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Chattanooga Affordable Catering Services

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

Simply Savory Events, LLC
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Dakota H.
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There are not enough good things I can say about Simply Savory Events and their entire staff. They were always very prompt in their responses and communication. Simply Savory Events helped us with the entire event from beginning to finish, including the catering, staffing, organization, and additional equipment. I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone, and I look forward to using them again.

Your Way Catering
4.8
from 12 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Allan W.
Verified review

Dustin was very professional! The food was cooked to perfection! The temperature of the food was outstanding! This was a VERY good experience.I would definitley recommend him for all your catering needs!!

  • 20 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
David D.
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Catering for a predeployment party. Only catering service I'd ever use. Very professional, cost effective, and flexible.

Table Thyme Chef
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Margaret B.
Verified review

Our dinner experience with Table Thyme Chef was so much fun. The food was great, but even better, we had time to spend with our guests and we didn't even have to do anything . Chef Joey took care of everything from shopping to clean up. Its simple and affordable and we are looking forward to booking for the holidays.

Culinary Creations LLC
5.0
from 1 review
  • 11 years in business
Meghan G.
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We have use Culinary Creations for all of our catered events for years, and they always deliver excellent quality. Chef Lee’s professionalism and responsiveness is unmatched, she is happy to work with you to get the perfect menu, and our guests always rave about the delicious food!

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I am serving barbecues to a person or a party. All items made fresh from scratch. I have reasonable rates and great food.

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Get in home cooking classes from an executive chef with over 20 years experience, or you could have a chef come to your home and put on a cooking show for you and your friends. Then you can eat what you helped cook for dinner. For those serious about eating right, we have "The Chef Diet. " A proven diet plan that will help you slim down and build lean strong muscle. "The Chef Diet" - what you eat becomes what you are. Control health issues and energy level with the food you put in your body. The best way to live. The service is for a minimum of 2 hours.

  • 16 years in business
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We hold contracts with the City of Chattanooga for concessions at Finley Stadium, The Summit Softball Complex, Warner Park ballfields, zoo, pool, and splash park, Frost Stadium, Tivoli Theatre, and Memorial Auditorium. We are used to handling large crowds. We hold food safety to the highest standard, very professional, licensed in catering, liquor license, and beer license. We have a kitchen located in the heart of downtown and a main office and retail store in East Ridge, TN. We also have a very large smoker located at our downtown location and smoke meat year round!

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We are a company that is all about food, savory or sweet. We will give you what you need with prices that are affordable for any event.

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My 1 Fine Day is a wedding and event coordinating business located in Calhoun, GA. Our goal is to help you design and execute the event of your dreams on a budget you can afford. We also offer catering services and will be there on your special day to make sure that everything is just as you have dreamed it always would be.

  • 14 years in business
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I will come to your home to prepare a meal for a gathering or fill in for a catering crew that needs an extra set of hands. I have been in the business for 10 years and have experience with different food cuisines.

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We are a full catering restaurant specializing in Southern Coastal food. We were voted best caterers in 2013 and second best in 2014.

  • 2 years in business
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I enjoy helping people in need or catering for functions, such as weddings, birthdays, and holidays.

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Fast service accurate planning overall great customer service

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The Playte stands head and shoulders above our competitors in the industry based on the high level of standards to which we hold ourselves, attention to detail and commitment to quality customer care and the impeccable products procured for our clients.

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We are a full-service catering and event production company focusing on seasonal and sustainable products. We have been a Chattanooga top and upscale caterer for over 14 years.

  • 3 years in business
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We like to sit down with our client one on one. So we can get to know there likes and dislikes. So we are able to provide the best service to them.

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I do custom catering for small groups and venues for less than 50 people. I have over 25 years of experience. I do delicious food and beautiful presentation.

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I owned a catering business about 20 years ago in Atlanta. I have prepared meals and delivered to homes for them to serve their guests at dinner parties. I was also the culinary director for a children's nonprofit group about five years ago. I love to cook. It makes people smile.

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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