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  • 31 years in business
  • 129 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sara F.
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Chef Scott was an excellent caterer with whom to work. He patiently helped me with menu planning over several days, easily hitting my desired price-point and need for both gluten-free and vegetarian options for a 50-person catered event. The reviews for the food by participants were outstanding - all gave a thumbs up for the spread. I would highly recommend Chef Scott and Farm to Fork Caterers and Cafe for you next event.

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ShefShaun | PurplePlate
4.9
from 34 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Abby G.
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I had never used Thumbtack before this experience. I was planning a dinner party for my sister's bachelorette party and wanted to do something extra special -- so we decided to get a private chef. ShefShaun answered my request promptly and was extremely easy to work with through direct email. I gave him our budget and he was able to come up with an amazing menu within our parameters. We were expecting a total of 12 guests. The day of the event he arrived two hours before the meal and provided all the dinnerware we needed (plates, silverware, cloth napkins, and offered wine glasses). The house smelled wonderful as he worked on preparing our meal -- we opted for a salad course, plated appetizer, and entree. When dinner time arrived his assistant was fabulous and made sure that we were taken care of and did not lift a finger. He explained each course to us as it was served including our refined chef's salad, arancini with tomato and mushrooms, and seared chicken breast supreme. ShefShaun and Dawn were both extremely professional and a pleasure throughout the evening. One of the highlights was that ShefShaun brought all of his own supplies and equipment. In addition to preparing an exceptional meal, ShefShaun made sure to leave the kitchen spotless afterwards. I have never used a private chef before this event. ShefShaun exceeded all expectations. I would highly recommend him to anyone considering having a special dinner party event.

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ATWC, Inc
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Payal P.
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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 16 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Magda C.
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Very easy to work with, my guests were super happy. Food was good, but more similar to a caterer's food than what I'm used to seeing from food trucks - they had everything prepped prior to arriving at my house then assembled it there instead of cooking it to order. Not a bad thing at all, because the food came out quickly and none of my guests had to wait in the rain. They left us the leftovers which were demolished by our guests later in the evening.

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Traveling chef
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 38 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Michelle M.
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The Traveling Chef catered our wedding and rehearsal dinner. His food was to die for! He was very professional and the food was like eating at my favorite restaurant! After my wedding, I called and booked him to take some cooking lessons. Money well spent!

Green Light Meals
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Mary A.
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Easy to work with and food was great! I would definitely recommend Green Light to others and will consider next time I need a caterer. Thanks!

  • 4 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Dotti W.
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Chef Dixon catered my daughter's wedding in September! From the setup, presentation and cleanup, we could not have been happier! The food was absolutely delicious and we received many wonderful compliments on how wonderful everything was! I would recommend him in a heartbeat!

TCF Pittsburgh
5.0
from 4 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.

Jackie's Catering
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Mary M.
Verified review

I've had the pleasure of using Jackie's catering for both a personal and professional catering events. Both experiences were top notch, and the food was incredible and well worth the reasonable cost !!!

Wood Fired Flatbreads
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 7 years in business
Sean M.
Verified review

Just used Wood Fired Flatbreads as the caterer for an event that I had. The fact that they bring their truck with mobile woodfired pizza oven is very unique and made an impression. Even as guests arrived, they could smell the wonderful aroma of pizza cooking as they approached my event. The food is cooked onsite and is served piping hot right out of the oven. It was delicious and was a big hit with me and all of my guests. Kim was very easy to work with in planning menu for my event and making suggestions. They have a variety of different packages to offer and helped me to make selections that were good but still fit within my budget. Lastly, I'll say that sometimes people can make promises upfront, but then not live up to that-- these guys agreed to take the job in their off-season, came out on one of the coldest nights of the year, and came through like champs. The whole team was punctual and professional and they set up a sharp looking buffet, so we didn't have to worry about anything. They kept the food coming the whole time they were there and took custom orders, and most importantly, the food tasted GREAT!

  • 4 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
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20 years experience in bartending and serving. experince in working events,

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Making It Marvelous is a specialty catering company that provides a variety of creative menus, themes, and specialty items incorporated with personalized catering. Making It Marvelous also creates candy buffets. We want to be sure that we make every event Marvelous.

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I do catering for small dinner party, business meeting, and private party. I have unique foods and dessert. I am able to cook all ethnic foods.

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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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The following services are offered: * cleanups * cleanouts * hauling * errands * catering * festival setups * mechanical * landscaping * some construction * odd jobs

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Me and my wife have over 11 years of experience catering, serving, and bartending. We do all the set up and take down and provide an A+ service to guests. We can create bars, buffets and more.

  • 13 years in business
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I love it! I love food, beverage and service.

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We work hard to make your event worries free

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We are a bar, restaurant, and caterer. We do all sorts of catered affairs, such as business luncheons, rehearsal dinners, and wakes. I also teach culinary lessons, including mothers' sauces, desserts, food and wine pairing.

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We are a corporate dining-catering group serving the Greater Pittsburgh area. We also are the preferred caterer at The First Niagra Pavillion (formerly Starlake Amp), The Consol Energy Center, and the Benedum Theater. Our food is of the highest quality, made from ingredients purchased fresh daily in the Strip District of Pgh.

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.

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 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.

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.
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