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Dayton Chefs

Browse these chefs with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Dayton.

  • 6 years in business
  • 166 hires on Thumbtack
Sandy K.
Verified review

Chef Dominick did a fantastic job. From coming to my home with a few dishes to taste, to helping me choose the right menu, all the way down to the staff that he brought to help him in the kitchen and serve on the night of our party (of 36 people in our home!) The food that Chef Dominick prepared was delicious and his staff did an amazing job serving. They were all sweet and engaging and the timing of the dinner was great as well. I definitely plan to hire Chef Dominick from Kitchen on Wheels Catering again!

Prestige Catering
4.6
from 93 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 136 hires on Thumbtack
Jake M.
Verified review

Great to work with, very quick to get back to us, and worked with us on price and options. The chef's had great ideas, and everything turned out great. We went with an Asian cuisine, and everything turned out great. Delivery was on time, they set it all up for us. Great service, will definitely use again in future catering needs!

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

Chef Jessie and Tia were amazing! Food was so delicious and they were so much fun!!!

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

Having Chef Maria cater my wedding was the BEST decision I ever made. Not only were her prices reasonable, her and her staff made everything so easy! Choosing the menu was the most difficult part. Why? Because everything she makes is delicious! I had an appetizer cocktail reception at a winery and I needed options that were gluten free because my daughter has celiac disease and wanted options that would go well with wine. Chef Maria did not disappoint. After I told her what I needed, she sent me a menu within 24 hours with gluten free options and of course, wine they would go well with. :) Once I chose my menu, I really didn't have to do anything from then on. Cher Maria contacted my venue and set everything up with them. Which was a HUGE load off my shoulders. I didn't even meet Chef Maria until the day of my wedding, but it felt like she already become a friend once I did. I was so happy with our decision to go with her. You will NOT be disappointed with Nibble catering!

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The Happy Chefs LLC
4.7
from 35 reviews
  • 34 years in business
  • 65 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Anne M.
Verified review

The Happy Chefs made wonderful food that you couldn’t find anywhere else. Very nice and professional staff as well! Thank you!

TasteeTowers
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Irene B.
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She came and gave us the best meal we've had in years! It was a surprise dinner party for my sisters birthday. I asked for a meal we had once on our first trip to the bahamas that she still talks about to this day. The flavors were amazing. It was actually even better than when we were in the islands! She setup up and broke down quickly leaving us with no mess behind. It was the best idea ive had in years to hire a personal chef. It took alot of pressure off of me as im usually the family cook for past events.

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

I catered with Horchata for my WIfe's 40th surprise party. Food was amazing and we even had left for couple of days. The chef was punctual and even made Margaritas for the party with no extra charge. Strongly recommend Horchata. Every one loved the food/setup. If you are looking for a hassle free experience with awesome food, Horchata is the way to go...

Stir Crazy Cuisine
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Dave H.
Verified review

Christina prepared a wonderful birthday celebration dinner for my wife and I along with our two daughters and their husbands. She was very responsive to my initial inquiry, professional in her delivery and a super chef.

Chef Otis
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jack M.
Verified review

Chef Otis is VERY knowledgeable. We organized a grilling how to class and date night for 5 couples. He dealt with a food allergy without batting an eye. The theme of the meal was Jamaican Jerk Chicken and it was amazing!!! We are already planning our next event with Chef Otis.

About

Something I enjoy doing in my spare time is to teach others how to cook and enjoy foods you love in a healthy way. I am also a bronze medal winner in my first American culinary federation competition. I currently work at a long-term care facility but cater on the side for enjoyment.

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I provide special chef-cooked meals for private or corporate events. I am a trained chef, and I enjoy cooking using the best quality organic ingredients.

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I have catering options for private parties and events. I'm a personal chef for individuals, families or groups. I focus on healthy options -- from scratch cooking that is quick and delicious.

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I take pride in my job and I love what I do. I believe with these qualities I can't help but standout in a crowd.

  • 18 years in business
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I provide that personal touch this seems to have been lost these days...

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I have a love for cooking and I express that in my food. Cooking is an art. I cook to the needs of my clients and as healthy and professional as possible. Diamond in the Rough Cooking is a business of expandable cooking and a jewel in the making.

  • 8 years in business
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We are a 100% vegan food business that offer menus with special diets

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The services we offer are as follows: * Contract food service management * Catering * Personal chef We have over 20 years of experience and cater to the following: * Colleges * Universities * Adult daycare units * Schools * Businesses Our specialties are as follows: * Breakfasts * Luncheons * Dinners * Snacks * Concessions * Buffets * Sit-down meals * Receptions * Funeral repasts * Theme meals * Monotony breakers * Reunions, etc. If food service is needed, we can help.

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Chef Chops Catering delivers the finest quality of food, presentation and care for you and your catering needs. We do custom menu choices that fit your specific catering needs. Regardless if you have a party of 15, 30 or even 100, we can meet and exceed your expectations. All meals are made in-house. We do private and corporate feasts.

  • 5 years in business
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I feel that my food is what makes my business stand out..

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As a graduate of the Culinary Business Academy and 25+ years of culinary experience, I can tailor foods to your very specific tastes and dietary needs. From comfort foods to gourmet fare, there will never be a lack of variety in your menus. I never use processed foods...only the freshest of ingredients are utilized to create your delicious, healthy meals.

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I have many years of experience in the food service business, and my greatest joy is providing high-quality one-of-a-kind service. I'm a chef who loves nothing more than to make your event a memorable one.

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.

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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