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Franklin Chefs

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Chef Rob Repass CPFM, CIN, CHC
4.9
from 102 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 135 hires on Thumbtack
Anna T.
Verified review

Phenomenal chef!!! I originally hired Chef Rob for my best friend's birthday over a year ago after researching multiple chefs in the Nashville. At that time it was just an intimate dinner for 2 at her house. His simplicity and use of whole organic foods really appealed to me. That experience was amazing so naturally when I was planning a surprise party for the same friend this year, I contacted him again. This time it was for a surprise party for 20 people including appetizers and an informal southern themed dinner. His delivery was impeccable! The food was amazing with many party attendees requesting his recipes. From start to finish, the process was easy. He worked diligently to create a fabulous menu. Very professional, punctual with his communication, and efficient with execution. Overall, perfect experience, and I will definitely be using him again!

  • 18 years in business
  • 83 hires on Thumbtack
Scott W.
Verified review

Jan, thanks for letting us break in your newest restaurant! Enjoyed Kate's Kitchen. Food was excellent! Service was excellent! And, the conversation with the French chef topped it off! Will definitely make this a regular dining spot!

Top Pro
  • 3 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mary E.
Verified review

Kristen Gregory is a culinary genius. We contacted her only two day before our very spontaneously organized party at WaterVue at Brooks Street in Ft. Walton Beach, FL. Without hesitation, Kristen masterfully created the most amazing menu. Her food was beyond expectation. The presentation was magnificent, and the food was, by far, the hit of the party. All night, our guests were raving about Kristen's mouthwatering creations, asking "where did you find her? I want Kristen to cater my party!". Kristen truly saved the day and made our party spectacular. She went above and beyond the call of duty. We not only found a wonderful chef, but also a wonderful new friend.

  • 8 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Peg C.
Verified review

Will visited our BNI group and brought the most delicious Ballantyne Light Bites. He's a wonderful chef and I recommend him.

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Pro Chef Dinners
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Christi R.
Verified review

Chef Dave was HANDS DOWN one of the very BEST chefs I've had the pleasure of working with. My girlfriends and I had an AMAZING time eating, laughing & joking with Dave while he worked his magic. The fried green tomatoes were heavenly, the cauliflower mac n cheese was so delicious you forgot you were eating cauliflower! The superstar of the night was the bourbon bread pudding - it's one of the best tasting dishes I've ever eaten. Chef Dave was absolutely wonderful and beyond helpful with where to go/avoid while we were on vacation. He was even sweet enough to bring us each a matching beer cozy! I cannot recommend Chef Dave enough - you will NOT be disappointed!!!

  • 8 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Tiffany V.
Verified review

Chef Chris was easy to work with and delivered exactly what we ordered at exactly the time we had set. Wonderful food.

Chef Casandra Catering
4.8
from 10 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Meekahl D.
Verified review

She is absolutely AMAZING! Right on time-fully prepared. Made me comfortable from our very first conversation! The food presentation was perfect-the food was DELISH! Can't say enough positive things about our experience with Chef Casandra!

Classic Southern Catering
4.9
from 9 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Karen T.
Verified review

Chef Martin was everything we needed and at a great price. Food was delicious and several of our guest wanted his card. No one could believe we found a caterer that knew how to cook southern style green beans. Very pleased with the whole experience.

Madeline Brown
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Melissa B.
Verified review

Chef Madeline is AMAZING!! We contacted her to help us get a better handle on weeknight meals! We are all very busy and having fresh, yummy and chef inspired meals for the week is such a treasure. Everything we have eaten has been great and even my kids have made “happy plates” and they are a little picky. The Salmon Chowder is my favorite so far, but I still have dinner for the next 3 nights so it might change!! Thank you, Chef Madeline for being a part of our dinner table! Dr. Melissa Taylor Burton

Sultry Soul Catering
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Andrea R.
Verified review

Sultry Soul Catered my special event. The food was delicious the Chefs professional and the willingness to please. I could not have asked for better service. I would highly recommend Soultry for your catering needs.

Common Table
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Roberta P.
Verified review

Our experience could not have been better- if I could give 10 stars I would. From the super responsive communication, to the AMAZING tasty, healthy food and service support-- one of the best corporate event experiences I have had. Thank you Simoni!

From Your Kitchen
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Shahad H.
Verified review

Chef Lance Wrather was amazing. We called him last minute and we really needed a chef that night and he was able to work things out. He was very organized, clean, and very precised with the way he cooked his food. Everything was tasting and smelling amazing. He cooked a lot of different varieties of foods. He had done an excellent job in our kitchen and we all loved his food ! He is very well recommended!

Chef B Creations
4.7
from 6 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Naeemah R.
Verified review

Chef B has created dishes for my family gatherings, birthday parties, and dinners over the last few years. It has been amazing to experience the growth and unique twist she adds to her dishes. I truly enjoy her creative appetizers.

Kelmscott Farm Franklin
4.3
from 6 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Debbie B.
Verified review

I was the one that hired Gail last minute to cook breakfast for 350 people a fundraiser for African Leadership (our previously acquired caterer backed out last minute). I knew Gail's food would be tasty and top quality - as I had had the privilege of being her roommate for a year! But she also managed the kitchen effortlessly (or at least appeared to), directing volunteers and getting food out to everyone hot and timely! We thoroughly appreciated Gail's professionalism and willingness to take on the challenge last minute.

  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Kate T.
Verified review

What a deal! Delicious, healthy food prepared by a professional chef in your own home! Makes life so pleasant. I highly recommend Ruth, her food, and the overall experience.

  • 5 years in business
Lisa A.
Verified review

Diane is truly talented chef and even more a lovely person. She recently prepared food for my guests at my baby shower and each dish was a huge success! The guest favorite was the Honey Sriracha Wings and Mango, Tomato, & Onion salad. She took her time and with my input planned out exactly what I wanted and really showed professionalism from start to finish. She prepared and delivered the dishes to the church exactly on time and set up the table impeccably. Presentation was wonderful and fit in with the theme of my shower. If you are searching for a Professional Chef for your next event or even a night in please do not hesitate to contact her! I will certainly be using her services in the future.

Netters Catering
5.0
from 1 review
  • 5 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
George J.
Verified review

He is a great chef and fun to have around. My family really enjoyed him!

About

Premier Catering serves the Mid-TN area providing our clients the best possible catering experience with professional attention to detail and fantastic menus customized to each unique, special event.

About

I show the great side of food by giving it my own personal flare while incorporating thing that make it personal for my guest

About

The following are offered: * Grocery Shopping * Menu Planning * Intimate Dinners * Private Cooking Lessons * Parties * Skype-A-Chef * Weekly Meals

About

I will do drop-off catering. I am a banquet server, instructor and personal chef. Do you need lessons on cooking your favorite dish, or do you just want to feel special? Whatever the occasion is, I'm sure that you'll love it.

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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