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San Antonio Buffet Caterers

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  • 3 years in business
  • 630 hires on Thumbtack
Aleah L.
Verified review

Great personalities! They did their absolute best to help us save money on airfare for our wedding guests! Love them, and will definitely work with them again on any future vacations!

GoJohnnyGo Catering, Inc.
4.7
from 131 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 273 hires on Thumbtack
Diane B.
Verified review

Johnny and his crew were great to work with on our recent daughter's graduation party. I contacted them late (about a week and 1/2 before event) and they were amazingly accommodating,polite and just on top of everything. We had wonderful, really yummy fajitas and Johnny had a great idea for some awesome appetizers (stuffed bacon wrapped jalapenos and corn fritters with cilantro cream sauce). They quickly got all the chafing dishes going in our kitchen for our buffet did appetizer set ups on tables in our garage so our kitchen wasn't messy (really appreciated that). They made everything seamless. Everyone raved about the food and were asking who did the catering (always a good sign). Santini and Martin, who were our servers, were very helpful and provided excellent service. They even helped with things outside of their responsibilities. Thanks, guys! I am so glad I took a chance on them and will definitely use them again in the future.

  • 21 years in business
  • 232 hires on Thumbtack
Chad W.
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Service and food were fantastic. Joyce was on time and great to work with. She also allowed to take left over food home, unlike some caterers. The Brocolli Alfredo was awesome! Would definately recommend using her for any occasion.

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Alvarez Catering
4.9
from 35 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Shaina B.
Verified review

We hired Alvarez Catering for our wedding and they were absolutely wonderful!! Teresa was always there to answer any questions I had and was so accommodating to all of our needs. I never felt worried or stressed about our catering for one second. We chose to have a Thanksgiving feast for our fall wedding, which included turkey, pineapple glazed ham, stuffing, buttermilk mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, rolls, and sweet/unsweet tea. Oh my goodness it was absolutely delicious! Everyone complimented us on how great the food was and I absolutely agree. It was set up buffet style with attendants and the lines moved quickly. I cannot thank Teresa and this company enough for making our day so special. They even arrived earlier than we agreed so that they wouldn't distract our ceremony. I would choose them over and over again! THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for completing our day! - Shaina & Alex

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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!

S.A. Event co
4.8
from 18 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Megan V.
Verified review

Shalamar took care of just about everything for my wedding, planned it all a month before my wedding date and everything within my budget!!! We had many quotes from other caterers, planners etc.. None of which compared to Elegant Events. We were very pleased with her professionalism while also being personal. Overall a great experience and glad we went with Elegant Events to take care of it all.

Brimont Fusion Cuisine
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Chris A.
Verified review

We really enjoyed working with Ashley! We had asked for a buffet style Tex-Mex dinner for 8-10 people. The food was delicious and our guests really enjoyed it. Our guests loved the southwestern salads in decorative mason-style jars...cool presentation and delicious salads! I think what made Ashley most unique was that she pretty much took care of everything about the dinner - all we had to do was tell her what we were looking for, when the dinner was, and how many guests, and she took care of the rest. Really made everything very easy for us, start to finish. She came out to our house, set up the meal (with flowers and everything) and then came back afterwards and cleaned up. Thanks for a great dinner, Ashley ... we'll definitely holler next time we are in town and want to do an event like this.

Jewell’s
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Lee P.
Verified review

I would recommend Jewels to anyone looking to have some good ol authentic New Orleans cuisine! The food is great and the service is unmatched.

  • 20 years in business
Ronald B.
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Southern Hospitality Catering Company is amazing, the Caterers were on time and set up was excellent, the food was great, just wow awesome!! The staff was very professional and wonderful and I will definitely use this company again for future events

  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Leah H.
Verified review

Our business selected 3009 Restaurant for catering our Grand Opening - Joni and the staff were amazing!! Joni is very patient as we changed our minds several times on what type and amount of food we thought we would need. Every question we had was answered quickly and thoroughly. The food was wonderful!! Everyone raved about the selections and the service provided!! We would most definitely recommend 3009 for catering!! Thank you, Joni!! --Leah Halbardier, LBSW TruCare Living Centers - Selma

  • 19 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Tory R.
Verified review

Kris was enjoyable to work with from our first communication. We had a dinner party for 8 and she made the night a success. Her appetizers, salad and main dish elicited oohs and aahs from all of us. It was a delicious, wonderful evening!!

Kajun Kuisine
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Kathleen C.
Verified review

So far she has done an outstanding job. She has kept up on things to Mae sure the event goes well. Our event is Aug 1st.

Spotted Cat Catering
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Nicole H.
Verified review

Chef Jessica and Chef Jake far exceeded my expectations when they traveled to Austin to prepare a brunch for a party of 9 ladies. Jessica had great ideas for the menu as some had dietary restrictions. She was punctual in responding to my emails and arriving at the event location. From the quality of the food to the presentation and the taste...nothing short of AMAZING!!! All were extremely impressed and I would definitely recommend using them!

About

I have been doing custom catering for the past 22 years. I have exceptional recipes customized specifically to the taste and preference of the client. I am energetic, customer-oriented and professionally fun!

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I can cook most Mexican food like tamales, menudo, pozole, etc. I have been cooking Mexican food for over 20 years.

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We customize your menu to fit your needs. We cater to parties, meetings, receptions, weddings, seminars, dinners, birthdays, holidays, anniversaries and themed parties.

  • 8 years in business
About

We run a Gastropub with a large kitchen. Our staff is formally trained in the culinary arts. Our food is seasonal, artisan, Americana fare. We have a true passion for food! We specialize in customizing food menu's for each individual catering client with special emphasis on high end culinary preferences on a budget. We are open 7 days a week, 365 days per year. We are family owned and operated and we will match and/or beat any other quoted price

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I offer fresh BBQs brought to the customer, with homemade, fresh sides. I can bring to your home, business and events. I believe in old-school, real mesquite wood and smoke.

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We use the freshest ingredients, from farm to table. Our chef is professionally trained with over 13 year experience. She has competed on Food Networks #1 Show Cutthroat Kitchen and worked as a personal chef to many high profile clients. Stick a Fork in it Caters to you and your budget to make sure every bite has you satisfied.

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The company is run with heart. We ensure to meet all of ones wishes or over the top. There is no stone unturned. The following are examples of events that we serve: * City of San Antonio company department events * Christmas dinner * March of dimes client auctions * Department parties * Kids' day in the park

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Because we do not adapt Italian cooking to American food, we cook the real thing!

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.

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.

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.

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.
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