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Hopewell Custom Caterers

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Fodrey Catering Concepts
4.9
from 60 reviews
  • 79 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Corinne C.
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Jamie catered our wedding reception in the end of summer. She was extremely good at communicating, answering any and all questions that I had, and always responded very quickly. She went above and beyond in the setup of the food and drink station and the upkeep of the reception from start to finish. Any request I had she took care of immediately and had suggestions on placing and pairing of foods. I could not have asked for a better caterer. Of all the weddings I have been to and part of, this was the smoothest experience in regards to catering. The food was out of this world, I still have my guests complimenting it. If I could give more stars I would!!! She's the best!!

Mj Creations Sweets & Treats
4.3
from 33 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
Susan V.
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Marie's service was very good and very professional. She delivered and set everything up as agreed. The food looked and tasted great. All my guests enjoyed it. I would definitely recommend Mj Creations Sweets & Treats for catering small in-home events. Thank you Marie!

  • 6 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Sherri H.
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CLASS ACT LLC planned my in-laws 50th wedding anniversary and my experience working with them was awesome! Class Act provided full service catering, decorations, and bartending services and there is nothing bad that I can say. The decor in the venue was beautiful and well beyond what I envisioned. There were no details left undone. The food was seasoned and presented well, and our two signature drinks provided by bmyxdrinks were outstanding. I definitely will be using them for my future events.They were a joy to work with!

Pamela's Party Pantry
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Shana S.
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Pamela is a wonderful chef! She joined us to cook a special dinner at home for two families, and we ended up with a very high quality and extremely well executed meal with fresh summer ingredients, subtle and interesting flavors and special catering to each person's needs (yes, one person required well, well, well done tenderloin and Pamela made it happen without completely drying out the meat). In addition, to being a great chef, Pamela was a really nice person. She allowed one of our children to help with the cooking, and she was a great teacher. This was a wonderful experience and we highly recommend Pamela for both her cooking and baking skills.

Groovin' Gourmets
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 25 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Jared R.
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Lisa and Feast catering did an outstanding job catering my wedding. The food was amazing, and the staff were consummate professionals. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a magical and memorable experience for any event.

  • 7 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Holly S.
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HIghly recommend!! I called from Nashville, TN to see if they could do a catering order for a funeral/visitation service at Bliley Funeral Home in Richmond. My worker (and daughter of the deceased) said the food and service were wonderful!

Donald C.
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Always on time! Excellent service!

Cater To You Catering
4.0
from 1 review
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Gail L.
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The young men were very pleasant. They took the time to explain the ingredients in the food and most importantly, my guests enjoyed the food! They delivered on time and everything was set it up beautifully! Thank you! Gail Lockhart

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I, Jannay, am a personal chef/caterer/baker who believes in the quality of food and elegance. I will make any event a night to remember. My business offers customers to live in luxury even if it's just for one night, giving you all the joys of life through food.

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D's Catering is a home catering business that does American foods with delivery to your location for special events. I can also do floral arrangement and decorations for special days.

  • 6 years in business
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Wild Greens is the only true "farm to table" catering company in Richmond.

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We cater to you and your needs and wants. We cook a variety of types of foods. ex. American, African, Italian, Asian.

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The Welcome Table, located at 8709 Schrader Road in Henrico’s west end is a hidden gem and a triple threat. This restaurant has vocational and educational health, etiquette and cooking classes, catering and business networking for entrepreneurs of all ages from sports, arts, music and entertainment. The business has already established itself as a new trendsetter that’s about food safety, using only disposable plates and utensils, recycling cans, bottles and more, and demonstrating both creative culinary excellence, warm, inviting services, innovation, and down-home ambiance that makes everyone feel welcomed!

  • 19 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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We go above and beyond to help you with your special event.

  • 5 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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My service standa out because of our bold fresh familiar favors. We have very simple menus to choose from with family friendly prices.

  • 4 years in business
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We are a family run catering and specialty cake business. We treat every function as if it was a family affair.

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King's Korner Catering has been catering to the Richmond, Virginia area since 1982. We have obtained valuable experience that you may not find with other catering services. We have catered to the famous, celebrated, and distinguished throughout.

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I specialize in fresh, scratch, made with love cooking, and baking. I only use the best local produce and free range meats. I am health-conscious and I am skilled in vegetarian and healthy meal options. Fusion cooking is my passion.

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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.

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Thank you for your interest in Croaker's Spot Catering. Our mission is to restore your taste buds and to bring flavors, you know and love, directly to you. As a newly reformed business in the Richmond area, Croaker's s Spot Catering offers fresh and delicious meals for any special occasion. Croaker's Spot Catering is a full-service catering company. We will not only help you plan your next menu, we'll help you plan your next event too. With our staff of event planners, Croaker's Spot Catering is the epitome of quality and no event is too big or small for our unique style. Ask us about the many custom menu packages we can provide for your event. All events feature full-linen service, china service, uniformed service staff and event management. Croaker's Spot Catering is proud to offer our services to private home parties, at your place of business, company picnics, or any of the area's premiere facilities. Specialty equipment rentals, custom linen, sound systems, tents, ice sculptures, floral and valet parking are just a few of the services Croaker's Spot Catering can provide for your event.

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

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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