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Harrisburg Food Service Consultants

Browse these food service consultants with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Harrisburg.

  • 6 years in business
  • 305 hires on Thumbtack
Larry F.
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Mike Miranda had good pre-event communications, arrived the day before to set up, was onsite very early to get started on event day, was able to accommodate our needs for two separate food service areas on a large property and he stayed all day until the event (Auction) was over for our customers. I would Hire him again!

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Stone Hill Catering
5.0
from 44 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 70 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sharon A.
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Stone Hill Catering did a fantastic job for my daughter's wedding!! Many of the guests at the wedding commented on the how delicious the food was. Their service was excellent as well! They made the meal portion of the reception totally carefree for us. We literally didn't need to give it a thought! I would highly recommend them for any catering event! My husband and I would not hesitate to call upon them in the future for any event we might have. The food and service were over the top at a reasonable price!

DuJour Catering
4.4
from 33 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 55 hires on Thumbtack
Leif K.
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I was able to plan a micro party with dujour. Cindy was an excellent resource for suggesting the food and services that dujour could provide and accommodated all my micro party needs. Jim delivered on time and set-up and removed the food professionally. Jim was excellent at accommodating my friends and making them feel welcome to the food and drinks. I would recommend their services and would hire dujour again.

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Savory Occasions Catering
4.8
from 20 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jesssica B.
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The owner and staff were so friendly and accommodating to any of our special requests. The food was absolutely delicious. I was impressed with the wide range of meal-type packages and reasonable prices.

  • 33 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Robin G.
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Pierce Catering did a great job with an 80th birthday party buffet for 60 people. Food was good, display/setup was very nice, service was very good. They used our church kitchen to serve out of, and it was immaculate when they left. Had some trouble getting the contract and meeting up with them, but all worked out in the end.

3 Tables Catering
4.9
from 7 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Talon K.
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I can't say enough about how AMAZING our experience was with 3 Tables Catering 7 Food Truck. The food was fantastic and the price was great. I cannot recommend them enough to do them justice. One bite from their food and you will agree! Thank you for helping us make our day great!!

Breaking Bread
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Amanda M.
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Sherrill will provide you with an affordable, delicious and lovingly prepared catering experience. Food for my baby shower pleased all my guests and was beautiful!

Big Fat Daddy's
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 36 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
James F.
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The Big Fat Daddy's team did a great job making sure everything was in place prior to the event. The day of, they were there early and did a great job setting up and delivering delicious food at a reasonable price.

Cakes and Thangs
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Alison A.
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She has done a event for me and the food was excellent. My favorite was the strawberry shortcake it's was delicious!!!i

  • 1 year in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Ashley G.
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Delicious food and wonderful customer service!!

Max & Jen Catering
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Angelica M.
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We hosted a birthday dinner for 10 people and hired Jen and Max for a private dinner. Jen and Max were amazing!!! The food and service was outstanding! We were served a 5 course dinner with wine pairing, all our guest cannot stop expressing how great dinner was. We will definitely be using Jen and Max again!

Jenny C.
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Working with Classic Cuisine and Kara for my wedding was so absolutely wonderful and the food was EXCELENT. The service is so proffessional (they went above and beyond), but my family and I were taken care of like it was personal. And I cant say enough about the presentation. Breathtaking. Kara made everything go so smoothly, I never worried about a single thing and she was always available to answer all my questions. LOVED having them!!!! I definitely recomend them

Andrea D.
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I was very impressed with the service I received from Wooden Spoon. I was not expecting the uniqueness they provided to my sisters party. They created a specific theme and really catered to everything I had wanted and much more. I would highly recommend Wooden Spoon Bakery and Catering. The cake she made was amazing. Any thing you can think of she can make. I still haven't heard the end of how good the food was from family and friends that attended.

Cooked By An Angel
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 5 years in business
TL B.
Verified review

Angel is a wonderful cook. He has attention to detail and compliments all his food with the perfect wine pairing. I would definitely use him again for our dinner parties and events.

About

Our mission is to prepare and serve the best-tasting grilled foods with the finest ingredients using custom cut meats, locally grown produce, and the freshest seafood. We will cook what you want to eat. Enjoy the party! We provide services in company picnics, tailgates, private parties, festivals, reunions, and personal party chefs. We offer award-winning grillers of choice beef, pork, seafood, and chicken specializing in grilled meats.

  • 19 years in business
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EXCELLENT FAST SERVICE ,EXCELLENT FOOD QUALITY, ALWAYS REASONABLE PRICES .........AND ABOVE PERSONAL PRIDE OF ALL FOOD SERVED AND PREPARED..NO B.S. HERE JUST A SINCERE PERSON. THE CUSTOMER MUST ALWAYS BE PLEASED .......

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We have an ice cream and snowball truck, as well as a food trailer. We cater to all ages from young to old. We do all types of events.

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I provide great-tasting meals for people who like a little flavor in their lives. I do breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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I have a subway, Chester chicken, plus a full menu option. I have the ability to do so much more in the catering line -- meetings, parties and more. I deliver and set up, serve (if needed), tear down and clean up. I come with many great recommendations.

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I provide the following: * Salads * Take-home meals (ready to eat or bake) * Specialty items * Desserts * Lunch * Meats * Cheeses

About

I provide catering for home delivery, restaurant, and food service consulting. I work with individuals or groups to create great dining experiences, with extensive chef and restaurant ownership background.

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.
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