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Fredericksburg Elegant Caterers

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Catering By Kevin!
4.8
from 145 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 187 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Dee M.
Verified review

Chef Kevin is a miracle worker. He stayed within our budget and produced healthy, delicious food for our high school music department banquet. One of the most accommodating and flexible caterers I've worked with in my 30 years of doing events. Five stars!

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

Maribel and Noel of Top of the City Catering catered our wedding on July 28th, 2018. We were both absolutely blown away by everything that they did. We looked at many different caterers but met with Maribel and Noel for a tasting because they offered the best value. We discovered that the food was absolutely delicious and Maribel and Noel were lovely to work with. At the wedding everyone raved about the food. But it wasn't just the food! Their presentation of the main course buffet, the desert buffet and even the bar decor was gorgeous. Really creative! The attention to detail was amazing. Maribel handled all the details for the table settings and the tables looked like a dream. They were perfect for the venue. During the wedding the service was flawless. Everyone was so kind to us, keeping us in Margaritas, Manhattans, food and wine all night long. They made sure we had everything we needed. We had so much fun! Their servers extended that level of service to all our guests. Believe me, our family and friends have all commented on how wonderful they were in every way. We feel very lucky that we found Maribel and Noel. We would recommend Top of the City Catering to everyone for any event! We are so grateful to them. They gave our night the magic that we were hoping for.

A Private Affair
4.5
from 38 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
Celia S.
Verified review

A lovely dinner, well prepared and except for a pie mishap, good value

Catering Reserved
4.9
from 30 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Ellen O.
Verified review

I enjoyed working with Dianna Gilbert of Catering Reserved because on my initial inquiry for caterers on thumbtack, she responded immediately. She listened to my requests and provided the menu I wanted. Ms Gilbert responded right away to any questions or concerns I had because this was all being planned from out of state. On the night of the dinner, the food arrived on time and was set up as she promised and I received many many compliments on the menu from my guests.

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

We highly recommend Sweet Bazil. The food was delicious and we got excellent comments from our wedding guests. The buffet decoration and set up was elegant and beautiful. The staff was very professional and accommodating to the needs of our guests. Chef Karida was willing to work with us down the smallest detail to provide the exact service we were looking for. We will definitely hire Chef Karida for our future events and recommend this company to our friends.

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Clever Catering
5.0
from 28 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Leslie N.
Verified review

Clever Catering was superb! Friendly and professional, this firm made the party run smoothly and provided great service. I'd hire them again!

Epicurean Nutrition Catering
4.6
from 25 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
Tom B.
Verified review

I hired Esther to cater a dinner party to celebrate our Mom's 80th birthday. From the first encounter, Esther was very accommodating. We were expecting 50 guests, some with food allergies ranging from nuts to shell fish. Esther assured me that she would create a menu that would be elegant and delicious. And did she deliver! The event took place on 12/31/2016. The food was amazing! She sent her employee, Crystal, to handle the event. From the moment Crystal arrived until the moment she left, she went above and beyond, and made the evening a huge success! Crystal was warm and professional, and worked tirelessly to provide us with outstanding service. We were so impressed with this amazing woman, we had to give her a round of applause before she left. Thank you, Epicurean Nutrition, for making our event a HUGE success. We will definitely call you again for our next event. Happy New Year!!

  • 12 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
A. B.
Verified review

Working with EA was amazing... from start to finish. Their responsiveness, their professionalism and their vision--had me from day one. From the time of first contact, Shavonna calmed me and reassured me that EA could turn my vision into a reality. We hired EA for event design--and they did just that! Every picture I sent and every idea I conveyed was implemented to the fullest extent. EA received kudos from my venue and my wedding planner for their efficient manner for getting the job done, as well as the exquisite design details. When my new hubby and I were introduced, as we walked into the ballroom, I literally cried. As a bride, planning for months, you can never imagine just HOW it will all pull together--your vision, your ideas, your dreams--that makes you so very nervous. As we walked through the crowd to start our first dance, I remember thinking "it is literally dead-on...they nailed my vision dead-on..." I remember telling Shavonna prior that I couldn't imagine how all of my ideas would pull together--couldn't envision it... her response was "leave it to her--that was EA's job, that's why I hired them...so I could remove that concern off my plate" Once again...dead-on.... From the lanterns, to the Eiffel tower feather centerpieces, to the gorgeous linens to the spectacular feather bouquets/boutonnieres/corsages....I am forever grateful.... Many people tell you to prepare for something not to go right, or for something not to be perfect on your wedding day. However, I can honestly say, hiring EA will prove everyone wrong...your day will be amazing--far beyond what you ever dreamt possible--they will meet AND exceed your expectations! Thanks Shavonna and Jamie--you two made my fairytale wedding into a reality! Sincerely and forever grateful, Best Wishes, Andrea and Anwar

Chef Scott Sunshine
4.7
from 22 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Hideya B.
Verified review

Scott is fantastic and continually goes above and beyond. We planned our 25 person wedding weekend entirely from out of town, and couldn't have done it without Scott. From our first emails and Skype conversations, Scott made us feel heard and cared for -- something we definitely did not feel from the other four chefs we met with. He provided clear menu options and helped tailor the perfect selections, including accommodating our halal and vegetarian guests. Months later, our guests are still raving about the meal Scott prepared and entire experience he delivered. Beyond catering the evening, Scott and his team helped us evaluate the venue, find and acquire the linens & place settings, pick out & deliver flowers, and purchase food for the rest of the weekend. We highly recommend Scott as both a chef and as a trusted advisor with a big heart.

Clifton's Catering
4.8
from 20 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Phil C.
Verified review

We had a remarkable experience with Clifton's Catering as this was a short time schedule to make the projected date. Not only was the delivery on time, he arrived early to ensure a 110% on the mark experience. The catering was above and beyond what was expected as was the quality and quantity of his product. In fact most of the attendees had another meal and a sandwich from leftovers. I am proud to recommend Clifton's Catering for a wonderful catered experience. Down South friendly! Phil Childrey

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Healthy Catering Company
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lexi P.
Verified review

Nasrin cooks delicious organic dinners for our family of four each week. The food is excellent and she focuses on healthy, vegetarian food for us. We couldn't live without her!

Top Pro
  • 2 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Faye T.
Verified review

Creative Visions Cuisine--the best ever. My guests are still talking about Sandra and her team--the food was great and very elegant, the team were wonderful to work with, and the guests felt royal. The best caterer ever....

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Chef Nikki S. Mullings
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kiana H.
Verified review

I’ve known Nikki for a couple years now and her food has been fantastic. She’s actually catering my wedding and I can’t wait.

  • 8 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Alexandra B.
Verified review

Olive Express provided an affordable and delicious catering for my engagement party. Everyone LOVED the food and the set up looked fantastic. I would recommend them for any event! The staff is very flexible and willing to work with you on any menu that fits your budget and theme. Additionally, Yvonne is especially responsive to email and phone calls. I am looking forward to using Olive Express again at my friend's baby shower!

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Uncle Fred's BBQ Smoke Shack
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ramonia C.
Verified review

THEY DID A GREAT JOB at our wedding the food was great the price was so reasonable with a high quality menu. Thanks Uncle Fred's BBQ We will be using his services in the future for other family events. Mr and Mrs Hines July 20th 2013

3MT LLC dba Mac&Cheese
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 5 years in business
Steve B.
Verified review

Outstanding service, delicious food, and a top notch staff. They went above and beyond to accommodate all of my requests. I highly recommend them to anyone who wants first class service. I will definatley use them again for future events.

Pamela's Party Pantry
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Deirdre F.
Verified review

I am lucky to be Pam's neighbor as I can attest to her amazing cooking - sophisticated, gourmet meals to delicious, comfort food to incredible baked goods, she does it all!!

Lizzeth’s
4.8
from 9 reviews
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Victoria F.
Verified review

Excellent group of people working to get things done with quality! Love their catering service and everyone is delighted with the taste!!

KB&Co. Catering
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 1 year in business
L Renee F.
Verified review

I was introduced to Keith Brown of KB&CO through a family member, when I put out a PSA looking for a highly professional caterer for several events I had planned in the DC Area. KB&CO met with me within the next day or two, had previous menus available, had tasting samples on site, and was willing to compromise on availability and my budget. He was able to customize each menu I needed, on each budget I had, for each of my events. His service and food were IMPECCABLE. I have referred his business to several clients and I will definitely be doing business again.

Chutney Mary's
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Tara F.
Verified review

Mary did a great job for my Birthday dinner and without much notice. The food was delicious. We will definitely use her for future events and our guests were raving over her as well. Thank you for a great night, Mary!

Classic Catering
4.8
from 5 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Sam C.
Verified review

Thank you, Sandy and Classic Catering, for such a warm and comfortable experience. Mike, myself and my Mom want to thank you for providing great service and attention to detail. The Iced Tea Bar was fun and unique and I appreciate that surprise. You really took the time to get to know us and it was reflected in the special touches added. I look forward to working together for our anniversary next year!! Sam

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.
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