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Sumter Caterers

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Robbie Robertson
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Thomas G.
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Mr. Robertson to my personal knowledge, has and can provide a most excellent product and service for any number of people. I have assisted him a number of times with catering services and each time he was complemented on his professionalism.

Personal Chef Madonna
4.8
from 5 reviews
  • 11 years in business
Natasha M.
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Throughout the whole process Madonna and her staff were remarkable to say the least. We booked 10 months in advance, they were not too pushy but made sure to stay in touch along the way and made sure to answer and address any questions or comments that we had. The day of the event went effortlessly I think I checked in one time and that was to tell her thank you. I was a bit worried about the fact that the majority of the event staff were out sourced by her however she has a way of bringing people together that makes working together a breeze. I have zero complaints with the services that we receive from Madonna and I highly recommend her to anybody be who is in need of a private chef and caterer

Southern with a Twist
5.0
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
4.0
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.

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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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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.

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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.

  • 18 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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Tastefully Southern has over 10 years of experience in southern cuisine!

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We specialize in onsite meal preparation and event planning to cater to our clients individual needs.

  • 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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Sweet Ocassions is an all-inclusive event planning and catering company that specializes in all types of foods and desserts. We provide linens, serving dishes and table accessories.

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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.

  • 3 years in business
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We are a team of Chefs that believe in Great food at a great price. We believe in catering to the needs of our clients. Our aim is to work within your budget. Money back guaranteed.

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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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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.

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I offer catering services, travel booking services, hairstylist and business consultant services. I have over 10 years of experience within each level of service.

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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.

  • 4 years in business
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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.

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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.

  • 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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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.

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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