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Dayton Soul Food Caterers

Browse these soul food caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Dayton.

  • 6 years in business
  • 170 hires on Thumbtack
Gaby W.
Verified review

Very pleased with the catering. Not only was the food delicious that was catered but the presentation was on point, exactly what I had hoped for. Additionally I was not able to be at the drop off the last minute but these professionals worked with me to make sure the food got to its destination on time! Will definetly recommend to others!! Thank you " Kitchen on Wheels"!!!

An Event by Greg
4.5
from 117 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 229 hires on Thumbtack
Dennis D.
Verified review

I have been to numerous functions that A Catered Affair was the caterer and the food was always delicious and the presentation was awesome. Don't miss a chance to use the best caterer in town

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

Prestige has been so easy to work with so far. I haven't tasted the food yet but if the food is as good as their customer service i know it will be great! Stay tuned!

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

This our first experience with A Catered Affair. We had a holiday lunch for over 100 people at our office. Food was delicious, waiters at our facility were polite and helpful. They even brought table decorations! Would definitely recommend.

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

My wife and I ate at Nibbles to see if we would want to hire Chef Maria for a catering event. The food was delicious. Chef Maria assured us she could create that kind of quality for catering in our price range. We hired her for an event in December and are very much looking forward to it.

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The Happy Chefs LLC
4.7
from 36 reviews
  • 34 years in business
  • 67 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Charlotte H.
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The Happy Chef was very professional. We had some special dietary needs and he worked with me and went above and beyond. They were prompt on delivery and the food was great! I will definitely use them again. Thank you.

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Big Reds Bbq
4.9
from 22 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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
Catherine D.
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We had an morning event hosted by another company. Sabrina was great and adjusted to the time limits and various challenges of the morning. She was incredibly friendly, detailed and made the whole process a breeze! I sincerely appreciated her arranging to come back to clean up even though it was not a full service catering event. The food was delicious and presented nicely. Happy to support a local business and will definitely keep her in mind for our next catered event.

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Spinning Platters LLC
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
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Melanie B.
Verified review

Marco accommodated all of our food needs and the food was delicious. Although he came from Cincinnati to Dayton the food was hot. Everyone raved over the food and it became a center point of the party. The meat was tender and sides full of flavor. Marco was easy to get a hold of and his response time was quick. We are all stuffed and lots of leftovers for tomorrow.

Bar-B-Que King
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 11 years in business
Ivan B.
Verified review

Personally I. Think most BBQ isn't what I expect, you want to taste the meat and have just the right amount of smoke and spices, its hard to find, But I found that and more at the BBQ King, everything was way ubove my expectations the price the service the King himself lol, friendly environment,fantastic food, the only place I will eat BBQ for me I have to wait till he's in the area or I find where he's at, other than that its the only place I will buy from , thank you BBQ king, Keep up the assume cooking, A Patriot guard Ridder,

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

This is my first experience with a caterer and I am very happy with Cuisine East West. The food was delicious, many comments from guests about how tasty the food was. All that commented wanted to know who the caterer was. I received much more service-wise than I expected and any concerns I had were not realized. I am so very pleased to recommend Cuisine East West and I would use them again.

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

I am so impressed with the quality of Lety Sanchez' cooking. Her food is definitely not the typical Mexican fare we think of. It is inventive, yet with a traditional quality that reminds her of her home and family. She is excited about her flavors and creations. Her baking is interesting, attractive and delicious. Her sauces are distinct and fresh. Her passion for cooking is evident. I work with her twice a week in a completely different circumstance and have always found her to be punctual, extremely cheerful, dedicated and very enjoyable to be around.

Divine Catering & Events
4.9
from 9 reviews
  • 12 years in business
Johanna G.
Verified review

The food was hot when it arrived. All the guest including myself thought the food was delicious! Prices are affordable and plenty of food for what you pay. I will definitely use Divine Catering for any future events and highly recommend.

Smoker EZ BBQ LLC
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 11 years in business
Eric D.
Verified review

Smoker EZ BBQ catered my wedding on May 16th 2015. We had about 150 people attending the wedding, and through multiple emails / phone calls with Craig, we got an estimate on how much food we would need. The day of the wedding they showed up on time, prompt, with enough people to serve the food and keep the line moving. The food was delicious as it has always been with Smoker EZ. Our guests commented over and over how they loved the food, and how much better it was than the usual wedding food. I would highly recommend Smoker EZ BBQ for any event / party / situation that required food.

Dorcey's
3.7
from 3 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Melissa C.
Verified review

Kristie is awesome to work with. She goes the extra mile to make wedding dreams come true. If we showed her an example of something we liked she new how to get it, either by making it herself or where to get it.We had a destination wedding and Kristie came to the beach and worked so hard to get us what we wanted.We came home and had a beautiful reception. So many guests replied " it looked like something out of a magazine" it was gorgeous. Kristie spent a lot of time with us working on every detail. She even MADE beautiful hair accessories that looked like antique brooches,found mothers gifts, bridesmaids gifts, she did it all, flowers, food , music, venue, photography. There are so many decisions and details with a wedding that we couldn't have done it with out her. She is so talented and has the best ideas. I would use her services again for parties, dinners, receptions, showers, loved working with her.

Four Seasons Catering
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 7 years in business
Sarah K.
Verified review

We contracted Four Seasons to do our wedding. It was the best decision ever. We got a wedding with the best food we ever had. Not just at a wedding, but ever. They kept every promise and we were thrilled! I would reccomend them to anyone.

Streetside 62 Catering
5.0
from 1 review
  • 7 years in business
Josh M.
Verified review

Streetside 62 has excellent food for a good value. The restaurant is a terrific place to have a meal in the dining room and a cocktail on the patio. Their catering is top notch (of course it helps dealing with the owner directly). The food does not drop in quality just because it is a catering job. The 2 weddings and a few corporate events catered by Matt where very very good. Would recommend to anyone for sure.

  • 18 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Sheila S.
Verified review

Connie did an excellent job. The food was delicious and plentiful. She served and cleaned up everything. I would definitely recommend her again

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.

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!!!

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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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