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Lakewood Caterers

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  • 23 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Jeffrey W.
Verified review

Chef Damon and his crew did an absolutely wonderful job catering my son’s Bar Mitzvah. Chef Damon catered a luncheon and evening event. The food was delicious, presented beautifully, and his staff was courteous and responsive. Chef Damon was able to meet numerous dietary needs: gluten free, casein free, and was able to label all dishes appropriately. I would recommend Chef Damon for any event that you need catered. Everything went as promised, and it was all stress free. I truly recommend Custom Catering for your special event.

  • 7 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Nicole N.
Verified review

Above and beyond would be one way I desribe the quality and service that I received from Gourmet Guy Catering. Matt and his team were kind, patient, and professional. Matt worked to tailor a menu to suit our wants and needs. So many of the guests at our wedding complimented how delicious the food and service was. The food was beyond what you would expect at a typical wedding. The chicken was cooked to perfection! The waitstaff were so attentive and willing to jump in wherever needed. One of the ladies even helped me carry my dress and an umbrella as I had to make a run through the pouring rain. It is clear that Matt and the reast of the team at Gourmet Guy are passionate about their work and committed to quality service. They are honest, fair, and talented.

Teta's Kitchen
4.9
from 15 reviews
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Beth R.
Verified review

I've known Trisha for years and her passion for food and serving others is incredible. Her food is delicious and she constantly amazes me by how she creates and improves dishes. I highly recommend Trisha and can guarantee you will have a high quality, restaurant like experience.

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Kitchen Academic, LLC
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Debbie D.
Verified review

Amazing food excellent team. We couldn’t have been luckier finding Marcus and his catering team!!!

Manna Catering
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Lori S.
Verified review

Food was excellent. Chicken Marsala so delicious. Serving sizes robust. Greens were crisp,salad fresh and dressing light but FULL of flavor. Dinner rolls out of this world. The food arrived exactly on time and was still hot as it was served over the course of an hour. I will only use Manna Catering in the future for all my party needs. Thank you Dave. Outstanding experience. PS ... my Italians relatives were quit impressed.

Buffet Style Catering
4.8
from 8 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 11 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!

The Main Squeeze Catering
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 5 years in business
Kimberly M.
Verified review

People are still talking about the food from my wedding. Sure, it tasted amazing at the initial tasting. The delicious food and Laronda''s professionalism and fun personality sold us on this vendor. But I definitely expected the food at the wedding to taste less fresh - pre cooked, you know, weddingy. Not the case. It looked beautiful, and was fancy restaurant quality fresh. It couldn't have been more perfect. My venue didn't have anything that resembled a kitchen. I dont know how they did it. Some of my fondest memories from my wedding day are chomping down on a beef short rib and rosemary garlic potato wedges. The mac and cheese - to die for. The staff was amazing and friendly and super efficient. They set everything up and broke it down before I knew it. I'm telling you - The Main Squeeze has magic catering powers. Admittedly, I was one of those high maintenance brides. The team was super responsive and patient with me. They left no concern unaddressed and no question unanswered. And all at a price that's just about the same as other local (and less highly rated) caterers. Looking back now, knowing what kind of food and service I was going to get from The Main Squeeze I would have been happy paying twice as much as I did. Totally totally worth it. Love you guys!! Thank you!

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.

Matthew Creighton
5.0
from 2 reviews
    Lauren C.
    Verified review

    Matt is an amazing chef! He is professional, works well with his clients and truly listens to what they want. Not only are his meals delicious, he is well versed in preparing meals for clients with dietary restrictions. Highly recommend him for any personal cooking needs or for catering events/large parties!

    Onyx and Co. Catering, LLC
    4.5
    from 2 reviews
    • 4 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Rahul W.
    Verified review

    Karen and her team catered our NYE party and they did an amazing job, The staff were incredibly helpful and on top of everything - from drink and appertizer service to dinner set up and clean up. Our Guests commented on how much they enjoyed the food and service. They also cleaned up everything so we had nothing to do NY day but recover and relax. We would highly reccomend Karen and team and will definitly use them for our future parties

    About

    We provide our services for the following: * Weddings * Anniversaries * Christmas Party * Dinners * Luncheons * Birthdays * Weddings * Sweet 16’s * Holiday Parties * Buffet * Theme Parties * Anniversaries * Fundraisers * Seminars * Intimate Dinners * Baby Showers * Brunch * Bereavement * Award Banquets * Business Events * Reunions

    About

    Choice Catering is dedicated to offering customers superior off-premise catering. No matter what size, Choice Catering delivers quality food matched with excellent service.

    • 4 years in business
    About

    I offer catering services for intimate and large events, personal chef services and meal planning. Being a sports nutrition certified and a certified personal chef, I am able to help athletes and individuals make healthy choices with everyday meals and specialized in dietary restrictions.

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

    About

    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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    I do a creative cuisine for any occasion! There's no job that's too big or too small. I service weddings, anniversaries, private parties, corporate events, picnics, reunions and more.

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    Catering, and event planning! We specialized in catering and event planning. On a budget ? We cater to your needs as well.

    • 15 years in business
    About

    Catering CLE provides professional and delicious catering service for all types of events. With our 10 years serving Northeast Ohio, you can trust Catering CLE will help make your event a success! Our services include the following: * A comprehensive menu * Off-premise catering at your home, office, a hall or anywhere outdoors * Served buffet, self-serve buffet or family style * Linen, chinaware, silverware and glassware rental

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    I offer excellent choices of my signature dishes with a unique seasoning that will water your taste buds.

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    I have catered for a police officer's graduation, doctor's graduation, and CEO/broad luncheon.

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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.

    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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    Need BBQ Catering Services

    Euclid, OH

    • Event type
      I'm not sure yet
    • Cuisine type
      BBQ
    • Number of people
      150-200
    • Additional Service(s)
      Other (grill, burgers and dogs)
    • Details
      back yard bbq, bring own grill, for an open house

    Need Catering Services

    Cleveland, OH

    • Event type
      Buffet catered event
    • Cuisine type
      I'm not sure yet
    • Number of people
      25-50
    • Additional Service(s)
      Appetizers, Beverages (non-alcoholic), Other (linen, dishware, glassware)
    • Details
      At the Dunham Tavern Cleveland, OH

    Need a Caterer to Serve Buffet Style Service

    Ellwood City, PA

    • Event type
      Buffet dinner party
    • Cuisine type
      Casual American, I'm not sure yet, Other
    • Number of people
      150-200
    • Additional Service(s)
      Appetizers, Beverages (non-alcoholic), Beverages (alcoholic), Staff / Server(s) / Bartender(s)
    • $9
      Average price
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