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Oakland Gardens Caterers

Browse these catering services with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Oakland Gardens.

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Renegade Outpost
4.7
from 136 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 225 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Aravind N.
Verified review

Ellen was instrumental in catering at our home for my wife's birthday event. Food was plentiful, varied and delicious. Ellen worked with our palate, our specific requirements (vegetarian) and home setup to provide an excellent spread for our us and our guests. She came up with creative ideas to add flavor and variety and worked extra hard to provide impeccable service. Both Ellen and her delicious food were stars at the party.

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Every Detail Catering
4.9
from 112 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 144 hires on Thumbtack
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Jessica P.
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It was perfection! From the planning to the event everything was done beyond expectations. It was our parents 40th anniversary and we were able to pick all their favorites and they loved the experience. I would highly recommend Every Detail Catering. Thank you for a great night!

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NY Catering Service
5.0
from 88 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 133 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Susan S.
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We were very pleased with the evening. From the variety of the hors d’oeuvres to the “pasta show” to the service and quality of all the food, we couldn’t have been more pleased. We thought the number of helpers was very appropriate and we were extremely impressed with the bartender's ability to bartend, serve hors d’oeuvres, take responsibility for the table – and all graciously and with a smile. What a difference that makes at a party! NY Catering was a pleasure to deal with!

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Bacco Catered Events
5.0
from 77 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 85 hires on Thumbtack
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Linda E.
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We have used Bacco for three events now and I look forward to having them at our next party! Our guests rave about the delicious food and Chef Lauren and her staff could not be better to work with. I know that I do not have to worry about a thing when I hire Bacco. I would highly recommend this catering company.

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Amoraco
5.0
from 72 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 97 hires on Thumbtack
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Erica R.
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Our company has already hired Amoraco for 3 events this year. Tamara and her staff are flexible, polite, prompt, and do an amazing job at creating filling finger foods. Amoraco is a great catering option for in-office events, they require very little space/resources to prep. Their presentation is always beautiful. Our guests are always saying how delicious the food is at our events. We would definitely consider Amoraco again in the future.

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  • 6 years in business
  • 89 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sara L.
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Chef Dan was very accommodating to my catering needs & requests. I also like the convenience of hiring additional staff to assist with our event. We look forward to working with him and experiencing the menu he designed featuring our favorite flavors and dishes.

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  • 68 years in business
  • 94 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Eva B.
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Dear Luisa, Just wanted to let you know that the Shower was a huge success. I received many compliments on the food choice and everything was delicious. Your staff was absolutely wonderful, they went up and beyond to make this event run smoothly. I love Francesca she did an amazing job. I would definitely refer your catering service to everyone I know and would definitely use you for all other events in the future.

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Manjar Boutique Catering
4.9
from 62 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 68 hires on Thumbtack
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Antoinique A.
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My experience with Manjar Boutique Catering was phenomenal. Adolfo was very hands on and the outcome of the event was remarkable. The specialty drinks also added a nice touch. I would definitely use this service again.

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Festive Food Caterers
5.0
from 53 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 61 hires on Thumbtack
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Ramon C.
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The quality of the food we received from Chef Michel was outstanding! Everyone at the event, of over 40 people, loved the Latin cuisine. I highly recommend his catering service for your next event!!!

  • 6 years in business
  • 99 hires on Thumbtack
Ruoyao C.
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We cannot say enough good things about SGS catering, especially Chef Grant. We had about 80 guests and a limited budget. But he was very accommodating in working with us. Great communications all the way till the day of our event. We also had some guests bring in food as a partial potluck. The chefs were really helpful and quick in organizing everything. We also had a vegetarian guest who inquired about vegetarian options before dinner was served. When dinner was ready an hour later, the server found her in the crowd and served her a vegetarian plate (we had a buffet style). I also made a two tiered cake myself for the event as I like to bake. As I was getting ready to assemble a tiered cake for the first time, Chef Grant pulled out his great decoration skills and made my cake look beautiful! We cannot say enough thank you for all the great help! Last but not the least, the food was amazing! The guests were all talking about how much they liked it. We are very happy there was leftovers so we can keep enjoying the food for days. We would definitely go back to them again if we ever need catering for any other events. Thank you again SGS Catering for everything!

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HighLife Productions LLC
5.0
from 52 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
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Idannis M.
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Provided great catering service under last minute pressure! Will definitely use them for future events.

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Chef Aless
4.9
from 52 reviews
  • 34 years in business
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
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June B.
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f despite that it was thanksiving day, and she had her own family, Chef Aless catered my family's special day with superb attention to both the food, which was beyond delicious and plentiful, and presentation. She arrived early with a trolley full of delectable hors d'oeuvres, the best turkey ever baked, and containers full of great accompanying veggies. This was the first time I have ever needed outside catering, but the experience of having Chef Aless was so seamless, and the food was so perfect, that even if I have to invent an occasion,which I will, I know she could handle it with a touch of that marvelous French charm and expertise, and very little interference from me! I'm a cook,specifically a baker. but Chef Aless is a master, and everything was delivered expeditiously and promptly. And with heart... A truly wonderful experience. Thank you so much Alessandra. JuneBarsalona

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Creative Table NY
4.9
from 44 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
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Galerie E.
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My company hired Creative Table Catering for a gallery opening. From the very beginning Peter was very professional, courteous and attentive. He did a wonderful job working within our budget and presented beautiful and delicious food. Peter and his staff were simply a pleasure to work with and I look forward to hiring Creative Table Catering for our next event.

T&C Catering
4.8
from 42 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
Eric M.
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It was an awesome experience working with Carol. She was easy to contact, either over phone or email, and could answer any question I had. She made sure to work with me to create the best experience possible. The supplied staff was marvelous, and the food was exquisite. Price-wise, they were excellent and definitely within our budget. Absolutely will keep them in mind for future catering needs! Thanks for such an awesome experience!

Aromas Boutique Bakery
4.9
from 24 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Stacy H.
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Great experience. Jo-anne from Aromas was extremely friendly and made the catering/delivery process a breeze. The waffles were a success at our event and the toppings were extremely tasty. The cards provided denoting what type of toppings there were was a great touch. Thank you for the complementary pumpkin bread!

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CORNBREAD26
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
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Karin D.
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Last summer 2016, I had a small intimate brunch for close friends. Cornbread26, were in charge of catering and serving. My friends enjoyed a wonderful vegan spread that consisted of ; crab sliders, macaroni and cheese , and a mouth watering vegetable melody !!! Their signature guava sangria was there to seal this perfect afternoon with friends. Their services was top notch, professional and satisfying and I will be using Cornbread26, this summer for my annual brunch event.

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JP's Delicacies LLC.
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
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Musi Q.
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JP catered a party for us of about 40 adults and 20 kids and we had a great experience working with him - highly recommend his services! He was responsive and flexible during the planning phase, able to modify his gameplan day-of when our rooftop venue got rained out :( and prepped and served the food efficiently, beautifully and notably, without needing anything from us as hosts, letting us truly enjoy the party. On top of all that, all the guests loved the food itself and several have inquired about contacting JP for their own events. I’m happy to make those connections because JP is truly a great chef and a consummate professional!

  • 7 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
John P.
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Robert catered a business event for clients and prospective clients that had 100 people pass through over the course of 2.5 hour event. We had a wide array of finger food and full on entrees and received many compliments from guests on the food which was terrific. The price was very competitive and the service excellent.

Vivo Osteria Restaurant
4.5
from 18 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Leonardo G.
Verified review

I called Emanuel Catering To assist the best day of my life... My wedding!! They were very professional, three different delicious options for my guests, entries, a wonderful Italian cake, really nice and kind waitresses... Definitely, Emanuel Catering was a really good asset on my wedding...

Elemental Catering
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Adam D.
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I hired elemental catering for my husbands 30 birthday and I struck gold! There food and presentation was absolutely stunning. Everything had a fine dining touch to it. It was very professional and elegant. I am definitely going to hire them again next time I need a caterer. Everyone at the party keeps taking about the food, and many of my friends want to hire them for their parties. Thanks again :)

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Studio Event Staffing
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
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Nicole M.
Verified review

It was an amazing experience having Milt, Janet and their crew as our caterers. They arrived early to set up and be prepared for our guest. The food was AMAZING!!!! I cannot get over their stuffed mushrooms, those delicious little chicken quesadilla, OMG the shrimp cocktail...I can sit here and name every single dish we ordered and tell the world what an amazing experience it was for my taste buds and my guest will say the same. I will continue to work with Studio Event Staffing for all my future events. Not only were they professional, they were very friendly and warm--they have an awesome team put together!!

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.

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 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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