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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.

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.

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.

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 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 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.

Reviews for Holladay caterers
Mark C.
We hired 801 Catering to cater our daughter's after party for her wedding. Chef Alex and his associates were outstanding! The food was wonderful, reasonably priced and we have already recommended his catering service to friends! We could not have had a more positive experience. All of our guests loved the food! Thank you so much!
801 Catering801 Catering
Thumbtack Customer
Amazing food! Wagner was great to work with and the presentation was grand - out Christmas party went off without any problems and everyone loved the food. This is a must for anyone looking for a catering service. I look forward to using Tushar Brazilian Express for out next catering needs!
Tushar Brazilian ExpressTushar Brazilian Express
Thumbtack Customer
Dang! Veronica's Catering was quick to the punch and quite helpful. We're going with them for our work party! :)
Veronica's CuisineVeronica's Cuisine
Nancy W.
My caterers came to my house early to cook the yummy food. They were so helpful at setting up and helping me to get the presentation tables ready. When my guest arrived, they were so professional. My guests called the event "Classy." The food was divine and beautifully presented. The caterers cleaned up and slipped out quietly so that I could enjoy time with my guests. My kitchen was left spotless!! Thank you, Chaia Cucina Catering! Nancy Willams
Chaia Cucina Catering and ConsultingChaia Cucina Catering and Consulting
Jenn M.
801 Catering was amazing to work with me on a last-minute event. My guests kept commenting on how great the food was, and it made the night so much better. I'd recommend them to anyone looking for a reasonably priced caterer who delivers quality food. I will definitely keep them in mind for future events. :)
801 Catering801 Catering
Thumbtack Customer
Very nice, genuine people. Excellent to work with. The food is exceptional. Some small miscommunications with setup/execution, but overall a very good caterer.
Veronica's CuisineVeronica's Cuisine
Falecia W.
Adam was great to work with. Food quality, creativeness in the menu. I highly recommend him for any social event you need catered.
Chaia Cucina Catering and ConsultingChaia Cucina Catering and Consulting
Janet A.
Alex took care of all the details. The presentation was very professional. The food looked and tasted great. Would recommend 801 Catering without any reservations!
801 Catering801 Catering
Jaime B.
They did an excellent job catering our corporate event. The food was delicious and the customer service was even better. They were flexible, attentive and thorough. We will definitely use them for now on!
801 Catering801 Catering
Michelle R.
Thank you so much for your insanely quick catering for my client! You guys did great and were very accommodating to the budget. I look forward to working with you again.
Veronica's CuisineVeronica's Cuisine
Thumbtack Customer
I had to postpone my event but Veronica and her staff were willing to accommodate my needs and schedule. They are very professional and responsive. I can't wait for Veronica's Cuisine to cater my event.
Veronica's CuisineVeronica's Cuisine
Peter G.
Mike did a fine job catering our event. He listened closely to what we wanted, and created a good menu. Communication was good. Our event went well with the excellent food provided by "no-name" Mike :).
No Name GourmetNo Name Gourmet
Thumbtack Customer
Veronica's cuisine was outstanding! The food was delicious, the service was stellar and they made us feel like family. I would 100% book Veronica's cuisine in the future for any kind of event. I couldn't have been happier selecting them as our caters for our wedding.
Veronica's CuisineVeronica's Cuisine
Thumbtack Customer
Alex catered a party for me for 35 people. Both the food and the service were super excellent!! He even brought autumn decorations (gourds and such) to dress up the table. The guests raved about the food and the set-up. I highly recommend My Personal Chef!
801 Catering801 Catering
Thumbtack Customer
Vicki was a great pleasure to work with. She provided the perfect menu for the celebration of life picnic we had after my father's funeral. He always said he wanted a good party when he passed, and we were able to grant that wish with Vicki's help. She was quick to adapt when my family and I decided against using a full service caterer, and then again when the celebration ended up being smaller than originally anticipated. I also appreciated her expertise as she made suggestions for a color scheme and possible changes to the menu based on the season and cooler weather. Overall Vicki was personable and professional. And... the food was fantastic! I enthusiastically recommend Vicki to anyone who is in need of catering services.
Vicki KoncarVicki Koncar
Posha H.
The food was absolutely delicious & wonderful!!! There was plenty of food, we even had leftovers for the next day. We had a couple of issues at the time of delivery, but they were resolved promptly & efficiently, even before we served lunch to everyone. Great value for the price. Will definitely keep these guys in mind to hire them for catering again in the future.
Flavors CateringFlavors Catering
Thumbtack Customer
Veronica and her husband were fantastic. They catered our company Christmas party and not only did they give us everything we wanted on our banquet, they also specialized some of the dishes for a few people with dietary restrictions. Very pleasant to work with and the food was outstanding, My husband loved some food that he won't even normally attempt eating. The cocktail shrimp with Veronica's special recipe for cocktail sauce is completely addicting and would of this world!!!
Veronica's CuisineVeronica's Cuisine
Heather S.
We recently used Veronica's Cuisine for our son's wedding rehearsal dinner. We had a big group to feed...120. We received proposals from many caterers and all of them had add on fees like delivery fees (around $500), staffing fees ($100/person for servers at buffet), etc. and then I found Veronica's Cuisine on Thumbtack. There were no hidden fees. When they said the cost was $10/person it was $10/person. They were flexible with our guest count and gave us within 2 days of our event to make changes and then were no price adjustments based on less guests attending. We could also get our full deposit back if for any reason we needed to cancel within 2 weeks of the event. The food was delicious and delivered on time. I would definitely recommend them to my friends and would use them again for our next catering event. Thanks Veronica and Daniel for your attentiveness and making our special evening even better!
Veronica's CuisineVeronica's Cuisine
Thumbtack Customer
I hired Veronica to cater a 50+ person birthday party. This was hosted at the condo clubhouse. Veronica and Daniel had me over to sample what I had chosen to serve. They came to the birthday party fully equipped with beautiful serving items and the best dinner ever. They were wonderful to work with a pleasure to have at our party. Thank you Veronica and Daniel for your excellent service and food. Hope to see you again really soon! Sue Bailess
Veronica's CuisineVeronica's Cuisine
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