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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 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.

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 should catering cost per person?

Catering prices can range from about $10 per guest on the low end to $150 or more per person on the high end. Catering costs represent the quality of food, presentation, variety, ingredients and service. But catering prices are more than the cost to cook the food that will be at your party; they also include the cost for the company to do business. Here is a simple breakdown of catering prices:

  • Menu: The food you serve your guests will directly affect the price per person. Organic ingredients, complex recipes, elaborate presentations, or high-ticket items like lobster or filet mignon all add to the cost.
  • Service: Buffet, family style, plated dinners — how you serve the food affects the cost per person. For example, a true plated meal can cost about twice the price of a staff-assisted buffet because of staffing costs. Hiring waiters, bartenders and cleanup crew will all be calculated into the per-person catering price.
  • Drinks: Providing beverages and alcoholic drinks for guests greatly increases your catering budget. Hosting an open bar can cost as much per person as the meal.
  • Rentals: Seating, plates, glassware, etc., will all have an effect on the cost per person for catering. For example, a plastic conference table that seats 10 costs about $6 to rent on average, while a wooden farmhouse table is about $80 to rent on average.
  • Business costs: Any catering cost will also include the cost for the company to do business such as insurance, employee wages, commercial kitchen space and more.

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.

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.
Reviews for Alamo Heights caterers
Eva B.
Excellent food and service. I will have the same catering again soon!
GoJohnnyGo Catering, Inc.GoJohnnyGo Catering, Inc.
Nancy R.
The food presentation was excellent, and delicious. We highly recommend JC Cooks Catering.
JC Cooks Catering & Chef ServiceJC Cooks Catering & Chef Service
Thumbtack Customer
We utilized GoJohnnyGo Catering for two holiday luncheons and both times they did not disappoint. All participants just raved about the food and asked several times where it was from. Thank you so very much to the team at GoJohnnyGo Catering!
GoJohnnyGo Catering, Inc.GoJohnnyGo Catering, Inc.
Brad K.
JC Cooks Catering responded immediately to my query for catering services. They walked me through the process as I had never catered a similarly sized event. I felt very comfortable the entire time that they knew exactly what they were doing and it made the planning so much easier. The night of the event, they were there early and were already set up by the time I got there. The food was fabulous and the service was excellent. I will definitely be using them again and recommend them highly.
JC Cooks Catering & Chef ServiceJC Cooks Catering & Chef Service
Jenn L.
This is a catering business that I plan to call first before booking any other catering place. Fast, friendly, and food was a hit. I work with Executives that are pretty demanding and they loved every bit of it. Set up was awesome and on time. No issues with Pro38 Lifestyle. You can't go wrong with them.
Pro38 LifestylePro38 Lifestyle
Chrystal W.
Alvarez did an outstanding job catering my sister’s retirement party! The set up of food was beautiful and everything was delicious!
Alvarez CateringAlvarez Catering
Autumnn W.
Everything from communication to the food was wonderful. Will definitely use comforting souls again and I recommend them to anyone needing catering!
Comforting Souls CateringComforting Souls Catering
David B.
The caterers were very punctual as well as professional for my wedding. They did a great job with everything. I highly recommend this company.
Alvarez CateringAlvarez Catering
Carissa V.
Wonderful customer service and very prompt. The food was delicious and we'd be glad to book Go Johnny Go Catering again for our next events!
GoJohnnyGo Catering, Inc.GoJohnnyGo Catering, Inc.
Ashley H.
Alvarez Catering was amazing. Wonderful to work with on my sister's wedding reception. They were flexible and very kind and personable. My family will use them again.
Alvarez CateringAlvarez Catering
St. Andrew's C.
The Nuns that were celebrating their Jubilees (anniversaries of Service) stated that they were on time, the food was served to the tables and people walked around to see if anything else was needed. The food was to die for, the Chicken Cordon-Bleu, steamed Broccoli, and garlic whipped potatoes were so flavorful and cooked perfectly. I will recommend Alvarez Catering to all of my associates and family members. Thank you Alvarez Catering for doing such an awesome job.
Alvarez CateringAlvarez Catering
Holly N.
They were able to do my last minute event and brought more food than expected (not a complaint). You definitely get your money's worth with Alvarez Catering.
Alvarez CateringAlvarez Catering
Thumbtack Customer
Sam Sanchez, Manna Catering did an incredible job for our special event. He went to extra lengths to provide special attention to each and every detail. The food was fabulous - very fresh and tasty. We've had many events where we served food but we have had more compliments on the food for this event than any other event! Sam's presentation was spectacular. The buffet tables looked beautifully enticing! All his suggestions were great - he's very professional but very accommodating and easy to work with. We were more than satisfied. I would highly recommend Manna Catering! We can't wait to book our next event with Manna Catering!
Manna CateringManna Catering
Thumbtack Customer
She and her staff catered a Christmas party at the house with heavy hors d' oeuvres and a full bar. It was lovely. The guests loved the food and the staff was wonderful. The bartender was great as well.
JC Cooks Catering & Chef ServiceJC Cooks Catering & Chef Service
Patricia B.
I was looking for a caterer for a private event and GoJohnnyGo was able to answer my questions. We weren't able to work together this time, and either way, they were polite and professional throughout the whole process.
GoJohnnyGo Catering, Inc.GoJohnnyGo Catering, Inc.
Linda P.
Joyce & Jane provided all they promised and more for our company Open House. The food was not only pretty to look at but really tasty. We will certainly call JC Cooks for our next catering needs.
JC Cooks Catering & Chef ServiceJC Cooks Catering & Chef Service
Virginia A.
Definitely would use them again. They were prompt and their food quality was great. They arrived early for our big catering job and were more than accommodating with our needs. Thanks for making me look good with my company!
GoJohnnyGo Catering, Inc.GoJohnnyGo Catering, Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
Very pleasant interaction with owner. We came up with our own holiday menu and he meet our needs as well as exceeded our expectations. Should we visit San Antonio again they would definitely be our caterer.
GoJohnnyGo Catering, Inc.GoJohnnyGo Catering, Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
Joyce is awesome! The food was delicious and everyone told us they enjoyed their dinner at our wedding:) Joyce and her team took care of everything like she said they would. We definitely recommend her and will use her catering services again!
JC Cooks Catering & Chef ServiceJC Cooks Catering & Chef Service
Thumbtack Customer
Everything about my experience with Cindy and her assistant was positive. She catered to my every need, including the children in our party. She was friendly, courteous, communicative, and professional. Food was good and well-presented. I will definitely use her again!
Cindy Voss - Event CateriCindy Voss - Event Cateri
Tracy C.
Johnny was there early to set up the tables and chairs and then they came back to set up the food on time. The food was absolutely delicious! This is the first time we have used GoJonnyGo Catering for our event. We usually use a private caterer, but wanted to try someone different and got nothing but rave reviews on the food and presentation. We were very pleased with everything from start to finish. Thank you for everything. The evening went off without a hitch! I just wish we had the pic ready for this review so I could show everyone how great it actually was from the appetizer to the main courses.
GoJohnnyGo Catering, Inc.GoJohnnyGo Catering, Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
They catered an outdoor birthday party for 60. The friendly staff helped with set-up, kept everything on schedule, and the food was delicious. Johnny and his group have great follow-up and ensured everything went off seamlessly, allowing me to enjoy my party.
GoJohnnyGo Catering, Inc.GoJohnnyGo Catering, Inc.
Margaret M.
We contacted Alvarez catering on rather short notice to cater a graduation party for my daughter. Everything was fantastic! Teresa quickly responded and gave me several menu choices. Set up was on time and they were so kind and accommodating of our needs. The food was fantastic! We order pulled pork sliders, tilapia and herb roasted chicken breast. Portions of main dish and sides were generous. All of the entrees were just fantastic! we received many positive comments on the food. In addition to the food, the Strawberry Lemonade was great! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this company to friends. We were very pleased with their service and especially the great meal!
Alvarez CateringAlvarez Catering
Brenda A.
Joyce was wonderful and exceeded our expectations! Her communication was great and I am so thankful she was able to work with our budget. I highly recommend her and have already raved to all my friends about her catering! We will definitely use her services again.
JC Cooks Catering & Chef ServiceJC Cooks Catering & Chef Service
Liz O.
This was my very first experience in catering for an event. Teresa was very responsive with every email I sent her. She answered any questions I had and was very nice. The food was delicious and all guests had great comments regarding the food. We were very pleased. Thank you Teresa!
Alvarez CateringAlvarez Catering
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