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Arlington Private Chefs

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

We loved Ed! Not only was the food DELICIOUS, but the service was outstanding. Ed is a real people person, and every visit we had felt comfortable. Ed and Amazing Caterers catered for my wedding on Oct. 7th 2016. All my guests loved the food and variety Amazing Caterers offer, and I even had the chefs checking on myself; always asking if I needed anything throughout the night. Ed also went above and beyond for us, and got us a quote and set up for flatware 3 days before the wedding when a crisis had hit! Thank you Ed, and thank you Amazing Caterers!!

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

We hired Marc for a private awards ceremony for the National Boys Scout of America. His BBQ is sensational, the smoked chicken was so tender. His BBQ should be in everyone's house and I really enjoyed the Caesar salad he prepared. As one chef (including my staff) to another we recognize true talent and all of here at WPG salute a true artist in the BBQ meats. We look forward to another fine menu prepared by him.

LK Culinary
4.9
from 87 reviews
  • 133 hires on Thumbtack
Paula B.
Verified review

Jeff Dugger was our chef from Luke Keller culinary and he was amazing. We had over 100 people and everyone loved the food! I highly recommend them!! Paula Jorgenson

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
Hannah K.
Verified review

Jim helped me cater a barbeque for a company appreciation lunch. We found his website and were impressed by the clear, to-the-point menu and pricing options. He was easy to reach and answered all our questions professionally and quickly. On the day of the barbeque, I could smell the delicious food from all the way in the parking lot. He served about 60 guests a spread of brisket, sausage, hot dogs, hamburgers, with all the fixins included. The taste was delicious! I don't think I've tasted better barbeque! I'd highly recommend Meat & Greet for any company or private event. Thanks Jim! :) - Hannah K, Sigma Relocation Group

  • 3 years in business
  • 123 hires on Thumbtack
Kim S.
Verified review

Chef Jared came through for me BIG TIME! I called him on a Tuesday night at 6:00pm for a catering event on Wednesday at 11:30am for 35 people! Chef Jared came through with BBQ none the less. We had so many compliments from our customers on the food alone. We have his number now and we will definitely will be using Chef Jared for all of our business events along with some personal events.

Urban Taste Catering
4.8
from 58 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 107 hires on Thumbtack
Tina D.
Verified review

So far, the experience with Urban Taste has been nothing but spot-on. Great communication, delcious food..our tasting was the best of all! Their customer service goes far beyond my picky expectations. The front-end has been seamless, I will update my review after the wedding next week. I'm sure I will have nothing but glowing things to say about this team of culinary masters!

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A Sweet Life
4.9
from 52 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 71 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sherrie S.
Verified review

Leigh is a jewel! She listened to what we needed for our daughter's wedding, and went over, above and beyond! From the cake tasting to the finished project, we were kept informed, and she even sent pictures of the cake as it was progressing. She gifted the bride and groom with a sketch she had made before painting the cake. Our theme was Legend of Zelda, which we thought would be difficult, but she was a real trooper. She researched and made everything work. The finished project, which was a gorgeous reveal cake, was the centerpiece of the reception and almost took away from the bride and groom, it was so amazing. Numerous people came to me to tell me what an outstanding job she had done, including one who was a professional chef who wanted me to let her know that she was tremendously impressed. Not only that, but we did everything long distance, as mom and dad of the bride live in Colorado and the bride and groom are in Texas. What a shame I don't live closer! She would get ALL of our business from now on, but I'm sure that the bride/groom and all of the Texas family will use Leigh for every special occasion from now on! She's also so friendly and personable, she takes an interest in what she's doing and in the family she's doing it for. Super, super job, Leigh! We can't thank you enough for the amazing job and effort you put into our daughter's special day.

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

Working with "Chefs Like it Hot" was very easy. My daughter was involved in the planning of the menu for the wedding but after that Tony and his crew made sure it all happened without us having to worry about any further details. Tony and his crew were ready to serve the food when the schedule called for. It was so easy that I didn't even think twice about the catering during this busy day - that was a blessing! The food was excellent and many of our guests complimented my wife and I about the quality of the food. My daughter was very happy which was the most important test to pass!

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Sweets by Chef Ana
5.0
from 32 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Joyce J.
Verified review

I ordered a wedding cake and a groom's cake from Chef Ana. Both cakes were beautiful and delicious. Ana was so sweet and pleasant to talk to and work with. She delivered the cakes on time and set them up beautifully. She is an artist! I highly recommend her, and I am pleased that I chose her and her wonderful cakes to be a part of our wedding! :-)

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

If I could give 6 stars I would. Chef Brian and his food were AMAZING. He prepared a flavorful meal in my home and let me tell you..it was DELICIOUS. I ate leftovers for breakfast (smiles). It was really nice to see someone actually enjoy what they do. Chef Brian- I thank you!!

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

I just started using Carolyn to deliver dinner for 5 one night a week. We had a our first delivery today and it was OUTSTANDING! Everyone loved their food and the portions were big enough that we have some left overs for tomorrow. She is great to deal with and so nice and friendly in person. If you are looking for a personal chef then look no further. So happy we connected with her!

SPICED LAVENDER CATERING
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Roy C.
Verified review

Highly recommended! They provided my wife and I with everything I needed for my event for 800 people. They also gave me a really great deal and were very flexible with my budget. On thumbtack I went through many catering companies and all of them were either overpriced or the food quality was below average. In addition I loved how they provided me a beverage bar with Hibiscus based drinks and organic lemonades. I especially loved their Lavender Cheesy Bread and Cherry Lime Hibiscus. Servers and Owners were prompt and the bartending service specialized in specialty cocktails that were smoked or traditional. Either way Spiced Lavender Catering is very professional and very fast to respond on any questions that I had. Also they are great for casual or high end venues that include weddings and corporate events. I cant thank them enough for saving me alot of stress at the last moment and they exceeded my expectation in everything from food to the exceptional service. Again I also cant thank them enough for being flexible with my timing and budget. Thanks Chef Nina.

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  • 2 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Amanda T.
Verified review

Islanders not only has wonderful food they are very professional in their communication with clients for private events and super customer service oriented. You are in great hands any time you hire them to provide meals for an event!

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

The delicious bbq chicken sausage keeps me coming back for more!! Love supporting a great local family business. Especially, when they pay such close attention to detail. Chef Ched, if you read this - I'll be back soon!! This time for the umami sausage.

  • 8 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Susie W.
Verified review

It was a real pleasure working with Lisa. She is very professional and most of all she's a very personable and pleasant young lady. I could depend on her to have a menu that catered to a nice variation of food choices. My order was taken and delivered to me on time as I had ordered . She was dressed professionally with the logo on her t-shirt. Now about the food, it was absolutely delicious each meal was individually prepared as opposed to just being dished out from a larger dish. The portion size was excellent and really convenient for me and my husband. We could each select what we liked. The food was always freshly made. I will continue to use Lisa as our personal chef and also if I need an event catered. I have recommended her to several people.

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

I had never hired a caterer online before and was nervous about doing so for an important lunch with prospective clients, but I am SO HAPPY that I hired Evan and his team to cater our lunch event at work last Saturday! We were all blown away by the mini spinach and artichoke dip bites, the smoked brisket and chicken and the beer battered mac and cheese balls...wish I could get some more of this delicious food right now :-)! Our prospective clients were from the west coast, and chef Evan sure managed to give them a taste of Texas that they'll never forget. Best of all, they signed on with us as new clients - I truly think that it was partly due to the warm hospitality and good cooking of the BITE catering. Next time I have an event, business or personal, I definitely know who I'll be calling to cater it - chef Evan and his amazing team. Thanks so much!!!!

Matt Reddick Personal Chef
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Kenneth C.
Verified review

I hired Chef Matt to cook for a small private party for my 40th birthday. My wife and I, along with all of our guest were blown away by how amazing the food was! From start to finish the entire evening was perfect! I can not say enough great things about Chef Matt!

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.

Chef Leo
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer R.
Verified review

Chef Leo catered our small Christmas party. She was like our own personal chef throughout the party. The food was well presented and tasted amazing. The guests loved the menu and kept coming back for more. I definitely will refer her to friends and if she is available will use her for some up coming events in the new year.

Sean Dillinger
4.8
from 4 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Tosh P.
Verified review

Had such a great experience with Sean and Lance!! We would definitely recommend them as a great quality chef. Looking forward to using them again.

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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 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.
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