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Red Dot Cuisine
4.9
from 179 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 296 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer W.
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I have to tell you that not only is Chef AJ talented, personable, and organized, but he absolutely surpassed my expectations! My friends were so impressed and we will be using Red Dot Cuisine in the future! Not only did AJ supply the food, but he also brought all of the linens, glassware, and utensils, which made it so much easier on me because all I had to do was add table décor! Thank you for making my dinner party a blast!

Catered Comforts
4.8
from 129 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 187 hires on Thumbtack
Linda E.
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Chef Roy is low key and easy going. No drama. No hassle. He responded to my brief (a birthday dinner for 40-50 people doing Mexican food) specifically and didn't just send me some preprepared materials on what was on offer like some of the other chefs responding to the request. He came by the venue in advance to site check, then showed up on time and prepared. The food was just as ordered and delicious.

Top Pro
  • 6 years in business
  • 116 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Felicia M.
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This was the best catering service we could have ever chosen. Everything was so elegant yet professional. Food was awesome, chef and staff get thumbs up. Will definitely hire again!

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Dine Catering and Events
5.0
from 66 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 98 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Luis V.
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Truly outstanding! Exceeded our high expectations. Mark is a credit to chefs everywhere. The special birthday dinner for my wife, family and friends was fantastic (the oo's and ah's from our guests at every course was telling). He tailored it perfectly to our request. The cost was also spot on to our stated budget. How he managed to do all of that was a marvel. A real pleasure listening to him explain as he cooked; encyclopedic knowledge of foods and cooking. His lovely assistant/wife, Louise, was just as special and kind in her service to all of us. I could not give a higher recommendation. These two are a rare find.

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F.B. Chefs HTX
4.9
from 54 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 87 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Nickie R.
Verified review

Awesome job! Chef Lionel and his assistant arrived to my home promptly. They brought fresh ingredients and prepared an amazing meal. I asked them to prepare Cajun food which weren't the standard food items, but the meal was amazing and I was pleased. I would recommend them to anyone.

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Keif's Catering
4.8
from 51 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 74 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Moesha S.
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It was such a pleasure working with Chef Keif! He is definitely a keeper on my vendor list.

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  • 5 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Vawn G.
Verified review

Chef Hines is the best up and coming chef I know!! And I know plenty. Who can make chicken breast stay moist when feeding over 200 people? Chef Hines! Any even I have will most surely feature this creative culinary artist!

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M.A. PRIME
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Briana A.
Verified review

Mark does whatever it takes to make sure your experience is top notch. It doesn’t matter what kind of dietary restrictions people have, he will accommodate vegans, vegetarians, diets without sacrificing on taste or quality. Hired him for a company event and not only did he have patience with all the moving parts, he was willing to work around everyone’s preferences and was so easy to talk to whenever things didn’t go to plan. He covered all the details like dishware and cutlery and was willing to go above and beyond with drinks and tables. Even if he did none of that, the food is delicious and that’s the most important part. 10/10 would recommend and would definitely hire him again. Thanks, Chef Mark!

Knotty Pine Catering
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Jeannette S.
Verified review

Chef Paulo, did an outstanding job on our anniversary dinner! This specific location did not have an in house kitchen so be brought everything necessary to cook in front of us. His crab cakes was my absolute favorite part of the meal aside from the pasta made from scratch. He carried himself very professionally and I highly recommend him if your looking for a chef.

Qmamigrill
4.8
from 13 reviews
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Sascha S.
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If you are searching for a reliable caterer with a A+ Food, this will be by far your best choice. Hired Qmami Grill for our event. Jonathan was supporting us for setting up the whole event including tables etc. Thanks a lot. These guy´s, who was working as chefs oversea as well, really know what they are doing and you can taste the devotion for their work. The food was just amazing, our guest were impressed about the food quality and we will offer that high quality of catering on our next event again with Qmami Grill.

Good Meal Deals
4.7
from 13 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Jordan R.
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Chef Jones demoed two delicious and nutritious meals. Her fresh juice was a big hit!

  • 19 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Rex T.
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We've worked with Chef Steve & his staff on several of our corporate events at Exxon Mobile. Most recently was our Executive luncheon. Everyone had nothing but great things to say about the food, the presentation of the setup, & the friendly staff. Will continue to utilize in the future.

YannieCakes By Kia
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Darlette L.
Verified review

YannieCakes by Kia was great! The cake was beautiful! And detailed just right! It tasted wonderful!!! She helped pick the best flavor and we got plenty of compliments! Let's just say the groomsame cake went quicker than the regular cake! Thanks so much

Munched Out
4.5
from 8 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Shelby B.
Verified review

Chef T and Raven were wonderful. They worked closely with us on the menus. They brought samples for us to try and adjusted the menu to our liking. They were exceptionally organized when they arrived and provided everything required for the party (down to bringing their own dish soap so as not to use mine). They cleaned up as they went along and left my home in perfect condition. The food was delicious and a fun time was had by all.

Chrispea Catering LLC
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
MeShawn M.
Verified review

A lot of the food that I transfer from fork to mouth is not very impressive but this Chef dazzles me. Every dish created by her vanishes on your tongue leaving behind just a memory of transient happiness. Every ingredient used intertwines in creating the perfect symphony. For every occasion, whether intimate or a crowd, that "something" different is Chrispea's.

Charlene Francis
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Peggy H.
Verified review

Char provided excellent catering service for our adult day care. She was instrumental in helping us prepare a well balanced menu that was nutritional and yummy! The lunch meals arrived fresh and always appealing.

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I prepare catering event meals (drop-offs and setups). I service special events, including holiday parties, birthdays, and wedding receptions. Samples are available upon request.

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I cook whatever you desire. You name it; I can cook, such as seafood, Chinese, Mexican, soul, and vegetarian. I am a certified chef.

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I provide high-quality service combined with unique and delicious meals that everyone will enjoy. Whether it be a social gathering of your colleagues and loved-ones or personal meal prep for a family or individual, I am the best choice for any of your cooking needs. Experienced. Professional. Reliable. Message or Call me today!

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My passion for my craft is applied in everything that I do. I truly live, eat, and dream food.

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At Flambe, your wish is our command. We specialize in private events that require a chef to come to your home. We provide entertainment and delicious food.

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.

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.

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.
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