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Alexandria Party Food Caterers

Browse these party food caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Alexandria.

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  • 24 years in business
  • 94 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jenifer G.
Verified review

Chef Serge was a delight to work with. He was very interested about what I wanted and how I wanted it and did an excellent job making my wishes into a delicious and beautifully presented reality. Thank you for super yummy party food! It was a success!

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Mercedes Jo Events
4.9
from 63 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 111 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Michelle C.
Verified review

We received lots of compliments on the food for our party. Everything was tasty and beautiful.

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

"Top of the city did an AMAZING job catering for our wedding. Not only were they more than willing to work in our budget, but they went above and beyond our expectations. Maribel and her husband Noel are so easy to work with and took so much extra time to meet our needs and answer our questions. The food was wonderful both in presentation and in taste. The staff was helpful and friendly the day of our event. And best of all, we got to actually eat the food at our wedding. We would not hesitate to hire Top of the City Catering for our next event. They are absolutely wonderful to work with and we'd prefer to give our business to a personable and attentive company like the one they've built. Huge thanks to them for making our wedding day a beautiful day that we'll always remember."

ALD EVENT SOLUTIONS
4.9
from 42 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
Noah R.
Verified review

April was extremely professional, and service was excellent. We had two helpers at the appointed time with not only everything they said they would bring, from ice to glasses, but also tasteful accent lighting. Communication was excellent and she was very responsive to all requests. We used her for set-up, clean-up, serving and bartending for a party for which we were having food delivered. She was very careful with our antique serving pieces, stayed until everything was cleaned and put away, and left our home spotless. Highly recommended.

A Private Affair
4.5
from 40 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 53 hires on Thumbtack
Saskia F.
Verified review

The experience was wonderful! The presentation in itself was awesome. Nicely set, worthy of a feature on a food network. The food was delicious. Breakfast consisted of waffles with a strawberry on top, scrambled eggs, home fries and fried chicken. Everything was well seasoned and definitely satisfied my appetite. Thanks Jackie!!!

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AC Catering
4.9
from 35 reviews
  • 55 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kathy B.
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First time we used them for our company Christmas Party. Food was hot, healthy portions, and our employees -- office staff as well as construction workers -- were well pleased.

Catering Reserved
4.9
from 30 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Anna S.
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Found Catering Reserved on Thumbtack and never using another caterer again! Delicious food, responsive service, professional and attentive on site staff - I was so so pleased.

Sweet Bazil, LLC
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Kemia K.
Verified review

My experience was totally professional! I highly recommend this caterer for any event. The food was phenomenal! My guests couldn't stop raving about the green beans, salmon, and chicken. Tbe bread pudding was absolutely delicious. I am looking forward to having Sweet Bazil cater another event. Thank you again for making our event memorable. Kemia Kirby

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Clever Catering
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jill J.
Verified review

Richard did a fabulous job food was fabulous. Party was a great success. I would highly recommend Clever Catering and use them again.

Epicurean Nutrition Catering
4.6
from 25 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Moira J.
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It was my Son's graduation party, she organised the food for +80 people. She and her waiters were fantastic! The food became the conversation piece of the day. ABSOLUTELY SUPERB.

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Chef Nikki S.
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
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Melanie M.
Verified review

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
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lisa M.
Verified review

Creative Visions Cuisine provided some fun, festive food for our Halloween Party last year. Our guests loved the unique presentation and the attention to detail that was incorporated into each dish. The food was delicious, so flavorful, fresh and well-prepared! We were so pleased with our experience and highly recommend Creative Visions for any occasion, celebration or themed event!

K&A Catering
4.7
from 11 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Thmas L.
Verified review

K&A Catering staff was very professional. The food was awesome and the service was great. Thanks to making my event a huge success.

Talk of Di Town 2
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Jenn W.
Verified review

Justin was friendly and responsive, and was very helpful in creating a wonderful menu for my husband's 40th birthday party at our home. I am vegetarian, so he made sure all the sides were veg-friendly and filling for me, while also being delicious for everyone else. He was communicative during the day of the event, and showed up on time (a little early even!), set everything up, and even surprised us with some delicious red velvet cake shooters, that went along nicely with our cake. I think one of my sons ate four of them! Everyone loved the food and complimented everything--I made sure to tell them all where it came from! I wanted a stress-free party with great food, and Justin made that possible! Thank you for helping to make it a wonderful night for everyone, especially my husband!

  • 4 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Vince S.
Verified review

Ordered for food do 35 post-wedding brunch. Menu was organized and easy to pick from. Jaclyn was responsive and helpful with sizing food plates and making recommendations. Everyone was super thrilled to see the amount of food (had some leftovers) and everything was tasty. Would definitely order again.

Set The Table DC
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Matthew W.
Verified review

I recently had a wine dinner party for 9 of my friends and hired ‘Set The Table’ for a little guidance in the wine pairing dept. Upon arrival, Gabriela’s warm demeanor and succinct knowledge of wine put me right at ease. Honestly, I’m used to being the host and never fully relaxing. ‘Set The Table’ allowed me to truly enjoy my own party as Gabriela took the reins and made the night a success. Highly recommended!

  • 7 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
CJ J.
Verified review

My 10 year old daughter had a fantastic SpaJama party! She and her friends said it was "Over the Top" and "The best sleepover party ever!" We loved the professionalism and attention to detail of the Purple Princess staff - they thought of everything. I give them the highest recommendation possible. --CJ

From The Heart Catering
4.8
from 5 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Christina D.
Verified review

The chef had very great communication in understanding what I was looking for. He made the hardest day the most smoothing running. Food was more then what I asked for he blew us away, creativity, taste & amazing plate set up...😱 WOW

Classic Catering
4.8
from 5 reviews
  • 3 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.

Pemas Italian Restaurant
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 17 years in business
Madison Z.
Verified review

The impeccable service staff and food at Pema’s Restaurant is what makes all of the events that I host very successful. Their professionalism is unmatchable and their food is great for my events because everyone enjoys a comforting, home cooked meal. I highly recommend using their catering/event services in the DMV area.

Q E Cuisine
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 years in business
Michelle R.
Verified review

Hiring Q E Cuisine was an awesome choice. I have worked with them several times and was never disappointed. They are not expensive. They come in start working and don’t stop until they are finished. Very respectable people. Food is AWESOME. They catered a wedding for us and a family reunion. I will recommend them for any event. Thumbs up

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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