldn't have been happier with the entire experience!

  • 6 years in business
  • 110 hires on Thumbtack
Ruoyao C.
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We cannot say enough good things about SGS catering, especially Chef Grant. We had about 80 guests and a limited budget. But he was very accommodating in working with us. Great communications all the way till the day of our event. We also had some guests bring in food as a partial potluck. The chefs were really helpful and quick in organizing everything. We also had a vegetarian guest who inquired about vegetarian options before dinner was served. When dinner was ready an hour later, the server found her in the crowd and served her a vegetarian plate (we had a buffet style). I also made a two tiered cake myself for the event as I like to bake. As I was getting ready to assemble a tiered cake for the first time, Chef Grant pulled out his great decoration skills and made my cake look beautiful! We cannot say enough thank you for all the great help! Last but not the least, the food was amazing! The guests were all talking about how much they liked it. We are very happy there was leftovers so we can keep enjoying the food for days. We would definitely go back to them again if we ever need catering for any other events. Thank you again SGS Catering for everything!

Mirabell Catering
4.9
from 55 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 69 hires on Thumbtack
Jon W.
Verified review

Chef Martin was a real pro. He was easy to work with on the customized menu and had great suggestions along the way. The event was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone and was stress-free for us hosts. Thank you, Martin!

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

Best experience ever. We needed a bartender for a private birthday party I was organizing for my boss and took a chance on hiring HighLife. Not only did we get a bartender but we got Tyler himself - the owner of HighLife. He was amazing. Our chef we hired from a different company was a disaster and Tyler took it upon himself to help serve the meals, set the tables with wine glasses, pour water/wine throughout dinner, not to mention making the best margaritas on the planet. Extremely reasonable prices with top notch service that is so hard to find these days. Next party I organize I will simply call Tyler. Whether I need a bartender, chef, catering, etc - HighLife will be my only phone call. Thanks for everything!

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Chef Aless
4.9
from 52 reviews
  • 34 years in business
  • 60 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Allison R.
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Amazing meal and easy to work with. I have hired many chefs but Aless was one of the best. All my guests were impressed.

Most Wanted Chef LLC
4.9
from 50 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 80 hires on Thumbtack
Stacey H.
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I had the most amazing experience with Most Wanted Chef. Alana was always very responsive and accommodating to all my requests. I would definitely use them again.

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  • 2 years in business
  • 81 hires on Thumbtack
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Allyson M.
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via Melissa, or "Chef Melissa" as we call her, exceeded our expectations! We took her from her usual route of healthy food and asked her to run a cooking class so that children with Celiac Disease could make and enjoy cupcakes on the morning of Super Bowl Sunday. She was really flexible and provided what felt and looked like "regular" cupcakes but modified for strict gluten-free compliance and somehow they were a little healthy too! All natural. even organic and dairy-free where possible. The ages of children who attended ranged from 4-12 and she worked really well with everyone! She set up before we (event organizers) arrived and had a friendly helper with her. They were professional but the kids related to them very well. The parents were all pleased and her rate was really reasonable! Our support group doesn't make any money from events like this, parents paid her directly and she was accepting last-minute additions without any worries. I can't think of a single negative - in fact we'd like to work with her again this year! Oh, and she even took the work of finding a location away from us (we're 2 volunteers who run this group for our children and others). Next class, we'll go a little healthier and really take advantage of ALL that via Melissa has to offer our kids! :) Oh, and she's even sending us kid-friendly, healthy and gluten-free recipes for us to share with the families in our group! She really goes above and beyond!

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Creative Table NY
4.9
from 44 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 60 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Shermane B.
Verified review

When Chef Peter says he will "wow" you with his food and presentation, he doesn't disappoint. He suggested a creative, yet appropriate menu; presented a delectable dinner for 6; and left the kitchen in pristine order. If that weren't enough, it's a pleasure to work with this talented young man.

  • 7 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
Joseph R.
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Chef Oscar is amazing. He served a delicious 4 course meal for our private dinner party. He was easy to work with, adjusted on the fly as numbers changed, and is a true professional. Highly recommended

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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.
Verified review

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
Janice C.
Verified review

I just hosted a very successful new year eve dinner party for 15 catered by Jeffrey. He was professional responsive, punctual and most importantly a great chef. 4 different hors d'oeuvres were served during cocktail hours before we sat down for a delicious 5 course dinner. I will definitely use Jeff again.

Chef Tristan
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Steven C.
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He came over to my friend's place to cook for a dinner. While I'm not a vegetarian, a lot of my friends are, and he did a good job making the food enjoyable even without meat. That humus was off of the chain. Do people still say off of the chain?

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Chef Nirva Llorca LLC
4.9
from 15 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ashish S.
Verified review

Excellent experience. Chef Nirva cooked a three course meal, Mediterranean inspired, for my birthday for myself and 9 guests. She made the hummus from scratch and the lamb meatballs were my favorite. The main course was a light yet flavorful rosemary chicken, followed by a chocolate dessert. Chef not only presented the dishes just like at a restaurant, but she explained to everyone how she made the dishes. Thanks so much for making my birthday a great experience!

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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