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Alexandria Caterers

Browse these catering services with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Alexandria.

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  • 24 years in business
  • 97 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Katherine S.
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Serge catered for our office holiday party. He made a grilled romaine salad, chicken roulade with potatoes and mixed vegetables, and a chocolate tart. Everything was delicious, I was very impressed! I had never had catering done for our office parties before (sadly, we have always just done pizza or something similar), but this was definitely much better for a special occasion, and very reasonably priced. I would not hesitate to use Pure Kitchen Culinary Concept again!

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Mercedes Jo Events
4.8
from 68 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 117 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Wanda J.
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The staff at Mercedes Jo Event were fantastic! The service was awesome and the food was simply delicious! I would highly recommend Mercedes Jo Event to anyone looking for high quality catering.

Top of the City Catering
4.9
from 59 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 85 hires on Thumbtack
Brent S.
Verified review

For our wedding my wife and I decided to go with top of the city catering, it was the best decision we made. They were classy, patient, and professional. The food was delicious.I can not express how blessed we were to find them. If you like five star food with five star service, top of the city catering is for you.

A Private Affair
4.5
from 42 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
Maggie S.
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Ms. Johnson's catering business was absolutely wonderful! Her food was delicious and presented beautifully! She was a true professional in every capacity. I will definitely use A Private Affair again.

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AC Catering
4.9
from 35 reviews
  • 55 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mary F.
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George was so helpful and kind and really did everything to help make the food portion of my event run smoothly. He was also very considerate in the scheduling process and understanding of the delays that can come along with working with a university where many processes and people have to be involved. In all, everyone really enjoyed the food and it was fairly priced. I will definitely be keeping him in mind for further catering needs!

Sweet Bazil, llc
5.0
from 31 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
LaToria B.
Verified review

I’m going to start with OMG!!!! The food was DELICIOUS!!! EVERYBODY wanted to know the name of the catering company and how did I find SWEET BASIL. There were a few people who said they don’t like bread pudding BUT when they heard other people saying how good the bread pudding was they decided to try it. Would you believe one of them went back for a second serving (but she doesn’t like bread pudding, LOL!!!). The breading pudding melt in your mouth. EVERYTHING was delicious. The President of the company is retiring and moving back to Louisiana, that’s why I choose to the Louisiana style food. He was impressed as well, he said the food was delicious. I will definitely use your company again and I will tell anybody that’s looking for a catering company to use SWEET BASIL.

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Clever Catering
5.0
from 30 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sarah B.
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We recently hired Clever Catering for our annual holiday party, and everything turned out wonderful. All of our guests loved the food, and Richard was a joy to work with. I highly recommend Clever Catering for your next event!

Epicurean Nutrition Catering
4.6
from 25 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Rosemarie D.
Verified review

Epicurean catered a "Girls' Night In" at my home. The food was phenomenal. Extensive menu options made it virtually impossible for my guests to be dissatisfied. In fact, they continued to eat throughout the evening!! I will be hosting several fundraising events this year and definitely plan to use Epicurean Catering Service in the very near future!!

  • 12 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
Danielle S.
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The overall experience was good with Extravagant Affairs Catering Event Rentals and Decor. The Staff was very professional and punctual and the service and decor and set up was excellent. I wish I could give this vendor an Excellent review, but we were asked to pay for a hot box for the food and our food was cold. All of our guest complained about their food being cold. The beef was tough, the chicken was dry and most of the guest didn't even eat their food. The food was very disappointing and it took away from the excellent job that Shovanna and the rest of her team did with pulling together a really beautiful ceremony and reception.

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Chef Nikki S.
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
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Melanie M.
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Chef Niki catered my promotion dinner at my firehouse. I appreciated how I was able to view and sign the contract online and pay through a cash app. However, I was surprised to pay in full prior to delivery of service but I admit to being naive about the process of catering an event. Nikki was fair in price. The amount of food was very generous. The food was delish and the guys are still talking about how tasty it was. I only gave four and not five stars due to the late arrival of food. (40mins after agreed time.) Overall, I would recommend Chef Nikki to cater future events.

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  • 2 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Rachel T.
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I cannot recommend Sandra highly enough. She was such a pleasure to work with all through the process of planning a brunch to celebrate our children's baptism. She talked through the menu and the schedule with us well in advance and kept in touch as she pulled all the pieces together. Her food was beautiful and absolutely delicious. And, she was attentive to every detail. She brought tablecloths and accents to match the colors of our kids' outfits and arranged beautiful flower arrangements to help decorate the house. She was cheerful and clearly invested in making sure we had a beautiful event. We have found our event caterer and look forward to working with Sandra again in the future!

K&A Catering
4.7
from 11 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Rory M.
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Kimmy was prompt, easy to communicate with, and very professional. I would happily work with her again!

Pearl And Da Girl's
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 8 years in business
Ed N.
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I would recommend pearl and the girls catering for any future functions. They where very professional about the way they went about there business. The food was really good and it was more then enough to eat.

Feast Kingz
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 6 years in business
Gaberella T.
Verified review

By far one of the best catering experiences I've had, Chef Tony executed my event with ease everything seemed to just come together so effortlessly. His passion for cooking is phenomenal and without a doubt shows in his work, the food alone speaks volumes truly amazing. Highly recommended!

  • 4 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa L.
Verified review

Jaclyn and I are preparing the menu and working to coordinate my event in two weeks and I am very pleased with her suggestions and input thus far. Looking forward to tasting her culinary creations.

A Lil' Blue Cafe
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Evan M.
Verified review

Pam provides 3 meals for my fraternity each week. She has also catered an alumni brunch for us. She's done a phenomenal job so far and has not disappointed. The food is delivered in a timely fashion with everything you need. Every meal she's made has been delicious and she has yet to disappoint. The meals are all very balanced and she provides plenty of variety. I would highly recommend her for anyone that wants a delicious catering experience.

ChiquiChef
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Ali S.
Verified review

I love working with Anna. Her menus are creative and always delicious. In addition, she makes the entire process so easy as she brings everything with her and cleans everything up allowing you to focus on your guests. She has a great personality and is never an intrusion when she is creating her masterpieces in the kitchen. I have used her multiple times now and plan to use her for any and all future catering events!

Creative Cuisine Catering
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Holly D.
Verified review

Dashawn was great to work with. I'm from the west coast and contacted him to cook up a feast for a friend who lives in MD. It was her 50th birthday so I wanted to something special for her. Despite the miles, Deshawn was flexible, provided lots of choices, everything went smoothly and the meal was a huge success. Could not have asked for a better experience although I wish I could have been there to enjoy. Definitely a 5 star experience for my friend and me. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for an amazing experience in your own kitchen or as a gift for someone special.

Classic Catering
4.9
from 7 reviews
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Valerie R.
Verified review

Absolutely impressed with the service provided by Classic Catering! I needed a catering company for a last minute event I hosted and Classic Catering was recommended by a colleague. I called and spoke with Sandy, who understood exactly what I was looking for and needed for my event. She was able to work out the details and arrangements for my party and was a pleasure to work with. I can definitely see myself using their service for future events.

  • 3 years in business
Susan D.
Verified review

My company hosts a fall festival each year and this year we decided to try a new caterer. The team with the District Catering Co was fabulous, poised and professional. The owner was a gem and she made sure to exceed our expectations. I’ll definitely be using them again

Colada Shop
4.8
from 5 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jessica B.
Verified review

Food was great--I didn't know that the Colada Shop catered, so that was a pleasant surprise. The price was right. I do wish that it came with wire racks/sternos. Also, we paid for utensils and plates but we didn't get any. The sales person said that she would credit that off the bill. I would definitely use the Colada Shop again.

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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