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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.

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Dallas caterers
Patti S.
Amazing Caterers made our party planning easy and the food was delicious!
Fresh Thyme CateringFresh Thyme Catering
Laurie T.
The food was high quality. The service was first class and I will use the catering company again!
Urban Taste CateringUrban Taste Catering
Molly B.
I would highly recommend Loveria Caffe for any catering event. They were wonderful to work with and the food was excellent!
Loveria CaffeLoveria Caffe
Thumbtack Customer
Thank you Ed and Chad! -very attentive. -very detail oriented to get what I need for my event. -staff is super friendly and helpful. -huge menu selection to cater toward any event. -very professional. Everyone enjoyed the corporate event and looking forward to the next one with Amazing Caterers. Thank you again for all the hard work! Chao
Fresh Thyme CateringFresh Thyme Catering
Thumbtack Customer
The food was delicious!! I enjoyed the food on my wedding day and so did all my guests. The spinach strawberry salad was awesome. Thank you Amazing Caterers. Monica- Tx
Fresh Thyme CateringFresh Thyme Catering
Thumbtack Customer
The food is excellent and the prices are very affordable. Buddy is extremely helpful and prompt with time! He catered my staff event in less than 24 hours! I highly recommend his service to anyone!
Buddy's Catering & Snootypig cafeBuddy's Catering & Snootypig cafe
Cameron R.
Nina and Robbie catered a resident social event for us and we couldn't be happier! They came early, prepared and brought everything to make the night amazing! We are looking forward to continuing to work with them. Highly recommend!!
Spiced Lavender CateringSpiced Lavender Catering
Suzanne D.
Chris was professional through all the catering process of my parents 50th wedding anniversary. We had to make several changes to the venue (church service and reception were in the same space). He was on the phone with me and then on conference call with my father a couple times listening to and making changes to accommodate last minute venue arrangements. The food was delicious!! Everyone raved about the lasagna but the chicken fettuccine alfredo was also delicious! I like the spring mix salad that was served with the food :-) I would highly recommend Everest Catering!
The Taste of East TexasThe Taste of East Texas
Thumbtack Customer
Chef Cassy did a wonderful job catering my 40th birthday celebration. My guests are still commenting on the honey pecan wings! She and her staff were very professional. I had no worries once she arrived. Thank you Cassy!
Chef Cassy's CreationsChef Cassy's Creations
Scott R.
James and Gemma were great! They catered an onsite picnic for 40 of our employees. The food was fantastic and they communicated well throughout the entire process. They were even able to handle a change to the menu the day before the event. I would highly recommend Meat & Greet BBQ for any event!
Meat & Greet BBQ Catering LLCMeat & Greet BBQ Catering LLC
Sean P.
I had an outstanding experience with Spiced Lavender Catering. She was accommodating in every way. She got me food for my event in a time crunch. The food was great. The Cajun Mac and cheese was a hit. I would highly recommend anyone looking for a true professional for your event . Thanks
Spiced Lavender CateringSpiced Lavender Catering
Gerald J.
After having a bad experience from another caterer, Brittney came in at the last minute and saved the day. My wife's surprise party went off without a hitch because of her efforts. Everyone loved the food especially the Tuscan chicken and cheesecake shooters. I would work with her again in a heartbeat.
The Bald Chef LLCThe Bald Chef LLC
Vinecia M.
I was so hesitant to pick a caterer until I talked to Jen! She broke down the whole process for me and answered all of my questions. She made my order special to my needs, and if I had any requests she was right on top of it! The food was amazing, I mean everything tasted so delicious and the setup was beautiful.
Jen's Kitchen and CateringJen's Kitchen and Catering
Saray H.
It was a wonderful experience, Jen was professional and made my Christmas dinner of 12 perfect. She helped me plan a menu that was delicious and my family enjoyed everything and they are very particular about Christmas dinner. The food was well seasoned and flavorful and was delivered hot and ready to serve. I recommend Jen’s Kitchen anytime you want a delicious and reasonably priced catered affair.
Jen's Kitchen and CateringJen's Kitchen and Catering
Thumbtack Customer
I couldn't be happier about the food and the service I received from Amazing Caterers. Ed was a pleasure to work with and his staff was wonderful! The food was delicious and everyone got a kick out of the made-to-order food stations. And breakfast for dinner was awesome! Thank you so much for a wonderful job and for being a huge part of my daughter and my new son-in-law's special day!!
Fresh Thyme CateringFresh Thyme Catering
Thumbtack Customer
The food was good and professionalism was present however, my main issue with the service was the payment options. I think they need to consider upgrading their systems in order to process credit card payments at the catering site, or they need to specify cash or check only. However, I would use them again and would recommend to a friend or family member. Buddy is very friendly and considers the needs of his clients.
Buddy's Catering & Snootypig cafeBuddy's Catering & Snootypig cafe
Thumbtack Customer
I'm so happy we found Amazing Caterers. Ed invited my husband and I to a tasting at the restaurant, and I was impressed with how personable and friendly he was. The food was incredible, and we left really happy. I reported the good news to my boss, and we decided to use Amazing Caterers for a board meeting with my company. We made several day before changes, and Deah was very acommodating and had such a great attitude about everything I asked. She came down to view our setup early on, and she gave me the times she would be here. She was accessible and responsive, and things were set up on time. The food was great, and I heard great reviews from a picky crowd. At the end of the day, I got a pat on the back and a "great job!" for choosing them for our meeting. There will be many more meetings to come! Thanks so much!
Fresh Thyme CateringFresh Thyme Catering
Katie S.
We hired Ed & his team to cater a thank you event for our referral partners. The menu was wonderful and the server Jesse and bartender George were not only punctual but incredible throughout the evening. They provided everything we needed and were helpful and courteous. If you have any questions about service, Ed is more than happy to make the time to speak with you and answer all your questions.
Fresh Thyme CateringFresh Thyme Catering
Thumbtack Customer
We chose Chef Cassy to cater a grand opening party in our office and she did a great job. She was very accommodating and flexible with handling my last-minute requests. Everything was set up and displayed beautifully. Chef Cassy is very professional and was able to handle everything with little direction, which allowed me extra time to tend to other matters. The food was great – everyone especially loved her quesadillas.
Chef Cassy's CreationsChef Cassy's Creations
Sydney W.
Chef Ashtian was completely amazing to work with. Our engagement party was such a hit because of the food. She really took time in making our menu, some of our family members have diet restrictions so she worked in dishes that were still delicious but met the restrictions. On top of everything, her presentation is outstanding. She’s passionate about her work and values her clients. Highly recommend her services to anyone looking for a caterer.
Ashtian Beck Private Chef and CateringAshtian Beck Private Chef and Catering
Thumbtack Customer
Planning our event with Urban Taste was easy, they were responsive, prices were competative, and the both Tiffaney and Derrick were great to work with. Their setup was efficient and elegant. The food was wonderful (we highly suggest the Coconut Shrimp, Buffalos Chicken Eggrolls and Beef Tenderloin!) The service during the setup, cocktail hour, dinner service, bar service and cleanup was phenominal. Everyone on the team was helpful, pleasant and professional. I highly recommend Urban Taste Catering for you next event.
Urban Taste CateringUrban Taste Catering
Thumbtack Customer
Urban Taste catered a VIP event for a store grand opening expecting 400 but due to weather we only had about 250. Tiffany's menue was exactly what we were looking for and she was a pleasure to work with. The food was great! The area's of disapointment could have been caused by the bad weather leading up to the event and the day of the event (worst snow/ice in years) The staff had a hard time keeping food on the tables and the water filled. Maybe we had too agressive of a menue with food that required too much prep, something to think about when you are planning.
Urban Taste CateringUrban Taste Catering
Elena I.
Chef Dazore catered to our daughter’s 5th Birthday party. The delivery included several trays for adults, including cold meats, cheeses, fruit, vegetables and a Mediterranean tray (dolmas, humus, olives, feta), as well as pita chips and crackers. The selection and quality of food were excellent, with great variety and interesting choices, not just your ‘basic’ finger food trays. The whole setup had an excellent presentation, and looked professionally done, with intricate details. We received many compliments from our guests. And all of this was done at a very reasonable price. We highly recommend Chef Dazore, and will be using her services for our future parties.
Cooking the DetailsCooking the Details
Joan B.
Luke did a great job catering a sit-down dinner for my daughter's bachelorette weekend. He responded to my initial inquiry promptly and was easy to communicate with via e-mail and text as we planned the menu. The girls wanted to float around the pool and enjoy a few adult beverages during the day, but wanted a restaurant-quality meal that evening without having to worry about dressing up or driving. Luke arrived promptly and served a great meal with a choice of lamb chops or filet mignon as the primary proteins. The meal included a sushi appetizer, salads & sides, and a yummy dessert of creme brulee. He cooked, cleaned, and rolled with the punches with this rowdy group of 8 ladies and they all had a great time and enjoyed the meal. We will definitely hire Luke again for other dinner parties at the house.
LK CulinaryLK Culinary
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