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Richmond Buffet Caterers

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Fodrey Catering Concepts
4.9
from 60 reviews
  • 79 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Alicia G.
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Jamie Fodrey catered a dinner for 25 people in our home. She conducted herself in a professional manner from our first email communication to the event itself. She replied to my emails and phone calls quickly and gave me great advice during the planning stages. The night of the dinner is when her talents were on full display. She prepared a lovely dinner for us as well as hors d'ouevres and dessert. She displayed everything so artfully and beautifully. It is obvious that she takes great pride in her work. Every bite was delicious! I highly recommend Jamie Fodrey and I will definitely hire her again.

Mj Creations Sweets & Treats
4.3
from 33 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
Jamie R.
Verified review

Marie was fantastic! She catered the dessert for a bridal luncheon I had at my home. It was the hit of the luncheon! My theme was French. She made five different types of crepes for my guests. She was very well prepared and set up in plenty of time. She was courteous to the guests, making sure everyone had what they wanted. The crepes were delicious! I would highly recommend MJ Creations and will ask them back when I have my next party. Thanks!

  • 6 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Ambria B.
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This mother and daughter team is highly professional. They are very efficient, yet personable at the same time. All of this before you even mention the food. It was delectable. We were very much pleased especially in knowing that usually with large party catering the food can sometimes lack that certain touch of love. We definitely felt and tasted that! lol.. (as did our guests). My new husband doesn't even eat cake but he asked for seconds lol! I would recommend them for any event. I think that I thanked them about 20 times! They deserved it!! And thank you again!

Clifton's Catering
4.8
from 20 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Doris M.
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I hired Mr Hurdle to set up and cater the wedding reception for my brother . Cliff and his staff did everything from setting up the room with tables, linens, glassware and silverware. He then prepared a full buffet from appetizers to desert . He was able to accommodate special diet request very nicely. He also provided a very attentive waitstaff .Everything was done in a very timely manner. I would use again without a doubt .

Pamela's Party Pantry
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Deirdre F.
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I am lucky to be Pam's neighbor as I can attest to her amazing cooking - sophisticated, gourmet meals to delicious, comfort food to incredible baked goods, she does it all!!

  • 7 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Zee M.
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Mr. Barnes catered our event and everything was great. The food was delicious, well prepared, presentation was awesome and the customer service was out this world.

  • 15 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Sarah T.
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I cannot say enough good things about Autumn's! I started planning an event back in January, and the event took place this past Saturday. From the very start, Claudine was extremely helpful, responsive, and provided a ton of menu options to accommodate my budget. Upon booking, she was equally responsive and helpful when I had random questions between January and the event itself. On Saturday, Claudine and her staff arrived to the venue in advance of their expected time, and both were courteous and friendly to myself and all of the guests. The brunch buffet set up was BEAUTIFUL, and the food received rave reviews for taste, quality, quantity, and presentation. Best part is folks were fighting over who could take the left overs home as Claudine neatly boxed them all up for us to divvy out, so there was no food waste whatsoever. I would most certainly book with Autumn's again as it was a fantastic experience. Service is top notch, food quality is fantastic, and the staff are just SUPER sweet all for a competitive price compared to the 4 or 5 other area caterers I contacted! I highly recommend Autumn's for your next event!

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!

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We are preparing full menu items for catering events and private business functions. Fresh made side dishes and deserts can also be made to order.

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I cater to your perfection whatever you choose to order. Your satisfaction is my priority. I cater to your needs whatever that special occasion may be. Just trust in me to serve you.

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Tee and Yoyo's Catering is a great in town catering company that offers quality in all types of foods and in all cultures. We do great exquisite desserts as well!

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We provide full catering service for intimate get-togethers, business luncheons, special occasions and more. We specialize in blending unique spices to enhance your dining experience. We offer a range of cuisine catering to your needs. Raine's Kitchen is your kitchen.

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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.

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

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I am a graduate of The VA College Culinary School and for the past 5 years, I have worked in some of the Richmond's finest restaurants. I decided that this was not very fulfilling so I have branched out on my own. I do catering for a party or for your personal meals. I can also provide bartending services and some pastries and desserts. I welcome the opportunity to show off my skills and love of the culinary art.

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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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We believe that our customers' needs are of the utmost importance and would welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best service in the industry.

  • 6 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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I am very detail oriented, hard working,, & strive to make my clients happy & fully satisfied. . My food , I'm told, is out of this world. I am immaculately clean, do cleanup, shopping , planning, etc. I will do everthg. possible to work w/my clients to ensure they are satisfied.. I freelance as a personal assistant also... I drive for Uber p/t & have been approved with a background check since over 1 year.. Thanks, Cathy

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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 vegetarian, vegan, and traditional cuisines. I cater for corporate events and weddings. Full-service breakfasts, boxed lunches and party trays are also available.

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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