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Philadelphia Food Service Professionals

Browse these food service professionals with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Philadelphia.

Top Pro
  • 17 years in business
  • 256 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Teresa W.
Verified review

My husband and I were very very pleased with Chef Tony, we were very happy with his services and food. We are looking at our calendars to set up another time in which we can bring him back. Best Chef ever. Thanks Chef Tony

Top Pro
  • 9 years in business
  • 103 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jenna G.
Verified review

I loved working with Shannon and I look forward to hosting another event so we can work together again. I felt so confident that they had everything covered! We chose to serve the following: Apps: bacon wrapped scallops, shrimp & avocado cups, caprese sticks, antipasti sticks, bruschetta Mains & sides: lean brisket, chipotle sweet potato mash, Mexican street corn, chicken stuffed with mozzarella RRP and Prosciutto, pesto tortellini, grilled veg with balsamic drizzle and crabcakes. People are still talking about the food. I believe firmly that the food is a HIGHLY important factor at any event and can make an event memorable. We were thrilled with the food and service Hog Day provided.

Feast Caterer
4.9
from 69 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 111 hires on Thumbtack
Kahreem C.
Verified review

Anton and his Team help make our family Thanksgiving relaxing and the food and services was great!!

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

They were responsive and provided quality food and service for a reasonable price. All in all, excellent.

Top Pro
  • 2 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sabrina S.
Verified review

Allison made the food for my 30th birthday. She had to prepare for 20 people. She was amazing and walked through my kitchen like she had cooked here a million times! The food was amazing and guests complimented it all day! Would certainly use her again!

Jerry's Kitchen
4.8
from 29 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
Brittany D.
Verified review

They were on time, friendly and professional. The food was great and everything worked out well the truck the employees were excellent!!

  • 10 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Finley T.
Verified review

They delivered what they promised. Wonderful food, service and presentation. Could not ask for more.

  • 9 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Clarence E.
Verified review

We at Mitchell Lodge is very pleased with the service and the food that we are getting from Chef Jay . His food is a lot better than some of the caters that we have tried both cheaper and more expensive . I give him a all star rating Clarence Engler

Top Pro
  • 12 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mary D.
Verified review

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.

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Gord's Yo' Dawg Food Cart
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Megan L.
Verified review

They arrived late which made them late with the time they were supposed to start serving the food, so the guys had to wait a bit longer than planned. They also forgot to bring the fries so we weren't able to serve them on the menu as planned. Other than that the food and service was good.

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

I have been to quite a few events that were catered by Huda. The food was great, plating and creativity superb!

Rita's on Wheels
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 24 years in business
Lana N.
Verified review

We used them for a company event that included employees and their families. We had several food trucks. Rita's was excellent, offered a great variety of options, was well received by all the attendees and a crowd favorite. Dan was easy to work with and very professional.

  • 5 years in business
Keenya C.
Verified review

I love the attention to detail , quality of food and service

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Meyers catering
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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.

Lazy Susan Kitchen
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Cynthia N.
Verified review

Donna/ Lazy Susan is an outstanding caterer/chef. She has catered several events for me from large cocktail parties, small dinner parties, to family gatherings. With each event, Donna has offered several interesting menus from which to pick. As a chef, she is flexible and willing to adjust her menus so that they fit your exact needs and wants. Donna is so pleasant to work with and extremely organized. But most importantly, her food is delicious. I never want her meals to end and at every party I have hosted, my friends and family fave about the food. Triple thumbs up for Lazy Susan!!

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

They showed up on time and thought of everything! The food was unmatched and absolutely delicious. My family and friends are still talking about the quality and service. This was an excellent experience and I’d recommend them to anyone!

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

Toni and her family and staff made our event wonderful. We were serving about 60 friends at our home and the food was fabulous and plentiful. Toni worked with me to plan exactly the type of event I had hoped for. Her staff were professional and personable and really made the evening special.

  • 14 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Karen J.
Verified review

They were very professional and the food was amazing. I have recommended them to a few of my friends and they all have booked them for their upcoming events. Josette also works with your budget but what made me choose her company was for the work they do for special needs children and their families. She turned her lost into something positive. Keep up the great work

Luna Cooking
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Virginia R.
Verified review

We needed help with food preparation when I needed surgery. Matt has good menu choices, and the price is quite reasonable. He delivered some great food on Tuesday and we are really looking forward to continued food deliveries from Luna Cooking.

Chef Keith Ahern
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Melissa S.
Verified review

We recently had Chef Keith cook for a private dinner we hosted for our friends and family. I cannot say enough about how amazing the food and experience was! The ingredients were fresh and we loved each and every dish - especially the crab and corn ravioli. Chef Keith was so professional and friendly! Delicious food and a lot of laughs! We really had a wonderful evening. Thank you Chef!

Doug Brown Catering
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Lori O.
Verified review

Chef Doug has cooked for me on several occasions. He has a wealth of food knowledge and experience. He is timely, tidy, and professional. Pictured below is a salad with pickled strawberries, grilled chicken, dandelion greens, Gorgonzola, strawberry vinegarette. The other is monkfish on rice with a side of sea beans and accented with lemon zest.

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.

Actual Requests

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Need a Personal Chef

Philadelphia, PA

  • Meals needed
    Dinner, Dessert
  • Interested in the following cuisine
  • Will the chef provide alcohol?
    No, the chef does not need to provide alcohol
  • Budget per head
  • Details
    Valentines dinner
  • $159.25
    Average price

Need personal chef services

Philadelphia, PA

  • Meals needed
    Lunch, Dinner
  • Interested in the following cuisine
  • Will the chef provide alcohol?
    No, the chef does not need to provide alcohol
  • Budget per head
  • Details
    looking to lose weight my daily meals should not exceed 1600 calories

Need a Personal Chef (Ongoing)

Philadelphia, PA

  • Meal preparation frequency
    A few times a week
  • Meals needed
    Lunch, Dinner
  • Head count
    2
  • Dietary restrictions, allergies, and preferences
    No dietary restrictions
  • Day(s) needed
    Monday, Wednesday, Friday
  • Time(s) needed
    Early afternoon (noon-3pm)
  • Details
    Looking for someone to prepare and package individual lunch/dinner meals a few times a week.
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