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  • 6 years in business
  • 170 hires on Thumbtack
Susan S.
Verified review

Chef Dominick and his staff did a thoroughly professional job. Our unusually complicated brunch was beautifully presented and delicious and our guests were delighted. The Chef even prepared from scratch a special request from my husband that was not on the menu. For responsive communication, promptness, reliability, high quality dishes, courtesy, classiness and dedication to providing the best possible catering experience, I give Kitchen On Wheels outstanding marks. And, bonus, they cleaned up the kitchen like champs. I highly recommend and would hire again!

An Event by Greg
4.5
from 118 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 233 hires on Thumbtack
Alissa L.
Verified review

I am excited to be using A Catered Affair for our wedding in October! Greg worked with me to customize a menu for my large group of picky eaters. I gave him my budget and he stuck to it. They came to my house for the testing. One of our choices was fried chicken. Not knowing how well the chicken would be after travel time, they brought a back up entree just in case. It was all so good we couldn't decide....so now we are having 3 entrees. Besides all the food being delicious, the presentation was just as wonderful. They brought a bottle of wine and candles. It was an all around fabulous experience! Besides the quality of catering, I have to say the customer service I recieve from Greg is by far the best I have recieved from any vendor. He is quick to respond and if it is going to take him a day or two for an answer he will tell you that so you aren't left hanging. I know I made a great choice!

Prestige Catering
4.6
from 94 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 138 hires on Thumbtack
Taylor V.
Verified review

Great catering company & even better food. Highly recommend.

A Catered Affair
4.7
from 85 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 130 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

Chuck was amazing! He was extremely responsive and conscientious of my budget and limited time frame. He worked with me to create a menu that fit exactly what we needed for my company's event. Chuck always responded quickly and professionally to my calls and emails. A Catered Affair also provided a server and bartender for our event, who were both great! I would definitely work with Chuck and A Catered Affair again for a future catering need! 5/5 starts!!

Nibbles Catering
4.8
from 39 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 68 hires on Thumbtack
Cynthia L.
Verified review

The Nibbles staff catered my daughter's wedding that I had at my home. They were so professional, arriving on time with everything they needed. They were very attentive all night, keeping track of the flow of the reception and checking in with me on key points. But, at the same time they took it on themselves to make decisions for many things to keep things running smoothly (which I so appreciated since I was busy with other things). Their cleanup was great and they left my kitchen cleaner than they found it! Thanks Nibbles!

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The Happy Chefs LLC
4.7
from 36 reviews
  • 34 years in business
  • 68 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Cathy B.
Verified review

Jay Woosely of The Happy Chefs did an amazing job! He is a brilliant artist! This was my first experience hiring a personal chef. He helped guide me through the process. He was very easy to work with. Jay did exactly what he promised he would do and then some. He and his staff were very personable and honest. His creations were delectable and aesthetically pleasing! Jay helped to make our evening dinner for two one to remember. Thanks Jay! I will be using this service again! I would highly recommend Jay and The Happy Chefs for all of your catering needs. We really appreciated the complimentary dessert dishes as well. Thanks again for creating an wonderful environment.

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Big Reds Bbq
4.9
from 23 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Beth L.
Verified review

Big Red's catered our daughter's 1st birthday party and we could not have been happier! They were incredibly easy to work with, the food was delicious and the price was very reasonable considering the amount of food you get. I highly recommend Big Red's and look forward to using them for our next event!

Mike's Smokehouse BBQ
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Mery B.
Verified review

Mike thank you for the super catering, presentation and the professionalism the event was handled. Your baked beans were the front page on my children's book, and the flavor tenderness and lean ribs were top of them all. We were delighted will the wonderful touch and kick on the ribs. "wow Fantastic" Thank you Mike

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Spinning Platters LLC
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Megan S.
Verified review

Marco, even though I keep saying it over and over, thank you for the most amazing, creative, and DELICIOUS spread for my aunts 50th birthday!! We all absolutely loved what you brought to the table (😂) for our event. You really have raised the bar in catering here in Cincinnati and you’ll always be at the top of my list for recommendations. I am already looking forward to working with you again!

Legacy Catering and Cakes
5.0
from 2 reviews
    Rev. Maxine G.
    Verified review

    Darlene and staff were timely, professional, and the food was excellent!

    The Screaming Goat
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Leah D.
    Verified review

    We used Brandon for our wedding caterer. We had a gourmet brunch style buffet all created by him to perfection. Guests loved the food so much that they were asking for recipes! Brandon went above and beyond. He stayed the entire day and helped serve. He even stayed and helped clean up! We are so happy that we found him and would recommend him to anyone! He is the best.

    About

    We will cater for your events with love and care. We will cook with the best and always-fresh ingredients, with a professional outlook and to your specifications.

    About

    We are a home-based operation specializing in unique hand-crafted tapas-style desserts and treats. We are currently seeking independent business owners to retail our product, as well as individuals interested in a catered or personal experience of our quality products.

    About

    We offer catering and event planning services. We offer you a fun and innovative cuisine that is tailored to your taste. Catering by Rob has a high standard of professionalism and excellence. We strive to be the best. Knowing our clients, working within their budgetary guidelines, and understanding the total scope of each event allows us the opportunity to produce events that exceed expectations and are memorable.

    • 7 years in business
    About

    We provide food in multiple ethnic and genres of food... There is almost nothing we can do!

    About

    Paityn's Place offers genuine southern hospitality

    About

    I do catering events, banquets, setup decorates, and bartending. I offer hands-on with customers dealing with food, drinks and how they want a certain amount of this or that for the event.

    About

    I am a Cincinnati based catering company. I can fulfill any catering needs, from small private parties to large corporate events. My passion for food and service is shown in my work.

    About

    Cakes&Plates is new to the sence. With that being said our experience in culinary arts and customer service and over a decade in putting smiles on faces and memories in hearts.

    About

    I clean residential homes and apartments. I am allergic to cats. I am also a caterer for all types of food.

    About

    My name is Jim Utley. Food is my passion. If you're looking for cooking lessons or you need someone to cater a special event, or you need someone to just be the grillmaster at your annual cookout -- that's what we do.

    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

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    Need a Caterer for a Cocktail Party on April 19th, 2013

    Louisville, KY

    • Event type
      Cocktail party
    • Cuisine type
      Casual American
    • Number of people
      25-50
    • Additional Service(s)
      Beverages (non-alcoholic)
    • Details
      Late evening 9:30pm Friday night reception Would like a candy station for the kids

    Need a Caterer and Chef on December 15, 2012

    Louisville, KY

    • Event type
      Buffet dinner party
    • Cuisine type
      I'm not sure yet
    • Number of people
      10-25
    • Additional Service(s)
      Beverages (non-alcoholic)

    Need a Caterer and Chef

    Seymour, IN

    • Event type
      Buffet catered event
    • Cuisine type
      Formal American, BBQ
    • Number of people
      More than 200
    • Additional Service(s)
      Appetizers, Beverages (non-alcoholic)
    • Details
      It is for an Office Christmas Open House.
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