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Mermaid Catering
4.5
from 103 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 181 hires on Thumbtack
Alan C.
Verified review

The job was a surprise Valentine's Day dinner for my wife. The personal chef arrived and was able to answer all my questions either at my house or via email prior to the event. The food was spectacular and I will not hesitate to hire Mermaid Catering again.

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

Chef and his kitchen staff were absolutely amazing this weekend at ROFCON. They were professional and friendly the entire time with the con staffers. Their food was excellent, and they went above and beyond to meet any needs that arised. I know the entire AMS department was glad to be get the food hot and delicious in the AMS floor without having to rush to get back on duty.

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.

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)

Up In Smoke Catering L.L.C.
4.9
from 7 reviews
    Sarah R.
    Verified review

    The way the chef seasons his food is amazing! Like heaven in your mouth with every bit !!! The smoked salmon is my favorite!!

    GroundUp
    4.5
    from 6 reviews
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Beatrice H.
    Verified review

    It was awesome! I requested a romantic menu and received just that! Chef Reece was courteous, on time and the lamb was delicious! I will be using Ground UP again very soon! 🙌🙌

    ross catering
    5.0
    from 3 reviews
    • 3 years in business
    Steve P.
    Verified review

    Thank you Ross Catering. I had Ross Catering do several personal chef dinners for me. I can't cook a lick and I don't really like resturants so when dating I would have a personal chef cook a dinner. Always had great & impressive evenings.

    A Night to Remember
    3.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 8 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Walter Rob T.
    Verified review

    Just imagine having a head chef show up in your kitchen, what a treat. My wife and I were looking for something different and exciting for our anniversary. We knew exactly what we were looking for; delicious food, special treatment and a high level of service. We obtained the services of a premier personal chef. My wife and I had a wonderful evening at home thanks to Chef Gray. He brought all the food and ingredients, all the pots, pans and cooking utensils, beautiful table setting and glassware. Chef Gray took over my kitchen and prepared us a wonderful three course meal. He was the shining example of a highly trained professional chef. He transformed our dining room into a "Five Star Restaurant" with his personalized and attentive service. Chef Gray is a great listener and takes your dietary restrictions into consideration to customize your meal. He took care of everything, assisted with the menu, cooked for us, provided exceptional service and cleaned up the entire kitchen. Thank you Chef Gray for making our anniversary so uniquely special.

    About

    Private Personal chef email for a reservation to come make an elegant dinner for you and your loved ones.Sophisticated events planned by you catered by us. Our Mission is to bring you the best possible food with locally sourced products to bring people together through food.

    About

    Younique Treats offers the following services for busy professionals, seniors, those who hate to cook but enjoy a great meal, special dietary needs, children 8 months and above, and much more. Save time, reduce stress, customize and personalize your meals with Younique Treats personal chef services. Other services available: * banquets * romantic dinner for two * dinner parties * children's birthday * corporate retreats * office lunches * charitable events

    About

    I am a professional pastry chef! I create all styles of beautiful, custom wedding cakes to suit the bride's needs, from sculpted, traditional and simple to extravagant. I have prices that suit most budgets. I also cater to bridal showers, birthdays, etc.

    About

    We are catering and private chef for hire. We cook, you party. Let us do your shopping, cooking and cleaning! We provide top notch cuisine and services provided by the best in the industry.

    About

    I am a former chef at Salacia/Catch 31. I have decided to go into business for myself offering a wide array of food sections ranging from your down home comfort food to your upscale restaurant-style cuisine. I offer my own little twist of love with every dish I provide.

    About

    From breakfast to simple lunches to elegant dinners, my 30 years in the restaurant business will provide the solution and services you need; and if your party requires multiple cooks, I have extensive contacts in the industry.

    About

    My business is to make sure you and your entire family will enjoy great tasting cuisines in a clean, fun and fast atmosphere. In this economy, it's hard on people to be able to juggle work and family life, let me help you send time with your family as well as provide you with a nutritious diet to keep you and your family healthy.

    About

    I have studied culinary arts at Johnson and Wales University and have 13 years of experience in working in the industry. I am currently studying integrative nutrition and take a holistic approach to food and wellness.

    About

    I have very adorable prices, and I can cook any thing you would like. I will make it fun for everyone.

    • 4 years in business
    About

    My services include bathing, cooking, light housework, companionship, friendship, more affordable than an agencies. Please let me meet you, and your ooved one.

    About

    I am an executive chef, and I do catering on the side. I can do everything, from entrees to baked goods, breads, cakes and other various desserts and soups. I have over 25 years of experience in all phases of culinary arts. I am a ServSafe certified and a Johnson and Wales graduate.

    About

    I cook and prepare meals for multiple people. I will cook meals in front of people. I will help set up and tear down event equipment.

    • 15 years in business
    About

    Over 20 years in the Hospitality arena My commitment to quality service is influenced by a servant disposition. My motto is simple "food does not lie, it tells the truth always, it looks and taste good or it does not."

    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.