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  • 17 years in business
  • 263 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Alvin O.
Verified review

I would highly recommend Chef Tony to anyone looking for a unique and wonderful dining experience. I surprised my wife with a birthday weekend getaway for herself and 5 of her friends. They all have very unique food needs and preferences varying from food allergies to vegan and just about everything in between. They also all have a taste for high quality, well cooked food. I expressed to Chef Tony all the needs of the dietary my wife and her friends as well as all of my concerns. He put my concerns at ease. The event as to take place in a hotel suite that I had reserved for the ladies. The day before the scheduled event, the hotel told they that they had changed their mind and I could not have Chef Tony cook in their hotel, but would need to use their caterer if I wanted to have such an event. At the very last moment I had to inform Chef Tony of a change in location because of this hotels last minute policy change. Chef Tony readily switched the event to the new location without a complaint or a hitch. The ladies had a 5 course meal with wine pairings for each course. I have heard nothing but great reviews from each of the ladies about their experience. Although we are currently in the midst of a record breaking low temperature winter here in PA, the women were blown away by how fresh and flavorful the fruits and vegetables were in each course. They raved about the fresh crab and perfectly cooked lobster he had prepared for them. One of my wife's friends had an additional food allergy that I was unaware of and therefore had not communicated to Chef Tony. He served a soup that she could not eat. Chef Tony took the soup away and without hesitation, prepared an entirely new entree, plated, and served it to her before the other women finished her soup. And she reports that her new entree was so tasty and well prepared she could not believe that it was not something that he had previously planned on cooking for them. Finally, the ladies were all grateful to learn a great deal about multiple wines and wine pairing. They all ended the evening full and completely satisfied and raving about their dining experience with Chef Tony. In any future engagements that I have requiring a chef, I will be sure to contact Chef Tony without a doubt!

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

Simply amazing. The good quality and taste was amazing. Use this caterer forget the rest

Feast Caterer
4.8
from 72 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 117 hires on Thumbtack
Chloe M.
Verified review

Chef Anton was incredibly helpful working with our team to put together the ideal menu. He answered all questions morning, noon, and night. Our event was outdoors and he was able to provide us with everything from tables and chairs to tents, which kept us dry in the last minute change in weather. We can't thank Feast enough for providing a hungry crew a meal they will never forgot. His hospitaitlty was above and beyond what we could have imagined!

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

Paradise does all my catering events. If you want excellent homemade italian food there's no one better than Paradise. Along with good food they do everything to make your event go smoothly. They are so professional and eager to please. Oh let's not forget the owner Linda who is a wonderful baker too. Please when your looking for a good caterer please call Pardise! You won't be disappointed, I guarantee it!

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  • 2 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Andrea R.
Verified review

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.

Culinary Architects
4.8
from 36 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Kathryn R.
Verified review

I worked with Chef Jim to have a week of dinners catered for my team when we were in Wilmington for a trial. I actually reached out to him for another team first, only to have our case settle at the last minute. With that said, Chef Jim was flexible and we just moved our menu to the next group arriving a few weeks later. He was great about tailoring the menu to my request for healthy but tasty and we didn't miss the fat in any of the dishes we tried (normally we work out of hotels and use their in-house caterers, which means lots of heavy food with LOTS of fat and calories). With Chef Jim, we got lots of spices and flavors but didn't feel weighted down at the end of the meal. Chef Jim was punctual in getting everything set up and then returning later to tear everything down. I will definitely reach out to him for another menu next time I have a team in Wilmington.

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

Excellent customer service, great food, very easy to work with in setting up the event!

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

Top Pro
  • 12 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Harold S.
Verified review

Fabulous food. Guests raved all evening. Excellent staff both serving and bar tending. Tanya handled everything well and is an excellent chef. I'd be happy to, and hope to, use her again.

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Bon Appetina Catering
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Paola B.
Verified review

Tina and her girls catered my 45th Birthday got over 70 people. We have used other caterers in the past and I can say for certain that her food was by far the most delicious we ever had! Creespy pancetta with goat cheese, lasagna cups, shrimp tostadas, curry tarts, sweet potato sliders were just a few a my favorites. Not too mention herself and her staff were amazing. She truly made this Birthday Celebration one of the best parties we ever had! Thank you Tina!!!!

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!

Camille's Homestyle Catering
4.8
from 20 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Dana D.
Verified review

Five Stars for Camille!!!!! I hired Camille to cater my son's High School graduation party. We decided on a BBQ menu and it couldn't have been more delicious! Her Pulled Pork is perfectly saucy and succulent, Boneless Southern Fried Chicken had a buttermilk tang and was so tender. I urge you to add her Southern Green Beans and Creamed Corn to adorn these Main Courses. I along with my guests give Camille rave reviews and recommend her highly! She is now my go to caterer! Camille.....thank you for sharing your culinary talents and I wish you much success!!!

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

i recently used this catering company for a family event.The food was amazing and had family and friends wanting more, i cant wait for the next big event to use this company again.

Comfort Cravings
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Anonymous N.
Verified review

Non-cooker that I am, I was in search of a wholesome DIY pasta/meat/vegetable/cheese casserole to take to work for lunch that was actually a healthy alternative to the countless pre-packaged supermarket offerings that contain excessive amounts of sodium and preservatives. That’s when Tameka came to my rescue. She was patient with me during her instruction as I worked my way through the process. OMG—the casserole tasted fabulous. Many thanks Chef & be assured that your number is now on speed-dial.

Enjoi Catering
4.8
from 9 reviews
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Quanda S.
Verified review

I give two thumbs up for Enjoi Catering! I made a last minute decision to throw an Anniversary Party For My In-laws and Enjoi Catering came through for me and I was able to concentrate on my guest list and decorations. I gave them my request and They handled everything else. I was even able to sample my menu. My Menu consisted of Lamb Chops, Asparagus, Lobster Maccaroni, Crab Cakes and Shrimp Salad. Everything was delicious. With the Holidays coming up I'll definitely be in touch with Enjoi Catering. 👍👍

  • 2 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Ty S.
Verified review

Chaad and his team are truly amazing. Recently, I had a hip hop 80’s party, and each time I begin to feel stressed, Chaad and his team jumped in to make sure everything went smoothly as planned. Amongst all of the catering companies I’ve contacted, Ster Catering was the only one who provided samples of the foods I wanted served at my party. This is a huge plus and I wish other catering companies offered this option. On the day of my event, Chaad and his team arrived early. They assisted with decorating (which they did not have to do). They also provided great food and drinks which everyone loved. I highly recommend Ster Catering and I would definitely hire Chaad and his team for another event.

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

Food was delicious! He was prompt, polite, worked hard and was great with the customers. We highly recommend Julio’s Mexican Cuisine!!!

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Meyers catering
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jesse A.
Verified review

Good experience.. Food arrived in time, food was still hot (we're located an hour away). My staff thought the food was very good (we chose the chicken parm, ribs, shrimp scampi, and salmon filet along with some sides)... The brownies were great, cookies a bit on the hard side. We'd use this caterer again.

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.

The Couch Tomato - Catering
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Riley B.
Verified review

The Couch Tomato was just what needed when we wanted our lunch catered in our office. They were great at communicating with us when we called to ask questions and provided us with a delicious and healthy lunch. They were on time and set up our lunch in a timely matter. The delivery driver was very nice and answered any questions we had. I would HIGHLY recommend them for your next catering need!!

Red Door Catering
5.0
from 1 review
    Jonah Adamcik
    Verified review

    Quality ingredients and enthusiastic staff make every experience unforgettable.

    Q & A

    Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

    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.

    How much should catering cost per person?

    Catering prices can range from about $10 per guest on the low end to $150 or more per person on the high end. Catering costs represent the quality of food, presentation, variety, ingredients and service. But catering prices are more than the cost to cook the food that will be at your party; they also include the cost for the company to do business. Here is a simple breakdown of catering prices:

    • Menu: The food you serve your guests will directly affect the price per person. Organic ingredients, complex recipes, elaborate presentations, or high-ticket items like lobster or filet mignon all add to the cost.
    • Service: Buffet, family style, plated dinners — how you serve the food affects the cost per person. For example, a true plated meal can cost about twice the price of a staff-assisted buffet because of staffing costs. Hiring waiters, bartenders and cleanup crew will all be calculated into the per-person catering price.
    • Drinks: Providing beverages and alcoholic drinks for guests greatly increases your catering budget. Hosting an open bar can cost as much per person as the meal.
    • Rentals: Seating, plates, glassware, etc., will all have an effect on the cost per person for catering. For example, a plastic conference table that seats 10 costs about $6 to rent on average, while a wooden farmhouse table is about $80 to rent on average.
    • Business costs: Any catering cost will also include the cost for the company to do business such as insurance, employee wages, commercial kitchen space and more.
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