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  • 22 years in business
  • 99 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Erin A.
Verified review

If I could give 6 stars I would. Working with Leslie was so easy! Usually the breakfast/lunch part of our events is the most time consuming and stressful, but for the first time, I wasn't freaking out. She was incredibly prompt with quotes, answered all my questions (no matter how stupid), and thought of everything before I even asked. I'm always nervous about catering since I've had some horror stories with incredibly late caterers. Not them! They arrived an hour early, prepped, and we had an excellent breakfast. My office is notorious for being incredibly picky when it comes to food, and all I heard around the event was how amazing the food was and how friendly and fantastic the chefs were. This was a first for us! I'm afraid they're going to see a lot of us in the future, and I can honestly say that one of the reasons my event went so smoothly is due to Fabulous Affairs.

Tasty Temptations
4.9
from 55 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 68 hires on Thumbtack
Eric H.
Verified review

I host seminars on a regular basis, and the meals ordered from stores and restaurants are getting tasteless overtime. I found Karen on the internet and saw her background that drew my attention immediately. I decided to give her a try and see how it will work for my event. The results turned out fantastic! She showed up right on schedule, professionally dressed with the food I'd ordered. I was able to tell that it was the food I've been looking for just by the smell of them! The unfinished dishes were all boxed up and bottomed up which had never happened before in my seminars. I highly recommend Karen catering your meal if you are sick and tired of the food from stores in the market. Actually, I am hiring her again to cater my next seminar!

Luna's Kitchen
4.6
from 53 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 97 hires on Thumbtack
Arielle C.
Verified review

As someone who has worked with many caterers in the past, I can say that I have found a caterer for all my future needs! Luna's Kitchen not only took on this job at a very short notice, but exceeded my expectations with super delicious food, generous portions, and great customer service. Karen was so easy to work with, and on the day of our event her team was there early to set everything up, and impressed all of our guests with that amazing food! Thank you, Karen & staff. We look forward to working with you again in the near future.

Bittersweet Cakes & Catering
4.9
from 43 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 80 hires on Thumbtack
Allison K.
Verified review

Planning our event in 2 weeks, I was afraid I wouldn't have a good choice of caterers. Laura was prompt and helpful in getting everything to me. Her staff was super friendly and kind. People raved about the food, which was delicious and presented beautifully. They left our house clean as it was and we even lucked out with a few leftovers. I would recommend Laura to my friends.

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Kniseley Catered
4.9
from 33 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Marcie N.
Verified review

If you are looking for the PERFECT caterer for a dinner party in your home, Kniseley Catered is for you. We used this company to serve a buffet style dinner for a professional office party during the Christmas holiday season. From start to finish Robert and his crew were supportive, attentive and a true pleasure. The menu was customized for our guests. The food was excellent. The cost was extremely reasonable. They even did the dishes!

Goodies & Bits LLC
4.8
from 29 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Ellen H.
Verified review

Amazing. Goodies and Bits were simply amazing, awesome. They showed up early and were prepared when our church members were leaving service. Service was quick and the food was awesome. There was something for everyone. I loved that we had options to choose from as to what they served. I even know some people that went back twice. A tremendous thanks for helping to make our event successful.

Bon Vie Chef Services
4.8
from 26 reviews
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Jim R.
Verified review

This was awesome. We love dinner parties, but this year we've just had no time. And even when we did have time, we were wiped after the week, and couldn't face the cleaning, cooking, and cleaning again (dishes -- like a hangover without the fun drunk part beforehand). We decided to splurge and try a catering/chef service. We chose Chef Bonnie and were very pleased. Communication via email and phone was promptly responded to. She handled the somewhat complex dietary issues of some of our guests without batting an eyelash. She noted our requests and confirmed them, also dealing with my questions and minor changes perfectly. The day of the dinner she and her assistant arrived with everything they needed to cook an awesome meal. All we had to do was occasionally point out where some of our serving dishes and kitchen items were. When our guests arrived we were able to relax and enjoy a conversation for hours while Bonnie and her assistant dealt with all the food, served us, and then CLEANED UP ALMOST EVERYTHING. They even labeled and stored the leftovers in our fridge! Have I mentioned the food was delicious? It was! Rounding it all out, I felt we got good value for our money. I would not call it "inexpensive" but two people working hard for 6 hours (skilled labor at that), plus the prep time beforehand, and all supplies except the wine, salt and pepper? AND the ease of mind? Bargain. Oh yeah, almost forgot: She was very patient with our dogs, who spent most of their time under her feet until we finally put them away. Give her a try! I think you'll be pleased!

Chef Natalie Blackburn
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Therese F.
Verified review

Timely, courteous, friendly, flexible with accomodating extra guests on short notice.Well plated and creative menus. Delicious food. Affordable.

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Lyndie C Catering
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Monique R.
Verified review

Working with Lyndie C Catering was wonderful! Lyndie responded to my inquiry quickly and the responsiveness continued throughout the whole process. I was working on a corporate cocktail party with Lyndie in Austin while I was in NJ so it required extra help from Lyndie and she knocked it out the park. She was very easy to work with, food was excellent and she helped to coordinate all of the other vendors for the evening. I couldn't have done it without her!

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Top Taco
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Alfred S.
Verified review

I had the chance to try this place last week since I was working in the area. I ordered some Tacos and were absolutely delicious and their salsas are authentic, too. They make the tacos fresh, it's fast, it's cheap, it's tasty. What more could you want? The service was really quick and the food absolutely delicious!

  • 23 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
JB K.
Verified review

Austin Barbecue Company Catering is simply the best! Owner and cook David (DT) Terrell can BBQ and smoke most any meat to perfection. The fixings are also excellent. We have used Austin BBQ for parties on land and lake for decades and he never disappoints. For our last boat party, I asked David to surprise us with something special along with the normal array of meats and he showed up with a whole roasted pig which was so succulent and tasty that we couldn't stop talking about it. I recommend this company highly! ~JB Kuhn

Diva B's Kitchen
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Keyandra E.
Verified review

I can't say enough about how great Diva B's Kitchen is!!! I have used Diva B's Kitchen for several events with my sorority and she always delivers high quality food that is delicious and satisfying. Balena is always willing to work within whatever budget I have to offer a variety of items to appease my guests and cater to all diets. She quickly responds to messages/texts/calls and was so patient, especially when dealing with changes to the menu. Diva B's Kitchen is my go-to caterer and she should be yours too!!

V's Catering & Event Styling
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Daytona B.
Verified review

Food was great, price was great! Loved their catering for my wedding!!

Troy's Texas BBQ Catering
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
David F.
Verified review

Troy catered our wedding with brisket, ribs, chicken, and sides. People come up to me a year and a half later asking who did the catering and complimenting the quality. My memory of that day is a blur, but the juiciness and flavor of that meal is clear. We could not have asked for better service, better food, or a better price.

Urban Cowboy Southern Fusion
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Carla Y.
Verified review

Great service! Urban Cowboy was on time, well prepared and served almost 300 people in an hour. There were many compliments about the tasty food.

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Euro Pizza Texas
4.9
from 9 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kelley B.
Verified review

Such a great and yummy experience! Thierry and his team were very responsive, super easy to work with, professional, and friendly! Our crew LOVED the pizza and it was an excellent evening treat. This truck gives excellent food and service at a very affordable price!

L'Amica Catering Austin
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Karen L.
Verified review

L'Amica provides delicious meals for our Friday lunches on a regular basis. Both the food and service are exceptional.

Alicia's Catering
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Larry G.
Verified review

This dinner took weeks to plan and we had to cancel several times. But Alicia never faltered and when we were finally ready, she was there for us. Alicia was sweet and gracious and she served us an excellent meal of apple/cinnamon pork chops, a loaded baked potato and asparagus all for a VERY reasonable price. It was a surprise for my wife and she is still raving about it. We had an excellent experience with Alicia and I'm sure anyone looking for a caterer will as well. Thanks, Alicia!!

Hey Diddle Diddle Catering
4.2
from 6 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Raven H.
Verified review

I had Hey Diddle Diddle cater my husband's 60th Surprise Party and it was Amazing. I was so worried about handling every little detail but soon realized that Michelle had taken care of every little item. I was able to relax and enjoy the party and our guest all because I choose the right caterer. Excellent service, excellent food. Highly recommended.

Ochoa's Catering Service
4.8
from 5 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
James H.
Verified review

Eric and his whole operation is stellar. I hosted a birthday party with 50 guests. From the start through the finish, Eric was the perfect person to work with. Because of the weather, I had to throw some changes at him - the response was always, "No problem, We'll make it happen." On top of that, the food is excellent. Guests all night kept commenting on how great the food was. When you are doing an event, you need someone who can give you top quality food, and be a great person to work with. Eric is that person. He will be first on my list to call for future events, and I would recommend him to anyone I know.

Midnight Baker & Catering
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 2 years in business
Abigael W.
Verified review

Excellent food, presentation and very professional. Great experience.

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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