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Charlottesville Soul Food Caterers

Browse these soul food caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Charlottesville.

Catering / Chris Sovine
from 10 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Franki L.
Verified review

I love this little sweet spot in Chester. Homemade food everyday and catering when I'm on the go. The quality and service are fantastic and keep me going back and referring them to my friends and colleagues. If they don't have it, they'll find it for you. Give them a try and tell your friends, you'll be glad you did!

Early Katering Company
from 10 reviews
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Luisa G.
Verified review

The whole process was a great experience starting with Laura who helped me with the order and gave me great suggestions. When I picked up my order, Early Katering was extremely organized; the food was on time, warm and ready to be served. Lastly and most importantly, the food was delicious. I highly recommend them.

Sweet Melissa's Catering
from 8 reviews
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Stephanie K.
Verified review

Melissa and her staff went above and beyond for my wedding. I recommend her 100% for any event. Her staff was social with the guests, was very flexible with our timeline, and cleaned up more than they had to. I forgot to order plates from the rental company, but Melissa and her folks found a solution and prevented a minor disaster. The food was delicious! Even the fussy eaters ate the salmon and everybody complemented me on the food (especially the salmon).

  • 7 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Zee M.
Verified review

Mr. Barnes catered our event and everything was great. The food was delicious, well prepared, presentation was awesome and the customer service was out this world.

  • 3 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Rick K.
Verified review

good meeting, very friendly lady with lots of cooking and catering home cooked food, pricing is very affordable

Chef To Go
from 6 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Joanna S.
Verified review

We booked George for a wedding in September 2014. He provided great food, great service, and overall, we couldn't have been happier with our choice of caterers. He worked with us in creating the menu and was flexible to accommodate our requests. We had 100 people with heavy apps and a full bar. We had plenty of food and he and his staff exceeded our every expectation (especially considering the price!). We would certainly recommend him to anyone seeking a caterer.

Cater Gourmet LLC
from 5 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Laura V.
Verified review

I don't think a review will do Zachary justice, but here goes.... I was a little skeptical of Thumbtack until I met Zachary when he provided an in-home tasting for me and my Fiance this weekend. Zachary has been extremely communicative since Day 1, suggesting an amazing Menu and taking my requests seriously. He even helped us figure out other details for our wedding day (just because he's a truly nice guy and wants to be helpful!) His food: Zachary is truly a professional in this field. He prepared a phenomenal tasting for us at my house and let us try the courses he would serve at our wedding. He created a beautiful environment (excellent presentation and ambiance- he even brought us fresh picked flowers for our tasting table) and we were marveling for hours afterwards at the fine dining experience he can produce. This tasting made us super comfortable for our big day and even more excited for our family and friends to have an amazing meal. The food was some of the best I have ever tasted- all fresh and unique. We even changed our dessert concept because Zachary brought us samples of 3 of his cheesecakes and they were AMAZING! I am so excited to have him cater our wedding meal, but our tasting experience itself is worth a review! :) HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

  • 12 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Irisia B.
Verified review

I highly recommend Chef Jenn for any catering needs. I rented a house on Lake Anna for my husband's 50th Birthday celebration. Chef Jenn prepared breakfast for our stay with made to order eggs, bacon, sautéed potatoes, waffles and fresh fruit and homemade banana muffins. That was just a little extra that we threw in at the last minute. Our main use of a personal chef's service was for a formal birthday dinner. Chef Jenn prepared a gourmet feast for our guest that consisted of Tunisian Braised Short Ribs, Jumbo prawns and seared sea scallops with Garlic , Rissotto and Red potatoes. Topped off with Buttercream Rich Chocolate Mousse with Sweetened Whip Cream and Fresh Berries. The meal was excellent and Chef Jenn and her husband were a delight. They prepared, served and cleaned. My guest were very impressed. I did I forget to mention the fresh fruit and cheese tray with wine that we had prior to the dinner. I only wish she lived closer so that I could take advantage of her weekly meal preps. I will definitely use her services again.

Blue Mountain Brewery
from 5 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer S.
Verified review

Blue Mountain Brewery is a great restaurant with a great food truck. We are so fortunate to have secured them for our event. They are professional, responsive and have great food.

Sonija S.
Verified review

Tim did all the food for our wedding and it was delicious! One of the dishes he made was a grilled beef tenderloin with a cherry balsamic reduction sauce. To this day we still talk about how good it was.

Breantena Catering
from 5 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Gloria Y.
Verified review

I have used Breantena on many occasions for small dinner parties to larger buffet style gatherings. She provides extra customer service. The food is very tasty.

Rack Em Smack Em Ribs
from 2 reviews
    Maria M.
    Verified review

    The food was fantastic----we used them for a catering job for 500 people..ample food and all was so delicious. We immediately booked them for another catering job. They are very professional--I would highly recommend them-Maria @ Houff Transfer

    A & G Catering
    from 2 reviews
    • 21 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Kaylee J.
    Verified review

    Ashley catered my wedding. 200 people played menu with three protein options. She had servers and cleaned up after. Reasonable rates and AMAZING food

    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    BJ T.
    Verified review

    The food is absolutely wonderful & the staff good to work with

    Delicious Dishe
    from 1 review
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Lallon P.
    Verified review

    I had a small retreat (8 people) at Barren Ridge Vineyards. One of Liz' employees delivered our meal. He was very considerate and made sure everything was as we expected before leaving. Liz was incredibly easy to work with and had great food suggestions. Delivery was prompt, food was fantastic and plentiful. I was very pleased with the quality and value of the meal. I would recommend Liz and Delicious Dishe without hesitation.

    Country Cafe & Catering
    from 1 review
      Alice S.
      Verified review

      We go here every chance we get, but, always on Sunday mornings. It certainly brightens our day to see so many people we know. Great food and service with a smile. Family owned and it shows

      Simply Satisfying
      from 1 review
      • 2 years in business
      Alisa G.
      Verified review

      I hired Travis to cater a Holiday Party/Open House. As the business owner I did not have a lot of time to spend on planning. Travis personally met with me at the office, and we discussed preferences for food, presentation, and budget. Within two days I received an email with menu choices, item pricing, and the option to purchase items myself, or have him do the shopping. I decided to have him purchase the items. The day of the event I found him to be prompt, efficient, and professional. He brought everything with him, and set up quietly and efficiently without disrupting the normal flow of business. The food and presentation were exactly as planned. During the event he kept the food warm, and all dishes filled. I feel his assistance contributed to the success of the event. I would hire again without hesitation. Dr. Alisa Gates, FIAMA, DC


      We offer a line of all natural salsas to accommodate any meal, no sugar or salt added. We offer cooking recipes/cooking tips and advice as well as cooking demos. We offer our cookbook as well as a mobile food/hot dog cart that is custom and complete for events/parties, etc. -- all certified and professionally run.


      I cook, clean, decorate and whatever else you need done. I love what I do and I put my time heart and soul into my food.


      You tell me what you are looking for, and together, we will plan your perfect dinner. I serve tasty desserts too.


      We create gourmet menus tailored to fit your exact wants and needs. Dietary restrictions are no problem for us. We love creating creative and delicious food for any budget.

      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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