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  • 17 years in business
  • 251 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
4.9
from 66 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 102 hires on Thumbtack
Jessica W.
Verified review

We hired Anton for my grandmother's 90th birthday dinner and everything was great! We couldn't have asked for a better experience.

A Taste of Paradise Catering
4.9
from 50 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 60 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
  • 38 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.

  • 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.

Jerry's Kitchen
4.8
from 27 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 55 hires on Thumbtack
Zoe P.
Verified review

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

Top Pro
  • 12 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Harold S.
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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 23 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Louise B.
Verified review

I LOVE Bon Appetina Catering. The food is amazing and reasonably priced. She responds very quickly to an online order or even a phone call. The chicken turnovers are Amazing!! She is very willing to work any person to create a affordable menu.Have had many items and have never been disappointed!

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
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.

Tasty Table Catering
4.8
from 13 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

Prompt and courteous responses from the staff. Very responsive to needs. Servers were not as experienced as those from other caterers I've used, but their enthusiasm helped cover the inexperience.

The Little Sicilian
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Bobby S.
Verified review

Vince and The Little Sicilian did a great job catering my son's birthday party. The food was absolutely delicious. We had pizza, riceballs and dessert and the price was very reasonable compared to other quotes I got. They showed up on time and prepared to serve everyone. We will definitely have them back at some point again!

Bee&Jay Catering
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 10 years in business
Syreeta P.
Verified review

We hired beeandjay’s catering for our wedding and I must say we were very pleased with how professional they were. We were also very grateful that they allowed us to have a hand in our menu choice. All the other catering companies we called had menu choices for us to pick from and it was things I nor my husband ate. Beeandjay’s catering was understanding of any changes that we made. The day of the wedding they arrived early to make sure everything was running smoothly. I highly recommend beeandjay’s catering for your next 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!!!

STER Catering
4.5
from 6 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 10 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.

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.

  • 10 years in business
Kimberly J.
Verified review

I would definitely hire Lady-ness again. Her team was very professional and on time and moved fast getting everything set up. The food was very delicious and gets a A+

Lala's Sweets n' Treats
4.3
from 3 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Jamie C.
Verified review

The whole experience was great. Latonya worked around my schedule and was answering my emails even at 11pm at night. I think the food presentation was outstanding and everything came out great and tasty! The guests were satisfied and I was as well. Only thing I can say was that the chicken tenders were a little dry but that's due to transferring and holding. Other then that, I will be very glad to have her cater my events again. :)

Chopped Herbs Catering
5.0
from 1 review
  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jane J.
Verified review

I want to start off by saying thank you to the chef and his wonderful team for everything they prepared for me and my husbands housewarming party! The chef was very reasonable with pricing and when it came to service him and his team went above and beyond to make sure everything was perfect for our night. The food was out of this world our guest couldn’t stop talking about how amazing and delicious everything was. The hit of the night was the BLT sandwiches with their special sauce and the spicy deviled eggs. The Chef was very attentive and made sure he was able to give us everything we wanted the way we wanted it. How many people can Honestly say their caterer answered their call at 11pm?? I mean he really made sure he was available 24/7 ! We were able to actually relax and enjoy our party instead of worrying about guest and food and etc. The feeling was absolutely indescribable. The chefs passion and drive was visible and made our night much more perfect! I look forward to hiring him and his team for future events!

Nicolosi Catering
5.0
from 1 review
  • 67 years in business
Carol D.
Verified review

I have held many events at Nicolosi Catering; including my own wedding. My family still speaks of how fabulous my wedding and reception was executed at Nicolosi Catering. The food is very good. The staff caters to your needs and is respectful of your budgetary needs. The owners give you very high quality food and service for your money. They are able to provide multiple options and suggestions to help with whatever type of event is being held at their venue. I get positive comments back regarding every event I have held at Nicolosi Catering. Highly recommended venue!!

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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