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Portsmouth Holiday Caterers

Browse these holiday caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Portsmouth.

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

My husband and I decided to get married rather quickly and only had 13 days to pull together all the details. Julie at Mermaid Catering was one of the first caterers to respond to my request for a quote. After exchanging a few messages via the Thumbtack site, Julie had a good idea of the type of food items we wanted and was very prompt in responding with a great menu and great price quote. We worked with Julie to secure a bartender. We supplied all the alcohol and Mermaid Catering supplied all the mixers, plates, plastic glasses, etc. The food was delicious, fresh and beautifully presented. Julie was fun and easy to work with, she was prompt getting back to me and arrived at our wedding with ample time to set up. Julie, you did a GREAT job, the food was delicious and the presentation beautiful. Thank you for working with me under such time restraints. We received many compliments on the food and presentation. Thank you SO much for helping to make our wedding perfect!

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

Alpha Pitt Smokers catered my daughter's wedding on 4-16-16. We found him quite by accident, but we are so glad we did! Jason & crew did a fantastic job, & the food was awesome. He has many food choices, & you won't be disappointed! Our menu--pork loin, barbeque chicken, garlic mashed potatoes, Mediterranean pasta salad, garden salad & rolls--now your mouth is watering, isn't it? Whatever food you choose, make sure you order the garlic mashed potatoes; they are awesome! Jason was patient with questions & changes to menu choices. He was great with follow up, but he didn't "hound" you. He stayed with us when other caterers stopped responding. He is prompt, & you can tell he loves what he does! Highly recommend he & his crew! He won't disappoint! Great food, great guy=success at any event!!!

  • 7 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Karen S.
Verified review

Yummy Goodness provided food and service for my March 11th wedding. Our wedding was held at a luxury home in Sandbridge. The food was displayed beautifully! Little signs told everyone what the food was and setup was gorgeous. Guests raved about the food and said it was the best wedding food ever! From the brisket to the mac n cheese / mashed potato bar to the shrimp and grits .. the food was outstanding! Lori and her team were perfection at its best. We would recommend them highly!

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!

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The food keeps its flavor whether in small or large batches.

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We provide on-site and off-site catering for private functions, weddings, office parties and all government institutions. We have been in business for 12 years, and we provide the highest quality of food and service for your event. We provide menu planning and suggestions, professional servers and fantastic, high-quality food at reasonable prices.

  • 15 years in business
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We are a full service catering service that gives personal service and is chef driven.

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I'm an experienced cuisine chef and former restaurant owner. I have experience in catering, upscale services, and personal services. My past honorable mentions include meals served to United Nations ambassadors, U.S. senators, and former governor, Bob McDonnell.

  • 36 years in business
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I provide all aspects of catering and party planning and services. Trained at Johnson and Wales, I have worked for the past 30 years for some of the best chefs in America. I can handle anything from a party of 5 to 500 people. I love to teach others the enjoyment of cooking. I am passing on lessons learned at the kitchen tables of grandparents and professional chefs.

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

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

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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.

  • 10 years in business
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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!

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We stand out because we offer home style cooking and catering with a southern appeal. We aim to please our customers.

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Our company offers event planning, catering and/or bartender services. If you need a party planner, whether it's for your wedding, birthday, wedding anniversary or graduation, my company will make your special events memorable and fun based on your needs. I have been in the event planning business for over 15 years. I am a licensed bartender, wedding officiant and also provide catering services, DJs, cake decorators, bands, comedians and whatever you need for your special event!

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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.

  • 4 years in business
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I AM CONFIDENT IN MY SERVICES. I HAVE NEVER HAD A BAD REVIEW. I REALLY TAKE PLEASURE IN WHAT I CREATE. IT IS ALWAYS MY GOAL FIRST TO PLEASE THEN PROFIT.

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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.

  • 19 years in business
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I am catering large functions and a small personal chef and cook with various amount of cuisines. I am exceptional and experienced. I have been in business for over 20 years.

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Chef K is a published cookbook author who designs healthy menus for you, and she and her staff will prepare them and deliver right to your door. Check out Chef K's website or find her on Amazon. If you are in Williamsburg, VA, she appears at some Williamsburg Farmers Markets.

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 holiday caterers in Portsmouth

Need Wedding Caterer

Norfolk, VA

  • Serving style
    Plated meal, Buffet
  • Which meal
    Dinner
  • Venue chosen
    Yes, please describe (O'Connor Brwery - romantic & rustic)
  • Staff needed
    Set up: Yes, Server(s): Yes, Bartender(s): No, Clean up: Yes, I don't need any staff: No
  • Interested in the following cuisine
    Italian, Mediterranean
  • Head count
    125-150
  • Budget per person
    $30-$40 per person
  • Details
    Price per person is flexible. I was hoping for appetizers, dinner, and possible a late night snack since it will be a late NYE wedding.
  • $4500
    Average price

Need Wedding Catering

Norfolk, VA

  • Serving style
    Buffet, Family style, Food stations
  • Which meal
    Dinner
  • Venue chosen
    No, I have not chosen the venue yet
  • Staff needed
    Set up: Yes, Server(s): No, Bartender(s): No, Clean up: Yes, I don't need any staff: Yes
  • Interested in the following cuisine
    Other (Taco bar and salad bar)
  • Head count
    50-75
  • Budget per person
    $20-$30 per person
  • Details
    I am in the process of making a budget and seeing what everything costs. Looking to have the event fall 2016
  • $1000
    Average price

Need Wedding Catering Services

Portsmouth, VA

  • Serving style
    Plated meal
  • Which meal
    Dinner
  • Venue chosen
    Yes, please describe (Women Club of Portsmouth)
  • Staff needed
    Set up: Yes, Server(s): Yes, Bartender(s): Yes, Clean up: Yes, I don't need any staff: No
  • Interested in the following cuisine
    American - formal (eg: steak and potatoes), BBQ (eg: pulled pork, Southern comfort), Hors D'oeurves
  • Head count
    125-150
  • Budget per person
    $40-$50 per person
  • Details
    Children prices
  • $7500
    Average price
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