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4. Red Dot Cuisine
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from 202 reviews
4.9 (202)
In High Demand
In High Demand
  • 9 years in business
  • 322 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Sugar Land, TX
"After meeting with a wedding caterer that really underwhelmed us, my husband and I were worried that our food was going to fall into the trap of many wedding entrees - just ok and not memorable. Lucky for us, we found AJ and our wedding meal is STILL being talked about -- even a month later! Our experience with AJ was different from any other vendor from the start. From initially posting the project, AJ was extremely responsive and remained that way through the wedding. Planning any event can be stressful, but AJ eases the stress with frequent and fast responses. We truly felt so comfortable and confident with AJ and he never let us down. Both him and his staff went above and beyond to make sure our wedding was flawless. He worked with our budget, gave fantastic menu recommendations and employs a team of hard-working and respectful staff. Upon first meeting with AJ, we had a phone consultation and told him about foods we thought we wanted to include at the wedding from appetizers during cocktail hour to the main entree. AJ listened to us and then sent over a custom designed menu. He then invited us to come in for a tasting where he prepared numerous appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and side dishes (even more than he initially sent us in the custom menu). We were blown away by the taste and presentation of the food. It was even more difficult to decide on which menu items we wanted to pick because they were all SO good! The item that really was the talk of the tasting and even more so at the wedding, was a plated shrimp cocktail appetizer that AJ created. The shrimp cocktail sits in a martini glass that is standing in a fishbowl...with a LIVE goldfish and LED light. The appetizer was fun, classy, unique, and quite the conversation piece. Not to mention, the marinated shrimp cocktail and mango pico dipping sauce was to die for. I had several guests come up to me during the wedding to say how amazed they were with the presentation and that it actually tasted as good as it looked! We had 4 appetizers during cocktail hour - chicken salad in an EDIBLE spoon (delicious!), marinated ahi tuna, a fruit and cheese kabob tree (another spectacular presentation) and hummus with vegetables and pita chips. The appetizers were eaten in a flash and really set the tone for the event - that we were about to have an event full of tasty food to follow! AJ's team had a challenge to serve appetizers during cocktail hour outside while our reception space was being flipped and then prepare for a seated dinner. However, they knocked it out of the park! In the hour that it took to flip the reception space, AJ and team had pre-set the goldfish/shrimp cocktail appetizer -- which let me reiterate, was an amazing setup! The team had no problem serving a plated dinner to 175 guests. After the appetizer, AJ created a chicken and sweet potato corn chowder soup, which was served hot for all 175 guests. It was extremely tasty and the perfect complement to the 40 degree weather outside! The main entree was a dual plate of filet mignon and cranberry, date and pecan stuffed chicken. The filet mignon was so tender that you could cut it with a butter knife. It was cooked perfectly, and this was another item that guests raved about. The chicken was also very tasty - this was an item that AJ had created for us at our tasting on his own - we didn't request it. As soon as we did taste it, we knew we had to have it! It was a different take on normally dry, boring wedding chicken. The main entree was accompanied by stacked au gratin potatoes (I still think about how good these were) and grilled asparagus. It was the perfect menu for the elegant feel we wanted. AJ also set up our dessert bar and mini tabasco bottles that we gave as favors. Their attention to detail and commitment to making sure your event is event better than envisioned was totally noticeable. I know I've already said it, but AJ and team goes above and beyond in everything they do. If you need an amazing caterer - no need to look further. Contact AJ. You won't be disappointed and your guests will be amazed. I can't wait to use him again in the future."


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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 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 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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