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Columbia Chefs

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  • 3 years in business
Narumi A.
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Hugo is a great chef. If you want to get the real deal experience, make sure to check out the Spanish Bite!

Kim R.
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Chef Saa has been a guest chef at my school for years now. The students, who can be picky about what they eat, gobbled it up and asked for seconds! It's always a treat to have her bless us with her presence!

  • 31 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Nancy W.
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Sheila has cleared several events at my church in my neighborhood in at my home. She's an excellent chef and she is fun to work with!

Small Catering
from 2 reviews
  • 1 year in business
Kim B.
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Chef Sedio is highly regarded in his field. He is professional and his service and food is excellent. You can't go wrong!!!!

Low-Country Chef
from 1 review
  • 13 years in business
Tony S.
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She made me a pineapple upside-down cake that was buttery and moist and very good!

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack

I'll cook any world cuisine on-site for clients. Meals include, but are not limited to, the following: * Japanese stir fry * Lamb flanks * Escargot * Chicken Marsala * Quesadillas * Filet of duck with maple bourbon cream sauce, etc. I'll make them for you and your guests. I'll gather up a cost for food/travel/labor. You won't be disappointed.


We are very different than a caterer. We purchase the supplies and prepare a special menu in your home for each dinner. Clients have 100 percent input on menu decision and we guarantee the owner of Alternative Dining will be at your home for service.

  • 19 years in business

I have over 20 years of experience in culinary experience and in special diets catering and buffets for large and small events with a wide range of meals suitable to the clients' liking.


We specialize in cooking you soul food like you would get down south. I make mashed taters and gravy to green beans support chops to have hops to shoot loans all types of food that will warm you so that you would get at a family thanksgiving dinner.

  • 38 years in business

We always want our work to be fresh, taste good and look good. And our staff to present theirseleves In a professional manor at all times and our work to be at all times In a professional manor.These fundamentals is enforced always everything picture perfect and our food is simply amazing. "We Are Second To None"


I have better than restaurant-style meals prepared at a location of your choice for 1 to 1,000. My services are available on an as-needed basis, or I'm available for hire as your own personal chef. My services include entire preparation of requested meal, from shopping to cleanup.


I am a certified chef offering in-home chef services, from private parties to cooking lessons. We also offer catering services specializing in small elegant parties.


It's great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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!


I'm a great chef, and I love to do what I do, so if you want a great cook who takes pride in everything he does in life, please hire me if you want the best.

  • 10 years in business

I provide a healthier alternative of food preparation for individuals and families by utilizing fresh herbs, spices, organic vegetables, organic meats and organic fruits. My cuisine is generally prepared by sauteing and baking. Meals can either be delivered or prepared in the home of the customer.

  • 16 years in business

I believe my international background along with the fact I am always interested in learning about all types of cooking such as vegetarian, whole food plant based, gluten free and so on


We offer Italian-American cuisine, from a quite residential dinner party to a full sit-down wedding dinner. We have many handmade and homemade items. We have manicotti, lasagna, Italian sausage and peppers, Italian breads, pastry, and much, much more. In addition we do American cuisine.

  • 4 years in business

Are you looking for a delicious meal that is prepared from scratch by an expert chef? There is no need to look any further. Chef Sid has been preparing and creating original recipes, inspired by a true passion for food, for more than 30 years. He can create the perfect menu for you, for either a formal or a family occasion. For more information, please visit the Chef on Wheels' website.

  • 6 years in business

I am a personal chef. I can cook and bake just about anything. I love people and seeing their faces after eating my food. I always have good reviews.


I specialize in providing my customers with the highest quality, performance and the experience for people to enjoy great, healthy food in the comfort of their own home. I also provide services to senior citizens, special dietary needs, weight loss and gain, and healthy desserts, and a lot more things, I can do; you just have to ask.

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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