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Manassas Dessert Caterers

Browse these dessert caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Manassas.

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  • 24 years in business
  • 97 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Joan J.
Verified review

Chef Serge did a great job preparing hot hors d'oeuvres and mini dessert for 30 guests at our holiday open house last weekend. He arrived in advance with two women to help serve and left our kitchen cleaner than when they arrived. He was respectful of our budget, quick to answer email, and made the whole experience of working together easy and enjoyable. Among the appetizers served: Chef Serge's chicken samosas with delicious (African inspired?) filling, shrimp scorpions with spicy sauce to die for and bread pudding were the big hits of the night. Merci Chef Serge!

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Mercedes Jo Events
4.8
from 68 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 117 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Christine B.
Verified review

Mercedes Jo catered a repast for my stepson today and it was fabulous. The food was delicious and plentiful, beautifully presented. Everyone was pleased by the variety and freshness of the sandwiches and the veggie spring rolls were just snapped up! The fruit, veggie and cheese platters were also lovely and fresh and the dessert selection topped off the event. In addition, Mercedes was so nice and easy to work with that she immensely eased a very stressful time for us. I highly recommend her.

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

Maribel and her team did a fantastic job making our cocktail hour and reception exactly what me and my husband wanted. Maribel worked with us to provide the menu we wanted along with providing suggestions. She was always very timely on her responses. She provided touches to the reception that made my life as a bride easier. In addition the food and dessert were excellent. I highly recommend her!

A Private Affair
4.5
from 42 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
Saskia F.
Verified review

The experience was wonderful! The presentation in itself was awesome. Nicely set, worthy of a feature on a food network. The food was delicious. Breakfast consisted of waffles with a strawberry on top, scrambled eggs, home fries and fried chicken. Everything was well seasoned and definitely satisfied my appetite. Thanks Jackie!!!

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AC Catering
4.9
from 35 reviews
  • 55 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Melissa P.
Verified review

On a whim, I decided to use Thumbtack to find a caterer for my mom's 72nd birthday party. OMG. I am SOOOO glad that I did!! I have planned a number of parties in my day, and I have yet to find one with such great professionalism and wonderful customer service I experienced with AC Catering. First off, they can fix just about anything!! While I had a basic menu in mind, I was forced to rethink things based on the wide variety of options presented by AC Catering. Other caterers wanted me to come up with the menu initially without giving me an idea of their speciality items. With AC Catering, you can get ANYTHING from breakfast, lunch, dinner..including smoked pit grilled items. So, I contacted them with my initial thoughts for a menu. Within 2 days, I received a proposal from the owner, George. Pricing was perfect, even with delivery. Additionally, they provide utensils, plates, condiments, etc. I was pleased. I had to make a last minute change. George was able to accommodate my request with no hassle. I called him just to make sure this change wouldn't pose a problem. He said "No worries. I got you." And, he wasn't kidding. So, party day comes. I'm a bit nervous because I never tasted the food or visited his brick and mortar store. However, the previous reviews from Thumbtack customers were all stellar. After meeting George in person, I totally understand why the reviews are so stellar. George is extremely pleasant and engaging. He arrived on time and was totally prepared to set up everything. He shared some jokes with my brother. Gave compliments to the birthday girl. He even shared the history about his family business. This party was for 50+ people. So, everything had to be right. Let me just say that George and his team didn't disappoint! The greens (with smoked turkey), baked beans and rice were EXCELLENT. I've eaten a lot of rice in my day. But, can I tell you how fabulous the yellow rice is? Very delicious. For meats, I ordered bbq chicken and burgers. Again, everything was wonderful. You would think burgers would just be bland and lacking flavor. NOT AC Catering burgers. They were thick, juicy, and seasoned well. More than enough food was provided. In fact, I had to encourage guests to take home plates of food. The deviled eggs were tasty. However, they were a bit messy due to lots of filling. But, it was totally fine. My guests put the smash on them. All throughout the event, everyone had positive comments and asked "who catered the food?" I didn't hesitate to tell them about George and AC Catering. I HIGHLY recommend them. In fact, I'm trying to find another excuse to celebrate so I can utilize them again!! Thank you, George, for making my mom's birthday so great. You will be hearing from me again. May your catering business continue to grow. God Bless you and your family.

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Clever Catering
5.0
from 30 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Katie B.
Verified review

Richard was great to work with! The food was delicious and plentiful. In addition to a lovely spread on our dining room table and passed hors d'oeuvres, he delighted guests with hot off the stove crab cake sliders while also carving the beef! Richard provided a bartender and server, both of whom were professional and extremely competent. We felt like guests at our own party - thanks Richard!

Epicurean Nutrition Catering
4.6
from 25 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Tania A.
Verified review

The food was so good!! We had an end of year celebratory luncheon and it had an international theme. We had 2 caterers and everyone kept asking who did this dish and who did that dish-most of the time it was the dish from Epicurean! So pleased and will definitely use you again in the future! Thank you!

  • 12 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
Danielle S.
Verified review

The overall experience was good with Extravagant Affairs Catering Event Rentals and Decor. The Staff was very professional and punctual and the service and decor and set up was excellent. I wish I could give this vendor an Excellent review, but we were asked to pay for a hot box for the food and our food was cold. All of our guest complained about their food being cold. The beef was tough, the chicken was dry and most of the guest didn't even eat their food. The food was very disappointing and it took away from the excellent job that Shovanna and the rest of her team did with pulling together a really beautiful ceremony and reception.

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Chef Nikki S.
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Cotina C.
Verified review

I've ordered dinners, sandwich platters, and desserts from them and I've never been disappointed! The food is always seasoned perfectly and the portion sizes are always SUPER generous. They we cater all of my events!!!!

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Taste the Difference
4.8
from 18 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Nicholas B.
Verified review

Chef Aneva was absolutely fantastic! I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a personal chef experience or a learning/cooking class experience. My family and I had her over at our house to do an instructional cooking session. The birthday boy wanted to learn to do homemade pasta and Aneva came up with several menu options for us to choose from. We went with a ricotta and herb stuffed tortellini in a red sauce with sausage as well as a spinach stuffed chicken breast over fettucini alfredo. Everything was made from scratch and was absolutely delicious. We also started with a Kale, pear, goat cheese, and prosciutto salad with a delicious homemade vinaigrette dressing. For dessert, Aneva prepared a Panna Cotta ahead of time since it needs some time to prep, but we helped with making a homemade whipped cream topping. She even said to save the extra whipped cream, mix some chocolate or other flavors in to it, and freeze it for a delicious ice cream-esque desert another time. Aneva is down to earth, outgoing, and very passionate about cooking. During every dish she told us of different ways you can mix it up and add different flavors or variations to any dish. She is truly an artist who lives, breaths, and thinks about cooking and recipes 24/7. We found the price she quoted us to be very reasonable and she didn’t charge us extra for us going over the allotted/planned amount of time (and we went over by a couple hours but only because we were all having so much fun!). She felt part of the family by the end and we can’t wait for an excuse to bring her back.

Chef Matt Finarelli, LLC
4.8
from 17 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Kimberly C.
Verified review

Such a great expierience. The food was truly yummy and Chef Matt personally delivered the food and put everything away in my fridge! I plan to continue this service as I am able to serve delicious meals to my family while spending very little time in the kitchen and more time with them sitting around the table.

Top Pro
  • 2 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Meredith K.
Verified review

Sandra was fantastic! I hired her to prepare a gluten-free plated dinner for my parents' 60th birthday party - 6 adults and 2 preschoolers. She was pleasant to work with and efficient as we went back and forth on details and logistics. On the day of the event, she arrived with all the materials she needed and got right to work. My family was able to hang out and enjoy each other's company as Sandra cooked, set the table, plated and served the food, and cleaned up afterwards. And the food was fantastic! My sister-in-law raved about the flourless chocolate cake with vanilla bean whipped cream, "this is the dessert I didn't know I was waiting for my whole life!" Everyone really enjoyed the cuban salad with avocado and chicken enchiladas with mexican style rice and tomatillo salsa. And there were even leftovers! When Sandra left, the kitchen was nice and tidy and all the leftovers were labeled and put away in the fridge. What sets Sandra apart is her thoughtfulness: I really appreciated that she made sure everything was gluten free and even tested the recipe out ahead of time! She brought activity kits for the preschoolers. And she brought placemats and napkin rings as well.

  • 8 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Marwan T.
Verified review

They were great! Yvonne set up a custom menu for our Halloween event at the office and we couldn't have been happier. The office loved all the Halloween inspired desserts and food. They even took extra time to set up the dishes and make them look perfect with extra decorations. Will definitely be using them again for future events!

K&A Catering
4.7
from 11 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Thmas L.
Verified review

K&A Catering staff was very professional. The food was awesome and the service was great. Thanks to making my event a huge success.

Pearl And Da Girl's
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 8 years in business
Gaynelle C.
Verified review

The food was very tasty! I felt like big mama had cooked Sunday dinner for the family!

Food Matters, LLC
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Maki H.
Verified review

Where do I begin. I was planning for a house warming event (BBQ style) for a group of 40 people so I submitted a request for catering on Thumbtack. I was a little worried that my limited budget would be a problem to work with any caterer but still submitted my request. I immediately heard back from Suzanne and a couple of other caterers. The other caterers I heard back from were not willing to adjust the menu to fit my budget. Suzanne was so accommodating and willing to customize my menu to stay and work within my budget. She communicated with me until the day of the event asking me about details and any requests I had. She even incorporated spices from my native country. She took the time and effort to learn about a special dish from Ethiopia and made it with perfection. My guests were raving about her food the entire night saying how delicious and flavorful it was. I would hire Suzanne for other events and would recommend her service to everyone I know. It was such a pleasure to work with Suzanne!

A Lil' Blue Cafe
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Evan M.
Verified review

Pam provides 3 meals for my fraternity each week. She has also catered an alumni brunch for us. She's done a phenomenal job so far and has not disappointed. The food is delivered in a timely fashion with everything you need. Every meal she's made has been delicious and she has yet to disappoint. The meals are all very balanced and she provides plenty of variety. I would highly recommend her for anyone that wants a delicious catering experience.

ChiquiChef
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Meredith D.
Verified review

Chef Anna did an incredible job catering a wonderful culinary experience in my home for 25 friends. We had some dietary restrictions such as dairy free and gluten free and she curated a delicious menu that satisfied everyone's needs. She was also a pleasure to work with throughout the process - responsive, creative, and extremely professional. I look forward to working with her again.

Classic Catering
4.9
from 7 reviews
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Anushka H.
Verified review

My husband's 50th Birthday party was a huge hit and our fantastic caterer helped to pull it all together. They created a reasonable bar and food package, included linen rentals and even went the extra mile to organize all my centerpiece displays on the day. They did a food tasting with us; which most of our visiting family participated in..all 12 of us. They got he thumbs up from everyone on the menu selections. Sandy was very accommodating to work with and became the glue that tied everything together which resulted in a seamless event. I loved that she stepped up as my event coordinator. All our guests raved about the food and service. We had a great time and would definitely use their team again.

  • 3 years in business
Jaya V.
Verified review

Ashley baked for an event for my niece, her prefossionalism was AWESOME! She showed so much dedication to her work that it Amazed me how delicious her cake/cupcake was and the decorations was honestly just the icing on the top! I would definitely work with Ashley again for any future events. She’s great at last minute events and she really is wonderful I definitely would recommend her for anyone who is looking for a quality catering service!

Colada Shop
4.8
from 5 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jessica B.
Verified review

Food was great--I didn't know that the Colada Shop catered, so that was a pleasant surprise. The price was right. I do wish that it came with wire racks/sternos. Also, we paid for utensils and plates but we didn't get any. The sales person said that she would credit that off the bill. I would definitely use the Colada Shop again.

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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