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  • 31 years in business
  • 131 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Brooke G.
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We hired Chef Scott last night through Thumbtack for a 22 person full service dinner party. I must mention that we have a discerning group, most of whom would classify themselves as "foodies". Every item Chef Scott prepared was delicious, and our guests raved about the food! Presentation was lovely and served at exactly the right pace for our group. My husband continues to comment on the perfection of last night's dinner. Highlights included bacon wrapped scallops, best spanakopita I've EVER had, risotto to die for, and fillet cooked to perfection. Will never consider hiring anyone else!

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ShefShaun | PurplePlate
4.9
from 36 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ish F.
Verified review

Let me start by saying that I have seen the light and my experience with ShefShaun has given me a new appreciation for “brunch”. I had the privilege to host an intimate brunch in my home with the talented Shef Shaun. From the initial inquiry, ShefShaun was extremely professional and prompt in his correspondence. ShefShaun menu consulting was incredibly distinctive and exclusive. My brunch included an array of delicious foods that was presented buffet style, which made it convenient and easy for my guests to indulge. Everything was not only amazingly flavorful, the food & libations were all beautifully arranged and presented, so much that I almost did not want to eat/drink. ShefShaun passion about his craft was colorfully exhibited in his food preparation, education and presentation which was crisp, ambrosial and savory. So let me get to the real… ShefShaun created a unbelievable mouthwatering menu: Crab Cakes w/ Spicy Mango Emulsion & Cucumber Salsa, French Scrambled Eggs w/ Truffle Butter, Challah Almond Toast (trust me you have to try this), Grilled Asparagus w/ Peppers, Berry Crepes w/ Orange Bourbon Syrup (AMAZING), Caramelized Grapefruit/Kiwi/Pistachio/Pomegranate Salad and Seasonal Fruits. Last but definitely not least, Braised Oxtails w/ Smoked Cheddar Grits (this was truly the show stopper and the star of the brunch)! And what’s a brunch without- a Champagne, Mimosa & Bellini Bar. ShefShaun provided some sparkling libations including: Spiced Pear Bellini, Honeydew Bellini, Raspberry Dragon fruit Bellini. Forget the phrase hands down, this brunch was all forks down (and up lol) ... every selection, bite and sip was five-star! My favorite selections from the brunch included: the berry crepes with orange bourbon syrup, crab cakes and challah almond toast. And of course the star of the show: the Braised Oxtails & Smoked Cheddar Grits (classic, comforting and nostalgic). This dish was like Caribbean meets Southern fusion; it had all the right textures and flavors and it sent my palate right back home to Brooklyn to my West Indian grandmother’s kitchen table. Overall, I would describe my brunch and experience with ShefShaun in one word: Epic! ShefShaun provided delicious food, a professional & accommodating experience, and a perfectly serviced intimate brunch. The fantastic combinations that Shef Shaun put together and his prepared to perfection menu were impossible to resist, and I think that that was clearly apparent by all of the cleaned plates at the end of the brunch. And despite the fact that all of my guests could not stop themselves from cleaning their plates, the speed and care that ShefShaun demonstrated in the post-brunch clean-up was beyond my expectations, and very thoroughly appreciated. The entire cost of the brunch was very reasonable. ShefShaun offered a higher quality cuisine and better experience than some well-known eateries I have patron. In addition, Shef Shaun service is unparalleled to any that attempts to bring such class and taste to a private party with appreciative palates. Overall, I would described my brunch and experience with ShefShaun as followed: indulging food + sparkling libations + exceptional service = Happy & Heartily Client & Guests. After Thought: By the end of my brunch, I was already thinking of my next event and ready to retain Shef Shaun for his services to create another epic experience! Many Thanks, Ish - Brooklyn Native/Pittsburgh Resident.

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ATWC, Inc
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Payal P.
Verified review

I had a last minute cancellation with my previously scheduled caterer and Art saved the day with his ability to pull together a meal for our school field trip in just two days. I appreciated the quick replies, his calm and kind attitude, and the quality of the meal he brought. We were trying to focus on creating a healthy, family style lunch to encourage our kids to make more sustainable food choices in the future and Art's meal was a hit with them! They even ate their veggies :) I would highly recommend Around the World Catering if you want high quality and flexibility at reasonable prices. Thank you Art!

Square Cafe & Food Truck
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Susan F.
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We have been holding evening events at The Square Cafe for over three years, and have never been disappointed. The food is excellent, the service is spot-on, and our guests always enjoy themselves. The catering staff is professional, knowledgeable, and always makes great menu suggestions. Plus, the Cafe is a great venue. Thank you, Square Café!

Green Light Meals
4.7
from 12 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Nicolette K.
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GREAT food and AMAZING service! Will definitely use her services again!

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Traveling chef
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 38 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
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Anne Z.
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We chose Bill for catering our family thanksgiving dinner. We had lots of family coming in from out of town the weekend prior to thanksgiving and some folks are ill. We just didn’t have it in us to do the traditional dinner ourselves. We also had dietary restrictions. Bill completely understood and put out a great meal with many little extra touches. He was punctual, clean, neat, professional, prepared. Everything nicely laid out, all dietary requests followed perfectly. Everyone was so thrilled with the service. Bill is a warm person and so likeable! We will definitely use him in the future.

TCF Pittsburgh
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Brenda J.
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Had a dinner party for ten last October and had real soul food catered and served. The food was delicious. I will be using the girls again for our Veteran’s Day party.

Anthony's Catering
5.0
from 1 review
    Michele B.
    Verified review

    The food was exactly as I asked . Service was professional and friendly . Chef Ike was extremely accommodating.

    About

    We use only the freshest hand selected foods and will accommodate any requests that our clients may need to make their special occasion memorable to all of the guests!

    • 7 years in business
    About

    I specialize in mult culture cuisines. Soul food, Jamaican, African, Spanish, Asian, and more. I spent 30 years learning to authentically prepare different styles of cooking.

    About

    We are a PGH based catering business and will travel to anywhere! We specialize in home-styled prepared foods, but we can create personal menus. The services we offer are as follows: * Catering * Decorating * Photography * DJ * Live band and other event services We are your one-stop-shop catering service!

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    I am an executive chef at a retreat center, but will do private catering out of my commercial kitchen.

    • 5 years in business
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    WE cook with soul

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    We offer fantastic food paired with superior service. We are available to you at one of our amazing locations or complete party packages brought to your venue.

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    We provide traditional and classical comfort food with a twist. We will customize the menu to clients' needs. I'm a certified chef with a strong background in country clubs, hotels, and resorts.

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    We cater! We offer authentic New York style bagels, muffins, cookies, and lunch sandwiches with the best in class service.

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    Besides prepare food I'm also a good decorator for elegance.

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    I have been catering to the gas wells for 5 and a half years that has ended. I am now interested in catering weddings, birthday parties, baby showers, etc. I am trustworthy and dependable. I love to cook, and I have experience. I cook home-style meals. I am also a grandmother of 10. That gives me a knowledge of children food likes and dislikes also. So, given the chance; I will give you my best.

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    I provide home-taste catering. I only use natural ingredients for all types of diet. Please contact me for more information.

    • 7 years in business
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    I love what I do and it shows through my food!

    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.

    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 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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