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Cleveland Appetizer Caterers

Browse these appetizer caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Cleveland.

  • 23 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Melinda H.
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Chef prepared an amazing dinner on short notice. Mangano’s Meatballs buffet was amazing! Damon customized the whole menu to my budget and was very engaging with our guests. He made this very simple and a huge success. Sincerely, Melinda Harris

  • 7 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Gayle H.
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Matt with Manna Truck did an awesome job for my daughter's Grad Party last month. Everyone loved the food and every item was fantastic. Matt was flexible in allowing us to choose the menu and provided many great choices. We had a combo food truck/catering. The burger was a huge hit as was the grilled cheese and the fries and homemade chips. I will definitely use Matt and Manna Truck again. It was so easy and no mess in my house! I highly recommend Manna Truck! Everything was incredible!!

Teta's Kitchen
4.9
from 15 reviews
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Faith L.
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Every time I went out of town to visit my elderly mother, my family could always rely on Tetas kitchen to make delicious dinners and dessert! My family "enjoyed" the times I went out of town ? so they could enjoy Tetas kitchen!!

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Kitchen Academic, LLC
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jolene A.
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Our event was a casual outdoor garden wedding. Kitchen Academy was excellent. They were amazing in all the categories listed. I would suggest them to everyone or anyone to cater their event big or small. We had about 40 people. They listened, helped with vegan dishes, and stayed in contact all the way to the event. Our guests were so amazed on how wonderful the food and desserts were. So many compliments to Marcus. Most of the guests took his business card to give to friends or keep for themselves on their future events. If we could we give the 10 stars for all categories listed. They made our special day wonderful and amazing. Thank you so much!!! Mr. & Mrs Kevin Knaack

Manna Catering
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Lorraine K.
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We were given a free “tasting” at the caterers cafe. Sampled all of the items being provided. Very professional host, gracious, and generous portions. Delicious!!!

Buffet Style Catering
4.8
from 8 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Michael H.
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What a refreshing change for ordinary catering! I was incredibly impressed with the quick response to my quote request and also pleased with the value I received. The food was very good and the selection fit our needs perfectly. I was absolutely blown away at the presentation of the buffet, you won’t get this feature from many caterers. It was a nice added touch. The customer service was outstanding and our event was very successful. Thank you again!

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

The Main Squeeze Catering
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 5 years in business
Kimberly M.
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People are still talking about the food from my wedding. Sure, it tasted amazing at the initial tasting. The delicious food and Laronda''s professionalism and fun personality sold us on this vendor. But I definitely expected the food at the wedding to taste less fresh - pre cooked, you know, weddingy. Not the case. It looked beautiful, and was fancy restaurant quality fresh. It couldn't have been more perfect. My venue didn't have anything that resembled a kitchen. I dont know how they did it. Some of my fondest memories from my wedding day are chomping down on a beef short rib and rosemary garlic potato wedges. The mac and cheese - to die for. The staff was amazing and friendly and super efficient. They set everything up and broke it down before I knew it. I'm telling you - The Main Squeeze has magic catering powers. Admittedly, I was one of those high maintenance brides. The team was super responsive and patient with me. They left no concern unaddressed and no question unanswered. And all at a price that's just about the same as other local (and less highly rated) caterers. Looking back now, knowing what kind of food and service I was going to get from The Main Squeeze I would have been happy paying twice as much as I did. Totally totally worth it. Love you guys!! Thank you!

Jamie C.
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We had the party of the year at La Fiesta! Food was killer and plentiful; decor duper festive and the staff was fabulous. Hats off to these guys.

Onyx and Co. Catering, LLC
4.5
from 2 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Rahul W.
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Karen and her team catered our NYE party and they did an amazing job, The staff were incredibly helpful and on top of everything - from drink and appertizer service to dinner set up and clean up. Our Guests commented on how much they enjoyed the food and service. They also cleaned up everything so we had nothing to do NY day but recover and relax. We would highly reccomend Karen and team and will definitly use them for our future parties

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You can choose from five regional menus. We cater events from 30 to 300! We will come to you and work with you to make a wonderful event.

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I provide personal catering tailored to your specific needs. I will prepare all foods off site and deliver. I am available to prepare on-site if equipment is available. I will serve your party in any way that you may need. Nothing is impossible, so just ask if you need something.

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I prepare soul food with a kick. Let me cook for your family/special event; let me treat your friends and loved ones like royalty.

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We are a full-service catering company that focus on corporate clientele. We do weddings, cookouts and clambake. I offer great presentations at affordable pricing.

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I offer excellent choices of my signature dishes with a unique seasoning that will water your taste buds.

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StrEat Mobile Bistro is one of Northeast Ohio’s newest gourmet food trucks. We are inspired by local and seasonal ingredients, really fun foods, or simply any opportunity to create some deliciousness. Look for our frequently changing menu, and experience StrEat foods like never before.

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Catering, and event planning! We specialized in catering and event planning. On a budget ? We cater to your needs as well.

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I am catering private events by design, plan/cook, set up table scape and venues, and provide family-style gourmets. I have served parties of eight to 200 people in weddings and meetings. No party is too small.

  • 4 years in business
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Well I give a personal experience and become one with the client with my display cooking, because most people like to interact, and that's what I bring

  • 14 years in business
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I specialize in intimate dinners for two, dinner parties and in-home cooking classes. I also cater larger events like weddings, bridal showers, baby showers, corporate events, etc. I have appeared on local television over 50 times.

  • 4 years in business
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I offer catering services for intimate and large events, personal chef services and meal planning. Being a sports nutrition certified and a certified personal chef, I am able to help athletes and individuals make healthy choices with everyday meals and specialized in dietary restrictions.

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.

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 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 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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