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Elmira Caterers

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H & J Hospitality
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 13 years in business
Rhonda V.
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H&J Hospitality is reliable, flexible, and provides a wide range of catering services, from informal barbecues to elegant dinners and receptions. They can take care of all your rental needs, decorations, and all the details to make your events successful.

Milliner's Southern Smoke
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Katie K.
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I have had Milliner's cater for my lacrosse banquet for the past two years. They always make plenty of food, on time, and have great prices. The food is amazing!

Catering the Wright Way
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Jessica B.
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They all did such an amazing job catering my wedding. The food and presentation was spectacular.

M and K Catering
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
LINDA N.
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Wonderful all around experience.....and on a short notice as well

Spellbinding Events
1.0
from 1 review
  • 5 years in business
About

I am a Jack-of-All-Trades. I have a wide variety of experience as a teacher of family and consumer science. I have worked with children, catered for events up to 50 people, made wedding and event cakes and pastries, planned events for up to 500 people and assisted with conferences up to 2000 people including entertainment, board meetings, food, hotel, travel arrangements, budgeting, and more. I also have a Bachelor of Science in Development and Family Studies and Hospitality Management. I have been a nanny, babysitter, step parent, and have taught all ages. I have also taught fashion design and worked in a boutique as an assistant manager, and merchandiser. Online portfolio is coming soon.

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I have a passion for working with locally sourced food. The fresher it is the better. I want to share my culinary experience with as many people as I can. I think too many people think they don't have the time or money to cook and eat well. I say, you do! Planning is the hardest part and i show you how to do that. The rest is recipes and trying what you like. Seeing peoples faces when they taste what they just made. I love working with people from all walks of life, young and older, experienced and not. Again passing on an lost art.

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We cater from large to small events. We provide fresh, great food from hot dogs to lobsters, and everything in-between. My job is to make your event great. Prices vary by number of people and food, and other services given. We charge $2.00 and up per person.

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We are a catering and food truck business (smoked meats). We will prepare a variety of food to the customer's liking.

  • 8 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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Soul in Your Sauce's food is unique and inventive. I might make dishes that you are familiar with but I take extra steps and use premium ingredients to make your event even better. I truly want my food to be an experience to be one that you cannot get other places. I am classically trained and have spent time in many aspects of the culinary business. I enjoy knowing that my customers will present my food and their guest will have a top notch product. I love serving people and enjoy the events where I get to interact with guest and get feedback. I love to be able to share new food or a level of food that people are not familiar with.

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I provide home-style food services to wedding receptions, birthdays, and anniversaries. If you are worried about money and budget, I will plan the event to best suit your needs.

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We are a full-service caterer. We have been in business for 20 years, and we will cater to your needs and budget. No job is too big or small! We do it all. We can provide dishes, linens, bar and wait staff. We can accommodate all menu requests.

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We specialize on all flavors of wings imaginable, catering football gatherings, bar mitzvahs, school events, and fundraisers.

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We are a small and personalized catering option for any event.

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Chef Christine Weaver uses her culinary skills to provide in-home meal services. A 30-year food veteran, this award-winning chef is ready to upscale your in-house dinner party or provide you daily healthy eating.

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We cater for all occasions, but specialize in weddings. We have been in business for 10 years, with many more years of experience. We have packages for all events, or you can give us what you want, and we will give you a quote. We have many happy customers. We are very reasonable and are very self sufficient. We do not need a kitchen.

  • 21 years in business
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I plan and organize events. I will help you plan your party, event or wedding. I can also do Catering or DJ your event. I love working with people to make their event go off with no glitches and for it to be memorable event.

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I am catering to all your food service needs. I have over 15 years of experience. I am professional, courteous and reliable.

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We pride ourselves in not offering cookie cutter offerings, but creating a personalized menu to suit each individual request. We enjoy every aspect and opportunity we have to make each customers event a success.

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We are a family catering business fitted to your needs. We offer a wide variety of cuisines of all traditions. We offer a very professional service to satisfy your wants and needs. We cater to all different types of events such as graduation parties, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, public events, and so much more. We offer any service needed such as servers, dish washers, etc. We are here to make memories last a lifetime!

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Sweet Treats Catering offers quality services without cleaning out your wallet. We have over 20 years experience in the catering field. Sweet Treats Catering specializes in appetizer parties, side dishes, cookie platters, desserts and dessert platters, standard platters (meat, cheese and pepperoni, relish trays) and salads (pasta, taco, macaroni potato salad). For us, no party is too big or small. We even do game-day or fight-night munchies, delivered right to your door, without any of the hassle, so you won't miss any of the action.

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Not many in the area can provide smoked, deep fried or BBQ meats and we do that well. Opportunity to meet a variety of different people and help them through a special event.

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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