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2. Adeline Maio
Exceptional 100.0

(6)

Exceptional 100.0

(6)

Personal Chef, Wedding and Event Catering

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  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Columbus, OH
Due to Covid we contacted Adeline last minute due to our wedding plans changing. She was willing to help us out and put together a great menu that catered to all of our guests dietary restrictions. Due to life events, Adeline was unable to make it to our wedding. However, the help Adeline had in her place made the most delicious meal that was better than we could have ever hoped for. Another great thing, was that they washed and put away every single dish both rented and owned, which relieved a lot of potential stress. They left our kitchen cleaner than they found it, and did an amazing job with serving the table and checking in on us. They even packed up leftovers for guests who wanted any and saved the rest of the leftovers for us in the fridge. The next day Adeline checked in to make sure everything went well. She is very responsive and so thorough. If we were to do it all again, we definitely would be asking for Adeline's help, as it was one of the best parts of our special day. We look forward to working in Adeline for anniversaries and any other special occasions that we need someone of her skills for!See more

$20/person

starting cost

$20/person

starting cost

Due to Covid we contacted Adeline last minute due to our wedding plans changing. She was willing to help us out and put together a great menu that catered to all of our guests dietary restrictions. Due to life events, Adeline was unable to make it to our wedding. However, the help Adeline had in her place made the most delicious meal that was better than we could have ever hoped for. Another great thing, was that they washed and put away every single dish both rented and owned, which relieved a lot of potential stress. They left our kitchen cleaner than they found it, and did an amazing job with serving the table and checking in on us. They even packed up leftovers for guests who wanted any and saved the rest of the leftovers for us in the fridge. The next day Adeline checked in to make sure everything went well. She is very responsive and so thorough. If we were to do it all again, we definitely would be asking for Adeline's help, as it was one of the best parts of our special day. We look forward to working in Adeline for anniversaries and any other special occasions that we need someone of her skills for!

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.

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.

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.

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.

How much should catering cost per person?

Catering prices can range from about $10 per guest on the low end to $150 or more per person on the high end. Catering costs represent the quality of food, presentation, variety, ingredients and service. But catering prices are more than the cost to cook the food that will be at your party; they also include the cost for the company to do business. Here is a simple breakdown of catering prices:

  • Menu: The food you serve your guests will directly affect the price per person. Organic ingredients, complex recipes, elaborate presentations, or high-ticket items like lobster or filet mignon all add to the cost.
  • Service: Buffet, family style, plated dinners — how you serve the food affects the cost per person. For example, a true plated meal can cost about twice the price of a staff-assisted buffet because of staffing costs. Hiring waiters, bartenders and cleanup crew will all be calculated into the per-person catering price.
  • Drinks: Providing beverages and alcoholic drinks for guests greatly increases your catering budget. Hosting an open bar can cost as much per person as the meal.
  • Rentals: Seating, plates, glassware, etc., will all have an effect on the cost per person for catering. For example, a plastic conference table that seats 10 costs about $6 to rent on average, while a wooden farmhouse table is about $80 to rent on average.
  • Business costs: Any catering cost will also include the cost for the company to do business such as insurance, employee wages, commercial kitchen space and more.
Reviews for Columbus chefs
Laura S.
I hired Chef Jeff as a personal chef for my parents' 30th anniversary. Chef Jeff responded to messages in a timely, friendly manner and created a menu to suit tastes and budget. I couldn't pick a favorite dish of the night because it was all so fresh and delicious! I will definitely being hiring Chef Jeff again for future occasions.
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Judith S.
Food was excellent. Chef Mark remained at our event and assisted in hosting the party. Will definitely hire again.
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Garry R.
Chef Z was very easy to work with in planning. He had excellent suggestions and communication was excellent. He is most professional and was easy to reach with questions. He offered excellent value with several options in food and service. We had a dinner of 88 people. He and an assistant arrived exactly on time and the food was excellent and he provided all services he advertised. We would be happy to work with chef Z again and look forward to another opportunity. He had many requests at the dinner for contact information. Thank you Chef Z.
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Mihir A.
Chef Jeff made delicious food! I hired him to create a surprise birthday dinner for my wife. Chef Jeff is very responsive and professional. He brought his own equipment and just needed access to our stove and oven. I would recommend him to friends and would use him again for future events.
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Roxanne G.
Chef Mark did a dinner at my house for my daughter's 40th birthday. What a fun experience! He came to the house a week before to get "the lay of the land." We discussed the menu and came up w a four course meal that was superb. Chef Mark is approachable and very professional. His prices for the dinner with a server were very fair. I will use him again.
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Paula D.
My Gourmet Caterer aims to please! Food quality was very good, staff and Chef were attentive and on task throughout the entire event. Planner and Chef met with me to view the venue and go over menu at short notice, as I live in NE Ohio and the event for approx. 100 was held in Bexley, OH. Very pleased with the outcome of the event. If you are planning an event give them the opportunity to serve you!
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Lucas P.
I hired Chef Jeff to prepare dinner for my girlfriend and me for her birthday. Jeff exceeded all expectations. He was very helpful in planning the meal. He was very professional, provided great service, and was friendly. On top of all that, the food was delicious and just as high quality as you would expect from the finest restaurants in Columbus. I will not hesitate to hire Chef Jeff again, and I highly recommend him!
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Ernest M.
Chef Z and his crew put on a wonderful event for us at VFW Post 4719 in Gahanna. So much so we will use him again. Very well done!
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Catherine b.
Chef Wendy is fantastic! She was amazingly flexible in working with us in putting on a Quinceanera. Her food was delicious, and the time she spent getting everything set out and looking beautiful was excellent. I highly recommend her.
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Reeva a.
Like they say" where there's a will there's always a way" even in pandemic. I was thinking/ searching some unique ways to celebrate my husband's 40th bday. Him being a foodie and well travelled, I wanted to surprise him with something he hadn't tried , so found a way, if we can't go to a restaurant, then let's call someone who can deliver us similar experience. It was not just a similar experience, but one of the best birthday's of his life (his words , lol). My husband was so ecstatic!! Found Chef Jeff on thumbtack. He's very professional with an admirable personality. Cheff Jeff planned the 3-course dinner menu for us. He arrived on time, food was pre-assembled and the experience was similar to fine-dining 5-star restaurant. For the birthday boy, Chef cooked Beef Weelington, which my husband loved. Has anybody ever eaten, Gluten -free, vegan lasagna that tastes like heaven. Yes,Chef Jeff surprises you with his fine culinary skills & amenable persona. I would highly recommend Chef Jeff, even for a small family of four.
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Saundra S.
Chef Jeff proposed a fabulous brunch menu for us for a celebration for my husband's birthday for quarentine. His planning and execution of the meal was really wonderful. I highly recommend him. His attention to detail, promptness and presentation was wonderful.
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Thumbtack Customer
She was great. Very professional. She was on time and was really engaged. The food was amazing and she catered to our every need. I will recommend Olivia to anyone who is looking for a personal chef to come to their house. She will definitely be back to mine.
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Deni B.
Chef Jeff catered my mother-in-law‘s 90th birthday party. After discussing her likes and dislikes, he absolutely delivered on the most amazing meal! The food was delicious and the presentation and service was excellent! I highly recommend his services.
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Thumbtack Customer
To say Wendy is a caterer does not do her justice at all. She was a personal chef - making all of her food from scratch. Her display was beautifully done and the food was spectacular. She cooked the food in my home so everything was as fresh and delicious. Our guests were more than impressed. I will most definitely use Wendy's services again in the future. Perfectly awesome.
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Daniel H.
Without a doubt, Chef Jeff delivered beyond my expectations. He helped me create the perfect menu for a surprise anniversary dinner at my house where everything was taken care of. The addition of a “cocktail hour” that featured his own award winning cocktail (the “Lost Frenchman”) was a big hit and set the tone for a great evening. Jeff’s great personality and professionalism made our private dinner one to remember. Thanks so much!
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Regina B.
Chef Simmone was very timely and professional and had excellent suggestions for our small family dinner. She was prompt in delivery and the food was delicious. Having planned this event from another state the ease of communication was very appealing for me since I do not reside where the party was planned. Excellent and would recommend her to any who are looking for a catering service. The amount of food was more than needed and great for take home.
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Benjamin M.
Chef K was everything we expected and more! I was looking for a private dinner for 2 for my girlfriends birthday. She worked with me to create a menu my girlfriend loved and tasted amazing. Both her and her assistant were timely, personable, clean, and fun. My GF is particular about things and she enjoyed every prepared course from the crab cakes to the biscuits to our personal favorite the gumbo! Highly recommend her and her services for events!
Island SoulIsland Soul
Thumbtack Customer
We had a great experience with Chef Mark, and would highly recommend him for anybody looking to host an event. We used him for a private dinner party for 12 guests at our house. He was very approachable and receptive to menu ideas. We came up with a complete 4 course menu with a server included for a fair price. The food was excellent. Had many compliments from guests. Mark is very professional and prepared. Detail oriented. Highly recommend.
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Javi M.
Jewel McCoy was very instrumental in my proposal to my girlfriend a couple days before Easter this year. It was an absolute surprise to her. How do you expect someone to propose when they have hired a chef? With the ring presented on a platter!! It was perfectly presented at the beginning of our third course (dessert). I had my children involved with the proposal and because of such, Jewel and her assistant took the time to meet with us prior to the dinner for a quick rehearsal of the presentation. During my proposal speech, she was on cue with the ring platter. My fiancée was utterly surprised. My children were in town for spring break and had to go to school the day after Easter so I had to take them back Saturday, the day prior to Easter. I had my girlfriend’s mother make up an excuse to host dinner that Friday since the kids would not be here for Easter. It worked, my girlfriend fell for that guise. I had the chef prepare a traditional Easter meal because it had to go with the reason for the dinner and not to cause suspicion. Now, let’s move on to the food. The meal was very succulent, so much so, that the family members present to witness my proposal inquired about leftovers and this was on Easter day where food should be aplenty in everyone’s household. Everything was delicious. If you ask my fiancée, she would say the surprise dessert was the best of all :-). My fiancée felt very special and I am very happy that Jewel and her staff was able to ensure that it went off without a hitch. Thank you Jewel for making my vision of how I wanted the proposal to go surrounded by family and friends a reality!! If you're looking for something different, I highly recommend checking A Taste of Glory out. Not only is the food delicious, but Jewel and her staff were superb as well.
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Jennifer M.
Chef Jeff cooked a meal for a party of four at our home and it was outstanding. We haven't been out for a meal since the virus started, and we wanted to see our friends. We didn't want a formal dinner, but we wanted to replicate a restaurant experience. We asked Jeff to arrange for a table and chairs that were large enough to be socially distant and he provided the linens/place settings and everything we needed. He works with folks who can serve you, and they will wear masks as well. Jeff and I collaborated every step of the way, from the linens to the menu. He arrived right on time and brought what he needed and he used our kitchen to cook the food. The excellent server, Alex, set the table, and Jeff had menus printed. We had a charcuterie board to start, which included lamb chops in a lavender sauce that were a big hit with my husband, along with cheeses, nuts, duck and salmon. We enjoyed a summer greens salad with shrimp and strawberries in a light vinaigrette. For our main meal, we ate delicate halibut in a beurre blanc sauce with asparagus and amazing risotto. Finally, for dessert, we devoured assorted treats including profiteroles and buckeyes. Jeff also prepared a cocktail of his own design, which was very good. We provided our own spirits and wine. Everything was delicious and our guests thoroughly enjoyed the meal. Jeff and Alex cleaned everything afterwards, packed leftovers, and even offered to sweep the floor. Jeff made this about as easy as it could be. I was practically a guest. It's tough out there currently - for all sorts of food industry workers, and for diners. The ability to control your environment and still have a nice sit-down meal is a rarity right now. Chef Jeff is a great solution. He is professional, his food is delicious, he is flexible as far as however you want your meal to be - type of food, atmosphere, etc., and he is reasonably-priced. I recommend him, especially now, but I would for any type of occasion.
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Thumbtack Customer
I hired Maria to come into my home and cook breakfast for my then girlfriend and her best friend. This was the beginning of a entire day of surprises I had planned for her as I planned to propose to her later that night. Maria was so helpful and pleasant to work with. She helped me decide what to have on the menu,keep it a surprise and even called me with an update during. Maria arrived on time, in full chef attire and fully prepared to whip up an amazing tasting breakfast for my now fiancé and her friend. My fiancé raved about how delicious the food was. She cooked them stuffed French toast, omeletes, hash browns, bacon, fruit salad and even brought them a pitcher of mimosas. Not only was the food delicious but the entire presentation was perfect. Maria brought her own table clothes, plates, glasses and flowers as a center piece. Maria cleaned my counter tops and left my fiancé with such a amazing experience. I wish I could give 10 stars because she deserves it. She delivered such a premium service at a extremely honest price. I can not wait for the next occasion in which I can use Maria again.
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