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Trenton Chefs

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Top Pro
  • 17 years in business
  • 263 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jack B.
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Tony Lawrence prepared an amazing array of Asian and other global dishes for my 80th birthday party in our home on September 19, 2014. We had 18 guests and they all loved Tony and his great staff. We have received nothing but compliments from our guests for a great party with delicious food and wine. No one left hungry and my family got to enjoy all the left overs. Tony was both efficient and flexible in the planning and preparation , with lots of fun and creative ideas. Of all the recommended chefs we spoke to , Tony was the only one who made a site visit before we even committed to use his services. He then made another visit closer to the date. Menu was impressive and we will definitely use Tony for our future catering needs.

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Every Detail Catering
4.9
from 114 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 146 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Pamela B.
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Chef Chuck and Marie were fantastic. Food was good, service wonderful, they were friendly and attentive to the needs of the group.

Top Pro
  • 9 years in business
  • 103 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kevin A.
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I'm completing this survey based on our delings so far. Up to this point dealing with Shannon has proven to be a true professional. She is punctual and very easy to deal with. I gather certain dishes are better done by her husband, whom I take it is a very qualified chef. I love it when a family works together. I have faith that they will deliver the party I expect.

Top Pro
  • 6 years in business
  • 89 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Anthony D.
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For two years in a row, Chef Dan has catered our holiday party and both events have been a huge success with no small thanks to Dan's cooking and his partner in crime, Brianna's bartending. Amazing food, excellent service, outstanding value.

Feast Caterer
4.8
from 72 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 117 hires on Thumbtack
Linda S.
Verified review

Anton was so wonderful to us during the whole process. From the first phone call, picking our buffett menu and pricing. We had a set per person price and he quoted us under it. We had impeccable service at our wedding reception. His staff treated my husband an I like a king and queen. Now to the food. The best I can come up with is amazingly awesome. Everything was way beyond my expectations. Every guest personally came to us remarking how superb the food was. I highly recommend Feast Caterers for any event you may need a caterer for. I look forward to planning another event with Chef Anton.

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Kulinary Kings
4.7
from 49 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
John D.
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We had a birthday dinner for four and were hands on with Chef Greg. We had so much fun and the food was great

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Mendham Kitchen to Table
5.0
from 35 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mark V.
Verified review

What an AMAZING experience! I planned a surprise birthday party with dinner for 4 couples at our home and I cannot express how wonderful the evening was. Chef Francis was a pleasure to deal with from the begging of the process. We had several allergies to take into consideration and Francis gave us many menu choices that would work. In the end, the menu we chose and the food he prepared was amazing. Chef arrived as scheduled, he was so easy to work with and prepared some amazing dishes. Not only did he prepare, serve, clear every course and clean, he spent time talking about each amazing dish and made our guests feel like royalty. In the end, we had one of the best dinner parties ever and we do quite a few. The mood was perfect, the food amazing and Francis could not have been easier to work with. We would give him 6+ stars if we were able to and will most definitely be using his services again.

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Now That Was A Great Party
5.0
from 27 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Susan O.
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Doris catered a holiday party for 25 guests. Her communications were excellent. More importantly her food was yummy, plentiful, and a huge hit with my guests.

  • 10 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Elizabeth G.
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So we had our tasting of the food, and all I could say is OMG...MY daughter who is the bride wanted to be a chef so she understands flavors and if thats what you are looking for thats exaclty what you will get..So needless to say we hired her even before we found a venue. so excited to work with S&B, cant wait til the acutal day!! She is on point the next day she made it possible for us to get to see 3 Venus on such notice. Which we fell in love with 2 now awaiting on her package this is a full one stop Catering service, she brought her seamstress if you need one to discuss your needs, as I had indciated woulb be possibility we would hire aswell. LOVE Sodiah already!! just met her!!

Top Pro
  • 12 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Bill E.
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Chef Tanya provided the appetizers and desserts for a private cocktail party of 40, to celebrate my wife's 60th birthday. First, Tanya visited me at my home to get the "lay of the land" and to learn the type of appetizers that would please my crowd. Later that night Tanya sent me an email a pro-forma menu attached, and the suggestions were amazing and spot-on. No need to change a thing. Tanya and her assistant arrived 3 hours before party time with all the ingredients and equipment she would need. They made all the food from scratch, right in my kitchen: all fresh ingredients, nothing prepared or cooked elsewhere in advance. I wish I could have captured the amazing fragrances in my kitchen and bottle them! Throughout the party, Tanya collaborated with the servers, the bartender, and myself, producing wave after wave of amazing food while my guests were thoroughly entertained. At just the right moment Tanya & Co brought in the most incredible Apricot Pecan Cake, with a '6' and a '0' candle on top, and we all joined in a chorus of Happy Birthday. I could just rave on and on here, as my guests did throughout and after the party...but let me complete my story by saying that, after 3 hours of food prep and a 3 hour party of continuous food, Tanya and the servers cleaned up the entire kitchen, leaving it as they found it - freshly cleaned and spotless. As for the "planning" vs "fulfillment", Tanya's estimate of how much food would be needed was incredibly accurate...everyone ate until their hearts' content, and only small tray of hors d'oevres remained afterward...which I promptly seized for my own late night snack! Bottom Line: Chef Tanya is a complete pro and an outstanding chef. I would recommend her to anyone wanting to do something special for a special occasion. Thank you, Tanya!

D'Lish
4.8
from 21 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Mark R.
Verified review

WHEN PRESIDENT CLINTON CAME TO OUR HOUSE, WE CALLED DEIRDRE! We are repeat clients of D'Lish, which I think speaks to our continued enjoyment of the wonderful job that Deirdre and her team consistently do. At the center, the food is always that star of the show - but of equal importance is the level of service that surrounds the delivery of the food. Deirdre works with you on every detail - from menu selection, help with wines, service staff and bartenders - and manages to take the stress out of a party or event and lets you enjoy the guests. When we learned that President Bill Clinton would be coming to our house for a fund raiser - and only had 8 days to organize the food, drinks and service for an event with 75 people - Deirdre was our first call. We knew that we could rely on her delivering a knock-out event, which she did. But so much more than that, she went above and beyond and assisted with so many of the details and logistics of the event that I don't think we could have pulled off without her. I highly recommend Deirdre and her team at D'Lish.

Dee-Lish..... registered LLC
4.8
from 20 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Michele K.
Verified review

Dena is my new go to chef. I had her at my home for 2 private dinners. She is very professional and made my guest presentation over the top. She also makes meals for the week if needed. She is on my speed dial.

Ma'idah Catering Co.
4.8
from 13 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
JILL A.
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I await my event on April 28 with eager anticipation for so far Ma'idah Catering has been super. The owner has gone out of her way to insure That I was satisfied with the menu and even visited the site to make sure what was needed to make my event shine. So far she is doing a fantastic job. I can not wait to taste the food. With her professionalism and attitude and pleasing service methods exhibited so far I am sure my event will be awesome. The right caterer for the job!

The Proper Palate
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 2 years in business
Lindsay Kay
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Marie is an excellent chef, using only the finest quality ingredients. She is very professional and delivered to me. You must try her brownies!!!

Comfort Cravings
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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Tameka was very professional throughout the entire experience and had great menu selections. Looking forward to working with her in the future.

Full Belly Nutrition
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Maris Z.
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We just hired Natalie and are quite pleased. She encompasses everything we had hoped to find in a personal home chef. Her food is appetizing, nutritious and delicious. She is personable and easy to be around. She has a wonderful ease with both us and the children. She is competent, knowledgeable and efficient. We look forward to a long history with her.

Enjoi Catering
4.8
from 9 reviews
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Quanda S.
Verified review

I give two thumbs up for Enjoi Catering! I made a last minute decision to throw an Anniversary Party For My In-laws and Enjoi Catering came through for me and I was able to concentrate on my guest list and decorations. I gave them my request and They handled everything else. I was even able to sample my menu. My Menu consisted of Lamb Chops, Asparagus, Lobster Maccaroni, Crab Cakes and Shrimp Salad. Everything was delicious. With the Holidays coming up I'll definitely be in touch with Enjoi Catering. 👍👍

Lazy Susan Kitchen
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Cynthia N.
Verified review

Donna/ Lazy Susan is an outstanding caterer/chef. She has catered several events for me from large cocktail parties, small dinner parties, to family gatherings. With each event, Donna has offered several interesting menus from which to pick. As a chef, she is flexible and willing to adjust her menus so that they fit your exact needs and wants. Donna is so pleasant to work with and extremely organized. But most importantly, her food is delicious. I never want her meals to end and at every party I have hosted, my friends and family fave about the food. Triple thumbs up for Lazy Susan!!

Luna Cooking
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Tim T.
Verified review

Matt has been cooking for us for several months now as a personal chef delivering meals to our house weekly. We look forward to his delicious, professionally prepared cooking for a delicious sit down family dinner at home saving us from the preparation time or cleanup afterward. Each meal is customized to our tastes with Matt making suggestions and we give our input about what we want to have that week. We highly recommend his services.

Cuisine Inspirations, LLC
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Brien C.
Verified review

Scott was awesome. He was always on time. The food he prepared was excellent. It was the first time I every had someone actually cook the food on premises. Highly recommend him and I will certainly use him again when the need arises. Bravo !!!!

Chef Keith Ahern
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
John C.
Verified review

Chef Keith did a great job at giving my son some cooking lessons. My son said he had a blast and can't wait to go again. He said chef was helpful, fun and friendly

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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