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Cincinnati Creative Caterers

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  • 6 years in business
  • 170 hires on Thumbtack
Marty R.
Verified review

Dominick came prepared and the food and presentation was excellent. He was friendly, efficient, creative and professional. We would recommend him and use him again.

An Event by Greg
4.5
from 118 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 232 hires on Thumbtack
Anne P.
Verified review

Dealing with Greg Lutz with a Catered Affair was a pleasure. Greg always responded back to my messages sent and he responded very quickly. The service and food was excellent. All the staff I encountered with A Catered Affair were very nice, perfessional and they made my party a very enjoyable event. I have used caterers before but after dealing with A Catered Affair I will not use anyone else. I would recommend them to anyone because I know they will do an excellent job. Thanks again Catered Affair!!

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

Rick is the nicest, sweetest guy - not to mention an amazing chef! We hired him for our wedding and are very impressed with his work! EASY TO REACH: He is the ONLY caterer that you can easily get a hold of with his wonderful assistant and so flexible with our tight budget. FLEXIBLE TO BUDGET: I work at a non-profit so I was really nervous when we started throwing around the idea of catering the food. He was able to be creative to find a solution that fit our budget for our special day. AMAZING FOOD: We set up a tasting to sample his food and it was delicious! He was so generous and sent us home with the leftovers! CLEAN KITCHEN: Rick took us on a tour of his kitchen and showed us his health inspection. It was perfect! KIND HEART: From the moment we met Rick he just had something about him that makes you trust him. As we spoke with him we learned he is a man of many trades with his amazing cuisine, woodworking, and not to mention how he works with a program to train job skills to Developmentally Disabled population. He is just an all around great guy and wonderful chef!

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

Great caterer, wonderful staff and service, thank you for making my party so easy!

The Garden Gourmet LLC
4.7
from 43 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
Dave H.
Verified review

Chef Jessica prepared a top notch dinner for my parent's milestone anniversary. The menu was creative and her professionalism exceeded expectations. The photos on her page really do reflect the dishes she prepares: the filet oscar main was both beautiful and delicious; the pan seared salmon was unusually good due to her technique and fresh ingredients; and the dessert was out of this world. My parents could not have been more delighted to have a special meal in the comfort of their home...a great gift idea for any occasion! -Dave

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

Beautiful presentation as well as delicious! I could skimp on decor for my wedding since the food all looked fabulous! Everything was so flavorful and fresh. Chef Maria is an absolute delight to work with. Creative and professional to say the least! She has our business for life. Wish I loved closer to enjoy her lovely restaurant!! Loads of thanks to the Nibbles staff:)

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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.

Bailey Family Catering
5.0
from 26 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Becca G.
Verified review

We used Bailey Family Catering for an outdoor company picnic for around 200 guests. We wanted traditional picnic fare (burgers/brats) with onsite grilling. We selected Bailey for their competitive price and because their menu offered just a little more pizzazz to the typical picnic food than the other caterers that we considered. Bailey did a fantastic job. They encountered a few obstacles at the event, like getting their truck stuck in the mud and a troublesome grill. But they really overcame and delivered. Most guests weren't even aware there was an issue. I just heard about how great the food was. Deanna was fabulous to work with. She was very responsive and accommodating. We will definitely be hiring Bailey for our company picnic next year.

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Big Reds Bbq
4.9
from 22 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
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Kim M.
Verified review

We used Big Reds Food truck and the food was amazing. All the guests loved it! The meat was very well made and great smoke flavor. It was the BEST mac and cheese EVER! We even got to sample their candied bacon. WOW! The owner was easy to deal with and made hiring a caterer the right choice for us! will use again

The Nook Cafe & Catering
4.6
from 22 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Jenna A.
Verified review

I would highly recommend Sabrina for your catering needs. She exceeded my expectations, was quick to respond to my questions, and was great to work with. The food is top quality and my guests truly enjoyed what she had made.

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

Mike is down to earth. His catering is very professional. Presentation was impressive! Food was Awesome! Sheila was great. I am extremely happy having Mikes Smokehouse at our shin dig. 👍👍👍👍👍👍👍😁

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Spinning Platters LLC
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 8 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!

  • 7 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa M.
Verified review

I had her prepare, cook, and deliver 2 meals for my family. The food was fabulous. We have 3 low carb eaters and 3 eaters who eat everything & Kim did a great job preparing meals that we all could share along with supplemental vegetables & starches to accomodate all of us. It was wonderful not having to go out to eat & having a healthy home-cooked meal.

Cuisine East West Catering
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Rebecca L.
Verified review

Charlie is awesome! Having only a day's notice, Charlie was able to work with me on creating a food menu (with certain dietary restrictions) while also providing me with a bar tender/ server, as well as plates & glassware. The day prior to my fundraiser, my caterer called and cancelled and I was stuck trying to find a new caterer that could provide a specialized food menu (no shellfish, pork, or dairy appetizers) for 30 guests as well as both a server to help set up/ close down the event and a bartender to serve drinks. In addition, I also required glassware and plate rentals. I contacted more than 20 caterers in the Cincinnati/ Kentucky area trying to find someone who could fulfill all of my requirements. Charlie responded quickly and worked with me (well past business hours) to create a personalized menu, find servers, and have everything organized. The next day, Charlie personally went to the event and did the set up to make sure that everything would run smoothly before handing off the event to one of his capable servers. Throughout the fundraiser, people came up to me and complimented the food and were pleased with the service. At the end of the night, I spoke with the host (who was unaware of any catering issues) and he thanked me for arranging the food/ service and praised Charlie & his server for the delicious food as well as leaving his kitchen clean and organized before leaving. Not only did Charlie work around a very tight schedule, but he kept me at ease throughout that very stressful day, letting me know what everything was in good hands and updating me whenever I called. Finding a caterer in the Cincinnati area that can help throw an elegant event with tasty food and great service is do-able; finding a caterer who can provide these same great services with only a day's notice is rare. I highly recommend calling Charlie for future catering needs- you will not be sorry.

  • 1 year in business
Richard F.
Verified review

Serving our seniors (over fifty people) with soul satisfying food. Our event was greatly successful in part because of "Ineffable Catering." Worth your while to consider having Nikki serve you.

Horchata LLC
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Andrea T.
Verified review

We catered Horchata LLC for our daughter's graduation party and couldn't be happier with the result. Aside from taking the stress away, providing everything we needed, the set up was professional, and guests raved that the food was the best they've tasted. We would highly recommend Horchata LLC to anyone!

Current Catering
4.9
from 7 reviews
  • 37 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Lindsey D.
Verified review

I am part of a monthly insurance luncheon called the GCIA, we were not happy with our older caterer so we tried out Current Catering. We have had rave reviews from our members, the service, food and professionalism were all excellent. We have hired them to caterer for us now for the rest of the year.

Dada Smokes BBQ & Catering
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Katherine W.
Verified review

This is the first time I have used Dada Smokes and they are now the only catering services I will use! They were very professional and the food was absolutely amazing! I can't wait to use them again for my next event! I wish I could give them 10 stars! Positively Wonderful!!!

OZZIE'S Eats
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Jeremy H.
Verified review

I hired Jon for a small catering event, (25-30 people) and he was great. Very professional and the food was fantastic. I had the BBQ and I highly recommend it. Overall I was extremely satisfied.

Coastal Catering
5.0
from 1 review
  • 15 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Connie B.
Verified review

Very pleased with the food and outstanding service. They went way beyond our expectations and we'll use them again without hesitation. Thank you for making our event memorable.

BIGFOOT,LLC
5.0
from 1 review
  • 5 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Telma A.
Verified review

A big thanks from the team to Bigfoot Catering!!! We were celebrating an awesome tournament and we loved the delicious food and OUTSTANDING service. And thank you again for acommodating last minute requests!!!

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.
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