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Lorain Caterers

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  • 7 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Ann P.
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Matt Barnes did an outstanding job of catering our party! We had 86 guests for a birthday celebration. When I first contacted him about catering the party he patiently walked me through the process and helped me plan the menu which included 7-8 different hors d'oeuvres, both hot and cold. He prepared them at our party site and they were all absolutely delicious!! The presentation was fantastic! He transformed a simple table into a welcoming buffet of food. We received so many compliments on the food and would have him cater another party without hesitation. There was plenty of food for each guest and Matt kept the tables well stocked and inviting through the whole evening! His professionalism and his friendliness made him the perfect caterer for us!

  • 23 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Maryann M.
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Damon's food will live in our hearts and memories FOREVER! It was AMAZING! He was very easy and helpful to work with. He catered to what I wanted and not some pre selected menu which was a plus! I would and did recommend him to everyone that wasn't fortunate enough to dine on his delectable offerings! I will use Damon for all my catering needs in the future! You WON"T be sorry if you choose this company! He will make it memorable!

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Kitchen Academic, LLC
4.9
from 15 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
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Debbie D.
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Amazing food excellent team. We couldn’t have been luckier finding Marcus and his catering team!!!

Teta's Kitchen
4.9
from 15 reviews
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Rae H.
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Tricia does a fantastic job. She is professional, thorough and the food was terrific. I would highly recommend her for any occasion.

SimplyTastySkewers
4.7
from 11 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Molly K.
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Fantastic experience with Buffet style catering. From first contact with Sharon to the finish she was responsive and answered any questions I had. The food and presentation for the Babyque shower for my daughter was perfect! And the price was very reasonable! I would not hesitate to use Buffet Style Catering again.

Gianpiero's Catering
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Nikki J.
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I highly recommend Gianpiero's Catering! The food is made with excellence. You will not find better quality of service and food selection with exquisite taste for the price. The Gianpiero pasta is my personal favorite and it is what they are known for.

Visual Drama Designs
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Katrina D.
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What a wonderful job beyond my expectations breath taking. I did not know whether to cry or scream for joy it was so amazing beautiful literally. I had event where 3,000 people attended and every one comment on how beautiful my set up for my Catering promotion table was. It was simply elegant, exquisite, elaborate and it had the spirit of excellence. Ms Bridges was professional to the end with her service I recommend anyone to let her design for their next upcoming event.

Everybody Eats
4.0
from 3 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Jamie M.
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Melissa was so courteous and polite and the entire dinner was just so delicious! Most phenomenal gluten free menu I have ever experienced! The kitchen was spotless when she was finished and the extra food was left in the refrigerator. Definitely 5star service! We will definitely be seeing Melissa again! Thank you Melissa for making our evening perfect!

NDULGENCE CATERING CO.
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Sabrina W.
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An amazing personal chef experience. Chef Nova came to my home and prepared an amazing dinner for my husband and I on our anniversary. She was very professional, and ensured to make a meal we would enjoy. Chef prepared for us a fresh green salad tossed in a homemade Caesar dressing, roasted asparagus, creamy shrimp Alfredo alongside a thick juicy flavorful rib eye steak. My husband and I toasted our anniversary with a white wine sangria chef prepared also. Needless to say it was an amazing evening that we will never forget.

  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jerome S.
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Mr. Williams provided an excellent experience for my company luncheon. His food was full of flavor and served on time. I highly recommend Mr. Williams for catering services. His professionalism will keep him in mind for future catering needs.

  • 12 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
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We do an authentic Carolina style barbecue catering for all types of events ranging from a corporate luncheon to a formal wedding.

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Nacita's Cocina had been in business since 2010 specializing in authentic homemade Puerto Rican food. Everyone savors Puerto Rican flavors.

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StrEat Mobile Bistro is one of Northeast Ohio’s newest gourmet food trucks. We are inspired by local and seasonal ingredients, really fun foods, or simply any opportunity to create some deliciousness. Look for our frequently changing menu, and experience StrEat foods like never before.

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We are Maria's Family Restaurant. Welcome to the all new Maria's Family Restaurant! Come in and be welcomed by our friendly and courteous wait staff. As a family-friendly environment, you can come in and bring the entire family! We are open from Sunday thru Thursday, from 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday, from 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.. Breakfast is served all day. We have homemade daily specials. Try our gyros and corned beef! Catering is also now available.

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I am catering private events by design, plan/cook, set up table scape and venues, and provide family-style gourmets. I have served parties of eight to 200 people in weddings and meetings. No party is too small.

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Carrie Mae's Catering specializes in weddings, banquets, repast, bartending, decorating, serving, excellent customer service and satisfaction.

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I've been told for many years what a great cook I am. I can cook all kinds of comfort foods, party foods and whatever menu you want. I have been working in the food service business since 1975. I know my way around kitchens. Cooking for others is my passion in life. I truly enjoy what I do. Do you need an event catered? Small or large, I will do it. I need a place with supplies to do so. I had cooked for nursing homes and hospitals. I can do volume cooking. I will travel up to over 50 miles.

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We offer a complete professional catering for your special occasion. From 1-75 people, we will make any event special.

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Since 1964, Barrister's has been providing catering services by using only superior-quality ingredients, giving customers generous portions at affordable prices. We are also being timely and reliable. We are a landmark Cleveland area establishment with an impeccable customer service record. Call us to discuss your needs. We can help!

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We cater to any and everything the clients wants. We are a family-ran business and are looking to expand the business further.

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We deliver in all aspects; taste, creativity, presentation, customer service and much more!

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.

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 much should catering cost for a wedding?

The cost of wedding catering will reflect the level of service, the menu you choose, the luxury you desire and the number of guests you invite. Where you live also plays a major role in your wedding catering costs. The regional cost to do business and local cost of food will affect your catering bill. There is no set price for wedding catering, because each wedding and each menu is different. This is why many caterers provide a per-person price. This allows you to break down what it costs to feed each person based on the menu you want. Working with your caterer, you can adjust menu items, service level and more to accommodate your budget and guest count. Keep in mind that wedding catering costs are not just for the food. The bill reflects all the components that go into commercial food catering: a commercial kitchen, ingredients, staff, insurance, marketing and more. Here are some examples of average costs:

  • Three-course plated meal, moderately upscale, for 125 in Los Angeles: $14,000. Because of staffing costs, a true plated meal costs about twice as much as a staff-assisted buffet.
  • Buffet meal, standard menu, for 100 in Los Angeles: $5,000.
  • Per-person cost for hors d'oeuvres, dinner and nonalcoholic beverages: $24–$37, depending on menu selection, in Southern California.
  • Drop off prepared food for 50: $1,000 in North Carolina. Price does not include any service, setup or breakdown.

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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