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Rochester Food Catering Companies

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  • 12 years in business
  • 111 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Melinda W.
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Spinelli's catered the food for an informal evening party for 55 people. We had slider sized sanwiches of beef & cheese, turkey & cheese, and pulled pork; plus fruit kabobs, and a huge tray of cookies and fudge. Food was excellent and plentiful. We had lots of compliments.

  • 6 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Andrea Q.
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We worked with Chef Michael for a post-wedding party. He and his team did an outstanding job. He was very easy to work with, assisted us with the necessary equipment rentals, and brought servers and a bartender. The food was terrific. We received many compliments about the food and the service. We would definitely hire Souperb Catering for a future event.

Chef's Catering
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Bonnie S.
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The food from Chef's Catering is fresh, flavorful, presented beautifully and has an outstanding taste! I have eaten both from the food truck as well as from a catered event. The staff is totally dependable and will work with you to accommodate guests' dietary needs. They're simply the best and I highly recommend them.

Orange Owl Events
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Peggy A.
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Jen is an amazing event planner! Jen planned an entire 300 person event in Boston for my company based out of Rochester. There were so many logistics involved- speakers, airfare, hotel setup/breakdown, shipping items, sponsors, cocktail hours, food, breakout sessions, and the list goes on... She handled everything with her team professionally and smoothly... and of course within budget which is important. Honestly, you could not ask for a better planner in ANY event. I have also seen her plan beautiful weddings! Her detail is one you will not find with anyone else. She has tons of ideas and lots of experience. I would highly recommend Jen in any situation if you need help planning anything!

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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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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

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We enjoy knowing we add that extra little something to make your event special and your guests say wow!

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I have over 25 years of experience in the food and beverage industry. I have been a chef in two states (NY and OH) and in three countries (US, Germany, and Serbia). I will design a menu and/or a bar service to fit your occasion -- anything from the ordinary to creative and international.

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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 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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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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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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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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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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There is none! I left a big company! I am looking for something in the food industry. I have lots of food experience! I have been a butcher for 23 years and cooking for seven years.

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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.

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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