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Altoona Caterers

Browse these catering services with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Altoona.

World's Fare Catering
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Chris H.
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Every chance I'm able to eat with World's Fare Catering - whether their food truck or a catered event - I take it. The food is always excellent! A wide variety of choices, fresh food, great presentation, plus personal service. They take the time to design customized menus, which I really appreciate. They are the best caterer in town.

Pagano's Catering
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Stefano A.
Verified review

Definitely a far cry from the “firehall “ catering usually found in this area. Fresh, innovative and delicious. I wont be calling anyone else after enjoying this level of quality at such a reasonable cost.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Arlene K.
Verified review

I have absolutely no complaints! The girls at Glam Gal Studios are the best! From our very first meeting in their beautiful lounge, I knew that my event was in the very best hands! From their own event space, to beautiful decor and yummy event catering, Glam Gal Studios has it all!

PRESS bistro
5.0
from 1 review
  • 6 years in business
Katie T.
Verified review

Fantastic beer dinners! We are always impressed with the food and beer pairings! My husband has tried so many different foods that he otherwise would never try!

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I cater weddings, graduations, or any other types of parties on the side. I am a Chef with over 20 years of experience, and I love what I do.

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We offer BBQ and do hog roasts with all wood, no propane is used. We also cater for weddings, graduations, company parties, retirements or any occasion. We do chicken, brisket, pulled pork or other meat upon request. We have a list of sides on our website, and we do any other sides upon request. We also offer deejaying.

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We do tea parties, birthday, red hat teas, dinners, music entertaining (piano and voice), bridal showers, wedding receptions, vow renewals, specialty catering at your location (tea parties only), retirement home catering and little lady birthday parties.

  • 3 years in business
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Catering unique and specialized events is our specialty and we will take your vision and create a complete guest experience.

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I will provide food service for wedding parties, graduations, etc. I can also serve fine and casual dining. I can even provide meals for private functions. I am very reasonable!

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We provide catering and food services for any occasion. From two to 200, we can cater your event at a fair price.

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We offer full, on-site catering. We service corporate meetings, bridal and baby showers, weddings, funeral dinners, BBQs, picnics, and family reunions! We have over 30 years' experience in the restaurant and catering business.

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Stepping into the catering scene, Chef Mickala is taking Central PA's taste buds on a gastronomical adventure! Her background in Premier Culinary Arts and her roots in small town Pennsylvania combine to bring you a savory experience that can't be beat.

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I offer a private catering service at your home or at a venue. I can cook many styles of food for any occasion. I use great ingredients and have very competitive pricing.

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We cater any events, small and large. Our catering business is the best in town. We have great pricing; we will do everything for you to make every event great.

  • 5 years in business
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We specialized wood smoked meats, with great secret seasonings. That will melt in your mouth. We are a family owned company, with family style meals. and catering to all your needs..

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I'm a restaurateur who has a restaurant and catering business and also has a weekly informative educational food column. I am a guest speaker at college-level business classes, as well as teach food lessons.

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We offer party, catering and bartending services. We set up music, clean, cook meal and do the preparation. We also offer cooking lessons.

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We provide catering of daily meals. All foods are homemade. We cater all kinds of events, from brunches to theme meals and sit-down dinners, buffets and weddings.

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Rotelli has been named the best Italian restaurant in state college for the last 7 years in a row. We cater any occasion, including business meetings, rehearsal dinners, weddings, and more. Have your party at the restaurant or we will come to you.

  • 12 years in business
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Here at Family Catering, there is no occasion that is too big or too small. We cater weddings, birthdays, reunions, rehearsal dinners, funerals, staff meetings, and christenings. Bartender and DJ services are available from classic entertainment.

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We are specializing in unique food ideas and great presentation, with exceptional customer service to make your event something everyone will remember.

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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