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San Marcos Food Service Consultants

Browse these food service consultants with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in San Marcos.

  • 3 years in business
  • 633 hires on Thumbtack
CAMILLE P.
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Very swift with communicate which means so much. They were the first to respond out of several travel consultants.

GoJohnnyGo Catering, Inc.
4.7
from 133 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 283 hires on Thumbtack
Sara K.
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Johnny was so responsive, did a large order only 48 hours in advance and the food was super good. By far, the easiest, most professional, and fair priced catering service. The food was the perfect amount for the number which is a nice bonus.

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  • 22 years in business
  • 99 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
John G.
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Great food, service and staff. Will definitely hire them again!

Bittersweet Cakes & Catering
4.9
from 43 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 80 hires on Thumbtack
Mary L.
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We hired Laura Eliel and Bittersweet for our son's wedding rehearsal dinner in our home. From the get go, Laura was proactive, friendly, supportive and uber professional. The food was fantastic and her staff very accommodating. A special shout out to Karen, Brittni and Colleen who provided excellent service that evening. Many of our guests commented on the friendliness of the staff -- they were simply delightful. Laura went above and beyond to help us out for the wedding the next day by sending staff to help with food prep and service. This was not in the original contract but when Laura learned of our need, she stepped in and saved the day. Again, all the staff was helpful and took on a huge job at the last minute. Great service from Viannae, Brittni, Teresa, Karen, and especially bartender Colleen. Amazing group of professional staff.

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Alvarez Catering
4.9
from 38 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 60 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Rebecca M.
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Pre trial tasting was great! Day of event went smoothly. Had so many compliments from guests on food and service .

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Top Taco
5.0
from 26 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Stephanie P.
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Fantastic service, food and people! Everyone was very pleased.

Bon Vie Chef Services
4.8
from 26 reviews
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Kira A.
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Thank you Chef Bon for your amazing food, and service! Excellent job! Great food, and presentation! You are very personable, and we all appreciated that... Hope to work with you again very soon:) Kira & Yves Amani

Diva B's Kitchen
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Danielle W.
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Diva B’s Kitchen provided an amazing food and beverage service for my wedding reception. I was able to taste test the items that would be on the menu prior to the event, discuss the time table in which items would be served and see my idea of a successful reception implemented. The food was amazing, the service was impeccable and the price was fair and reasonable. On one of the most important days of my life, I can look back in retrospect with fond memories of my experience. I would recommend Diva B’s Kitchen to anyone I know.

Tricia's Dishes
4.9
from 21 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Tim U.
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Tricia is an amazing chef/caterer. Whenever we used her services for craft service on our photo shoots I ALWAYS received continuous praise and compliments about the delicious food, amazing presentation and her courteous service. She provided Breakfast and Lunch and there were various options that would satisfy everyone's taste buds. She never let us down and for that I will always be grateful. I highly recommend her services for your next event. - L.Limage- Photo Shoot Producer

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  • 8 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jennifer L.
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Chef D was very professional and the quality of his food was as promised, phenomenal! I absolutely recommend!

V's Catering & Event Styling
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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Loved the food and customer service that we received. My wife and I really enjoyed the can do attitude of this company. Their willingness to please and achieve great satisfaction was outstanding. I would recommend them to anyone and I have recommended them to my friends and family.

Jewell’s
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Michele B.
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Saying that Mrs. Vida Floyd is a wonderful chef is a complete understatement! The food, the service, and the presentation were all impeccable! No matter the event, from formal to casual, Jewell's can make your event special!

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Euro Pizza Texas
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
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Kelley B.
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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!

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

Chef Heath Catering
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Mary D.
Verified review

Chef Heath provided tea sandwiches and some hors d'oevres for an adult birthday party. He delivered the food on time and helped arrange it for the party. The spinach and goat cheese tartlets weren't successful; the pastry got soggy. Otherwise the food was good, and the service was great.

CULINARY MISFITS
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Shayda T.
Verified review

We hired Eric and Culinary Misfits during SXSW and Eric and his team did not disappoint. We had amazing service, delicious food, and overall had a wonderful presence at our event due to their service.

  • 19 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Jennie S.
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Kris was really easy to work with. She is attentive to what you envision for your catering needs. Her food was awesome. My family can’t stop talking about how great the food was for my father-in-law’s milestone birthday. I do intend to use her again for future family events. I was very pleased with her service and do recommend her to anyone who requires catering for any event.

Dolce Bacio Gelato
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Shiela G.
Verified review

I recently brought on Dolce Bacio to serve their gelato at my event, and they were amazing! Very responsive to my messages leading up to the event, showed up early to set up, and offered incredible service. 10/10 would work with them again and visit their food truck on E. 6th!

Buenos Aires Café
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Sofia C.
Verified review

I've loved Buenos Aires Cafe for many years now. The food is incredible, and beautifully prepared, while the ambiance is simply lovely. It's one of my favorite restaurants in Austin.

Silver Whisk
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Morgan H.
Verified review

Couldn't have been more impressed with the service and quality of the food!! Our guests raved about it and the Silver Whisk team was beyond accommodating for our last minute catering event! Will definitely recommend and would to use them again!

  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jennifer C.
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Jesus makes some mean BBQ! He caters for us at work frequently, so I knew it was delicious, and we chose his service for our wedding! We could not have been more pleased with the variety of choices for our menu, the cost per person can't be beat, and most importantly everything he makes is so juicy and perfect! You can't go wrong here.

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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