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Chesapeake Elegant Caterers

Browse these elegant caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Chesapeake.

Mermaid Catering
4.5
from 103 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 182 hires on Thumbtack
Valerie B.
Verified review

My husband and I decided to get married rather quickly and only had 13 days to pull together all the details. Julie at Mermaid Catering was one of the first caterers to respond to my request for a quote. After exchanging a few messages via the Thumbtack site, Julie had a good idea of the type of food items we wanted and was very prompt in responding with a great menu and great price quote. We worked with Julie to secure a bartender. We supplied all the alcohol and Mermaid Catering supplied all the mixers, plates, plastic glasses, etc. The food was delicious, fresh and beautifully presented. Julie was fun and easy to work with, she was prompt getting back to me and arrived at our wedding with ample time to set up. Julie, you did a GREAT job, the food was delicious and the presentation beautiful. Thank you for working with me under such time restraints. We received many compliments on the food and presentation. Thank you SO much for helping to make our wedding perfect!

Full Metal Chef LLC
4.7
from 20 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Jessica H.
Verified review

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.

Alpha Pitt Smokers
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Gina D.
Verified review

Alpha Pitt Smokers catered my daughter's wedding on 4-16-16. We found him quite by accident, but we are so glad we did! Jason & crew did a fantastic job, & the food was awesome. He has many food choices, & you won't be disappointed! Our menu--pork loin, barbeque chicken, garlic mashed potatoes, Mediterranean pasta salad, garden salad & rolls--now your mouth is watering, isn't it? Whatever food you choose, make sure you order the garlic mashed potatoes; they are awesome! Jason was patient with questions & changes to menu choices. He was great with follow up, but he didn't "hound" you. He stayed with us when other caterers stopped responding. He is prompt, & you can tell he loves what he does! Highly recommend he & his crew! He won't disappoint! Great food, great guy=success at any event!!!

THYME Catering
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Mallory M.
Verified review

I had Thyme Catering host a corporate breakfast with a healthy food theme. The spread was spectacular and the food was fantastic. Jennifer was prompt, professional and very responsive in our correspondence. I will absolutely use Thyme Catering in the future.

Personal Chefs in a Box
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Lea W.
Verified review

Troy & Team, It’s not quite one month later and we are still talking about the amazing presentation Personal Chefs in Box prepared for our reception. You were able to accommodate a lovely buffet in a private home that truly exceeded what I envisioned! Everyone working the evening maintained the perfect balance of professionalism with a personal touch and was more than willing to assist with all the minute details, even with last minute particulars I forgot to discuss ahead of time. The hot and cold courses were all delicious and left our guests raving. Judging from the amount of people who told me they went back for seconds and thirds, the seafood rolls and crab cake station were huge hits!! My personal favorite was the pork tenderloin and mango salad. Fantastic!! All told, we continue to receive compliments about how outstanding the food was and how enjoyable it was not only to taste a little of everything, but also to speak to you and listen to you describe the menu and preparation notes. Thank you for being a part of our special evening. Lea & Tom Weiss (August 14, 2014)

ross catering
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 3 years in business
Alvena G.
Verified review

My family had Ross Catering handle my wedding reception that was buffet style for 250 people. Her people was polite and very helpful. The way they had eve rything put together and set up had everybody talking. They even had the food tables nicelt decorated with wedding ambiance. Food was all great. So from there we have used Ross catering for a home dinner party and a birthday party. Well worth every dollar.

Smithfield Station
5.0
from 2 reviews
    Martha R.
    Verified review

    If you're in the market for an outstanding caterer - call the Smithfield Station NOW! For 12 years, they have been the caterer for a 3 Course seated dinner for 300+ guests at a fundraiser that I co-chair. Not only is their food delicious, but the level of service they give is second to none!

    Catering Concepts
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 25 years in business
    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
    Ashley D.
    Verified review

    Simply outstanding! The food was great, the servers were professional and punctual and Becky, the primary organizer, was incredibly helpful in organizing our wedding and ensuring everything was set up prior to the event. I cannot stress how outstanding the service was. Hire this service!

    Kitchen 5 Catering
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 2 years in business
    About

    I do my best to bring the experience of being at a restaurant to my customers and the comfort of their homes.

    Big Dogs Catering
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Erin C.
    Verified review

    Lamont was on time, professional & great with the kids and families.

    Val's Soul Food
    1.0
    from 1 review
    • 6 years in business
    About

    You can tell that I put all the love that I have into my food...the taste...the presentation. I work with you to ensure you get the best value and what you ask for is what you get.

    • 4 years in business
    About

    I AM CONFIDENT IN MY SERVICES. I HAVE NEVER HAD A BAD REVIEW. I REALLY TAKE PLEASURE IN WHAT I CREATE. IT IS ALWAYS MY GOAL FIRST TO PLEASE THEN PROFIT.

    About

    I offer ice cream catering for meetings, birthday parties, school events, sports, baby showers and more. Get 30 small cups of your favorite flavors of ice cream for $49, delivered right to you. Is 30 cups too much? Is it not enough? Contact us for quotes and ordering.

    About

    We are a personal catering business in the Newport News area. We provide services for weddings, birthday parties, church events, housewarmings and more! We are budget friendly and will work with you.

    About

    I'm an experienced cuisine chef and former restaurant owner. I have experience in catering, upscale services, and personal services. My past honorable mentions include meals served to United Nations ambassadors, U.S. senators, and former governor, Bob McDonnell.

    • 6 years in business
    About

    I love what I do and I am very passionate about food.

    About

    We don't have a standard menu. TELL US WHAT YOU LIKE AND WHAT YOU WANT! WE AIM TO PLEASE!!!

    About

    We plan and set up. We are the best cater in town. We help you to make your event just you and just as your image. We have affordable prices.

    • 8 years in business
    About

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    Personal chef nutritionist & instructor with an international flair.

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    Prices are good...The food is homemade..I fit any need you may have.. I have been in business for 20 years..I have references you can contact...I go over the contract a few times to make sure you understand..and I never had a complaint

    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.

    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 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.
    Hire skilled professionals for absolutely everything.