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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 Houston caterers
Wendy C.
The professionalism and attentiveness of the Dine catering staff was excellent. We received positive feedback from clients on the menu offerings. The price was similar to other caterers but the menu was unique and well-received. We will definitely be hiring Dine Catering for future events.
Dine Catering and EventsDine Catering and Events
Thumbtack Customer
Best Wedding Caterer Out There Pricing can't be beat and the amount of food you get for the price is Amazing! We all know that most caterers charge extra fees which adds a lot their pricing in the end. Pick this Caterer you will not be disappointed !
Affordable CateringAffordable Catering
Thumbtack Customer
We recently had Arcodoro catered two big events. Their food and service are absolutely first class. We would recommend it with no hesitation to anybody who is looking for a catering service.
Arcodoro & GourmetSardiniaArcodoro & GourmetSardinia
Pamela L.
I have used Keif's Catering twice and both times he exceeded my expectations. I am looking forward to working with him for all of our future catering needs.
Keif's CateringKeif's Catering
Karen M.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Catered Comforts to anyone who is in need of catering services. The food was superb! The presentation of the food was outstanding. My guests received a first class experience of Chef Roy Martin’s tasty food. Ample amounts of food, drinks and supplies were provided. Also, he was very easy to work with and accommodating. This was a great experience with Catered Comforts! K. Mitchell
Catered ComfortsCatered Comforts
Joan R.
It was all great. Menu, delivery, communication. With owner. Our 1st catered dinner and we had guests, it worked out beautifully. I am so pleased and will use RedDot every time I think of catering service
Red Dot CuisineRed Dot Cuisine
Darrel R.
The food was great, excellent service with setup. I highly recommend this catering company.
Sista's Kitchen CateringSista's Kitchen Catering
Anna F.
Keif's Catering was perfect for our event - they were on time, the food was great, and he had interesting options for our budget that really stood out from other catering choices that we saw. We would definitely hire Keif again in the future.
Keif's CateringKeif's Catering
Brook K.
Everyone was pleased with the quality and the variety. I will definitely be using him in the future for catering jobs!
Keif's CateringKeif's Catering
Dana J.
I will definitely be using Munched Out Catering for my next party. On time and great food.
Munched OutMunched Out
Jay G.
Joy of Lanier catering did a great catering event for us. She was on time, the food was excellent, the staff she brought with her to help serve were very well mannered and kept the food well stocked on the buffet. We plan on using Joy again for next party.
Laniers Cajun & Italian CateringLaniers Cajun & Italian Catering
Kimber R.
Angie is so nice and flexible. The food was delicious and we hope to have her for our next catered event.
Angie's Choice CateringAngie's Choice Catering
Nancy P.
Kief catering did a great job ! The service was good and the food was awesome! We would definitely use their services again
Keif's CateringKeif's Catering
Thumbtack Customer
Anyone who is looking for a catering event needs to call AJ! We had a corporate holiday party for 120 people and it was by far the best catered party I have attended. The food, the decor, the atmosphere, everything was perfect! I encourage you to call him before you make any decisions! It will be worth it! Alicia Haberstroh
Red Dot CuisineRed Dot Cuisine
Michael b.
My party was a success thanks to Unique Magic Catering. The food was great and everyone was satisfied. I will definitely use them again .
Unique Magic CateringUnique Magic Catering
Robin P.
Chef B Catering was amazing. We hired them to cater our two-day community college workshop hosted at the West Houston Institute in Houston, TX. Working with Tiffany during the planning all the way through execution was great. She was patient with all my questions and changes. The onsite staff for both days was very helpful and took great care of our staff and participants. The food was delicious. I would highly recommend using them for your next catered event. Robin Piccirilli Conference Director and Event Planner League for Innovation in the Community College
Chef B ServicesChef B Services
Dustie H.
AJ and his staff is absolutely top knotch. He made us feel like we were #1 everytep of the way. And the food? AMAZING. if I ever need another even catered, I know exactly where I'll go...Red Dot. Having looked around at other caterers, I know I got the best.
Red Dot CuisineRed Dot Cuisine
TC M.
Mark and his team catered my niece's christening reception @ the Gite Gallery in April 2018. The Gite Gallery has preferred caterers; however, I never heard from either caterer after contacting them. Upon contacting Mark, I explained that a friend of mine had attended an event where his team caterer the food and raved about it so I felt it was kismet that we linked up on Thumbtack. I also explained to Mark that I live in northern Virginia, and that I would need a caterer to facilitate most of the interaction with the Gite Gallery. Mark hosted a tasting the week of the reception for my mother and I listened in over the phone. She RAVED about the food! Every item Mark brought out was better than the next! I received the same rave reviews from the 50 people that enjoyed the passed hor d'oeuvres and heavy appetizers over the 3.5 hour period of the party. His lovely wife served as the TABC bartender. We provided the wine, water, and sodas and she served our guests. The money I spent on the event was well worth it and the Gite Gallery owner is even planning on using Mark and his team for future events. Mark will also be the caterer of my rehearsal dinner and wedding (once the date and man are secured 😀) . It was an absolute pleasure to work with Mark, his lovely wife and his staff. His impeccable attention to detail is evident through the presentation of his food and options for seating at a venue that was extremely tight and didn't necessarily accommodate for seating. If you're looking for a caterer with years of experience and reasonably priced with attention to detail and the most AMAZING food, Dine Catering and Events should be your first and ONLY option!
Dine Catering and EventsDine Catering and Events
M'Nai H.
Chef Roy was extremely professional and his dishes were amazing! I would definitely recommend having him cater any event!!
Catered ComfortsCatered Comforts
Robert G.
Chef Mark supplied food for my Easter dinner for 40 people. I must say that he was the best caterer I have ever used. Totally professional, polite and the food was OFF THE CHAIN. He even stay over just to make sure everything was on point. He is my caterer from now on. Thank you so much Chef Mark
M.A. PRIMEM.A. PRIME
Thumbtack Customer
We had a wonderful experience with Red Dot Cuisine. AJ, the owner was a pleasure to work with. If you are in need of a caterer, rest assured, you will not be disappointed with Red Dot. We used them to cater a wedding reception for 130 guests. AJ handled everything for us. Tables, linens, glasses, servers, and a wide variety of food items. You can depend on them to be on time and prepared, provide top quality food and virtually everything needed your event. All at very reasonable prices. We are so pleased that we found Red Dot and will definitely use them again for any catering needs in our future.
Red Dot CuisineRed Dot Cuisine
Juanice C.
The food was great. The presentation was a little awkward mainly on our part but Mason's catering was nice to work with and I would consider them for another function.
Mason's Creative CateringMason's Creative Catering
Gregory W.
We had a great affair and the food and his staff was excellent. The food was very tasty and my guess loved all that was served. I will recommend Catered Comforts
Catered ComfortsCatered Comforts
Erica H.
Lori and her team catered a wonderful dinner party at my home. The entire event exceeded my expectations and I couldn't recommend Arcodoro any more highly.
Arcodoro & GourmetSardiniaArcodoro & GourmetSardinia
Marianne B.
Andi was exceptional. Her catering was delicious, elegant and creative. She was absolutely amazing. I do not recommend lightly...I assure you with absolute confidence you will be wholly satisfied!
The FrenchFig CateringThe FrenchFig Catering
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