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

Julie was awesome in assisting me in planning a bridal shower for my friend. She was quick to respond at all points in planning this bridal shower from sending me information on catering options for the event, to finalizing the event and she and her staff were awesome the day of the event. Very helpful and attentive.

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

I hired Brandon as the personal chef for my wedding on May 31, 2014, and I can honestly say that without him, my wedding would have been a disaster. In four months' time, my original venue and catering vendor was unable to produce a decent menu within our budget. When pressed, she became hostile and unprofessional, reducing me to a state of tears over the phone. Highly distressed and at my wits' end, I made the best decision of my wedding-planning process, asking Brandon for his advice. I wanted to know what my options were – with less than 3 months before my wedding, if I found a new venue, could I possibly manage to have decent food and drink there as well? If not, and I was truly stuck with the original venue, how could I move forward from the current situation? And of course, once Brandon was involved, the situation improved exponentially because he wouldn't stop going above and beyond. He calmly assured me that I wasn't being a “bridezilla,” that no business owner should ever treat a customer, or anyone, that way, that I should be a happy bride, not a frazzled one, and that one way or another everything was going to be wonderful because he was going to make it his personal mission to make it so. He gave me options: if I wanted, he could operate as my intermediary so that I never had to speak to the original vendor again, or, if I wanted to start from scratch with a new location, he would make sure there was food and drink. With this new-found support, I found the confidence and resolution to move things to Lee Hall Mansion. Because our guest list was going to be less than 100 people, Brandon offered to take the event on, even though weddings are a little outside the traditional purview of a personal chef. Lee Hall is a historic house from before the Civil War with quite a few challenges to cooking: there are no kitchen facilities; in order to ensure the safety of the house, they have quite a number of regulations about the use of open flames; and, to top it all off, they only have one power source outside the house. Brandon took on these challenges as if they were nothing! He met with the venue to make absolutely sure he understood the situation. He made sure all of his equipment satisfied their regulations. He planned our menu based on foods that could be prepared in advance, yet be deliciously reheated. He did all of the prep work out of his own kitchen when no other was available. He personally met with my parents to make sure they were comfortable with all the plans. He helped us choose plates, cups, and serve-ware. Brandon even had us over for dinner one night so we could sample his style of cooking before the big day. One of the stereotypes of weddings is that you won't get a chance to eat. Just about everyone told us to make sure we ate plenty during the day because we wouldn't get to at the reception. But I'll tell you what – after Brandon had us over for dinner we made damn sure we got to eat at our wedding. It was so freaking delicious! I'm pretty sure we will be talking about the chicken alfredo and the ham until we die. Everything worked out absolutely perfectly the day of! Brandon was there on time, the appetizers were ready on time, the entrees were ready on time, the hot food was hot, the cold food was cold, the staff were courteous, and Brandon was attentive. I could go on, but I could not have asked for anything better. I recommend him to everyone!

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

Alpha Pitt Smokers by Jason Martocci was the best wedding food we will ever have and for a very reasonable price. Poor Jason had a rough and strict diet he had to work with for my wife and he did an excellent job. My wife is deathly allergic to seafood, antibiotic/hormone free meat, and Gluten is no fun for her either. We really wanted something special for our wedding that everyone loves; and everyone loves a good cookout. It is hard to find cookout food everyone can enjoy with out harming my wife. Normally when we go to a cook out she just doesn't eat. No one was willing to take the challenge because they didn't want to alter their recipes until Jason. Jason made homemade gluten free bread for our Gluten Free cheese stuffed sliders; Stuffed Chicken and pork, Fresh grilled veggies and a wonderful fall salad. We froze all of the leftovers and ate the last two sliders we had when we got back from our Honeymoon. The worse part for Jason was we had to do a tasting of his food which meant Jason had to make the food twice. Both times absolutely perfect. This was the best wedding food we ever had (twice). He also took our orders and made a special plate just for us and kept it warm so we could eat and get right back to the party. The run through the food line was purely a show with no pressure and all fun. A small FYI: at the tasting he invited several of his chefs for us to meet and cooked some bacon wrapped shrimp for them on a separate grill. Since I don't have the same allergies as my wife I tried one. It was the best and last bacon wrapped shrimp I will ever have. We joke that we will have to renew our vowels every year just to have a good cookout. A person that will change their recipes; without hindering their flavor profile and cater to your needs is what catering is all about. That is definitely something that Alpha Pitt smokers does and does right.

ross catering
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 3 years in business
Rhea C.
Verified review

We had a family and friends backyard gathering. Ross catering actually did the planning to my specifications. I had an old school R&B band for 3 hrs a DJ, a photographer and a bartender and of course they did the food which was ALL GOOD. Her catering staff was so efficient we were able to really enjoy the gathering without supervising. We were also celebrating our parents anniversary.

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

Maegen coordinated my wedding in 2012. She helped me find local bridal and cake shops, DJs and venues for our wedding. We started planning about a year in advance and she was there every step of the way. Maegen had great ideas for decor and made sure we did not forget any important details. By the day of our wedding Maegen had been in contact with all of vendors involved(cake lady, DJ, caterer, photographer, musician,etc.) and coordinated what time they should arrive to the venue to set up for the wedding. She was there bright and early the day of our wedding and made sure everyone arrived on time and set up as planned. When there was a delay in my arrival she made an announcement to the guests explaining the delay and convinced our caterer to open the bar which our guests greatly appreciated! She made sure we stayed on time all night even though we started an hour late and ensured the major events were done early so those who wanted to leave could. She ensured we had time to take all of the photos we wanted and they turned out amazing. At the end of the night she worked with my family to move all of our gifts out of the venue and made sure all of the guests were out of the building by the required time so we did not get charged extra! She made our wedding day stress free and enjoyable! We could not have asked for a better coordinator for our wedding!

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!

The Tasting Spoon
5.0
from 2 reviews
    Jason M.
    Verified review

    The tasting Spoon catered my mother's 60th Birthday party and the food was amazing! I really enjoyed the beef brisket the most, it was so juicy and tender. The buffet was put together very well and the attendants had great customer service.

    Kitchen 5 Catering
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 2 years in business
    Devin J.
    Verified review

    Amazing

    • 8 years in business
    Christina P.
    Verified review

    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. 😀

    Donald C.
    Verified review

    Always on time! Excellent service!

    • 4 years in business
    About

    I used to worked in one of the major cruise lines as executive sous chef. I traveled in different countries, and I am familiar with different international cuisines. I am working right now as one of the head chefs in one of the universities here in Virginia, and I also accept catering in all events.

    About

    I am knowledgeable in Asian cuisine, a la carte or catering style. I have 20 years in the food industry. I am friendly.

    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

    We are a full-service restaurant and night club that offers catering services. We specialize in international buffets, weddings cakes and professional catering services for your holiday functions.

    About

    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

    About

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

    About

    Tell us what you want,and we can meet your needs,anything is possible!

    About

    Sorenity Catering specializes in modern comfort and fusion dishes. They bring a rounded variety of style, colors and memorable flavors that will have your taste buds wanting more.

    About

    We are "more than a catering company! We are family owned and committed to developing quality yet professional relationships with our guests. We are providing and combining many of the services needed to host your amazing event! We provide free coordination for many aspects of the planning, taking the stress out of the process, so the guest can have a good time! We genuinely want to help make your event everything you envision it to be. Traditions has an authentic desire to be of service by making your needs our needs for your next event!

    • 10 years in business
    About

    On The Rise Catering is a catering service that aims to give you that soulful feeling that you remember when grandma used to get down in the kitchen. We specialize in Southern/Regional cuisines. On The Rise Catering aims to provide you the guest with a taste you will remember and a feeling of satisfaction -- eat and enjoy!

    About

    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.

    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.

    Actual Requests

    See other requests for caterers in Newport News

    Need a Caterer and Chef

    Norfolk, VA

    • Event type
      I'm not sure yet
    • Cuisine type
      BBQ
    • Number of people
      25-50
    • Additional Service(s)
      Other
    • Details
      Staff Christmas Party for Church/Childcare Center. Will be held at a condo club house.

    Need a Personal Chef for Home Cooked Meals of 2 Adults and a 14 Month Old

    Midlothian, VA

    • Event type
      Personal meal(s)
    • Cuisine type
      I'm not sure yet
    • Number of people
      Fewer than 10
    • Additional Service(s)
      Other (Shopping for any ingredients needed to prepare the meals)
    • Details
      We are looking for a personal chef service to provide healthy home cooked meals 5 nights a week. There are 2 adults and a 14 month old.

    Need Catering and Chef

    Glen Allen, VA

    • Event type
      Buffet catered event
    • Cuisine type
      Casual American, BBQ
    • Number of people
      50-100
    • Additional Service(s)
      Appetizers, Staff / Server(s) / Bartender(s)
    • Details
      No bartender needed
    • $1000
      Average price
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