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Mon Amis Personal Chefs
4.8
from 36 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 70 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jan S.
Verified review

Maria and her servers served 80 people at my son's wedding reception. The food was outstanding and everyone was amazed at how fast everyone was served. Maria took care of more than just the catering - she also helped with the tent, chairs, tables, plates, napkins, silverware, glassware, etc. I highly recommend Maria and Mon Amis Personal Chefs to cater any event you have. They were on time and had the best food - they even made a special dish for our vegetarians. Maria made sure that all of the details were taken care of. If you don't know what Balsamic Pearls are then you need to have Maria cater an event for you :-) They were EXCELLENT - they sure took the stress away from everyone!

Chef Myra
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Diana T.
Verified review

Chef Myra is an extraordinary example of culinary perfectionism- creating meals, that are high in nutrition, while delighting the most discriminating “foodie” palettes- to “fun”, healthy, yummy meals my 10 year old can hardly wait to eat. She is professional, comprehensive, communicative, knowledgeable and yet not “stuffy” & arrogant like some chefs of her caliber. Anyone who is lucky enough to work with her will be delighted with her culinary skills.

KWENCH
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Kathy P.
Verified review

The event catered was my mom's 70th birthday. I reviewed at least 3 caterers and Kwench was comparable in price but had the best menu for our taste. Cynthia was very easy to work with and accommodated our options. I took a chance and was very pleasantly surprised! The food was delicious! All the guests (55) commented on how well the dishes were seasoned and presented. I believe the food is a focal point of any event it could make or break the success of the event. In this case Kwench exceeded my expectations. I would definitely hire them again as well as referring them to friends and family members. Thank you Kwench for making this special day even more memorable

Above & Beyond Events
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Lauren M.
Verified review

I have worked with Above & Beyond on several weddings and other events over the past couple of years, and I am always excited to recommend them to my clients. They are very responsive, flexible, their food is delicious, and they offer great service all around. I cannot say enough good things about Above & Beyond, and highly recommend them to anyone looking for a caterer for their wedding, or other event.

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Black Iron Catering
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 14 years in business
Teresa B.
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I can't say enough about Jamie and Scott and the amazing Black Iron team. They handled our wedding, and we received SOOOO many compliments on the tastiness of the food and the fun and unique menu. Jamie and Scott were incredible to work with and I truly feel like they'll be friends for life. I only hope we have more events in the future so we can hang out with them again and have them wow our friends and family.

Jennifer Quigg
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jason T.
Verified review

My wife and I bought our first home and we wanted to throw a house warming party. Jenn was very professional and was able to come on board last minute and get everything ready on time, and on budget. Everyone enjoyed her food, her company, and had many compliments and would definitely have her cater many more parties. Zoe was surprised and disappointed that there were hardly any leftovers. I would highly recommend Jenn to my friends and family.

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We help plan and help the customer get the best results especially those on a limited budget. We guarantee customer satisfaction.

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We handle all-event catering specializing in Italian in-home lasagna trays, handmade cannolis, and Junior's style NY cheesecake.

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I catered mostly all types of concepts: buffets, weddings, business parties, private and personal events, outdoor picnics, special events and company picnics; you name it, and I'll do it. I have 30 years of experience. I will work with my clients with all types budgets. Nothing is too small for my clients. Thank you, and I hope to hear from you.

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We are a food truck that is offering a variety of cuisines. Our specialty is authentic new Mexican food. We also can cater.

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Distinctive Catering fills every occasion with excellent food and service. We do offer tastings upon requests, we can help with chairs and tables, and decorations as well. Call us and reserve your day. Serving Albuquerque, Bernalillo, Santa Fe, Los Lunas , and surrounding areas.

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I am a mobile hotdog vending cart. I am able to do various menus, themed parties, reunions, luncheons, or whatever you may need for a great buffet style. I bring the cart and self-contained food to you, so I do not need to use your resources. I have great customer service. I also do charity events.

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We offer catering, bartending, and serving. We will prepare requested food, deliver, set up, provide servers and bartenders, and clean up catered area.

  • 7 years in business
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I can tailor any food and any style for any situation imaginable. I believe in using the freshest, most flavorful products and produce that's available.

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We provide full-service catering and event planning. Calientes offers a full catering menu featuring the very best in made-from-scratch cooking. From private dinners in your home to large weddings or events, no job is too big or too small.

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I'm an active person. I am always on point and extremely friendly. I'm just looking for a job to earn money to help whatever is needed in my household. I'm a good worker.

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Every guest invited to attend your wedding, party or event is obviously hand picked and very important. Having happy guests who want to stay and celebrate with you is really what makes a successful wedding. This is often forgotten, and the importance is shifted to the work that is involved in planning such an event. Let your aunts, uncles and best friends fully enjoy your special day with you, instead of having to worry about tasks. Hiring a wedding planner ensures that everything will run smoothly and will be taken care of to your standards, so you can just worry about enjoying your day!

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We prepare food that is tasteful and soothing to the soul. Some folk refer to this cuisine as slave food because that was the original derivative. The slaves prepared delectable dishes from scraps from their owner's table. Some of my best dishes are fried chicken, blackened catfish (fried or baked), barbecue brisket and ribs, mixed greens kale, mustard, collards and spinach or these can be served individually. I prepare side dishes consist of whatever you may desire and if for some reason I can't prepare it, I will let you know. These foods listed here are prepared seasonally or perhaps a special order, chitlins, neckbones, pigs feet and ears on request and they require at least a week notice.

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I am a full-service event planner. From the large formal wedding to the the small intimate destination wedding, we do it all. We do business functions, group travels, parties, sweet 16s, etc. We make custom invitations, banners, posters, slideshows, etc. Call Renee for a free personal consultation.

  • 13 years in business
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I have a lot of experience working with high end guests in the luxury hotel business. I come with the highest standards of service.

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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