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Chesapeake Caterers

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

Mermaid Catering
4.6
from 108 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 187 hires on Thumbtack
Heather M.
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I highly recommend this catering company. All of the delicious food was arranged and displayed beautifully. Kind and professional staff that payed attention to detail. They kept a clean and neat table full of refilled platters. Everyone raved over how wonderful the food was. Will definitely use for all upcoming special occasions and events.

Full Metal Chef LLC
4.7
from 20 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Jessica H.
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Full Metal Chef LLC did the catering for Nekocon, a really large weekend-long event. Brandon does a great job overall, and he is very professional and really good at working with a budget.

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Time2Eat LLC
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
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Tiana P.
Verified review

Chef catered my 35th Birthday dinner!!! Crab topped steak, seafood dip, asparagus, potatoes, peach cobbler, strawberry cheese cake, n a bottle of champagne!!! Everything was excellent!!! Professional and on time I highly recommend his services!!! 👍👍

Southern Flair
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 3 years in business
Jodi T.
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I would highly recommend Southern Flair Pub house. One stop shop for catering, private parties, fundraisers, a night out dancing or karaoke, happy hour and dinner specials , competitive prices annas a friendly staff!! A must try!!!

  • 7 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
John H.
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Chef Kelly, Chef Lori and their team were amazing. They went above and beyond our expectations. They worked with us to stay within our budget for our wedding, making adjustments along the way. Communication was excellent and the follow up was timely and addressed every detail. The day of our wedding, Hurricane Mathew came to town and the Yummy Goodness Team was up for the challenge. They adapted, they improvised and they overcame in order to make our wedding day the most unforgettable event of our lifetime. The water from the storm came up into the tent, encroaching on the dry land little by little. As time went on the water had taken over most of the area under the tent. By the end of the event, The Yummy Goodness Team was maneuvering through mud and ankle deep water. The bar tenders were serving drinks while standing in 6 inches of water. They never missed a beat. The food and drinks kept coming right up until the predetermined ending time. The Yummy Goodness Team did an excellent job of cleanup and packing leftovers and left the venue in pristine condition. Oh and did I mention the food was incredible ? Planning and executing a wedding is one of the most stressful things we have ever done in our lives. The Yummy Goodness Team helped to reduce our stress and make our wedding an over-the-top event that our 150 guests will never forget. Thank You Yummy Goodness!!!!!

  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Cra'Shetta T.
Verified review

My last year birthday party was catered by worth the wait and the food was excellent and it was more than enough for all of my guests. Worth the wait will also be catering my graduation party because the food was just that amazing. I also love the presentation of the food choices because they look so good. Worth the wait is definitely a quality business that I will use for all of my major events for now and for years to come!!!

Elegant Events by Maegen
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Sarah S.
Verified review

Poor Meagan was given 3 months to help me plan my wedding. She came through and made what would have been a stressful and overwhelming day into one that I will cherish and never forget. Everything from planning to positive support she was there for me!

  • 5 years in business
Susan C.
Verified review

Harvey's brought their cart to my husband's 50th birthday surprise party. They came highly recommended by a friend and they did not disappoint. Harvey and Dorothy were very easy to work with and our guests enjoyed the variety of menu choices to pick from. Having the cart was a fun and unique addition to the party! I did not have to worry about preparing the food or cleaning it up...they were very organized, had delicious food and confidently handled our crowd!

  • 8 years in business
Christina P.
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Mrs. Brown catered my wedding the food was fanatic. The decorations was on point. When my guest and I walked in I couldn't believe how the placed looked. The price for mrs.brown was in my budget if I had a problem she worked with me. My next engagement that I have I will be calling her again. I already refer her to people. 😀

Bowe Woods Baked Goods
5.0
from 1 review
    Beareather R.
    Verified review

    It's crazy to say, but "Bowe Woods Baked Goods" saved my life October 11, 2015. After being very disappointed with the caterer hired for the "green room guests" at my annual Big Eyed Blues Festival; Bowe Woods Baked Goods saved the day on day 2, with a beautiful dish of chicken and pasta in a decadently seasoned tomato sauce, toppled with fresh mozzarella cheese. Our guests were also presented with a salad that was not only ambrosia for your eyes but for your entire body. Absolutely delicious! Bowe Woods Baked Goods - made with love. Beareather Reddy Big Eyed Enterprises, Inc. - President www.bigeyedblues.org (718) 670-3214 "Keep Blues Alive...Music of the Soul...Let It Live in Brooklyn!"

    • 19 years in business
    About

    I am catering large functions and a small personal chef and cook with various amount of cuisines. I am exceptional and experienced. I have been in business for over 20 years.

    About

    We are the finest and largest caterer in the Hampton Roads area.

    • 3 years in business
    About

    I love to cook dinner and brunch. But, I mainly love to cook sweets and making the most, beautiful cakes you have ever seen in your life.

    About

    Here at King's Catering, we provide catering services, from single individuals for private dinners all the way up to wedding parties and executive groups. Our chefs are very well trained and have the experience to match. There are no events too large or too small. With our extensive menu, you can design your own dining experience in any location.

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    The food keeps its flavor whether in small or large batches. I enjoy seeing people come back for seconds. Also when they ask for me to do the next event.

    • 6 years in business
    About

    Goldies Creations goes above and beyond for our clients. We value our clients making every event special and customized to your likings. Very passionate about my craft as a chef . Seeing pleased smiling faces, and making your food dreams come true is my ultimate goal .

    About

    I am an original homemaker with excellent ideas. I love good food myself and I wouldn't have it any other way for any of my customers I simply love to cook. I also love the art of food....Food should not only taste good, but it should look like it belongs on the cover of a magazine.

    About

    I am a personal and professional chef for hire. I work on dinner parties, private cooking lessons, on-site catering and slow-smoked meats for your next BBQ.

    About

    We offer full-service catering on-site at our beautiful restaurant in the heart of Ghent, or off-site at Hampton Roads. We cater for any event large or small. Go to our website for a complete menu. Looking forward to meeting with you.

    About

    Catering is a passion to me. All types of catering is welcome no mater how small. Whatever you want, I can make it happen. I have over 15 years of training, and I have worked with some of the greatest chefs around in the Tidewater area.

    About

    I offer bartending/catering at your home, business and any venue. I am willing to travel. I am a professional!

    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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