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Rochester Full Service Caterers

Browse these full service caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Rochester.

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  • 12 years in business
  • 112 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Colleen R.
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Cooking demonstration and full dinner service for bachelorette party

The Exotic Kitchen
4.7
from 29 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
Marcie G.
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Attended a bar mitzvah lunch, and dinner and everything was done wonderfully down to the last detail. Food was delicious and service was very professional.

  • 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!!!!!

Elite Catering Service
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
John Q.
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We used Elite Catering Service for my daughter's graduation party... Food was cooked perfectly! along with very professional service.

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.

Catering by Rocnfresh
5.0
from 1 review
  • 4 years in business
Ebony D.
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Everything was Perfect for my daughter's graduation party. The Staff was Amazing and very Professional. The first meeting went great and I left feeling comfortable that he understood what I was looking for. My daughter was very excited with the outcome as was I and everyone in attendance. Overall I had a great experience with this company from the first meeting and up to the event. I would recommend this company to everyone and I plan to use them in the near future.

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

  • 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 will be catering the finest cuisine to small events with not more than 100 people, the finest homemade Italian and American dishes, entrees, and appetizers. We will also come to the clients' home and teach the art of culinary, steps, style, cooking and putting together of dishes.

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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.

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.

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 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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