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  • 18 years in business
  • 83 hires on Thumbtack
Vikki V.
Verified review

Jill Brothers is a great compliment to Mack and Kates Catering Services. She was professional, friendly and helpful. This was a very special even for my family. Everything was just perfect. She beautifully executed, and the food was delicious. During the planning stages, Jill was patience with the numerous changes we went through. She listened and paid close attention to what we needed to make it a memorable dinner party for our dad.

Our Table Catering
4.8
from 40 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
Scott D.
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We have used the services of Our Table Catering on several occasions for our church. We have found them to be an outstanding company to work with, the food is delicious and their personal care is what will cause you to want to use them for all of your business or private dinner or lunch affairs!

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  • 3 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Karen T.
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Kristen did an excellent job catering a small event that I hosted at my home recently. She offered some creative dishes that pleased a diverse and picky palate. Everyone raved about the food. One guest even wants to use Kristen to cater an upcoming event their hosting. I would definitely hire her again! Thanks Kristen.

The Go Go Gourmet
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Cate H.
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The Go Go Gourmet provides excellent catering services with a variety of delicious items on their menu. My favorites are the old-fashioned chicken salad (which reminds me of the chicken my grandmother used to make) and the chicken casserole (perfect for serving for small...or large...dinner gatherings!). The signature desserts are 'sweet music' to this Southern girl! Go Go Gourmet is the perfect caterer for any event.

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Ludlow Catering & Events
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Cheryl C.
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Rachel Kohler, Director of Catering & Private Events, was wonderful to work with! She was quick in her responses, very professional, and detail oriented in the planning of our reception. Ludlow was very accommodating to our request for a completely gluten free buffet and it was outstanding! Guests were delighted by the Artisan cheese and fruit display, and raved about the wood fire grilled chicken breast with the Chimmichuri dipping sauce. The grilled asparagus was so good we were all amazed by it! The servers were professional and kept everything going smoothly. I would definitely use Ludlow's again!

  • 8 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Sarah J.
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I absolutely love Big-A-Doo catering and have recomended them to all of my friends! Chris and his lovely wife Hope catered my wedding in November the food was out of this world delicious best food I've ever had at a wedding. They were so professional and so helpful they set up my reception beautifully I explain to them what I want and I got everything completed they even help with centerpieces and displays they were there for about 12 hour did everything and I mean everything from setting up dishes to tear in everything down cleaning up packing up food for my guest . the only thing that could have been better is if they weren't working so hard they could have come and spend more time with us enjoy the wedding because they were a hoot. I will be hiring big a doo catering for all of my events. and not to mention the best prices in town so thanks again Chris and hope!!

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Creative Culinary Creations
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Wendy R.
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What a great job!!!! The food we requested was spot on, enjoyed by everyone. Michael arrived and was set up ready to go at our arranged to time. He did such a good job we discussed another event for 2019 already. I would hire him again and again for any size catering need!!!! Thank you Michael!!!

Chef Casandra Catering
4.8
from 10 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Amanda M.
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I contacted Chef Casandra with a catering idea for a unique birthday party... an afternoon High Tea! She got right to work researching the traditional menus and history of High Teas. She was quick to respond with suggestions and took my initial concept to a whole new level! Chef Casandra took care of everything from the serving trays to rentals to the food (of course) and even hand-selected the assortment of tea offerings. Her creativity and professionalism are superb... not to mention, the food! Everything was so delicious! My guests left impressed, delighted and -- most importantly -- full! I will absolutely work with Chef Casandra again and will be quick to recommend her to anyone seeking an amazing catering chef. Thank you, Chef Casandra, for making my birthday one to remember!!

Classic Southern Catering
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
John W.
Verified review

"The food was really good!" was a compliment I received. Chef Martin and his team at Classic Southern Catering provided meals for 30 people for three days of a business meeting held at a non-profit near downtown Nashville. Wraps and sandwiches were well received. The pasta salad and monster potato bar got rave reviews. CSC wrote-up the menu, and all deliverables were met on time with friendly service.

  • 5 years in business
Lynne L.
Verified review

B and G Hospitality catered a dinner for our large group of friends. The food was delicious, plentiful, and beautifully displayed. The risotto they served was the creamiest I have ever had, and the roast beef was cooked to perfection. I would definitely recommend them!

Chef B Creations
4.7
from 6 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Emily E.
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Chef B was amazing! She was promptly on time, super courteous, and best of all, the food/service was incredible. Having the most perfectly timed service and dinner in the privacy of your own home, with Chef B at the reins was a wonderful experience... And one we hope to have again soon! So, if all that isn't enough, she left our kitchen cleaner than it was when she got here. Truly a marvelous evening, dinner and one we would recommend to anyone looking to do something uniquely special with their loved one!!!

Chef Sean
5.0
from 4 reviews
    Kechelle W.
    Verified review

    I had the pleasure of working with Chef Sean for an appreciation dinner I hosted for a few special friends. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. Chef Sean was more than prepared with his own cookware, utensils, seasonings, and all the extras that added a special touch. He came early to my home to prep and came back later to complete the meal. Everything was fresh and right on time. I would not change a thing. He is the expert and made all things seem simple. It was a small, intimate event, however Sean gave me the same treatment as if I was a big time client. I would recommend Chef Sean for any style event. He is sure to please!

    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Tammy H.
    Verified review

    Mrs Js is the very best !! The food is absolutely amazing and the desserts are to die for. I recommend her over anyone else in the entire state of TN.

    • 6 years in business
    About

    We stand out because we are Servers We love catering to All your needs We make it All about you ! We Are Family ! We specialize in BBQ & Southern Food with City style !

    About

    We cater to your tastes and individual needs. All menus are based on the feel you want for your special occasion and budget. We can do anything from a simple appetizer party to a full-blown elegant affair. Just give us an idea of what you want, and we can make your vision come true.

    About

    Tree of Life Vegetarian Kitchen was founded in 2013. We proudly caters to those inclined to a progressive lifestyle, in Greater Nashville and surrounding areas. With a commitment to sustainability, Tree of Life ensures a local, natural and rustic culinary experience. Nonetheless, our kitchen dishes out comfort and a lot of it. Be it showers, parties or any private catered events, Tree of Life will meet your vegetarian catering needs. There are no bones about it!

    About

    I Love to cook. My goal is for you and your guest not to forget how the food tasted. The service and quality of the will be to my best ability. I want your event or special day to be wonderful.

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    I am now employed by McConnell's Catering. I've been catering for many years. I previously work with the Titans and Vanderbilt Sports Programs. I also do many private parties for longtime clients.

    About

    Grisham's catering makes any event a memorable one! We take the stress off of our clients and give them a first class experience. It's one-stop shopping. From a DJ to a bar tender, we can take care of your needs.

    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    About

    We have an awesome, friendly owner and staff. We love to meet people. We give great customer service with a smile. We make sure our goal is to please the client. Our homemade yeast rolls will melt in your mouth. I have 25 years of restaurant experience.

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    We believe in quality food at an affordable price. We offer delicious southern home style cooking. We are professional and affordable. Contact us for a FREE Estimate. Thank you

    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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