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Albany Wedding Caterers

Browse these wedding caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Albany.

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

I don't know that anything could've went better than it did. My wife and I had about 70 guests at our wedding, and Leslie's crew went above and beyond in timely food preparation and a smooth, enjoyable serving experience. The food itself was phenomenal! Her expertise in keeping us within our budget made us feel like we were getting so much more than we paid for. We were more than satisfied with her service at our reception and we are grateful to her personally for helping make our wedding day that much more memorable and special (and yummy!). Would rate SIX out of five stars if we could!

Top Shelf Catering
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 38 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Emily B.
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Dan and his team catered my wedding. The quality was fantastic. The food was delicious and his team was friendly and professional at the event! Dan was always willing to problem solve with us and come up with ideas and fit within our budget the months leading up to the event. I would absolutely recommend Top Shelf Catering for any event, especially a wedding!

  • 10 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Lena M.
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Chef Erika is an amazing chef, super professional and a great person to have around! She made our special wedding day even more special and I can only highly recommend her for any event imaginable!

On Thyme Catering
4.7
from 11 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Tayler P.
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On THYME just catered my daughter's wedding it was perfect start to finish.plemty of leftovers for out of town guest to enjoy at thier hotel. very passionate about her work.my new "go to' caterer.

LT's Grill
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
John M.
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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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Hungry For Travel, LLC
4.9
from 9 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
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Jeffery B.
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We couldn't have been more pleased with the services Yolanda performed for us at our Wedding Rehearsal Dinner and Sunday Brunch. She clearly has a profound sense of timing and the many different aspects to managing large events. We threw two events back to back and her energy level never dropped. She arrived early to each event and when we threw in extra requests for the second event, she was right on it making sure everything worked out. We give her 5 stars because she truly deserve them. We would recommend Hungry for Travel without hesitation. Thank you Yolanda, we greatly appreciated all you did to make our Wedding weekend the success it was.

Maria's Home Catering
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Kadeem Q.
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With great food and excellent service, Maria's Home Catering is definitely a catering service you should consider. Thanks Maria!

Catamountdogs LLC
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 5 years in business
Don B.
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I have eaten here,several times each time was delicious,friendly,profetional, the food is always hot and fresh, look forward to each chance I get to eat here and visit with gabrielle.

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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.

  • 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. To be in a position to serve the best possible food choices, healthy selections and meet the exact catering needs of our private and corporate clients at a very competitive price.

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We offer exceptional food and outstanding service with outgoing and humble staff ready to provide the utmost memorable moments. I enjoy creating a moment into a memory for others and taking the challenge of outdoing what the customers have requested. I love the feeling of successfully satisfying the customers with a scrumptious feast.

  • 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!

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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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I offer in-home catering and personal chef services. I travel to you. There's no stress on your part! You can count on me.

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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. We have fast paced lives, and I know it's corny but we really do put love into everything we do, we like our clients to have unforgettable experiences with our help.

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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 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 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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We provide full-service catering for on-site or off-site events. We offer custom menu options and do themed parties. From soups to nuts, we'll cater to you!

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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.

Q & A

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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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