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Columbia Caterers

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Robbie Robertson
from 11 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Annalisa G.
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Working with Robbie was a delight. Everything was delivered to our venue in a timely manner, fresh, hot, and incredibly delicious, and our guests could not get enough of his dishes. A+, would purchase catering from again/

Especially For You
from 7 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Meredith R.
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Especially For You catering was fantastic! We hired them for a cocktail party at our home for 40+ guests and it was one of the least stressful events I have ever hosted as a result. Their food was delicious and raved by our guests during and after the party. Beverly and her sister are extremely lovely to work with and I would have no hesitation in hiring them again.

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Great business if looking for a great taste in food!!

Southern with a Twist
from 1 review
  • 18 years in business
Melissa D.
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This wonderful lady and her husband catered my wedding in 2012. She made sure that all my wants and needs were met and beyond. Her food was/is amazingly delicious. She even worked on her birthday. Which I thought was special. She even shares her recipes with me and gives me cooking advice when I need it. I would 100% recommend her for any and all catering needs! 5 stars are not enough.

Happy Plate
from 1 review
  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Tiereney W.
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Food was great! I appreciate her flexibility and the fact that she takes special orders.


We are an upscale catering and bartending company located in Columbia, SC. We specialize in large events (+250 people), but we can also do smaller events also.

  • 5 years in business

Meatballs Blvd specializes in everything meatball. We offer over 15 types of meatballs and side dishes. We have beef, chicken, turkey, pork, veggie, and lobster meatballs, just to name a few. We also cater to the customers who want that in-home feel of cooking with personal touch designed by the customer that doesn't always consist of meatballs. Meatballs Blvd can construct a meal plan for clients for a day up to a week of fully cooked and prepared meals. For that personal touch, we can also come out for small gatherings from two to ten people using the client's kitchen to prepare a private dinner party.


We have a traditional trained chef, specializing in Italian American dishes. We can handle everything from your back yard from BBQ to large events. We have award winning BBQ pit masters working for us for those who crave that great southern tradition of BBQ. We also have a large selection of amazing deserts. If you can think of it, we can cook it. We have 16 years experience.


I am a graduate of Johnson and Whales University with a degree in culinary arts, food is my passion and I want to share it. Tired of eating nasty processed frozen food or eating fast food every night because you are to tired to cook? Let me help you with my easy menu and delivery of meals for the entire week with my easy meal plans that are already prepared for you.


We can cater almost any event. There is no job too small or big. We have a wide variety of entrees that we can prepare for your special event.


We have a small catering company. We do a lot of business. We cater weddings, parties, church events, children's parties, etc. We serve all kinds of food at any time of the day.


We cater to customer events, from makeup and decor to catering as well as planning an event. We offer event planning for any special occasion while specializing on your catering needs and planning your event.


I'm a culinary arts educator I taught all areas of the food business for 5 years for USDA Forest Service. I also own and operate a restaurant. I now do catering from basic to upscale/platinum level. I also do it for celebrities. I have thirty four years in food service working for myself and other food service companies such as motels, hotels, clubs, private clubs, supper clubs, churches, schools, academies, restaurants, food service consulting, mobile catering and concessions. I have been teaching as a culinary instructor at USDA and I went to school at Johnson and Wales University in South Beach Miami, Florida and Sullivan University in Louisville, Kentucky. I also spent 9 years as a U.S. Army food service specialist/manager E-6 and graduated from the U.S. Army Food Service Academy/non-commission officer academy. I have experienced catering to over 12 celebrities and 3 U.S. presidents, President Obama, President Jimmy Carter, and President Bill Clinton. Also, I'd like to mention that I have cooked/catered food for up to 5 thousand people and i can do even larger numbers. Check me out on Facebook!


We specialize in onsite meal preparation and event planning to cater to our clients individual needs. We mostly enjoy the look on our clients and their guests faces as they are relishing in the glow of their perfectly planned events.


I have been in the chef business for 22 years and cook a variety of food items from all over the world . I believe in quality service and excellence.


I specialize in food displays. I do edible art in a farmers market with fruit or crudites spreads and dips from scratch, imported and domestic cheese and grilled/marinated vegetables, buffets and heavy hors d'oeuvres. I take pride in garnish and food displays because you eat with your eyes first.

  • 4 years in business

Tasteful Kreations Catering specializes in Authentic Southern Fusion cusine. The old favorites are still available...only created with you in mind. There are no cookie cutter menus...We create your dining experience uniquely with YOU in mind. I enjoy seeing people enjoy food. Every food item is personally selected from local vendors and creatively developed into a memorable experience. I have more than 15 years in the industry and have acquired a heart for good food.


I have worked in the food and beverage industry for 20 years, graduated from a culinary school in 1998 and have experienced cooking many types of cuisine. I am a very easygoing, fair and respectful person who truly cares about the food which I am presenting, and I will do everything I can to ensure a 100% satisfaction to my clients.


I cook all types of food and make deserts. We bring the food to you and set up. If needed, I have a server too.

  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack

I make sure whoever is throwing the party will get what they want. We always make sure that our food is great and it is to the customer's satisfaction. I love to make everyone happy, and I want everyone to eat more of my food. When I see a customer's smile, It tells me that my food is excellent; that makes me want to put more smiles all day long.


We specialized in Colombian food (South America). Our food is delicious, authentic, and unique from the Caribbean side from Colombia. Give it a try; you will be pleasantly surprised.

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.

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 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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