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Cleveland Buffet Caterers

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  • 7 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Ann P.
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Matt Barnes did an outstanding job of catering our party! We had 86 guests for a birthday celebration. When I first contacted him about catering the party he patiently walked me through the process and helped me plan the menu which included 7-8 different hors d'oeuvres, both hot and cold. He prepared them at our party site and they were all absolutely delicious!! The presentation was fantastic! He transformed a simple table into a welcoming buffet of food. We received so many compliments on the food and would have him cater another party without hesitation. There was plenty of food for each guest and Matt kept the tables well stocked and inviting through the whole evening! His professionalism and his friendliness made him the perfect caterer for us!

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

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

Mantua Corners Catering
4.7
from 13 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Marissa B.
Verified review

I reached out to Mantua because I was in need of servers for my wedding. Lisa was quick and set me up with exactly what I needed. The servers were efficient and managed all things I needed them to. I didn’t have to worry about a single thing on my wedding day. They made sure my buffet and cake table looked great. I can’t say enough good things

Buffet Style Catering
4.7
from 10 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Michael H.
Verified review

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!

Gianpiero's Catering
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Nikki J.
Verified review

I highly recommend Gianpiero's Catering! The food is made with excellence. You will not find better quality of service and food selection with exquisite taste for the price. The Gianpiero pasta is my personal favorite and it is what they are known for.

Ken K.
Verified review

Brian and his crew did a fantastic job hosting our birthday celebration. The food was fresh, the service was prompt, the valet parking was well run. We had about 80 people attend the party. I highly recommend La Taqueria for events.

Cakes Etc. LLC
5.0
from 1 review
  • 31 years in business
Bill Cobbs R.
Verified review

Cakes Etc. catered two parties for me and has served my distinguished guests (including actors and celebrities) various times over the last couple of years. I have used her services for almost 20 years. She and her staff are competent, creative and professional. Her work is culinary art. The servings are always delicious. Whether for 2 people or 200, she is there for you with great choices, costs and execution!

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!!! :)

  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jerome S.
Verified review

Mr. Williams provided an excellent experience for my company luncheon. His food was full of flavor and served on time. I highly recommend Mr. Williams for catering services. His professionalism will keep him in mind for future catering needs.

  • 12 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
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We do an authentic Carolina style barbecue catering for all types of events ranging from a corporate luncheon to a formal wedding.

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She bakes & Creates Party Planning and Catering is cementing a legacy where we provide exciting and comfortable party environments for you and your guests to celebrate your memorable moments!

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Although I am happy to provide you with a standard menu to choose from I prefer to sit down with my clients and hear what they have in mind. I am more than happy to use a family recipe or the one you saw on food tv that looked awesome or even create a recipe of your very own. I am extremely budget conscious and absolutely love delivering the first class event you weren't expecting because you didn't think you could afford it.

  • 6 years in business
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Traditional and authentic grill and catering. We serve American mixed with a touch of south west and eastern European delicacy. Small to large casual to business we come to you. We also serve lamb, goat and specialize in buffalo. Tatonka Grill and Catering has pushed to lead the greater Cleveland area in catering, BBQ and event planning. With our innovative designs and wide arrange of available styles, we can help you plan the event of your dreams and offer you a memorable experience. We specialize in creative, custom catering menus and offer from basic, BBQ to exotic dishes. Whatever your event, we can make it the most special - small or large, casual or elegant - whatever your dreams, we will make your occasion unforgettable. We provide the highest level of service, freshly made cuisine, and delicious cakes and desserts. You tell us what you want and we'll make it happen for you and your guests. No menu is too small or too big. Whatever your tastes, our chef staff will design the menu you're looking for.

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Fresh American style sushi made to order at your next event or private party.

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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.

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Carrie Mae's Catering specializes in weddings, banquets, repast, bartending, decorating, serving, excellent customer service and satisfaction.

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I provide full-service catering for weddings, corporate functions and fund-raising. I am a Culinary Institute graduate who also have a bachelor's degree from Florida international University in hospitality management.

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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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We offer vegetarian or vegan catering. We are a small personal business. We are home-based, family-owned and operated. We have diverse menus. You can choose from comfort food, health food, holiday, kid-friendly, raw, ethnic and more menu options. We will work with your budget.

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We cam provide you with any type of quality food including American, Mediterranean, ..to spice up your parties without breaking bank.

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With Tasty Montrell, I have been catering for eight years. Food is my passion, no matter how small or large the event is. I promise to provide services and food with a heart. I will strive to deliver top-quality service and creativity on every level, with consistent professionalism. From high-quality food to unique concepts, my goal is to complement and exceed the vision of clients.

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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