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Sandusky Chefs

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  • 23 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Amy B.
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Chef Damon was awesome! We had a huge party and he made everything warm and welcome with all guests. He hired our wait staff and bartenders that mingled well with everyone, and they cleaned up when all was over. I will definitely hire Chef Damon again!

Cheron's Scratch Kitchen
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Jodi G.
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Cheron made my First Communion party planning easy and stress free! She was very helpful in choosing a menu, and suggested several different ideas to help me with the flow of the day. The food was out of this world! We had so many compliments on the veggies, and the grilled Pesto chicken and Italian Sausage. She made Alfredo and Marinara Sauces from scratch- Wow!! They were delicious!!! Thank you Chef Cheron! Looking forward to our next event - will definitely have Cheron help us out again!!

Maximova Catering Co.
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 7 years in business
Geri T.
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Michelle is an amazing Chef and organizer! I had a few of her meals and wow! Just wow! You have come across a gem and will not be disappointed. :)

A La Minute
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Tommy D.
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Steven is an outstanding Chef. His time cooking in the south can be tasted in his dishes from shrimp gumbo to crawfish etouffee. His classic dishes, veal piccatta, mushroom glazed pork chops show the depth of his passion and knowledge for cooking and you will feel it in every bite.

Linda S.
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Wild Onion Catering has catered several events for me and my family. Chef Brian creates delicious and unique dishes using fresh seasonal ingredients. Everything has always been 5-star quality - from appetizers to salads, sides, and entrees. My go-to Caterer without a doubt!

A Matter of Taste Catering
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Amaris J.
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I had an amazing experience with All Cuisine Catering. Everything was exactly how I requested it and the taste exceeded my expectations. The chef was extremely pleasant and flexible to work with. I will be using them at all my future catered events. Thank you for the amazing service!!

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.

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Delicious & Elegant meals with outstanding service at a competitive price!!!!

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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I have a real passion for food, I use all fresh ingredients. I take a lot of pride in the food I produce.

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We offer a catering group, on-site or delivery. We also do cooking lessons for children and adults. We specialize in home-based affairs -- from small to large.

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You call, and we cook. We do romantic dinners for two or a dinner party to impress the boss or your mother-in-law. Whatever your needs are, we can help.

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Doing gourmet vegetarian options for those that want something unique and different. I gave up meat 3 months ago and have taken replacing it to a whole new level!

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I'm a personal chef who's knowledgeable in American, Asian, and Italian cuisines. I also provide ice and food art and cooking lessons.

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I am a baker and chef who loves working in pastries and cakes. I'm a culinary school graduate and an American Culinary Federation member. I'm dedicated to my craft and to your satisfaction. Let's make you something unique for your everyday life or for your special event.

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With over 20 years experience in fine dining, barbecue, mild to wild, I always deliver the freshest best products and I timely fashion. I was always taught if your grandmother wouldn't eat it then you don't deserve it.

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I offer off-premise catering. I am an in-house chef who is cooking meals for parties and social gatherings. My work is neat, and I am a lot of fun. I am very professional and have plenty of returning customers.

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Soul food cooking is my specialty. I will do other foods. I also specialize in custom cakes and desserts.

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No job is too big or too small. We cater weddings, meetings, private parties, etc. We take pride in everything that our customers request.

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I have over 27 years of food service expertise, and I provide a great service with a smile.

  • 3 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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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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