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That Food Guy Catering
4.6
from 106 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 170 hires on Thumbtack
Mary H.
Verified review

We have an annual event and needed someone new to cater our party of 70-80 people and Jerry didn't let us down. Food was plentiful and everyone left with a full tummy and loved the brownies. Jerry was very professional yet personable and on time. Food was warm and sadly at the last minute we had to move everything inside due to an influx of bees but that did not deter him. I would definitely hire him again for any event I personally would have and will encourage our club to do the same.

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Sandra's Goodies
4.9
from 73 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 89 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Therese A.
Verified review

We were so happy with the catering Sandra did for our surprise birthday party. The food was delicious! Sandra had it delivered and set up beautifully and right on time. Highly recommend.

  • 23 years in business
  • 100 hires on Thumbtack
Mary B.
Verified review

Viki's buffets are always gorgeous. She cares about her clients and will go past the extra mile so your guests will rave about the food, the display and service. You will never be disappointed if you use Its Party Time Catering

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A Wonderland Of Food
5.0
from 43 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sharon A.
Verified review

Alison and her team were a pleasure to work with! We hired Alison to cater a summer cocktail party for 60 guests at our home. Throughout the entire planning process, Alison was very helpful and responsive. She even coordinated with the rental compamy for equipment we needed for the party, which was extremely helpful. She was very flexible and was open to whatever we had in mind, including adding a couple of last minute dishes to the menu. On the day of the party she and her team arrived right on time and did a great job setting up. Throughout the event Shain the bartender and Garen the server were very professional, friendly and attentive. They did a wonderful job keeping the food and drinks coming, and the empty glasses out of the way. Alison's food was delicious! Our guests were especially raving about the mini corndogs, tuna tartare, beef tenderloin crostini, and key lime tartlets. After the party, Alison Shain and Garen did a great job cleaning up and left us with hardly anything to do. Thanks so much for helping us make our party a huge success, and we look forward to working with you again in the future!

  • 6 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Debbie S.
Verified review

I have been working w/ Two Chicks & A Rooster Catering & BBQ for the last few months. They are one of our preferred caterers at a large chuch in the Portland, Oregon area. Vicki & Teri are very a pleasure to work with. The BBQ is awesome and their food is tasty. I would recommend them for any special occasion.

Divine Catering
4.4
from 19 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
Carrie K.
Verified review

We had a very simple wedding ceremony at home, followed by an intimate catered dinner with a grand total of 11 people including me and the groom. It was greatly appreciated that staff were willing to drive all the way from Tigard to our house in Kalama, Washington. Miranda was well organized and friendly. She was quick to respond to emails and phone calls, thoroughly answering any questions we had for her. We did a food tasting prior to booking and enjoyed the food we were able to sample, although after the fact we wished we would have had the opportunity to try the coriander salmon with peach/avocado salsa since it was "award-winning". We ended up ordering it as one of our three entrees and were a bit nervous that it may end up being a little over the top for us since we usually prepare salmon very simply at home. However, we found it to be delicious. The guests were very complimentary about the dinner. I especially liked the penne pasta with mushrooms and truffle cream sauce. We were sent two caterers for our event, one to serve food and one to bartend. We provided our own alcohol for the bartender to serve, so we had ingredients and garnishes for most basic cocktails. We also provided homemade mint-infused simple syrup to add to mojitos. When the catering staff showed up on the wedding day, the staff member designated as our bartender confided that she was very nervous since she had not bartended in about 30 years. She did not know how to make basic cocktails, which surprised us a little, but she was very friendly and accommodating, and used a flip book of recipes for guidance. The groom pointed out the mint simple syrup in the fridge while the bartender was setting up for the event and explained to her that it was for the mojitos. When I took a sip of the first mojito I ordered that evening, it was extremely strong since it had no simple syrup and just a splash of club soda. The bartender was more than happy to add the simple syrup and a bit more club soda at my request, which made it taste great. I was a bit worried about how my guests' drinks might be tasting, but didn't hear any complaints. The bartender was hard working and personable with the guests. We provided our own coffee to be served at the event. However, the grounds we had were either too course for the catering company's percolator or the measurement was off, because the coffee poured out looking more like dilute tea. We ended up making coffee for our guests with our French press. The catering van pulled into the garage and remained parked there in order to load the food and supplies into our house. The garage is the first thing one sees when he or she is driving up our long, winding gravel driveway. The groom asked staff if they could please shut the garage door once they were inside so that guests would be prompted to use the walkway around the side of the house and enter from the entrance rather than through the garage and laundry room. The garage door was never shut, so all of the guests came in this way. It wasn't a huge deal, but it wasn't as visually appealing. Overall, we were happy with the way our wedding dinner turned out and found the staff at Divine Catering to be very friendly. I may have decided not to purchase a bartending package had I known that we would be provided with an inexperienced bartender, but the evening still turned out well regardless.

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  • 2 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Hailey M.
Verified review

Alison made everything so easy! She was very accommodating to our budget, and put together a delicious dinner for our office party. We went with the BBQ dinner, and I'm still dreaming about that grilled garlic chicken! Alison even made a special gluten free cupcake for our one gluten free employee. It's obvious that she loves what she does and really cares about creating a good experience for her customers. We will definitely be ordering from her again.

Beets Catering
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Nicole B.
Verified review

Working with Beets the first time was incredible but the second time exceeded our expectations. We had a huge dinner/cocktail party which required appetizers, dinner, and cocktails for 150 people. Chrisetta and her team made everything appear to be effortless. The food was delicious, the decor was exquisite, and her charismatic personality had the party in stitches! I'm totally a fan and will be calling Beets for all my company's catering needs...and personal.

Michelle Tim H.
Verified review

Joslyn catered a wedding for a friend of ours. She was punctual and professional with a calming warm presence amidst the hectic festivities . The food was outstanding! She was confined by a restrictive budget yet the food excelled our expectations. She worked tirelessly throughout the ceremony and reception to make sure everything went smoothly. The food presentation was beautiful and appetizing. We can't think how we would improve our experience with her service. We recommend you to experience her food catering service yourself!

Diversity Cafe & Catering
4.0
from 11 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Skip F.
Verified review

We had a private party with 25 people. The food was delivered on time. The presentation and taste was great and full fulfilled our expectations. Thank you Diversity!

Teri h Catering
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 25 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Amanda L.
Verified review

I highly recommend!! The food was awesome, the staff was friendly! They went out of their way to accommodate me and my guests. We had a party of 30 and everyone raved about the food and service. Many have asked for her contact information. We will definitely be calling on Teri H again! Thank you I just cannot say enough good things about our experience!

  • 4 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Paige T.
Verified review

I hosted a birthday party for my father's 79th and it was catered by Elaine and Austin. They brought a roasted turkey (also brined, rubbed and basted with herbed butter) with garlic mashed potatoes, gravy and veggies. Everyone loved the food, especially my dad. Everything was hot, ready to serve, right on time and delicious! Prices were very reasonable too!! I will definitely hire them again.

Art de Cuisine Catering LLC
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Christie S.
Verified review

We hired Art de Cuisine for our new start-up business launch party January of 2017. From the very early planning stages of our event, Art de Cuisine offered priceless suggestions/ideas for our event to come. The day of the event, we were very pleased as not only did the food look amazing, but it was all so delicious! We actually received several compliments from our guests weeks after the event....about the food! The entire Art de Cuisine team was very professional, efficient and top notch and all the food tables/food presentations were beautifully dressed. Without a doubt we will use Art de Cuisine again and again for our future catering needs!

Fork It Catering
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Tania F.
Verified review

Ron from Fork It Catering catered for my daughter's 10th birthday party which had 50 guests. He did a great job overall! Arrived on time, set everything up hassle free and was very professional and courteous. The food was great and all the guests enjoyed the buffet selection prepared by Fork It. Will definitely recommend their services for your event.

Coco Catering Co.
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Will W.
Verified review

Zoe was professional and very hospitable. She blended in very well with the home-based party. The food was stupendous and well-paired. The appetizers were intricate and well presented, while the main course was magnificently simple. My guests raved about the desserts, especially the warm toffee cake with eggnog ice cream that Zoe prepared. We will very likely ask Zoe to cater next years party.

Eats Creative Cuisine
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 16 years in business
Freya K.
Verified review

Paul just catered mine and a friend's multi day birthday party. He prepared three WONDERFUL meals three days in a row. As a long time friend of ours he was incredible at balancing his responsibilities as caterer (which I assure you he took very seriously) with his ability to have fun with the group!! The meals were all meticulously made and served just when the group was getting antsy. Seriously, his menu was beautiful and delicious. I would highly suggest you give him a shout. Ps he has experience with carnivores, vegetarians, and vegans so don't be worried about that!!

Wishing Wells Productions
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Bubba Dave P.
Verified review

Rick Browne's expertise in all facets of cooking are outstanding, but are particularly impressive in all things related to BBQ. By that, I mean grilling, smoking, and the preparation of foods being considered. He blends experience developed over years to create classics, from Baked Alaska for intimate dinner parties of 25 guests, to smoking a suckling pig on an indirect smoker to serve 200 people. Well versed in kitchen technique, he is an astute chef that has a very rare recognition degree of a Doctorate in BBQ from some prestigious societies in the trade. RIck is an engaging conversationalist at every event I have been a part of with him, espousing his knowledge of food and wine pairings to the guests enjoyment.

Coin Operated Boy LLC
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Monique V.
Verified review

Stephanie and Tamisha were just the best! We just loved meeting them and having them cater our little dinner party. They were professional and flexible to our needs. I would definitely recommend them and use their services again in the future.

Custom Cuisine
5.0
from 1 review
  • 8 years in business
Clare G.
Verified review

Bree was great to work with and the food was amazing! Everyone at our party commmented on how tasty everything was! I would (and have already) recommend Bree to anyone.

MF Tasty

New To Thumbtack

    About

    MF Tasty started as an underground supper club but has expanded to private parties, catered events, and personal chef solutions, catering to our clients' needs.

    About

    I provide private dinner parties up to 15-20 guests, and also cocktail and office parties. I have worked for very exclusive clientele.

    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.

    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.
    Hire skilled professionals for absolutely everything.