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Culinary Accommodations
4.9
from 69 reviews
  • 36 years in business
  • 84 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Emily W.
Verified review

LeslieAnn prepared a fantastic meal for my friends and I. We had rented a house in Hyde Park for a girls weekend and asked LeslieAnn to create and prepare a meal that included lots of fingers foods/apps, a salad, entree & sides and dessert courses. The menu that she came up with was everything we had hoped it would be and more. Every single bite was so delicious and incorporated everything we were looking for. While the amount of food that was prepared was enough for an army, the 16 girls couldn't get enough and finished everything, even the "extras" that LeslieAnn had made for us to have as leftovers the next day. Besides preparing a phenomenal meal, LeslieAnn was conscientious of our budget and ensured that costs didn't exceed what we had discussed. Overall, LeslieAnn was an absolute pleasure to work with and I would absolutely hire her again!

Top Shelf Catering
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 38 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Doris A.
Verified review

Top notch!! There was so much food and the food was absolutely delicious!! The service was phenominal! And the staff, absolutely outstanding!! My guests marveled at the quality of food and attention given by the staff members. These men go above and beyond!!! I would definitely hire Top Shelf Catering in the future.

On Thyme Catering
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Heather G.
Verified review

The food is phenomenal and there is quite a variety. I would highly recommend to anyone searching for a fantastic catering experience.

LT's Grill
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
John M.
Verified review

LJ of LT's Grill catered our wedding in October 2016 and he made every step of the way so easy. He was attentive to our needs and concerns, flexible, and always reachable by phone. And the food was phenomenal - pulled pork, prime rib, roasted potatoes, etc. We were told by multiple guests at our reception that they felt that they were eating at a fancy restaurant in our own backyard, stating that it was the best food they had ever had at a wedding. And the pricing was amazing as well. I looked around at so many other nearby places, and LT's Grill was by far the best bargain. We both look forward to making many more visits to LT's Grill in the future and would most likely use them again for similar events.

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We are located at 576 Main Street Cairo New York. I work out of my parents' apartment. I'm a cheap way to go if you want good but cheap food!

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I can provide a perfect presentation arrangement of food. I do catering and setup. I can also do breakdown hairstyling for weddings and special occasions.

  • 11 years in business
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We are a nice bistro with mixed modern American cuisine. We cater all types and sizes from five people to 1,000 people, from a birthday party to a wedding, office meeting and huge corporate event!

  • 29 years in business
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We offer a large selection of menu choices promoting the highest dietary standards of healthy and fresh food. I have published a book on the subject and I am an educator on this subject as well.

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We bring decoration and design to a whole new level in our work, it's our passion and what makes us unique.

  • 20 years in business
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I am a private chef. I source local grown -- the freshest, locally grown and locally processed food in the area. I only work with all-local, natural, and organic produce, meats, cheeses, dairy, and more. I shop, come to your home, prepare and serve as many as three meals a day.

  • 4 years in business
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I put all my heart an sole into every dish .I make sure the customers are the happiest..

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Cubbys specializes in full-service BBQ catering. We cook, clean and leave you, so just sit back and enjoy. We serve whole pigs, beef brisket, pulled pork chicken, and much more.

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There is no job that is too small. I will work with all customers on making your next events look and taste professional.

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We provide healthy food catering and private chef services. Special diets and health-conscious foods are meticulously prepared by a CIA graduate and certified health coach.

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I have 30 years of experience in making your special day or evening event one of the most favorite in your life. I am an event, wedding and party planner. I am also a caterer of fine foods that are made from scratch. We use the freshest local seasonal ingredients and whenever possible, organic! Outside of our menus include every cuisine under the sun. We will cater to any specific dietary requests such as gluten-free, nut-free, vegan, and vegetarian. My specialty is to plan, organize, and choreograph the wedding, event, or party of your dreams! Sincerely, Renee

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I do weddings, banquets, graduations, etc. I do it in your home, banquet halls, catskill point, etc. I do buffet, family style and barbecue.

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We are a full-service catering and event planning company that is doing business in the Hudson Valley and New York City, as well as outlining suburbs. We do everything from intimate dinners for 10 to corporate events for hundreds of guests.

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We are catering for all types of parties, such as weddings, birthdays, graduation, and family parties. We do off -site and on-site at Freight Yard Restaurant and Pub.

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We offer BBQ catering, e.g., brisket, pork, chicken, and vegetables. Commercial smoker and grills will cook for you on-site. Drop-off service is also provided, ServSafe approved.

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The main focus is shopping, preparing and cooking for clients in their homes. I cook approximately 5 entrees x4 plus some side dishes all based on the clients' preferences. Special diets are not a problem. There is the chef "n" magic service for kids' parties, romantic dinners for two, hands-on cooking classes and small parties on premises.

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It's in my blood im 109% italian and my whole family are great cooks

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.

Do you tip a wedding caterer?

Tipping 15 percent to 20 percent on a $3,000 catering bill can feel daunting — especially in light of all the other costs of throwing a wedding — but tipping your wedding caterer is standard practice. Be sure to ask your caterer about their specific policies. Many catering companies include gratuity as a line item on their bill. If tipping is not automatically included in your total, a good approach is to tip all the people involved the day of the event rather than paying one lump sum to the catering company. For each server and bartender, you can tip $20-$50, depending on how long they were onsite and whether they did exceptional work. You can also tip the chef; experts suggest $50. It’s also a good idea to tip the catering manager, the point-of-contact person who keeps the catering service running smoothly the day of your wedding, ensures all the food looks beautiful and is plentiful, and resolves any mishaps. Industry pros recommend tipping the catering manager $100-$200. If gratuity is not included and you’re tipping individuals, set aside $200-$500 in cash to be safe.

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.

How much does it cost to hire a caterer?

Catering prices depend mainly on how fancy you want the food and service to be and how many guests you’ll have. When you’re first looking to hire a caterer for your event, consider how many guests you’ll have and your total food and drink budget. The national average for event catering is $340, but catering prices can range into the thousands depending on your menu, guest count, and service.

Event catering is a broad term that covers everything from fully prepared, ready-to-eat food that the hosts plate and serve themselves to full-service, multicourse meals, including rental of linens, glassware and other items, with service staff organized by the catering company. Usually a caterer will determine cost based on the type of event you’re having, how many guests will attend, the level of service you desire, and what type of menu you’d like to have. For example, if you have a set catering budget, say $1,500, and you plan to have 50 people attend, that means you have $30 per person for food. If you have the same budget with 100 people, you have $15 per person for food. In this way, the number of people you want to attend your event and the level of food you want to serve them determines how much catering will cost.

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.

Actual Requests

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Need a Catering Service on October 26, 2013

Sturbridge, MA

  • Type of catering needed
    I'm not sure yet
  • Interested in following cuisine(s)
  • Number of guests
    40-60
  • $1600
    Average price

Need Catering Service for 3 Nights

Ludlow, VT

  • Event type
    Buffet dinner party
  • Cuisine type
    I'm not sure yet
  • Number of people
    25-50
  • Additional Service(s)
    No additional service
  • Details
    We are a group of 30 college students and need a chef to cater or cook on site dinner for 3 nights. We rented a ski house in ludlow, vermont with a full kitchen that is fully equipped. We are open to almost all food options, can be something simple
  • $1780
    Average price

Need Catering Services

Saratoga Springs, NY

  • Event type
    Buffet catered event
  • Cuisine type
    Casual American, Other (One dish gluten free)
  • Number of people
    25-50
  • Additional Service(s)
    No additional service
  • Details
    Brunch for 30 (include 6 children)
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