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Rochester Custom Caterers

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  • 12 years in business
  • 117 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ann V.
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We recently hired Mark Spinelli and his lovely wife Stephanie to cater an 80th birthday dinner party for 14 people. We knew we had chosen the right team after our initial meeting. They are extremely professional and paid close attention to every detail to make this a very special occasion. The food was prepared in our club house kitchen which meant they had to carry in the table settings, all the cooking utensils, and prepare the food in a strange kitchen. The food was perfectly prepared, elegantly presented and served piping hot. The guests could not stop complimenting us on our choice of caterers. They arrived at 3:00 PM to prepare and did not leave until after 10:30 PM. We will definitely hire them again this summer.

The Exotic Kitchen
4.7
from 29 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
Joseph K.
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Excellent food and very easy to work with. Two of my most important items when I am looking for a caterer to cater our school and temple functions. I have had the pleasure to work with Lesley on several such occasions and they have all gone smoothly....with rave reviews by the guests.

  • 6 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Eileen L.
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I would recommend Souperb Catering to anyone interested in excellent service and a crew of people who will go above and beyond the call of duty! Not only was the food outstanding, but the personal touch provided by the caterers was obvious among all our guests. Anyone interested in having the best possible event should include Souperb Catering as part of their party!

Chef's Catering
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer Z.
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Excellent food and customer service!!!! Great catering for all types of events and mike really worked with us!!!! Such a sweet guy!! And an even better chef!!!! I'll definitely be calling chefs catering for my next event!!!!!

Star Quality Catering
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 5 years in business
Bonnie C.
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Star Quality Catering is a experience that I will gladly share with others. The owners respond to your exact needs, provided everything that I asked for to have a successful event. Food was very authentic and uniquely prepared, feel in love with a few of their signature cheesecakes which are reasonably price, delicious and convenient if you are short on time. Thank you Star Quality Catering will definitely be using your services again.

  • 18 years in business
Cheryl M.
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Two Brothers catered my birthday party by providing smoked ribs they were so delicious everyone wanted more- next time I'll have to order more. I have also had their smoked pork butt that just fell apart it was so tender.

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I will cook for 1 to 200 people. I specialize in southern cuisine. I have traveled a lot and have been able to learn different cultures and food, and also been able to learn many national cuisines.

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I have been in the food business for years. Nothing makes me happier to please people with food! I am an excellent cook and baker. You name it. I can do it! I have done many events such as weddings, showers, baby showers, birthdays, graduations, etc. I cook with my heart and soul, and I always leave my clients with an exceptional service!

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A taste of Italy is just around the corner. Come to Merchant's Pasta House for a fresh and traditional Italian cuisine. Enjoy the warm atmosphere of Merchant's Pasta House while enjoying a homemade Italian meal. During the spring and summer seasons, dine outdoors in our beautiful, well-lit patio. We have a full bar and a selection of wine that is guaranteed to have the perfect glass to pair with your entree. Whether dine in or take out, we bet you'll enjoy your dinner so much you'll want to take some home with you. Take-out specials are available for dine-in guests only. Let Merchant's Pasta House cater your next event. Catering on- and off-site is available. Please contact us for more information. Visit us on the corner of Wisconsin Street and Merchants Road where you can enjoy a taste of Italy.

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I provide a great meal to people who can't cook for themselves or who are too busy. I love to cook, and if I can cook and help someone out, that's even better.

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I'm cooking for all occasions: birthdays and meeting. I can cook in your home for special events with special foods and more.

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I have been doing this for more than 25 years. We are extremely well versed in many areas of catering, full-service event planning (private, corporate, weddings, events, etc.), and what we strive for is to make every event unique and different and having our customers walk away feeling and knowing that this was the best event ever!

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I personally go above and beyond to make sure each and every clients event is "Litty" or in other word i make sure that the aspect of your event i am responsible for becomes a highlight of the night and gives your guests something to talk about for years to come. All things Culinary & Hospitality is MY LIFE! I have been in this industry wowing people far before most children even know how to use the microwave.

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I do catering, drop off only. I do weddings, graduation parties, high-end events, corporate and social for a minimum of 75 persons.

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We enjoy knowing we add that extra little something to make your event special and your guests say wow! Being a part of someone's moment.

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From breakfast receptions and business lunches to dinner parties, let us help you entertain your guests. Our catering team is always professional, and we offer a wide selection of breakfast foods, hors d'oeuvres, sandwiches, entrees, soups, and salads for your event. Go enjoy your party. We've got this!

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I have been in the food business for over 20 years. I work with the owners of "Red Fedele's Brook House, Dominick's at the Lake." We provide the very best American and Italian cuisine.

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We are Nola's BBQ. We specialize in New Orleans BBQ and creole cooking. If you want something that's not on our catering menu, just ask, and our catering chefs will accommodate you

  • 23 years in business
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At All Occasions Catering, we recognize that 90% of those planning a special event have never done so before in their life. Since 1995, we have been organizing and producing exceptional events in the Rochester and Finger Lakes areas. We have the knowledge and experience to make your event a smashing success.

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We are cheese stylists! Little Bleu provides the highest-quality artisan cheese, charcuterie, fruit, crackers, preserves, and more for your special events, whether you are entertaining a small group of four or hosting 200. We offer private in-home events or work with your wedding or party planner to provide cheese catering at your selected venue. We source our unique products from the Finger Lakes region and beyond. Wine pairing suggestions are available too. We love being a part of someone's special day, event, or celebration. We love suggesting and are proud to provide the highest-quality, most-unique cheeses and food companions; everyone loves cheese!

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We provide great food for any occasion and everything. We cater for picnics, graduations and birthdays. Baked goods, desserts, pies and cakes, designed to order.

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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