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

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  • 17 years in business
  • 267 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lori W.
Verified review

Chef Tony outdid himself with our corporate picnic! He knows his business and excels! The food was outstanding and the service excellent! Everyone attending was delightedly pleased with the catering provided. I highly recommend Chef Tony and hope to work with him again on future events.

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  • 9 years in business
  • 104 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Marcell H.
Verified review

For my particular experience with Hog day catering it was just a joy from the first response I received from Sharron the Owner. She said, I read your recommended menu; what can we do to gain your business. From that moment we had many phone calls prior do our catering date which was May 31, 2016 at the Downtown Marriot in Philiphelphia on Market St. They provided drop-off and set-up service . The most amazing part is that I coordinated with Sharron and Hog Day all the way from Hawaii and was not present the day of the meal. However I couldn’t stop receiving all the great comments of the service provided and the quality and taste of the meal, 100 % happy and when were back in Philly three years from now will Hog Day will be our caterer. I would also like to take this opportunity to express my deep apologies for the delay in our satisfaction survey. I will recommend your company to all my friends and family in the area. Best Regards Marcell H. Randall Sr. Planner

Feast Caterer
4.8
from 76 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 121 hires on Thumbtack
Erin B.
Verified review

Chef Anton did a excellent job on catering our event ! I would defiantly recommend him !

A Taste of Paradise Catering
4.9
from 51 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 61 hires on Thumbtack
Peter M.
Verified review

Working with Linda was a pleasure. We used catering for my son's graduation party. All of the food was delicious. They were prompt and courteous. Great value for all the food we got. We would definitely use them again!

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  • 2 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
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Paul S.
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Allison was a true pleasure to work with and an ultimate professional -- even more importantly, her appetizer creations for my cocktail event were deliciously devoured by my guests, each of whom asked for Allison's contact information. I should have kept her as "my secret" but Allison's skills with all-things-food is too special not to share. I will certainly use Allison again for my next catered event!

Culinary Architects
4.8
from 36 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa M.
Verified review

Culinary Architects did our holiday party and they were absolutely wonderful to work with, the food was delicious and everyone at our company loved it. I highly recommend Culinary Architects for your next catering event, you will not be disappointed.

Jerry's Kitchen
4.8
from 30 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
Saba S.
Verified review

Jerrys kitchen did a fantastic job catering for our sons graduation party - very professional courteous service and crowd pleasing food!

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  • 12 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
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Mary D.
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I have been using the services of Chef Tanya for 11 months now. She has been providing weekly dinners and some snacks twice a month for my children and I. I have 3 children which are very picky eaters and they LOVE the meals Chef Tanya prepares. In July I hosted a family reunion of 40 and I had Chef Tanya do all the food. What a spread- even homemade ice cream! Next month my brothers and I are giving our parents a "dinner for two" prepare by Chef Tanya as an anniversary gift. I know it will be fantastic. I have recommended Chef Tanya to my friends and co-workers.. Her food is so good.

D'Lish
4.8
from 21 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Aleksandar S.
Verified review

Our experience with D’Lish catering was excellent. From the first contact through menu planning and food quality we had a pleasure working with Deirdre and her team. She was working to make our birthday party memorable and the catering experience seamless. The food selection and quality was superb and we received a lot of compliments for both throughout the evening and after the event. We are already planning another event and will consider D’Lish as our first choice. Highly recommended!

Ma'idah Catering Co.
4.8
from 13 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Charlene B.
Verified review

I became acquainted with Ma'idah Catering Co. at a friend's wedding. The food was beautifully presented and the variety and tastes were awesome. So many people there were just chattering about the food! Since then, my family and others that I know have employed the Ma'idah Catering Co. for all of our affairs. We have the option of choosing our own menu from fresh goods (not canned or already processed), or to use a theme menu presented by Ma'idah. The results have been nothing short of awesome!

  • 2 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Annie T.
Verified review

STER Catering is fantastic. We had a chance to work with Chad as our Bar Tender. Our wedding’s guests give positive compliments as well. He always show up on time and very responsive. When we need to change things a little bit, he simply helped us. I would reccommend STER Catering. It is not expensive and you’ll get great service. Tu & Annie

Julio’s Mexican cuisine
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Matt A.
Verified review

We hired Julio’s Mexican Cuisine to cater our graduation party. They were easy to work with, friendly and accommodating. They were a highlight of the party not to mention their food is amazing! Definitely going to hire them in the future!

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Meyers catering
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
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LEE G.
Verified review

Wonderful first experience with Meyers Catering. They were punctual, friendly and very professional. The food was wonderful. Everyone enjoyed the food, sides and salads. We will be a repeat customer next year!

Lil Lina's Catering
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 2 years in business
Samantha F.
Verified review

Catered our office party and we couldn't be more happy. We use them every week, now!

Baldi's Barbecue & Catering
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Lynn S.
Verified review

Baldi's was fabulous. I would highly recommend them. They food was to awesome and Toni and her team were so very friendly and I will be using them again.

Jersey Girl Cafe
4.5
from 2 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Mel L.
Verified review

First off, the menu Chef Cathy put together for our international theme was perfectly balanced and diverse. The food was a hit with our guests! Working with Jersey Girl Cafe was easy and quick responses to every question. Very accommodating and I would be happy to hire them again. They were not late but not early either so if you start at 11:30 let them know you need them there by 11:15 at latest. Paper goods that came were included but don't count on it to cover your head count, buy separately.

  • 4 years in business
About

We strive for excellence to please your every sense what I enjoy most about my profession is leaving ones speechless in every bite.

About

We provide fresh flavors for all mankind. We craft personalized menus to cater to your palate. Our success is your satisfaction.

  • 11 years in business
About

That it's not a job but a passion to see people enjoying my food and excellent customer service.

About

We are a family-owned catering business that offers a variety of services to cater to your specific needs. We provide top quality foods with that home cooked flavor that our customers love.

About

I prepare meals for up to four people according to their preferences. I have a very creative flair while focusing on healthy eating.

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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