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Dayton Wedding Caterers

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

  • 6 years in business
  • 166 hires on Thumbtack
Julia N.
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Kitchen on Wheels Catering catered my wedding this October of 100 people. They came early and served appetizers, provided a bartender, and served the main course. Dominick met with me beforehand and was enthusiastic to work with my preferences for local, organic food. He worked with me to design a seasonal, organic menu at an incredibly reasonable rate. The food was phenomenal, and the guests raved about it all night. The service was exceptional as well. I would recommend Kitchen on Wheels to anyone, and would call them in a heartbeat for any catering needs I have in the future! Thanks so much, Dominick, for your great, thoughtful work.

An Event by Greg
4.5
from 113 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 216 hires on Thumbtack
Lynn B.
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Greg provided a very nice dinner for my folks 70th wedding anniversary at their home. Everyone commented on the wonderful beef tips and wild rice. Greg was attentive in making sure the food arrived hot and ready to serve.

Prestige Catering
4.6
from 93 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 136 hires on Thumbtack
Clare K.
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Prestige Catering catered my wedding. The food was phenomenal! Couldn't have asked for better food on my wedding day. Would definitely recommend them for any event!

A Catered Affair
4.7
from 84 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 130 hires on Thumbtack
Rachel P.
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I had a phenomenal experience with A Catered Affair for my wedding reception. It was very easy to coordinate with the staff beforehand, so I didn't need to tend to anything on the wedding day. They had everything set up at the hall exactly as needed and it looked very professional. The staff did an amazing job of tending to the buffet and cleaning, and all with a smile. The food was delicious, and I got so many compliments about the great food and great service. I would recommend A Catered Affair for any event - I am incredibly pleased with my decision to have them cater my wedding!

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

Jessica Catered a 50th Wedding Anniversary Party for my parents. The event started out small but kept growing. I really didn't know what to expect hiring someone to cook for us. We tend to "cater" our own events. My hopes were to have a memorable experience for my parents and guests. Jessica contacted me immediately after my inquiry which was wonderful since I was a little evasive on my list. Once we talked everything fell into place. The food was wonderful and presented beautifully. The guest enjoyed every plate. The event was eating and mingling. We didn't go for a sit down dinner. Jessica made sure the food was easy to eat while standing or sitting. The courses kept coming and our guest anticipated each one. The night went just as I had hoped in my mind. The best part Jessica understood my vision. Many guest asked for her name and number! The ultimate compliment!! The event was a huge success thanks to our fabulous Chef, Jessie Judd!! I would definitely do it all again and hope to use Jessie in the future. She has a wonderful personality. My entire family felt like we knew her forever! I highly recommend her services.

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

The Nibbles staff catered my daughter's wedding that I had at my home. They were so professional, arriving on time with everything they needed. They were very attentive all night, keeping track of the flow of the reception and checking in with me on key points. But, at the same time they took it on themselves to make decisions for many things to keep things running smoothly (which I so appreciated since I was busy with other things). Their cleanup was great and they left my kitchen cleaner than they found it! Thanks Nibbles!

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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
James B.
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I had The Happy Chefs handle a birthday celebration dinner party for 10. Chef Jay and his crew did a top-notch job. Chef Jay was great at communicating before the event. At the event the food and the service were tremendous. The guests all raved about the food and clearly had a memorable evening.There were a number of courses/interaction points and their professionalism, personal interaction,flexibility and politeness were absolutely first class. In short, it was a spectacular event and I recommend The Happy Chefs without hesitation.

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Big Reds Bbq
4.9
from 20 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Beth L.
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Big Red's catered our daughter's 1st birthday party and we could not have been happier! They were incredibly easy to work with, the food was delicious and the price was very reasonable considering the amount of food you get. I highly recommend Big Red's and look forward to using them for our next event!

TasteeTowers
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Elisa M.
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My daughter wanted a Mickey cake and that's what she got! It was so cute with the polka dots and bow on top! The cake was so light and and tasted great. She can be quit picky so it says a lot that she was impressed. It was the cutest 2 tier mock wedding cake. Her sweet 16 was really awesome thanks to them!

Cuisine East West Catering
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Linda R.
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I found Cuisine East West through Thumbtack. I needed a caterer to create and deliver the right menu for my in laws 50th wedding anniversary party. My experience working with Charlie was very positive, from our initial phone call to the actual event. The party was this past weekend and Cuisine East West delivered with excellence. The presentation was lovely and the food was delicious. I received countless compliments from the guests about the wonderful food. I will be calling Charlie again when the need arises.

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

Wonderful service, awesome food, and very family oriented!!! Love the walking bbq!!!

Redbox Culinary Design
4.3
from 3 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Kimela R.
Verified review

Working with Aimee was a pleasure! The menu was a hit!!! I would highly recommend using Aimee for all your catering needs!!!

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You will be receiving a personal and fully customizable service and working directly with the chef owner.

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I do weddings, income tax, bookkeeping and car sales. I work under God's guidance at all times. I am loving and living God's words.

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I have a 24 ft. trailer smoker and kitchen. I have been doing fairs and catering for about nine years. I have done weddings and reunions. I compete in BBQ competitions.

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We offer catering and event planning services. We offer you a fun and innovative cuisine that is tailored to your taste. Catering by Rob has a high standard of professionalism and excellence. We strive to be the best. Knowing our clients, working within their budgetary guidelines, and understanding the total scope of each event allows us the opportunity to produce events that exceed expectations and are memorable.

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I am catering for your event. You name what you want, and I will cater it. I have over 30 years of experience and am great for all occasions.

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I clean residential homes and apartments. I am allergic to cats. I am also a caterer for all types of food.

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I am legally ordained in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky. I travel within a 20-mile radius of Cincinnati. I will go further with reasonable notice and accommodation. I charge extremely low fees for my service. My fee is usually no more than $50. I am not affiliated with a church. All of the weddings I have performed have been outdoor, such as at a VFW hall, etc. I have even gone to the home of a client's parents to perform a ceremony. I have performed nondenominational weddings, meaning biblical verses are universal or left out, no specific Christian branch is used, etc. I have performed handfastings. When we plan your ceremony, I will provide suggestions for your ceremony if you need them, but ultimately, this is your ceremony. We will do what you want. Just contact me, and let's talk!

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I am a perfectionist and have been in food service and catering since I was 12 years old. I have catered events from 10-2000 people.

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We specialize in made-from-scratch southern comfort cuisine. Our specialties range from prime ribs, fresh seafoods, organic chickens and awesome desserts. Using our worldly travels, we boldly season and present with Texas sized love.

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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