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Renegade Outpost
4.7
from 141 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 230 hires on Thumbtack
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Ellen P.
Verified review

Ellen Deluise catered a wedding reception for me for 150 people. I selected a traditional menu but Ellen provided several other menu options to choose from. She was very professional, easy to work with and was quick to respond to phone calls. The quality of the food and presentation were excellent. I would definitely hire her again in the future.

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NY Catering Service
5.0
from 90 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 136 hires on Thumbtack
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Karina R.
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Chris assisted me with my wedding catering - on top of being such an extremely talented chef, he is so knowledgable about food & catering logistics. I have also eaten at many of the restaurants he has cooked at - amazing! So lucky to know a chef like him.

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Bacco Catered Events
5.0
from 78 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 87 hires on Thumbtack
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Susan L.
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This is not catering food, this is delicious, flavorful and amazing Italian upscale restaurant food! Everyone at my wedding said the food was amazing first and foremost! Everything that was served had its own amazing flavor. The service was perfect! ***** Would recommend to anyone. Thanks Lauren! It was exactly what I wanted!

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Amoraco
5.0
from 72 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 97 hires on Thumbtack
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Laura W.
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Tamara and her team catered our wedding reception (about 100 guests). She also did day of coordination and set up for the event. The day and night ran smoothly and the food was delicious (one of our guests told me the appetizers were the best she had ever had). The staff was friendly and helpful. Additionally, Tamara was flexible and amenable to our requests. She responded to our questions promptly.

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  • 7 years in business
  • 126 hires on Thumbtack
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Camille J.
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Wayne was the bomb.com He can cater any event I have.Everyone at my wedding raved over the food.His personal touches were appreciated and welcomed.A true professional chef!!!

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  • 6 years in business
  • 89 hires on Thumbtack
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Pamela D.
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We had a party in our home for 30 colleagues. Chef Dan arrived exactly on time and brought everything he needed with him. He prepared an array of visually appealing and delectable tasting culinary creations that wowed our guests taste buds and satiated their appetites. The bartender was great and the servers did an impeccable job of constantly bringing Dan's gourmet offerings while being pleasant and unobtrusive. Many caterers provide quantity and some high quality- chef Dan did both at a reasonable price and with a smile on his face. He cooked everything fresh in our kitchen and when he and his staff finished, our kitchen looked as pristine as when he arrived. The party was great fun and a big success. Every one of our guests commented on how fabulous the food was and how outstanding the service. He is our go to guy for any future parties or affairs. kudos and thanks. Mel & Pamela Pratter

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  • 68 years in business
  • 98 hires on Thumbtack
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Flo R.
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We worked with Katherine Fonsella from DeCicco events and cuisine and she was WONDERFUL. We were planning a pre-wedding dinner for about 100 people in the Tarrytown area, but we live in Northern California. We did not know any venues or caterers or suppliers. Katherine helped us find a great, unusual loft venue, arranged all the decor, tables, lighting, and set up the catering from DeCiccos. The staff were excellent, the food was very good, everything went off perfectly. We are so appreciative of all that Katherine did to make our event wonderful!

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Manjar Boutique Catering
4.9
from 64 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 72 hires on Thumbtack
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Hollis K.
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I have two words for Manjar Boutique Catering - Hire Them! Adolfo and his team were nothing more than stellar. We hired them for our wedding. From the initial courtship down to the reception and after, Manjar treated us with professionalism and empathy. There was continuous communication during the months that led to our big day. We did not want your typical "wedding dinner" of mash potatoes and steamed wrapped vegetable. Since my spouse and I are from different cultures, we wanted the food to reflect us. Manjar created a customized menu that did just that. The food tasting was also an experience as well. We felt like we were in a 5-star restaurant with the chef joining us at the table. Once we tasted their food, we immediately signed the contract! On our wedding day, the service was spectacular! We decided to have a family-style dinner where guests would have to interact with each other while passing around food plates. Our guests commented during and after the wedding how good the food and the service were -- which is exactly what we wanted.

  • 6 years in business
  • 113 hires on Thumbtack
Reuel R.
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Chef Stenneth Grant and his business partner Shanique Walker lent their exquisite culinary and catering talents to our wedding to glittering effect. We could not have been happier with their service and the sumptuous spread they prepared for us and our guests at the dinner reception. The menu was a thoughtfully curated mix of African-American, Caribbean, and Asian inspired cuisine, with options for both non-vegetarians and vegetarians. Not only was the food flavorful and delicious, it was also beautifully garnished and presented. Our guests raved about every single dish and were practically falling over themselves to grab seconds. Not surprisingly, several of them have asked for Stenneth and Shanique's contact information and plan to hire them for their own upcoming events. It's true what they say: word-of-mouth is the best recommendation; and these satisfied guests were singing Stenneth and Shanique's praises. To top it all off, the two exude utter professionalism as well as genuine warmth and passion about what they do. Although we contacted them somewhat late in the planning process to cater our wedding, they easily accommodated us, even putting together a free tasting on relatively short notice. They were punctual in delivering the food and their set up was speedy and seamless. All in all, it was an unqualified pleasure working with Stenneth and Shainique. We're still savoring the memories of their excellent cuisine and service. I hope we'll have occasion to hire them again. It hasn't been a week since our wedding and one of our guests already has hired them to cater an event--and on short notice to boot. How's that for validation! You can't go wrong with this excellent team! Thanks, Stenneth and Shanique! You're the best!

LCI Caterers
5.0
from 55 reviews
  • 25 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Alyssa R.
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Joe and his team were fantastic. We could not have had the wedding we did within our budget without the dedicated work of Joe and his team. We had over 200 people and Joe had a staff of 8 (which felt like 12) to prepare food for service, serve appetizers, bus tables and serve dinner. They were incredible. The food was excellent and Joe did a tremendous job in an incredibly challenging situation. We did not have a kitchen in our venue, so Joe was forced to make due by cooking ahead of time, transporting foods in temperature controlled containers and reheating onsite. The food quality did not suffer one iota, and Joe worked with us for months in advance of the wedding to design a menu which would respond to the challenges of the venue. People still mention how good the filet was 8 months later. Beyond the quality of the food, Joe is a full service caterer. For a nominal fee (far below any rental quote), Joe provided dinner plates, salad plates and cutlery for all of our guests. Joe also provided chafing dishes and serving instruments which were not available at our venue and which would have been exorbitant had we been forced to rent them from a third party vendor. Having the same person responsible for all of the food related rental items and the catering saved us time and money. Finally, Joe will work with you to make a menu for almost any budget. He understood our cost constraints and worked with us in creative and helpful ways to achieve a delicious menu we were proud to serve while respecting our initial budget. I only gave Joe 5 stars because they don't offer a 6 star review. He is excellent and the best choice available in the New York City area for wedding catering. Thank you Joe!

Mirabell Catering
4.9
from 55 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 71 hires on Thumbtack
Susan S.
Verified review

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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Festive Food Caterers
5.0
from 53 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 61 hires on Thumbtack
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Jacqueline B.
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We would 100% recommend Festive Food Caterers to anyone looking for excellent food and even better service, at a great price! We hired Festive Food Caterers for our wedding with approximately 100 guests. Michel and his team are phenomenal! Michel consistently went out of his way to give us a delicious, polished menu within our price range. He was extremely communicative and offered flexible tastings leading up to our wedding. During the event, there were zero hiccups or problems and Michel and his team were meticulously preparred. On top of that, the food was absolutely amazing!! (Try the steak and chimichurri sauce!) Definitely consider Festive Food Caterers for whatever your event may be. They are fantastic!! (The food was so good we didn't have time to take photos before we ate it, but it looked and tasted delicious!)

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Chef Aless
4.9
from 52 reviews
  • 34 years in business
  • 60 hires on Thumbtack
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Therese D.
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Chef Aless is a gem. When we first met Chef Aless she immediately put us at ease. She has the perfect blend of intuitiveness, professionalism, flexibility and a wonderful attention to detail! I was so excited to have her cater for our wedding and told some of the guests beforehand to be sure that they stopped by to meet her! It is always so refreshing to work with someone so accommodating and easy to work with, and Chef Aless has those qualities in spades. The food was as beautiful as it was delicious. My personal favorites were the miniature pork taquitos! You want things to be just right for your wedding and Chef Aless ensured that they were! She brought her own servers after ours fell through shortly before the wedding. Days before the wedding I emailed to see if she could help out with “just one more thing” and it was no problem. In short, I never had to worry about her part in our wedding day, and as any bride can attest that speaks volumes. Thank you, Chef Aless! We are so grateful. We hope we will have a reason to use your services for another occasion again!

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

Peter and his professional staff made the event painless and enjoyable (at-home cocktail party wedding reception for 68 people). They worked efficiently behind the scenes during the event so I never had to worry about food and beverage serving. Beautiful presentation, impeccable service with a smile, and most importantly - tasty! They set up 4 hours in advance and cleaned up our home exactly as they found it.

T&C Catering
4.8
from 43 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 80 hires on Thumbtack
Beverly C.
Verified review

My husband and I want to thank Carol and her team very much for catering our wedding 8/25 she make our wedding day special the food was delicious that all our guests cannot stop talking about delicious the food and the services was amazing.. Carol catering service is the best in New York..we will recommend this catering 100% ....our guests said the food and services was excellent..

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Chef Dave's
4.9
from 32 reviews
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
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Ali S.
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Chef Dave just catered my wedding last Sunday 3.26.17 in NYC. First and foremost- Chef Dave is a super nice guy and very accommodating. I originally thought we would only have 40 guest, but we were wrong and ended up with 70 guest. Chef was totally flexible and adjusted the menu accordingly. He was very responsive and coordinated with my event planner seamlessly. The food was amazing! We also had so much food! Our guest had second and thirds... they loved it too. The meatballs were out of this world, the chocolate flourless torte was a crowd pleaser especially for my GF friends! Chef Dave was so easy to work with and gave me so much peace of mind! I am so grateful that I was able to connect with him via Thumbtack.

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Celestial Touch Catering
5.0
from 27 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
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Robert C.
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Both Diana and myself would like to thank you all for your help with the catering for our wedding. From the first moment we met we knew we had made the right choice. The food was fantastic and was cooked with love. Brenda, Donna , Monique and Wayne, sorry forgot the name of the other lady at the wedding went above and beyond what was expected , even with the understanding of the little glitch prior to the event. We would like to thank you soooo much for your assistance at every point of our relationship and especially the food, did I already say it was fantastic, I hope we stay in touch and stay friends after as we loved everything abut being involved with this company...Book them..You will NOT be disappointed... All our love Robert and Diana... p.s over order on the food so you can take some home...

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JP's Delicacies LLC.
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
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Sarah P.
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JP and his team were fantastic and we look forward to working with him again. He catered an event for 120 guests the night before our wedding so it was pretty important to us that it went right! The food was delicious, we still have friends telling us how much they loved it. He really goes above and beyond to ensure a good experience and provided us with many more dishes than we had anticipated. I would absolutely recommend him.

  • 16 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
Nayara L.
Verified review

My fiancé and I are working with Germaine for our wedding next summer. Working with her has been absolutely amazing. Our favorite quality about Germaine is how passionate she is about the work she does. She has a background and love for production, as well as experience and talent as a chef. This combination makes her such an awesome planner. My fiancé and I will be getting married being recent college grads, so our budget was definitely limited, but Germaine has been working with us to make sure we still have a quality and beautiful wedding that fits within our budget. She has many connections with all the different vendors she works with, and truly makes it so that your wedding planning process is fully stress-free. She is extremely professional and holds herself to a high standards, and on a personal level is so kind and personable. I truly hope others get to experience her amazing work both as a full service planner and as a chef!

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

Jeffrey and his team of professionals catered my nieces wedding. The food was amazing, artistic and creative. By far the highest quality wedding I've ever attended. I recommend JP Fine Foods for any event.

Elemental Catering
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Tali G.
Verified review

I have no words to describe how overjoyed we are that we found this catering company. * Communication was direct, no hidden fees, price offer was itemized and detailed so we could see exactly what we're paying for. * Tasting was wonderfully coordinated and very (very) generous. :D * The team rolled with the punches (we had a non-standard venue, lots of small changes, and mostly questions and confusion) and was super understanding and tolerant. * Event was SUPERB. I keep getting compliments from friends who attended about every single dish. These guys are phenomenal. Hire for whatever event you need (ours was a wedding), but don't skip the tasting because it's sooooooo good :) Looking forward to working with them 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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