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Class Act Catering
4.8
from 40 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
Linmeng C.
Verified review

Barb is a very good chef and caterer. She gave us helpful suggestions on selecting from the menu and on how much food we need. She delivered on time and set up everything in a professional way. And the food was delicious. Brisket of beef, tender and soft. Caprese, beautiful and fresh. Amaretto dip, creamy and fragrant. And mini crab cakes and bacon-wrapped chestnuts were very popular in my party. My guests liked all the food and asked for my caterer's number. And Barb charged very reasonably. Definitely recommend.

  • 23 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Nancy U.
Verified review

Had great variety of textures and flavors all artfully displayed. We had an open house and chef prepared the hot appetizers throughout the event so they were served at the perfect temperature and the kitchen was filled with wonderful aroma.

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Kitchen Academic, LLC
4.9
from 15 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Nina S.
Verified review

Chef Markus Adams was incredibly great to work with for two events I had this past weekend. I appreciate all his hard work and dedication he put in too making my events special and wonderful. It is a pleasure working with him, he is amazing chef and I would love to do business with him in the future. His cooking was prefect and the plating was fantastic, I really enjoyed all his effort he put into making my events terrific and memorable.

  • 8 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Kaitlyn L.
Verified review

My eyes filled with tears as I first read the menu Brian and SOW Foods created. Finally! somebody get us! I felt like Brian had known us for years. He created dishes not only of our favorite foods but also incorporated our personalities, our families, and was even able to work with picky 84 year old grandma. SOW food was so much more than just a caterer they helped Andrew and I make our wedding. And we are forever grateful. And have you tried Maggie's pastries!

Gertz Culinary
5.0
from 4 reviews
    Boyd I.
    Verified review

    The chef had an amazing knowledge and love of his career. You could see he truly was passionate about the foods quality and appearance. The taste was absolutely amazing. Would defiantly recommend to anyone.

    Tres Belle Events
    5.0
    from 3 reviews
    • 18 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Pamela Ross R.
    Verified review

    I hired Tres Belle Events to host a private dinner for my family and I and it was EXCEPTIONAL! My family was so impressed, and they had no idea that we could actually hire someone to cater a special lovely dinner for us. Vanessa and her team communicated with us throughout the entire process. The chef was great! The food was yummy and the presentation was all well put together! I've never seen such service offered in Ohio before. We look forward to hiring Tres Belle Events for many more events. You can't go wrong with with them.

    Everybody Eats
    4.0
    from 3 reviews
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Jamie M.
    Verified review

    Melissa was so courteous and polite and the entire dinner was just so delicious! Most phenomenal gluten free menu I have ever experienced! The kitchen was spotless when she was finished and the extra food was left in the refrigerator. Definitely 5star service! We will definitely be seeing Melissa again! Thank you Melissa for making our evening perfect!

    NDULGENCE CATERING CO.
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 4 years in business
    Sabrina W.
    Verified review

    An amazing personal chef experience. Chef Nova came to my home and prepared an amazing dinner for my husband and I on our anniversary. She was very professional, and ensured to make a meal we would enjoy. Chef prepared for us a fresh green salad tossed in a homemade Caesar dressing, roasted asparagus, creamy shrimp Alfredo alongside a thick juicy flavorful rib eye steak. My husband and I toasted our anniversary with a white wine sangria chef prepared also. Needless to say it was an amazing evening that we will never forget.

    Matthew Creighton
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
      Lauren C.
      Verified review

      Matt is an amazing chef! He is professional, works well with his clients and truly listens to what they want. Not only are his meals delicious, he is well versed in preparing meals for clients with dietary restrictions. Highly recommend him for any personal cooking needs or for catering events/large parties!

      Wrap It Up
      5.0
      from 1 review
      • 4 years in business
      Carli P.
      Verified review

      When my husband and I were looking for wedding venues we targeted ones that would allow us to bring in our own caterers. Although we have had some pretty good "wedding food" in the past, we wanted to break away from the formal/traditional wedding setup and incorporate a more relaxed and fun atmosphere into our reception. Wrap It Up definitely helped us to accomplish this! Not only was the food phenomenal, but the staff was some of the friendliest and most accommodating group of individuals I had the pleasure of dealing with. Chef Anthony sat down with me to discuss my list of wants/needs, and then gave me suggestions on how he and his team could help make it the best day ever! We planned a menu that focused on their signature wrap menu (and TOTS), but served it in a way that allowed for individuals to also create their own flavor combinations. This allowed for those with food allergies and dietary restrictions to create a meal that would fit their needs. Guests were also able to choose items a la carte, or for the carb conscious individuals, select to have their meal "unwrapped." We have more than a few vegetarians and a handful of individuals with gluten allergies and this setup really helped to allow them access to foods they can eat. Not to mention the Zesty Veggie Wrap was the food of choice for even some of our most carnivorous guests (it’s just so good!!!). As much as I can appreciate a good formal wedding dinner it never fails that mid-way through the reception I always find myself hungry because the portions are typically smaller. With Wrap It Up as our caterer there was no need for guests to make a late night taco bell run as they were served with hearty portions of home cooked food full of robust flavors. Wrap It Up also put together snack trays for our cocktail hour which included a fruit tray and cheese and crackers. All of this as well was entirely customizable based on the budget we had agreed upon. I truly can’t thank Wrap It Up enough for their service. Of all the vendors we had they were the ONLY vendor to not ask me (The Bride) any questions on the wedding day. They made it a point to cover all bases prior to the wedding day so that all that was left was a well-planned execution. So much time is spent on selecting the perfect wedding vendors to help you achieve your "dream wedding." For my husband and I that dream was very simple: all of our friends, lots of beer, and exceptional food. Wrap It Up delivered more than we could have asked for!! I would hire them again in an instant! P.S. Don't forget the TOTS!!! :)

      Chef Boyarr-E Catering
      4.0
      from 1 review
        Paul B.
        Verified review

        I loved the service from this business. For him to be young and how professional he is, I will not be surprised for how his business grows. The food was amazing and was prepared nicely.

        • 5 years in business
        About

        I am a perfectionist. I try and make flavorful food that is also healthy.

        About

        I am a classically trained chef with a 30-year career featuring a wide experience in global menus and preparations. I specialize in Tuscan, Sicilian, Mediterranean, and Asian foods as well as special needs such as vegan/vegetarian, gluten-free, and other allergy related dietary issues. I can cater in your home and arrange drop offs or pick-ups dependent on your needs or preferences.

        About

        I will be cooking special meals for people who are unable to cook for themselves. I will be prepping, shopping and preparing personal meals for people who are on the go. I am able to prepare good old-fashioned meals to upscale Artisan foods.

        About

        I am an Italian who moved to the USA 20 years ago. I am a private chef specialized in authentic Italian cuisine and offer four courses, sitting-down dinners or buffet-style parties in the Akron-Cleveland area.

        About

        Providing a delicious, nutritious yet delicious meal.. I enjoy color, taste, presentation, and food fusion. My culinart ranges from Southern to Classic American. Aside from culinary i also have over 10 years in the medical field specializing in providing respite care and children services.

        About

        Trained at Le Cordon Bleu and determined

        About

        I am a private chef. I offer in-home catering, events and all area of fine foods. Please see my resume profile. I love what I do and have the expertise.

        About

        I have my pastry degree. I can cater desserts or make you a beautiful cake for any occasion, for a cheap price and it is always homemade! Also, please just directly call me so that we can discuss your wants, needs and price. Thank you.

        About

        Because I cook straight from my heart!!! I don't do catering because I need the money(which I do!) , I do it because I love to see the looks of satisfaction!

        • 3 years in business
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        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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