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Fodrey Catering Concepts
4.9
from 60 reviews
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Anita U.
Verified review

Jamie provided a beautiful assortment of appetizers and deserts for our function of about 225 people. It was a tight space with a small area as a prep room. Her staff was wonderful, she was very adaptable, she was on time and provided everything she promised without exception. The food was delicious and the guests were very complimentary. I would definitely recommend Fodrey Catering for any type of event.

Mj Creations Sweets & Treats
4.2
from 31 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
Nat W.
Verified review

We visited Richmond for a youth sports tourney. We needed drop catering at a hotel for dinner at 8:00pm on a Friday. Marie from AJ Creations was AMAZING! The home cooked appetizers, entree's and the outstanding Mashed Potato bar were a hit. She even accommodated our GF eaters. If you are looking for home cooked catering in Richmond...Marie at MJ Creations is the answer.

Clifton's Catering
4.8
from 20 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Ronald E.
Verified review

Cliff is the best and I would recommend him to anyone who needs catering done. His food is great and he provides servers if necessary and they're very professional.

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.

Pamela's Party Pantry
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Shana S.
Verified review

Pamela is a wonderful chef! She joined us to cook a special dinner at home for two families, and we ended up with a very high quality and extremely well executed meal with fresh summer ingredients, subtle and interesting flavors and special catering to each person's needs (yes, one person required well, well, well done tenderloin and Pamela made it happen without completely drying out the meat). In addition, to being a great chef, Pamela was a really nice person. She allowed one of our children to help with the cooking, and she was a great teacher. This was a wonderful experience and we highly recommend Pamela for both her cooking and baking skills.

  • 15 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Bethlehem A.
Verified review

Had a great experience working with Autumn's catering for my wedding. Food was very tasty and they were very attentive to us during our wedding. Bar was also very good. Would recommend!

Groovin' Gourmets
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 25 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Jared R.
Verified review

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.

Personal Chef Catering
5.0
from 1 review
  • 8 years in business
Deborah C.
Verified review

So sorry in being so long doing this review. I had to arrange this event from a distance and didn't get to attend myself so when I got rave reviews regarding lunch I knew it was because Aaron Turner delivered everything as promised. He was friendly to work with, there was a great variety of food to meet many needs and it was all delicious. Wonderful experience!

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
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I cater to whatever occasion is needed. I have been working in the food service field for 30 or more years. I enjoy taking care of people.

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I am a clean self starter cook. l can create whatever your taste desire. l am willing to go beyond the call of duty. My best desserts are homemade Key lime pie, crab cake, etc.

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We do planning to fit the customers' budget and make their event come alive. We also provide you with mouthwatering dishes at an affordable price and superb customer service.

  • 4 years in business
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We are a family run catering and specialty cake business. We treat every function as if it was a family affair.

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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 am a DJ who plays all types of music for any event. I have partners that include my mom and my aunt, in which they do decorating, catering, wedding officiating and planning, and wedding receptions. If you want a good time of fun and enjoyment, a stress-free day, please call us. We provide music, catering, and decoration setting up and taking down. We also provide bartending if needed. We, as a family, have a true love for what we do, so there is no half stepping in what we do. If you want the best, don't look any further; here we are.

  • 5 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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My service standa out because of our bold fresh familiar favors. We have very simple menus to choose from with family friendly prices.

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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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D's Catering is a home catering business that does American foods with delivery to your location for special events. I can also do floral arrangement and decorations for special days.

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My Passion to be in the kitchen and serving the dishes i create is pretty awesome. Chef in kitchen in Richmond Virginia.

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Pleasing ,and satisfied customers. My Moto is quality goes in before it goes out. Authentic Caribbean American and Chinese cusine

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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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The Welcome Table, located at 8709 Schrader Road in Henrico’s west end is a hidden gem and a triple threat. This restaurant has vocational and educational health, etiquette and cooking classes, catering and business networking for entrepreneurs of all ages from sports, arts, music and entertainment. The business has already established itself as a new trendsetter that’s about food safety, using only disposable plates and utensils, recycling cans, bottles and more, and demonstrating both creative culinary excellence, warm, inviting services, innovation, and down-home ambiance that makes everyone feel welcomed!

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

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Need a Caterer

Luray, VA

  • Interested in the following cuisine
    Other (Dessert buffet, some savory finger foods)
  • Serving style
  • Head count
  • Details
    We do not have a large budget, but we would like to create a memorable experience for ourselves and our wedding guests.
  • $1000
    Average price

Need a Caterer on July 13, 2013

Ruther Glen, VA

  • Interested in the following cuisine
    Mexican / Latin
  • Serving style
    Plated meal
  • Head count

Need Catering Service

Lynchburg, VA

  • Type of catering needed
    Plated meal
  • Interested in the following cuisine
  • Head count
  • Details
    This is a wedding rehearsal dinner at a renovated church.No kitchen facilities.
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