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Lebanon Appetizer Caterers

Browse these appetizer caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Lebanon.

  • 6 years in business
  • 170 hires on Thumbtack
Cynthia A.
Verified review

Chef Dominick did an amazing job with our small party. The appetizer tray was beautifully presented and "wowed" all the guests. The salad was fresh and colorful and the dinner looked and tasted delicious!

An Event by Greg
4.5
from 118 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 233 hires on Thumbtack
Raina C.
Verified review

Becoming a bit stressed with planning my parent's 50th anniversary party, I looked for caterers. I received 4 replies and A Catered Affair was the only one offering variety of foods and a reasonable cost! Greg was extremely easy and fantastic to work with...he and his staff were friendly, professional, and delivered what they committed to. I received rave reviews on the food from those attending the party...I would definitely recommend them and use them again for future events! Thank you, Greg and John, for making my parents very important milestone so special...and for making my dad's favorite dessert...pineapple upside cake!

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

We used Prestige Catering for the Open House for our business. They were great to work with, communicated well with us, arrived in plenty of time and did a wonderful job serving. We had appetizers and they were delicious. I especially loved the chicken Dijon Puffs. The fruit kabobs were really fresh and the cheesecake bites were wonderful. People loved the crab stuffed mushrooms, too. We would definitely use Rick and Prestige Catering again.

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

Overall the quality of food for the price is very affordable. We got the appetizer and wedding buffet dinner package for $15.99 a person. Decent quality for the price. We also got the mixers package and had them in charge of our alcohol. They picked up all of our alcohol for us, chilled it, transported it, and served it to our guests. The service at the venue was good and the bartenders were friendly. I was told however, that the catering company would clean up/take out trash and also return alcohol that was unused to the store. Neither of which happened. They were supposed to also bring black linens, cake plates, and forks which did not happen. My coordinator had to go purchase some last minute. Entirely too much food left over which felt a little wasteful but I'd gladly have too much food than not enough. The main reason for my 4 stars is because of the lack of communication. For starters, we had a private tasting scheduled and needed a different date, the person we spoke to this time had no knowledge of us or our contract let alone our tasting. We luckily were able to go to a group tasting instead. There were several instances where I would send an email, wait a week for a response, and end up having to call in order to get in touch with someone. I also called to give the final head count and make adjustments before the 14 day deadline, only to then get an email three days later asking for my final head count and timeline. Again, seemed as if they had no knowledge of my conversation three days earlier. Each time these things happened, the person on the other end was apologetic. A happy accident to the disorganization was we ended up with beef tenderloin instead of roast beef. We were ok with that too. I would recommend the company in general, especially on a budget, however, wished the communication aspect and organization would have been punctual and consistent.

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 36 reviews
  • 34 years in business
  • 68 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Cathy B.
Verified review

Jay Woosely of The Happy Chefs did an amazing job! He is a brilliant artist! This was my first experience hiring a personal chef. He helped guide me through the process. He was very easy to work with. Jay did exactly what he promised he would do and then some. He and his staff were very personable and honest. His creations were delectable and aesthetically pleasing! Jay helped to make our evening dinner for two one to remember. Thanks Jay! I will be using this service again! I would highly recommend Jay and The Happy Chefs for all of your catering needs. We really appreciated the complimentary dessert dishes as well. Thanks again for creating an wonderful environment.

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Big Reds Bbq
4.9
from 23 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Krissy B.
Verified review

Great food! We ordered Thanksgiving dinner and it was delicious! Will try again!

Mike's Smokehouse BBQ
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Felicia L.
Verified review

Thank you Mike for the delicious food you prepared for my department managers! The quality was out of this word and your service was on time and professional...frankly, exceeding my expectations. I recommend Mike's Smokehouse BBQ without reservation.

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Spinning Platters LLC
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Joe G.
Verified review

We were able to completely customize our menu and the caterer worked with our budget. I feel that we got a great bang for our buck. The food arrived hot and on time. I will hire this caterer again.

Legacy Catering and Cakes
5.0
from 2 reviews
    To'Nia C.
    Verified review

    Darlene and her crew catered our mothers 60th birthday party celebration. It was amazing and Darlene was one of the reasons why. Her work was professional, they stayed within budget and the food was delicious!! I would hire them for any event.

    The Screaming Goat
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Leah D.
    Verified review

    We used Brandon for our wedding caterer. We had a gourmet brunch style buffet all created by him to perfection. Guests loved the food so much that they were asking for recipes! Brandon went above and beyond. He stayed the entire day and helped serve. He even stayed and helped clean up! We are so happy that we found him and would recommend him to anyone! He is the best.

    About

    We will cater for your events with love and care. We will cook with the best and always-fresh ingredients, with a professional outlook and to your specifications.

    About

    We are a home-based operation specializing in unique hand-crafted tapas-style desserts and treats. We are currently seeking independent business owners to retail our product, as well as individuals interested in a catered or personal experience of our quality products.

    About

    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.

    About

    Delicious homemade meals with a large variety of menu options served at reasonable rates.

    • 7 years in business
    About

    We provide food in multiple ethnic and genres of food... There is almost nothing we can do!

    About

    Paityn's Place offers genuine southern hospitality

    About

    I do catering events, banquets, setup decorates, and bartending. I offer hands-on with customers dealing with food, drinks and how they want a certain amount of this or that for the event.

    About

    I am a Cincinnati based catering company. I can fulfill any catering needs, from small private parties to large corporate events. My passion for food and service is shown in my work.

    About

    Cakes&Plates is new to the sence. With that being said our experience in culinary arts and customer service and over a decade in putting smiles on faces and memories in hearts.

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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.

    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.

    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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