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Specialties by T, LLC
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Lionel J.
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Chef Taralyn catered our family reunion and all the food was spectacular. Each course was excellent from beginning to the end. I know her business will continue to flourish. Please allow her to share her gift of meal preparation with you. I know you will be pleased. Continued Success Lionel James (Atlanta, GA)

Chef Margherita Smith
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Adam S.
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Chef Margherita was fantastic. She was extremely professional, creative, and fun. The meal was outstanding. Would definitely recommend!

Epicurean Services -- Food
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Meena L.
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We hired Epicurean Services for an in home cooking lesson. My boyfriend is a moderately experienced chef and Bradley did a fantastic job of working with his level of experience to make the lesson informative for both of us. He cooked stuffed fish, rice pilaf and green bean almondine. The rice pilaf was delicious and simple, I have already remade it less than a week later. The green beans and tilapia were creamy and filled with flavor. Bradley was so much fun to talk to and I really enjoyed the convenience and comfort of having a fine dining experience at home. I look forward to using Epicurean Services in the future for events and relaxing date nights. Bradley is passionate and knowledgeable about his work and I would recommend his services to any human being with the ability to eat food.

Chef Jenn
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Daniel G.
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Everything was amazing! Jennifer was very sweet and knowledgeable on the vegan menu that we requested!

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My personal website is mostly for my baked goods. I do, however, make specialty foods for weddings, parties, and other events. I specialize in Italian and soul food. Customers love the taste and the presentation of my food.

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Joseph Buttons is a dynamic certified executive chef who utilizes teamwork with the customer to design and execute solutions that create value. This chef utilizes skills, including planning, scheduling, organizing, and tracking progress for any-size project ensuring success and accountability. He utilizes extensive contacts throughout the community for large events and provides personal one-on-one attention for personalization of your special gatherings.

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Creating food to satisfy all your guests, will work with customers to ensure every need is met

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We do small party catering and personal dinners for two or party dinners. Menu is available. Organic veggies are always used. Look up for Your Personal Chef on Facebook.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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I am a cook for customers' residences for private parties. I have experience, from everyday food to fine dining.

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I do in-home chef services for dinner parties, brunches and cocktail parties. I offer menu planning, shopping and event design. This is all inclusive.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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Event catering. My main focus is food and menu planning but I can also suggest themed events. I'm always open for options and enjoy giving my input to make your event memorable. I will work within your budget and surroundings where it will take place. I take pride in my work, attention to your needs and will make it fun for you and your guests.

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I provide catering on many levels, from large parties with full buffets to family-style dinners. I believe in cooking basics, not frilly fancy and dainty. I offer good food done right, sourced locally. Hands-on cooking classes in your home for small groups is my specialty. Together, a menu is designed, and as a team, I teach new techniques that make throwing your next dinner party a breeze.

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I am just starting out. I am looking for some extra part-time work. I have 7 years of experience in upscale dining. I give lots of love and pride in my food. I would love to work for you and make some delicious food for you and your family/friends. I do not have a profile with a bunch of pictures. I'm usually too busy working to stop and take pictures of the food I'm making. I'm very friendly and excited to succeed. So, I think this would be a great experience. I will not disappoint you!

  • 30 years in business
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I am a professional chef with more than 25 years of experience. I will prepare delicious, innovative meals for your family in the comfort of your own home. As a bonus, I have experience with special dietary needs (vegan, gluten free, heart healthy and diabetic) and pastry experience, so your meal will be delicious and include a fabulous dessert!

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Timeliness and hot and fresh food are our main priority while making sure our clients are having a good time as well. We cater to you! We love special requests!

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The Running Chef is a catering business located in WNY. It is family owned and operated. Everything is homemade. We only use fresh ingredients dictated by the season.

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I cater for individual meals, dinner parties, family gatherings, weddings, etc. I come to your house and cook in your kitchen. Do you have special diets? That is not a problem. I can do everything from soup to nuts! Do you need a couple of weeks of meals in the freezer? I'm your gal.

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I specialize in homemade food cooked with love and care. You will love and enjoy every taste. It's a unique flavor. I can cook and prepare any dish you desire.

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I offer personal chef services. Are you too busy to cook? I am a self-taught, passionate chef who will cook delicious and nutritious meals for you in your home.

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You can consult me in suggesting easy ways to prepare meals. I can cook any foods prepared. I can teach anything you would like to learn. Menu planning. Prepare meals to be reheated if necessary

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.
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