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Charleston Affordable Catering Services

Browse these affordable catering services with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Charleston.

Odessa W.
Verified review

I ordered a deep fried chicken, rice and roasted vegetable dish for a meeting at work from Lowcountry Creole Culinaire Catering. The delivery was punctual, Chef Frisco went the extra mile to cut up the chicken. Most importantly, the food was fabulous. The meal was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone at the meeting. I WILL be using Lowcountry Creole Culinaire Catering for ALL of my catering needs and would highly recommend them. The food was outstanding and so was the service.

Chef Jay Amber
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Shanda M.
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Chef Jay cooked for my family of 8 adults and 5 children. She offered a special touch of professionalism and did and awesome job! I Highly recommend her! We will be using her services again, guaranteed!!

Top Pro
  • 2 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Michelle G.
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The food was a nicely proportioned and extremely delightful. The staff was very professional and friendly, I did not have any issues when they catered for my event. I highly recommend It's a Win-Win to anyone looking for affordable catering and good-tasting food!

  • 4 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Ellen L.
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We are a group of 8 sisters who were celebrating our 20th anniversary of our annual "sister trip"! Having a personal chef is something we have talked about for years. Our dear Mother is 95 and had recently fallen seriously ill. We were not even sure if we would make the trip, right up to the last minute. Renee assured me that either way, she would be right on it. Renee was so easy to work with and helped me to customize a fabulous menu! She even adjusted the time, earlier than originally planned, to accommodate us. The food was FANTASTIC, plentiful, flavorful and fresh! Her homemade peach cobbler put Paula Dean's to shame! Renee and her assistant, Matt, joined right in with us; sharing stories and enjoying the banter that only a family can understand! She and Matt were just delightful AND they cleaned the kitchen and packed up all the leftovers for us to munch on later! This was definitely a highlight of our trip and we would ALL recommend Renee to anyone looking for an affordable GREAT meal! Since returning from our trip, we have suffered the sudden loss of a dear brother-in-law and are still caring for our Mother. Renee and Matt have reached out in sympathy, caring and support! We couldn't ask for more. I will try to post a picture or two but I am not the "techy" in the family. Thanks Renee for such a wonderful meal and great memories! Ellen Lawrence Longo, Myrtle Beach, SC (Lawrence Sister Trip XX - Tybee Island, GA)

Citrus Catering Co.
4.8
from 13 reviews
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Jerell W.
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Where do I start with Citrus Catering...This catering company is one of the most professional catering companies I have had hired over the years. With most catering companies you worry about how constant they give great professional services, presentation and most importantly great tasting food. My family and friends raved about how great the food was. We had nothing left over. The personal those that was proved during my Hight Tea bridal shower really went above and beyond by expectations. I had several people requesting their services. I just loved it so much that I used them again for my baby shower. Again the personal touches to my custom menus were amazing and the food and presentation was beautiful and delicious. Not a lot of catering company and pride themselves on the presentation that they present with the theme for a private party. But this catering company always seems to deliver to match. I'm in Love with their level of service and great food.

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  • 3 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Deborah S.
Verified review

I have been very satisfied with the meal delivery service. The food is fantastic and the service is impeccable. Mason has been able to meet my strict dietary restrictions, and make food that tastes great to eat. I highly recommend his services.

Feast Charleston
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Thomas S.
Verified review

The food is delicious. Air is very easy to work with, and responds immediately to any questions. Originally hired Feast to provide daily meals to my parents...they loved all of the food. She now is catering our weekly office meetings - and everything has been exceptional.

Tymes Catering
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Tanang W.
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Tymes Catering did an amazing job at our yearly event. The food selection was excellent. The cost was just right and everything tasted delicious! We definitely recommend Tymes Catering for your next event!

Kelly K.
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Madrigal's Tacos and Latin Cuisine is a rare diamond in the food truck industry. Amazing food, well run, great service - quality food for a reasonable price. The owners take pride in their food preparation and service.

macmade
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 15 years in business
Latoya T.
Verified review

Bluephlame, what can I say? The food was outstanding, the presentation, remarkable. My husband is such a picky eater, sometimes worse than a child, I told Chef Mac what he will eat and Chef took it and ran with it, my husband ate every course and raved about the taste! I can not wait to rebook chef for our next date night! If you don't book Blumephlame for your catering, private party/dinner needs you are truly missing a treat!

Foodies Cafe & Catering
5.0
from 2 reviews
    Victoria N.
    Verified review

    Jeannie was very easy to work with and provided a delicious, filling breakfast for a large event at a very affordable price. We look forward to working with her in the future.

    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
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    We offer a full-service customized cuisine. We've been voted best caterer for 13 years and running. Pit Cru is our BBQ division offering on-the-go and corporate box lunches.

    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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    From land to sea, we provide all your catering needs. We cover private dinners, yachts, weddings, birthdays, reunions, anniversaries, and all other food-related events.

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    Colonial Catering Company, located in Charleston, SC, will offer low-medium end caterings to the Charleston and the surrounding business communities. We will serve parties of more than 25 people with great food service. We will offer a variety of menu items, but we are specializing in buffet-style and drop-off lunch service. All of the food and drink items served will be done under the strict supervision of Colonial Catering Company's management team.

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    I am South Carolina based. I took up culinary arts in school. I didn't do any college studies for culinary arts. It just came naturally, and for many years, I have been giving my customers what they wanted and things they never had. I am great at what I do, and perfection is what I strive for in everything I do.

    • 10 years in business
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    ResQman BBQ promises the real people and business of Charleston, SC that they can count on us for BBQ passion, skill and knowledge delivered with a fun, family-oriented, commanding unforgettable and a little crazy experience. We specialize in drop-off buffets. We also offer bulk sales and can even help with your fund raisers!

    • 4 years in business
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    Figliocci's chef is trained and experienced in the front and back of house, which makes it easy and quite enjoyable interacting directly with the guests served.

    • 4 years in business
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    We will make fresh squid ink pasta with Maine lobster and local greens tossed in a white truffle sauce or smoke a whole hog and everything in between! We'd love to cater your next event, be it large or small.

    • 4 years in business
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    I plan great parties, weddings and anniversaries and also do catering. I also decorate for events. I help plan for other events.

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    While Tobo Sushi is very proud of our packaged and bar services, our sushi specialty is certainly our catering business. Though we have only been in business since 2007, we have catered to small parties, weddings, receptions, luncheons and office meetings. Our chefs have years of experience and insist on the highest quality ingredients, resulting in you getting the best final products possible! Sushi is our passion, and we would be honored to cater to any special event you may have in the greater Charleston area. We offer a wide variety of platter selections, and a discount on larger orders. You'll find that even with our top-quality, high-end products, we can still offer competitive pricing, and all your guests will agree that sushi never tasted so good!

    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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