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Columbia Wedding Caterers

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The Food Academy, LLC
4.7
from 38 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 80 hires on Thumbtack
Lamont D.
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We had Jessica bartend for our wedding this Saturday and she was FABOOOOLOUS! All my guests' were impressed with her knowledge on every drink they ordered and done with perfection. I had family ask how they could book, keep up the great work! This service truly made our wedding a huge hit! Lamont & Tina Dozier.

Robbie Robertson
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Bobby H.
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My wife and I have enjoyed dining at Steakmasters many times. Both the food and service are excellent! In addition to the restaurant, Robbie also does catering. Whatever your menu or budget, he will work with you to provide a first-class event. I recommend you contact him for your catering needs.

Cater You
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
John C.
Verified review

I was looking for a catering company that had reasonable prices and quality food and found it with Cater You. I highly recommend this company for all of your catering.

ANGEL A.
Verified review

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

iAmSoulfood247
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 years in business
Shay M.
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Hiring The Harts was the best decision my family made when it came to my wedding,The quality of the food was delicious and great. The staff was wondering and on point. Diff will hire them for my next event.

Happy Plate
4.0
from 1 review
  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Tiereney W.
Verified review

Food was great! I appreciate her flexibility and the fact that she takes special orders.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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It is job to be there for the couple of there joyous time and what ever they need me to do I will provide.

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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.

  • 30 years in business
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We are all about the customer and making sure that the customer is happy! We have some amazing food options that are always changing and evolving to something better

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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!

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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.

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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.

  • 5 years in business
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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.

  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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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.

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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.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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I have been a master haircare specialist for 26 years. I have planned weddings, done hair, makeup and floral decorations for both the wedding and the reception.

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.

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 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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