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Schenectady Caterers

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Top Shelf Catering
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 38 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Jessica P.
Verified review

With great food and great staff, you can't go wrong with Top Shelf Catering. Our Employee Appreciation Luncheon was a huge success. The Ultimate Pasta Station and Ice Cream Sundae Bar was an enormous hit. All the different add-in options made it appealing to different appetites. Way to go Top Shelf, we hope to have you back this summer!! April 14, 2016 Poughkeepsie

LT's Grill
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Jamie C.
Verified review

Tommy and LJ of LT’s Grill delivered a fantastic menu for our wedding that was loved by all of our guests. The steamers and mac and cheese were favorites of our cocktail hour, while the chicken Marsala and chopped salmon over pasta won over our guests during dinner. The staff was respectful, professional, and very neat. Would definitely recommend their catering (and restaurant) to anyone in the upstate New York area!

Maria's Home Catering
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Kadeem Q.
Verified review

With great food and excellent service, Maria's Home Catering is definitely a catering service you should consider. Thanks Maria!

Catamountdogs LLC
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 5 years in business
Don B.
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I have eaten here,several times each time was delicious,friendly,profetional, the food is always hot and fresh, look forward to each chance I get to eat here and visit with gabrielle.

  • 25 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Christine W.
Verified review

They helped me set up a menus in my price range.Food was exceptional .Guest raved at the quality and flavor.Definetly would use again.

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The main focus is shopping, preparing and cooking for clients in their homes. I cook approximately 5 entrees x4 plus some side dishes all based on the clients' preferences. Special diets are not a problem. There is the chef "n" magic service for kids' parties, romantic dinners for two, hands-on cooking classes and small parties on premises.

  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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I treat my work as a reflection of myself and I am very conscious of the impression I set forth. I am very detail oriented and I wholeheartedly understand the value of service and always want to deliver on my promises to all of my clients.

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We bring decoration and design to a whole new level in our work, it's our passion and what makes us unique.

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It's in my blood im 109% italian and my whole family are great cooks

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With more than 20 years of experience in the catering business and with the ability to cook very diverse cuisines, my clients are always pleased with my food.

  • 29 years in business
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We offer a large selection of menu choices promoting the highest dietary standards of healthy and fresh food. I have published a book on the subject and I am an educator on this subject as well.

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We are located at 576 Main Street Cairo New York. I work out of my parents' apartment. I'm a cheap way to go if you want good but cheap food!

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I have 30 years of experience in making your special day or evening event one of the most favorite in your life. I am an event, wedding and party planner. I am also a caterer of fine foods that are made from scratch. We use the freshest local seasonal ingredients and whenever possible, organic! Outside of our menus include every cuisine under the sun. We will cater to any specific dietary requests such as gluten-free, nut-free, vegan, and vegetarian. My specialty is to plan, organize, and choreograph the wedding, event, or party of your dreams! Sincerely, Renee

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There is no job that is too small. I will work with all customers on making your next events look and taste professional.

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I am an experienced caterer. I am honest and dependable. I will travel and can work with any menu. I cook dinners at local elks and have done weddings, funerals, graduation parties and many other events.

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I offer in-home catering and personal chef services. I travel to you. There's no stress on your part! You can count on me.

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We offer a high end product and outstanding service to our customers at an affordable price. Our menu is flexible as are we.

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We do catering to all of your party needs. It can be anywhere in New York City. We offer all kinds of cuisines that you can think of.

  • 11 years in business
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We are a nice bistro with mixed modern American cuisine. We cater all types and sizes from five people to 1,000 people, from a birthday party to a wedding, office meeting and huge corporate event!

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Cubbys specializes in full-service BBQ catering. We cook, clean and leave you, so just sit back and enjoy. We serve whole pigs, beef brisket, pulled pork chicken, and much more.

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I can provide a perfect presentation arrangement of food. I do catering and setup. I can also do breakdown hairstyling for weddings and special occasions.

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.

Actual Requests

See other requests for caterers in Schenectady

Need a Buffet Catering Service on June 22, 2013

West Hartford, CT

  • Type of catering needed
    Buffet - with servers
  • Interested in following cuisine(s)
  • Number of guests
    40-60
  • Details
    there is not alot of room. as we are in a bowling alley for a bar mitzvah reception.

Need Buffet Catering Services on July 27, 2013

Diamond Point, NY

  • Type of catering needed
    Buffet - with servers
  • Interested in following cuisine(s)
    American - formal
  • Number of guests
    40-60
  • Details
    lawn wedding buffet reception under a tent for 100 guests - may (?) need servers

Need a Caterer on 25th August 2013

Warrensburg, NY

  • Type of catering needed
    Buffet - with servers
  • Interested in following cuisine(s)
    American - casual, BBQ, Italian
  • Number of guests
    25-40
  • Additional Service(s)
    Appetizers
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