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Lancaster Holiday Caterers

Browse these holiday caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Lancaster.

  • 6 years in business
  • 305 hires on Thumbtack
Rhonda L.
Verified review

Mike was quick to respond from the beginning. We had other caterers that we were looking at for our wedding, but something kept drawing us to Miranda Catering. At first we thought because the prices were much lower than others, that the food may not be what we were looking for. It was everything that we wanted and he worked with us on choosing the menu. They even brought food to taste test to our home. They were great to work with and would recommend them for any occasion. Thanks so much for making our special day memorable.

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Stone Hill Catering
5.0
from 44 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 70 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Angela J.
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Melissa and her team did a fantastic job catering our wedding. They were professional in every sense and helped with everything! They even offered to restock our cookie table when it was running low which was not expected. They were awesome and we will use them again!

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  • 2 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Andrea R.
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Allison has worked with me on many occasions teaching me the necessary tools to become a good cook. I felt very comfortable learning even the most basic skill such as using a knife properly, making simple and some not so simple sauces and also learning to put a menu together for a dinner party. I can say she is extremely patient, knowledgeable, and very talented. She really makes cooking, and creating delicious masterpieces look so easy. I've used Allison as a caterer for many different occasions. It's amazing to watch her make gormet dishes with ease for crowds of 12 or 100. She was a professional from start to finish and left my house as clean as she found it. Thanks Allison, I'm more comfortable in the kitchen however, I'm still going to use you for when I really want to impress family and friends.

John's Catering and Cookery
4.9
from 32 reviews
  • 30 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
Jessica M.
Verified review

John's was the caterer for my wedding last year. I'm not kidding when I tell you that people still to this day when I see them discuss the food at my wedding. not only were his prices better than most of the caterers I looked at and Berks/Schuylkill County and by the way johns does travel, but the food was outstanding. In fact people were swiping my food to take home. If you are having any gathering of people that love food you can't go wrong with John's. In fact I just might make the drive up this week for dinner..

DuJour Catering
4.4
from 33 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 55 hires on Thumbtack
Jess D.
Verified review

Jim & Cindy were such a great find for our May wedding! Cindy helped alleviate a lot of stress and questions I had, especially since I’m not in the wedding industry, and really helped me out with her tips and tricks! After speaking with a few other "big" caterers, talking to Cindy felt so personal and attentive. She really took the time during my initial phone call to get to know what I was looking for, our price point, what we were like as a couple, and what I was hoping for from our day. Phone calls seemed to be the best way to get into contact with either of them, as opposed to email or social media, which was fine with me. Since we went with Shady Maple for our cake, they even picked it up on their way, which was a huge help! Our venue had very strict rules, and they were willing to negotiate a fair price so that we could use their services, but still abide by the venue. On the day of the wedding, Jim and Cindy were great! The food was amazing, they helped break down at the end of the night, and really went above and beyond. I’m so happy we went with DuJour!!

  • 10 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Angela B.
Verified review

We really liked S&B's set up at our wedding to make it a beautiful reception! The staff were friendly and very professional. Sodiah was especially flexible with the plans and easy to work with which helped to make the day go perfectly. The food was also great! We are thankful that they were our caterers and would recommend them to others.

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Savory Occasions Catering
4.8
from 20 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
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Heather S.
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Heather at Savory Occasions has been amazing! I am planning a wedding across the country and she has been so amazing and accomadating down to every menu detail!

  • 5 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Tim W.
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Soleia's catered a graduation party for us recently for about 50 people. They did a wonderful job from nuts to bolts, visiting our home beforehand to see where and how they would lay things out, bringing staff to assist in setup both with their food and equipment and our decorations. That was a welcome surprise. The food was delicious and we received a lot of compliments about the catering. The cake that she baked was wonderful and again many compliments. They went out of their way to make everyone happy and worked very hard while they were there. We ate leftovers for a week! They also arranged for a tent, tables and chairs because I wasn't sure about the weather and I had many people tell me it was a perfect event. Overall, they did a wonderful job and I would highly recommend them.

The Savory Chef
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Vicky M.
Verified review

Colleen is my "go to" when I need delicious, healthy food made from the fresh produce from our garden. We have utilized her services for dinners, cooking demonstrations and birthday parties. Her calm and pleasant demeanor take the stress out of any situation. She will make whatever you ask-to your specifications. Or, if you don't have any specifications she will figure out just what you need. Everything she has prepared for us has been incredibly delicious. She is extremely professional and versatile, possessing the culinary skills to prepare fabulous meals fit for foodies or for those who just want a good old-fashioned meal. We encourage you to give her a try, you won't be disappointed.

  • 2 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Jessica P.
Verified review

Chaad is not only an incredible chef, but an incredible person! He has made some of the best food we have ever had and all of our wedding guests thought his food & staff were incredible. He is understanding and price is on point. I would recommend him to anyone & everyone.

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Meyers catering
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
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Veronica N.
Verified review

I ordered a breakfast from Meyers catering. The food was great, it arrived hot and on time. Everything about their service was excellent from beginning to end.

Big Fat Daddy's
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 36 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
James F.
Verified review

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.

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.

Catering by Wendy
5.0
from 2 reviews
    Franee T.
    Verified review

    Let me start off by saying, no matter what Wendy puts her hands on its always amazing and so delicious. Her homemade peanut better eggs, and chocolate chip cookies are to die for. I now turn my nose up to store bought cookies or peanut butter eggs. If you haven't been blessed with her yummy food , your are missing out. I do not have any pictures to post because that's how long they last at my house.

    About

    Cooking large portions of food for people has been something that I've come to love to do for many years! It always warmed my heart to see my family and friends eat and have a good time enjoying each other's company at a dinner table filled with food that I've prepared. Cooking is more of a passion to me, although I've never gone to culinary school. Yum's the Word Catering and Delivery is intended to feed families a heartfelt, stomach filled, satisfying meal. The passion I place into my cooking transpires in my dishes because I will only cook what I know my family would personally enjoy!

    About

    We offer food for all occasions and menus designed to clients needs I can cook for parties, from 1 to 100 people , I have over 35 years of cooking experience.

    About

    Our food is always prepared from the finest ingredients and we use as much as we can from the local farmers and organic if possible. We have been family owned and operated for over 20 years. The owner is also an Award Winning Executive Chef.

    About

    We dedicated to making your event perfect.

    • 2 years in business
    About

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    I am an executive chef with 20 years of experience in all aspects of the kitchen, specializing in taking local ingredients and applying world influences to them. I offer a very eclectic mix of foods and cooking methods.

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    I provide the best catering service you will ever experience in a lifetime. I put everything I have into every dish I make. I come with a background of the food industry. I've worked with some of the best chefs I've ever known and learned a lot from each one of them. Now, here I am.

    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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