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

  • 12 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Shari C.
Verified review

Very pleased with our outdoor wedding reception catering service. Received positive comments from guests. We thought it was delicious. Very happy.

  • 23 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Sherica H.
Verified review

Damon and his team made my daughter's birthday party go over the top. His attention to detail is beyond amazing. I explained to him that my family and I had bad experiences with mandatory caterers from venues in the past and I really wanted the food to be the correct temperature. He exceeded my expectations. The menu was amazing but the brisket stole the show. The brisket was so tender and delicious. This team is so down to earth, friendly and talkative my guests and I were very comfortable. My family was excited to find out that a team member is vegan and that catering for my vegan guests in the future would be no problem. So many people requested his information because of their personalities as well. But the ultimate seal of approval that this food was delicious was from my 80 year old Grandparents that asked me to hire him for their 64th wedding anniversary. They are from Louisiana and have been cooking since they were kids and my grandfather smokes his meat for all our family events. They both said, "his food is so delicious, we can rest this year". Damon made my event wonderful for everyone. He made my daughter a ice cream buffet with all the fixings. She said, "This is the best birthday ever" His professionalism blew me away, the presentation was amazing. I am still over the moon with how the event went last night.

  • 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.

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

Our event was a casual outdoor garden wedding. Kitchen Academy was excellent. They were amazing in all the categories listed. I would suggest them to everyone or anyone to cater their event big or small. We had about 40 people. They listened, helped with vegan dishes, and stayed in contact all the way to the event. Our guests were so amazed on how wonderful the food and desserts were. So many compliments to Marcus. Most of the guests took his business card to give to friends or keep for themselves on their future events. If we could we give the 10 stars for all categories listed. They made our special day wonderful and amazing. Thank you so much!!! Mr. & Mrs Kevin Knaack

OutSourced Soiree
4.8
from 13 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Jamie M.
Verified review

Outsourced Soirée catered for my wedding shower. From the very beginning Veronica and her staff went above and beyond, personalizing not only food choices, but tables linens, decor and overall ambience. The staff was friendly and extremely eager to please- going well beyond their duties. They assisted in set up, break down and clean up of the event. Our home and kitchen were under construction, outsourced soirée didn't miss a beat even in the midst of the chaos! I had an outstanding experience with this company and plan to use them moving forward. I would highly recommend their services!

S & M BBQ & Catering
4.7
from 11 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Nancy L.
Verified review

Wow for starters!!! S&M catered my daughter's wedding! They are phenomenal! We had grilled chicken on site, pulled pork, garlic roasted potatoes, green beans with bacon and Mac and cheese!!! Best food I have ever had from a caterer!!! Our appetizer was spinach artichoke dip with chips....out of this world!!! Mandy and her staff made a beautiful day even more perfect!! We were blessed to have found this business!!! Highly highly recommended!!

Gianpiero's Catering
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Michelle M.
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They catered my wedding of 110 guests in my outdoor rustic barn wedding. They showed up early and were ready. I didn't have to check on them or ask them anything. They were self sufficient. Guests loved the food! They will make anything you want!

Visual Drama Designs
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Hadda P.
Verified review

I attended a wedding reception, and the decor was stunning, which made the atmosphere inviting, relaxing,& beautiful! I would highly recommend Visual Drama Designs!!! Excellent job!!

  • 8 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Amber G.
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If you’re looking for a highly customized catering experience, I can’t recommend Brian Doyle and the staff at Sow Food enough. Nothing comes prepackaged at Sow Food which makes it stand out among so many other catering companies in Northeast Ohio. Brian and his team spent a lot of time with my husband and me during our initial meetings. He came up with an extremely customized menu that was so personal to us—reflecting places we’ve visited, our sourcing values and even personal anecdotes. The team was very thorough throughout the entire planning process. Our venue was a challenge due to the fact that they had no kitchen, running water or other accommodations usually required by a catering company. As a guest, you would never know what conditions they were working under. The staff was wonderful and our appetizers, meals, cocktails and the dessert bar were one of the most memorable parts of our evening. Sow Food served as such an essential element to making our wedding day so very personal and memorable for everyone involved. Not many wedding guests gush about the food afterward, but ours sure did!

Ja`Sarai Catering & Company
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Shawn G.
Verified review

Ja'Sarai, catered our wedding and we were very pleased with their services. The staff was personable, food was delicious, prices was affordable and I look forward to hiring them for our next event.

Fooder's Catering
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 24 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Jessica D.
Verified review

Tried Fooder's Catering for our daughter's wedding. Wasn't sure at first, but a friend recommended. We made a great choice! Everything from the chicken marsala, to the vairety different pastas and sides were pure delicious. Will def be using for the holidays!

  • 5 years in business
Stephanie S.
Verified review

FTS catered and decorated my wedding and when I tell you delicious and classy! This two words described there service to the T. I would most definitely refer them to anyone for any event. Job very well done. I just have one phrase for you, "stuffed meat balls"!!!!!! Try them, you won't have them any other way. Sheesh!!!!!!

Original Gourmet Catering
5.0
from 3 reviews
    DeWayne P.
    Verified review

    They catered my wedding, everything was well prepared, delicious, and well presented. By the time I could sit down and eat most of the food that was catered was already eaten by the guests.

    P & P Events
    5.0
    from 3 reviews
    • 1 year in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Rebecca B.
    Verified review

    Patty was awesome from start to finish for our wedding! She did all of our planning, coordinating, organizing - as much as we needed! She found our officiant, ordered the cakes, planned the menu, designed the space, and managed every detail perfectly! She was so easy to work with and had great ideas for everything from decor to timing of the different events and managing the guests. She has excellent taste and great organizational skills. I never worried! I highly recommend P&P Events! Everything was perfect for our special day.

    Scott's Fire & Ice
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 7 years in business
    • 6 hires on Thumbtack
    Alison P.
    Verified review

    Scott and his crew catered our wedding on July 25, 2015 and they were awesome. Our guests all thought that it was so unique to have a pizza truck at the wedding and it worked out perfectly. Scott was very accommodating to all of our menu requests and everyone raved about the pizza and chicken dish as well as the gelato that he made for the end of the evening. Scott and his crew were very professional, knowledgable, and respectful during the planning process and the event. We would definitely recommend them to anyone!

    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!

    Anissa A.
    Verified review

    Simply Exquisite planned and catered my wedding. Isalene was attentive to what I wanted with the budget I was working with. She was patient and took time to listen to what I wanted. She worked with me from beginning to end. Everything from the church to the reception was handled professionally and was very beautiful. The food was excellent. I received many good compliments on the food and my wedding overall. It was a beautiful day and everything was done the way I wanted it. Simply Exquisite is definitely the choice for your event and catering needs.

    Wrap It Up
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 4 years in business
    Carli P.
    Verified review

    When my husband and I were looking for wedding venues we targeted ones that would allow us to bring in our own caterers. Although we have had some pretty good "wedding food" in the past, we wanted to break away from the formal/traditional wedding setup and incorporate a more relaxed and fun atmosphere into our reception. Wrap It Up definitely helped us to accomplish this! Not only was the food phenomenal, but the staff was some of the friendliest and most accommodating group of individuals I had the pleasure of dealing with. Chef Anthony sat down with me to discuss my list of wants/needs, and then gave me suggestions on how he and his team could help make it the best day ever! We planned a menu that focused on their signature wrap menu (and TOTS), but served it in a way that allowed for individuals to also create their own flavor combinations. This allowed for those with food allergies and dietary restrictions to create a meal that would fit their needs. Guests were also able to choose items a la carte, or for the carb conscious individuals, select to have their meal "unwrapped." We have more than a few vegetarians and a handful of individuals with gluten allergies and this setup really helped to allow them access to foods they can eat. Not to mention the Zesty Veggie Wrap was the food of choice for even some of our most carnivorous guests (it’s just so good!!!). As much as I can appreciate a good formal wedding dinner it never fails that mid-way through the reception I always find myself hungry because the portions are typically smaller. With Wrap It Up as our caterer there was no need for guests to make a late night taco bell run as they were served with hearty portions of home cooked food full of robust flavors. Wrap It Up also put together snack trays for our cocktail hour which included a fruit tray and cheese and crackers. All of this as well was entirely customizable based on the budget we had agreed upon. I truly can’t thank Wrap It Up enough for their service. Of all the vendors we had they were the ONLY vendor to not ask me (The Bride) any questions on the wedding day. They made it a point to cover all bases prior to the wedding day so that all that was left was a well-planned execution. So much time is spent on selecting the perfect wedding vendors to help you achieve your "dream wedding." For my husband and I that dream was very simple: all of our friends, lots of beer, and exceptional food. Wrap It Up delivered more than we could have asked for!! I would hire them again in an instant! P.S. Don't forget the TOTS!!! :)

    Boss Corporate Catering
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 6 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Kathleen S.
    Verified review

    Crystal did an outstanding job at our wedding reception! The food was wonderful, beautifully presented, and her staff was very professional and accommodating. Great job!!

    Danielle P.
    Verified review

    Warren did an exeptional job for my wedding shower! Warren was on time. He was dressed in his chef uniform (very proffesional). And most importantly his food was amazing! He made one of the most special days in my life stress free for me my family and my friends! Thanks Warren !!!!

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    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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