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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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

Reviews for Roxborough event caterers
Kendra V.
We couldn't have been more pleased with Chef Anton at Feast Caterer. He was responsive, punctual, and polite and most importantly, the food was delicious .. and there was a LOT of it! Highly recommend to anyone looking for a local caterer for business or other events.
Feast CatererFeast Caterer
Lauren C.
Chuck and his team did a wonderful job catering for our corporate event! The food was great, Chuck was incredibly easy to work with, responsive, etc. Would definitely recommend!
Every Detail CateringEvery Detail Catering
JILL A.
I await my event on April 28 with eager anticipation for so far Ma'idah Catering has been super. The owner has gone out of her way to insure That I was satisfied with the menu and even visited the site to make sure what was needed to make my event shine. So far she is doing a fantastic job. I can not wait to taste the food. With her professionalism and attitude and pleasing service methods exhibited so far I am sure my event will be awesome. The right caterer for the job!
Ma'idah Catering Co.Ma'idah Catering Co.
Mackenzie C.
I plan this event every year and every year the caterer gets something wrong.But this year I think we have finally got it right! Working with Elite Flavors Catering was the best Catering experience I’ve ever had. I found them a little last minute and was very nervous about everything coming together. But the process was so easy and smooth I had no doubts that my dinner would go well! The communication and service was great and the food was even better! Chef John exceeded my expectations! I will definitely be calling them for Next years dinner!
Elite Flavors CateringElite Flavors Catering
Kimberly H.
I recently hosted a law school graduation party weekend for my daughter. My plan was to rent a Airbnb for family members to stay and also have graduation gatherings there as well. I do not live in Philadelphia so I wanted to hire one catering company to handle details and food for the graduation gatherings/parties as well as provide meals (breakfast and dinner) for my 20 family members staying at Airbnb. I searched the internet and spoke to several catering companies before discovering the Thumbstack site and eventually speaking with Chadd of STER Catering. I knew, as soon as I ran my ideas by him that I would hire him to cater the event. He was very excited and receptive to my ideas. He listened to my vision and worked on a written menu and plan for the events and provided the plan and estimate cost the following day. He insisted, before hiring him that he cook a few of his dishes for my daughter to taste. His food is phenomenal! The graduation party weekend was a huge success. Everybody RAVED over the food. What I am so grateful to Chaad and his wife and mom (family operation) is that I, as the host, was able to enjoy the festivities because STER Catering took care of everything! They brought all the glassware, utensils and food. Deanna, Chaad's wife provided the decorations. For the graduation party we had around 60 people and the estimate of the amount of food was on target because we had little to no leftovers. If you are hosting an affair and need a caterer you can trust to handle everything with upmost professionalism and provide exceptional food and service then look no further than STER Catering!!!
STER Catering & Private Chef ServicesSTER Catering & Private Chef Services
Lauren L.
Very responsive and easy to work with. They arrived half an hour early then set everything up for me. Very accommodating. We had a different caterer a few weeks ago and this other caterer had been half an hour late which was really stressful and didn't help me carry the food into the building. However, Hog Day was super punctual, good food and the event was just super easy and stress free for me. It really makes a difference who you work with because a lot relies on them. Will be using this company again in the future.
Hog Day Afternoon BBQ & CateringHog Day Afternoon BBQ & Catering
Thumbtack Customer
What impressed us about F.E.A.S.T Catering was the fact he was on time ,very graceful with not getting in anyone's way , but most of all the food was very good. His kindness is something that when dealing with children is what you want them to see. Thank you Mr. Jay Battersbee. We are looking forward to our next event with you .
F.E.A.S.T. Catering and Private Chef ServicesF.E.A.S.T. Catering and Private Chef Services
Stephanie L.
John catered an event for our company at the Sedgeley Club. From the moment he arrived he was professional, prepared, and willing to accommodate our last minute changes. The meals served were all delicious and presented beautifully. His sous-chef and servers were very helpful and made sure everyone was taken care of. The guests at the event were all very pleased with the food, and I loved the crabless cake that is John's creation! Overall John is supported by a wonderful team, and provides beautifully presented and delicious meals that anyone would be lucky to try.
Elite Flavors CateringElite Flavors Catering
Amy B.
I hired Chef John Gale and his team to cook at my birthday party And everything was AMAZING! Not only was Chef john easy to communicate with but he was very professional as well. His team was polite and professional. I asked for a whole roasted pig and chef John delivered that with no problem! My guest and I really enjoyed the Lomi Lomi salmon it was very different but very very delicious. I Have another event coming up soon and chef John and his team will definitely be receiving a call from me! I would recommend Elite Flavors Catering to anyone who comes my way! Thank you for making my birthday much more special!
Elite Flavors CateringElite Flavors Catering
Thumbtack Customer
I would like to thank John Gale and his staff for the wonderful stations and hors d’oeuvres prepared for me, my husband, and our 50 guests at our housewarming party on October 5, 2013. John gave us an extremely reasonable price quote and then went above and beyond our expectations. The food was delicious and substantial, and we got so many comments on how amazing everything tasted. The guests particularly loved the BBQ pull pork sliders, the wonderfully seasoned grilled chicken BLT sandwiches, and the spicy deviled eggs! John listened to us every step of the way and made sure to give us what we wanted and more. He was easily accessible—by email, phone, text, and in person (how many people could say they are able to reach their caterer at 11 p.m. at night?). We were able to relax at our party because John and his staff took care of everything (I cannot describe what a great feeling it is to just enjoy the party and know that we didn’t need to worry about anything). We can see John's unparalleled passion for what he does and his sense of pride in serving others. We look forward to many more events with John Gale and his wonderful staff.
Elite Flavors CateringElite Flavors Catering
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