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Arlington Food Service Professionals

Browse these food service professionals with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Arlington.

Amazing Caterers
4.6
from 140 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 283 hires on Thumbtack
Suzan P.
Verified review

The food was completely fantastic! We had 2 receptions (Houston and Dallas) and the food with Amazing was absolutely delicious! And, the food services was excellent. The only reason for holding back the 5th star is the bartender service was subpar. I'm not sure, but I think one of the food servers had to fill in for a bartender that didn't show up. She was nice, but I was expecting someone who had worked a bar. And, I did have to tell her not to pour triple shots for everyone so they could make it to the end of the party! I'd definitely hire them again for the food!!

Tatering
4.8
from 110 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 141 hires on Thumbtack
Gail K.
Verified review

Outstanding food and service from day one we met with Marc. I would hirer them again for sure.

LK Culinary
4.9
from 88 reviews
  • 133 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

Chef Luke prepared a great hors d'oeuvres offering for 15 guests at our home, where we were hosting an alumni happy hour. The food and service was terrific. We will definitely call on Chef Luke again if/when the need arises. - Mike in Frisco, TX

Buddy's Catering &Restaurant
4.8
from 87 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 156 hires on Thumbtack
Mrs S.
Verified review

Buddy and his team catered my son's wedding a week ago. I so appreciate how easy it was to work with him, hassle free. I got so many compliments on the food and the service ... I deffinately recommend Buddy's catering , and thank them for being a part of our special day...

Chef Cassy's Creations
4.9
from 72 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 107 hires on Thumbtack
Tom H.
Verified review

Our first experience with Chef Cassy was fantastic! Her service, her food and her attention to my client's was above admirable. We especially appreciated her meal preparation. The food was extremely good, with all of the little touches one expect from a chef, not from a catering experience. We have already contracted with Chef Cassy for our next event and are planning on contracting with her deep into the future. It's five stars from Tom and Tammy Holland and THE Group, Inc. Thanks Chef!

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Meat & Greet BBQ Catering
4.9
from 69 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 74 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kelvin N.
Verified review

Jim catered for us and the food, service and pricing were outstanding. Highly recommended. The taste of the bbq was outstanding!

  • 3 years in business
  • 123 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

Our event went great and we had plenty of food for all of our 1800 guests. The only issue was the starting time, our event was delayed by 20 minutes due to everything not being in place in time. Food was good, and everyone seemed to have enjoyed it.

Urban Taste Catering
4.8
from 59 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 108 hires on Thumbtack
Kasey M.
Verified review

Tiffaney and team were fabulous to work with. They completely outdid themselves with the food and service. Our customers were extremely stasified. This was my first experience with using Thumbtack to I was a bit hesitant but as soon as I talked to Tiffaney I knew her business was LEGIT. Their food not only delicious but plated in a creative way! Thank you again- Tiffaney and team!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! :)

Chefs Like It Hot Caterers
4.4
from 50 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
Philana B.
Verified review

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Chef Tony Teems when I threw a close family member a baby shower in February 28th, 2015. This new baby is the first addition to our very large family in many years, and so I was beyond excited to throw a very special shower and deliver an exceptional experience for the guest-of-honor and her closest friends & our family. My event planner and I both worked extensively for a few months to find the perfect catering partner to deliver just the right culinary experience for the event. The planner and I spoke with so many different caterers and had so many tastings, my head was spinning! At this time, I had not yet discovered Chef Tony, so as time was getting short, I elected to proceed with a different caterer. As I continued to ponder the other caterer's menu and reviewed the total price, was just not satisfied- then, I came across Chef Tony Teems' website, ChefsLikeItHot.com. The first thing that drew me in is the variety of his catering menu. Chef Tony's skill set covers a wide range of cuisines from Traditional French to down-home country soul food! He understands the delicate culinary intricacies of so many styles of food and can offer whatever tastes your palette desires. The second thing that captured my attention was his competitive prices. After reviewing so many proposals and prospective contracts from other caterers, Chef Tony's prices are more attractive, particularly for the high quality and complex nature of the cuisines he offers. Chef Tony can work within your established budget and deliver the best value for your money. What drew me in even further was Chef Tony Teems, himself. After reviewing his menu and his prices, I called Chefs Like It Hot Caterers. Chef Tony was very charming, funny and friendly, but what struck me the most was his heightened level of professionalism and can-do attitude. Chef Tony asked all the right questions, answered all of my questions, and even anticipated questions that I did not even think to ask. Even without much time left on the calendar before the shower, Chef Tony confidently reassured me that he would deliver the type of food and service that I sought. -and he exceeded my expectations. Finally, and most importantly, the food tastes amazing! Chef Tony and his assistant chef Lacarnist Hiriams they provided us a delicious, beautifully presented spread of food that had the entire party raving! The baby shower's program started 45 minutes late because I couldn't get the guests to stop eating the food, to stop talking about the food, to stop asking questions about the food, and to stop trying to hire Chef Tony for their own special events! In summary, if you're seeking: *A range of menu options that look and taste absolutely divine * To capture the greatest value for your budget * To deal with a trusted professional whose primary goal is wowing his clients * Then book Chefs Like It Hot Caterers and Chef Tony for your event right away. Bon Apetit! P. Berry

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Affordable Elegance Dining
4.9
from 29 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Angela C.
Verified review

Brian came over our condo to create a surprise birthday dinner for my husband! Brian EXCEEDED my expectations! He was professional, customized the dinner, he was fun, and the food was AWWWWEEESSSOOOME! I HIGHLY recommend him! I will use his services again!

Kidwell's BBQ & Catering
5.0
from 27 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
Shelly M.
Verified review

Thank you Darran & Parri Kidwell & crew for helping make our Halloween at the Y event in Arlington a great success! We had well over 1000 people attend and only heard great reviews of your food and service. We are definitely using you next year and for future events. We'll see you soon.

Carolyn's Cuisine
4.7
from 21 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
Cindy S.
Verified review

We have enjoyed Carolyn's food for two weeks now. The food she makes is so delicious and tasty. She is a pleasure to work with and ready to change her recipes to please her clients. I would rate her and the quality of her food as outstanding and recommend her to anyone.

Oak Cliff Taco Company
4.8
from 20 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Amber R.
Verified review

Charles was very professional and responsive. He gave me a good deal and customized our menu to accommodate vegetarian options. The food quality was great and several of our guests asked for Charles' contact info. My husband also said their salsas were better than any of the locally made salsas he buys from central market. Great job! Satisfied customer.

SPICED LAVENDER CATERING
4.7
from 18 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Martize W.
Verified review

Spiced Lavender Catering is a very professional and affordable catering company. I love the quality of their food as well as the exuberant and hard working staff.

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  • 2 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Matt M.
Verified review

Not only did Islanders provide my event with quality food and service - they helped me to locate other food trucks that would be free to work our event on relatively short notice. Highly recommended!

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MK Events
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Laura S.
Verified review

MK was very proactive on responding and working with us on our needs. They offered food and drink suggestions based on our theme event. Extremely friendly and polite. Can’t wait for the final product next month.

Just Encased Food Truck
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Leah V.
Verified review

The guys are funny and friendly, along with prompt service. The food is made to order, which ensures a freshly prepared product each and every time. The flavor combinations are genius. You will still be craving it long after it’s gone. So, do yourself a favor...eat as much as you can, as often as you can!

  • 8 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Alisha T.
Verified review

We couldn't have been any happier with our service or the quality of the food Lisa provided for our son's graduation party. Lisa was very patient and assisted with every step of the event from menu/meal planning through a post event call. The food arrived hot and was very fresh and delicious. Lisa was very professional and went above and beyond. Her service and the tasty dishes and dessert exceeded our expectations. There was plenty of food to accommodate our guests who all commented on how flavorful the food was. We highly recommend Lisa Picou and Lisa Marie's Taste & See Gourmets.

The Bite
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Marc C.
Verified review

If you are looking for a World Class catering company that delivers high quality food and service then look no further. Evan and The Bite will "eat" the competition when it comes to Service and Quality. The team that did our event were efficient, professional, consistent, and when extra miles to ensure everyone received the same food throughout the night. We highly recommend The Bite and Evan's world class team for your event.

Cowboy Chicken
4.9
from 9 reviews
  • 37 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Tina H.
Verified review

Service and food was awesome! Will be using them again in the future!

Soiree Chef Group
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
William H.
Verified review

Chef Roger provided one of the best experiences for my wife's birthday dinner party. All of my guest raved about the food. The service was impeccable. Everything was timed out perfect. I highly recommend anyone who is looking to hire a professional chef for a private event to strongly consider Chef Roger. We will be using Chef Roger again.

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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