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Ridgewood Chefs

Browse these chefs with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Ridgewood.

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

"This was the best food!" EVERYONE Ellen catered to for our dinner last evening could not get over how delicious their meals were. There are not enough words of gratitude I can share with her or any of you who are considering to hire her for your event. Ellen is concise when reaching out with her menus, her menus are organized by cuisine (making it easy to discuss), her response time is excellent, there are no hidden last minute charges, she shows up at the agreed time, is able to work in a challenging kitchen (we are in an office with a no flame policy and she made do with sternos), her food presentation is attractive and appetizing, and she is an absolute gem to work with. I have been in the food and beverage industry for 20 years, worked with many many chefs and Ellen is the real deal. Our group was falling behind and dinner service was delayed by close to 45 minutes. She made sure the main courses were still hot and of the best integrity, which is difficult to do when serving poultry and fish. Everything was seasoned beautifully with a variety of flavors with each course. Truly, the whole experience was magical and I can't wait to work with her again. Thank you so much Ellen!

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

Chef Chris was super responsive which allowed us to get straight to business! After our brief telephone conversation, he immediately drafted my personal menu with the exact items I wanted! My spouse and I are really looking forward to meeting him on our scheduled upcoming date.

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Bacco Catered Events
5.0
from 78 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 87 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Deann H.
Verified review

From our first conversation on the phone, I knew we had chosen the right caterer. Chef Lauren's energy and enthusiasm are contagious. Lauren and team arrived on time, set up everything and left our place spotless after the party. They were friendly, great at communication during the party planning stage, creative, trustworthy and were right on schedule. Lauren suggested excellent menu choices and presented delicious food and beverages offered by a very helpful, polished wait staff. We will definitely use Chef Lauren and her team again.

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

Amoraco did an excellent job catering for the grand opening at our new office! They were on time and highly personable. Presentation and quality of food was amazing! Tamara was wonderful to work with on details prior to the event and gave us the best deal possible. I highly recommend hiring Amoraco for any catering needs. :)

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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
Ronda S.
Verified review

Chef Daniel is amazing!!! Hes not only an excellent chef but charming and a true professional. My guests raved over his food. He walked into my home and handled everything from soup to nuts. I was able to enjoy my party and have fun with my guests. Do yourself a favor and hire Chef Dan for your next party.

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Manjar Boutique Catering
4.9
from 64 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 72 hires on Thumbtack
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Helene D.
Verified review

When you hire Manjar you know your event is in excellent hands! Their exquisite taste and attention to details has made our "tight budgets" into a beautiful celebration of food, decor, and specialty mocktail & cocktails. His team treats each event as if you are part of their family. Over the last 7months, I have had the pleasure of working with their event team & chefs on at least 10 events, including new product launches, corporate, wedding, and celebratory events in NJ private estates, galleries, retail environments & nyc apartments. The guests rave about the service & food. At the most recent event, my client was very demanding, last minute, with specific dietary needs... Manjar surpassed my expectations. I would recommend them for any event from a french service sit-down dinner, graduation celebration, to a summer garden cocktail party. Trust them with what you need and you will not be disappointed! Great events, all of the details attended to, and great results so you can enjoy your own event!

Melissa D'Elia
4.8
from 61 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 91 hires on Thumbtack
Joann P.
Verified review

Melissa is professionalism personified! She is punctual and has such an eye for detail. She cooked a beautiful 5-course dinner for me and 10 of my friends for my husband's birthday. She organized all the orders, staff, food and all event intricacies. She is such a gem. I cannot wait to have Chef Melissa back to our home for our next event. Thank you, Melissa.

  • 6 years in business
  • 111 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!

  • 10 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

It was a joy to have Erika come cook for us. For health reasons, we require extremely low carb, but vegetarian meals. With her nutrition and chef expertise, Erika suggested a number of options to us by email. We picked a few, and then she sent a very specific, easy ingredient list along. She came to the house to cook while I was at work and when I returned home, there were delicious meals made for the week, labeled with instructions, and the kitchen looked cleaner than before she had come! The entire process was so seamless and efficient. Most importantly, the food was DELICIOUS .. definitely the tastiest (and healthiest) meals we've had at home in a long, long time! I couldn't recommend her more highly.

Mirabell Catering
4.9
from 55 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 70 hires on Thumbtack
Kim T.
Verified review

Great experience with Chef Martin at my friend's bachelorette party of 10 girls. On time, professional and delicious food!

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HighLife Productions LLC
5.0
from 53 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 60 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Rachel T.
Verified review

We had a wonderful time at our group cooking class at La Pulperia. Chef Carlos and his team were so gracious (accommodating of food allergies) and the food was delicious - empanadas, salmon tartar, guacamole and ricotta gnocchi (which we learned how to make). We enjoyed making one of their signature cocktails and sipped wine (and tequila). Thanks to Chef Carlos and everyone at La Pulperia for such a fun and unique time. Also, thanks so much to Tyler for setting everything up!

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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.

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  • 2 years in business
  • 82 hires on Thumbtack
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Peter L.
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We had a great time learning how to prepare some healthy dishes, the food was delicious! We highly recommend Chef Melissa

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Creative Table NY
4.9
from 44 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
George H.
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Peter is not only a very talented chef, but also a lovely man and a pleasure to be around. Peter has prepared meals for myself and my family regularly over the last year and has been a huge success with us all. I unreservedly recommend anyone to try Peter's excellent work. You will be extremely happy. :)

  • 7 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
Jehane S.
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Everything was delicious and the service was great; chef Oscar is super professional and a real pleasure. The guests were thrilled. My only disappointment was that the team did not bring enough serving plates and therefore randomly used ours. Also, while the food was delicious there was a strong smoke smell on the beginning which I would have liked to avoid!

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

If you are skeptical about who to hire for your dinner party or other event, I absolutely recommend you hire Chef Jeffrey. You will NOT go wrong. He was extremely responsive, helpful and friendly and the menu was out of this world. Every bit of the food he prepared was fantastic! This was my first time using him and my girlfriend and I cannot stop talking about the evening. We will absolutely be planning another dinner. Thank you, Jeffrey!!!

Chef Tristan
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Lauren O.
Verified review

I hired Tristan to cook brunch for a bridal shower in my apt. He was so helpful in menu planning and execution of a fabulous brunch party! He was adaptable in my small kitchen and made the presentation very nice with the plates and platters in my cabinets. He is kind and polite. Overall outstanding. I will hire him again and highly recommend him.

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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
Jeffrey C.
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I booked Chef Nirva for a company BBQ outing and the food was great. She is very responsive to emails, calls and texts and I would definitely recommend her.

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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