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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.

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 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.

How much should catering cost per person?

Catering prices can range from about $10 per guest on the low end to $150 or more per person on the high end. Catering costs represent the quality of food, presentation, variety, ingredients and service. But catering prices are more than the cost to cook the food that will be at your party; they also include the cost for the company to do business. Here is a simple breakdown of catering prices:

  • Menu: The food you serve your guests will directly affect the price per person. Organic ingredients, complex recipes, elaborate presentations, or high-ticket items like lobster or filet mignon all add to the cost.
  • Service: Buffet, family style, plated dinners — how you serve the food affects the cost per person. For example, a true plated meal can cost about twice the price of a staff-assisted buffet because of staffing costs. Hiring waiters, bartenders and cleanup crew will all be calculated into the per-person catering price.
  • Drinks: Providing beverages and alcoholic drinks for guests greatly increases your catering budget. Hosting an open bar can cost as much per person as the meal.
  • Rentals: Seating, plates, glassware, etc., will all have an effect on the cost per person for catering. For example, a plastic conference table that seats 10 costs about $6 to rent on average, while a wooden farmhouse table is about $80 to rent on average.
  • Business costs: Any catering cost will also include the cost for the company to do business such as insurance, employee wages, commercial kitchen space and more.

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 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.

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.

Reviews for Bronx caterers
Thumbtack Customer
T&C Catering provided the food for my daughters Sweet 16 September 2013. They were friendly, arrived early, and they were very organized. Their food tastes amazing and the portions were a healthy size. We had plenty of leftovers and they are affordable. Thank you T&C Catering for making my daughters party an amazing event. ❤️
T&C CateringT&C Catering
Jessica S.
Chef Stenneth and his staff catered me and my mothers annual banquet at our church earlier this month. From the first moment I got in contact with Chef Stenneth he was quite helpful with the booking process and giving us great options. My mother and I were looking for a new caterer because we have had catering nightmares in the past, and Chef Stenneth and his staff proved to be a dream! On the day of the event they came well prepared, early to the location and had an efficient prep time. Chef Stenneth promised my mother that she would be able to relax and actually sit down during the dinner this year (something she hasn't be able to do in years prior) and surely enough my mother was able to enjoy her dinner along with our guests. I would definitely recommend S.G.S Catering to anyone looking for professionalism, tasty food, and an efficient staff.
S.G.S Catering & Private Chef Services LLCS.G.S Catering & Private Chef Services LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Catered my 50th surprise birthday party. Food was suppose be hot was hot and tasty. Birthday cake awesome. Flavorful and colorful. They ran a tight ship; which was a great relieve.
Freckles KitchenFreckles Kitchen
Artemis D.
I love the attention to details. The way they treat customers. The presentation of the catering. The professionalism of the representative and the delivery guy. The flavor, the quality and the quantity of the food is like you are eating your food in Mexico. I appreciate so much the above and beyond that your services went to over pass my expectations and my guest also. I definitely will order again and I am going to recomend this catering restaurant for Mexican food to my friends and relatives. Thank you Cinthia for treat me so well. I am glad to spoke with you by phone.
Maria Bonita CateringMaria Bonita Catering
Thumbtack Customer
T&C catering were everything I had hoped they would be. They were professional, fun, and the food was great. Carol was very easy to get in touch with, and provided valuable recommendations for our holiday party of 50+ people. They arrived on time, and set up quickly. They even brought containers so people could take food home. Additionally, they helped cut/serve our dessert, even though we got it from somewhere else. I would highly recommend T&C catering to anyone, and will definitely use them again in the future.
T&C CateringT&C Catering
Keyanna C.
This was my first time ordering from a catering company and by far was the best experience I have ever encountered. The food and customer service was amazing. Great effective communication, very understandable and trustworthy. Overall, great service would definitely recommend this business.
Brooklyn Kitchen Catering & EventsBrooklyn Kitchen Catering & Events
Christopher s.
Chef Jeffrey JP Fine Foods LLC is the best catering company I have ever hired by far. He doesn’t even compare to others I hired in the past . The level of quality is comparable to Michelin Star restaurants in New York. He does really good work and his staff does too.
JP Fine Foods LLCJP Fine Foods LLC
DeAnn B.
I hired Chef Martin and his team (server + bartender) to cater my mother's 70th birthday, and they did NOT disappoint. Throughout the planning process, Chef Martin was very helpful and accommodating. Not only did he send a variety of menus for review, but he also helped customize the menu to make the event extra special. It's been almost a week since the party, but the guests are still raving about the food...the pulled pork + buttermilk biscuit sliders were phenomenal!! And the shrimp and grits... to die for! The service was also top notch - a complete package. In fact, several guests have asked for his contact information, should they require a caterer in the future. A huge thanks (again) to Chef Martin and his team. You made my mother's birthday truly unforgettable!
Mirabell CateringMirabell Catering
Thumbtack Customer
Carol Foster catered my wedding in New York in August 2, 2014.. OMG I do not know where to start, Ms.Carol and her team went above and beyond to make sure this event was successful. She catered 500 people but on that day there were more than 500 people. Mind you that I am African so we throw large party even when you do not plan for it to be that large so my max was 500 not knowing what will happen that day...However, Ms. Carol did not panic and worked successful with my coordinator. From the beginning she worked with our budget and was able to help us with some of her recommendation of the dishes. She and her team were there on time. From the reviews of family members, friends and the guests of the event stated that her food was really good and tasty. They were very professional. Ms. Carol is the best and I will use her again in a heart beat. She made my wedding dreams come through. Oh she also has a great personality and a warm nature person and will work with you no matter your budget. What attracted my coordinator and I was her personality and after the food tasting which was done by my fiancé at that time and two of my siblings since I was located in Texas. So I was praying to hear good news from the tasters and they told me her food was really good among the other caterers and her house was very organized and neat. Ms. Carol keep on with the great job you do and God bless you and your team. YOU ARE THE BEST.
T&C CateringT&C Catering
Lisa A.
We just had an an amazing experience with JP Fine Foods! I contacted Chef Jeffrey for a multi course tasting menu in our apartment. This was by far the best private dinner we have ever hosted! Chef creates food and wine pairing suggestions and service comparable to what we experience in michelin star restaurants here in Manhattan! Jeffrey and his service staff really exceeded our expectations!!! Thank you so much! We will use his catering service again!
JP Fine Foods LLCJP Fine Foods LLC
Trisha T.
Chef Stenneth was punctual, very reasonable and experienced. I simply stated an idea and he gave me lots of options that can be done. On the day of the brunch, he explained everything to me, provided everything that was needed and even added a few things to wrap up the brunch theme! The food was amazing and plentiful! He did not skimp on the quality and quality of the food! Moreso, my wife hired him to cater for my surprise birthday and we got to taste what he can do outside a brunch theme! Needless to say, he DID NOT disappoint! Prices were reasonable and food is abundant (you can get seconds and possibly thirds!) Thank you soo much Chef!
S.G.S Catering & Private Chef Services LLCS.G.S Catering & Private Chef Services LLC
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