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Richmond Custom Caterers

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Fodrey Catering Concepts
4.9
from 60 reviews
  • 79 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Corinne C.
Verified review

Jamie catered our wedding reception in the end of summer. She was extremely good at communicating, answering any and all questions that I had, and always responded very quickly. She went above and beyond in the setup of the food and drink station and the upkeep of the reception from start to finish. Any request I had she took care of immediately and had suggestions on placing and pairing of foods. I could not have asked for a better caterer. Of all the weddings I have been to and part of, this was the smoothest experience in regards to catering. The food was out of this world, I still have my guests complimenting it. If I could give more stars I would!!! She's the best!!

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

Marie's service was very good and very professional. She delivered and set everything up as agreed. The food looked and tasted great. All my guests enjoyed it. I would definitely recommend Mj Creations Sweets & Treats for catering small in-home events. Thank you Marie!

Clifton's Catering
4.8
from 20 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Phil C.
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We had a remarkable experience with Clifton's Catering as this was a short time schedule to make the projected date. Not only was the delivery on time, he arrived early to ensure a 110% on the mark experience. The catering was above and beyond what was expected as was the quality and quantity of his product. In fact most of the attendees had another meal and a sandwich from leftovers. I am proud to recommend Clifton's Catering for a wonderful catered experience. Down South friendly! Phil Childrey

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
Sarah T.
Verified review

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.
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.

Cater To You Catering
4.0
from 1 review
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Gail L.
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The young men were very pleasant. They took the time to explain the ingredients in the food and most importantly, my guests enjoyed the food! They delivered on time and everything was set it up beautifully! Thank you! Gail Lockhart

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I've always had a passion for cooking and hosting! I've been catering for 10 years and cooking for 25 years. I have great people skills, great communication skills, courteous, polite and demeanor. My number one goal is to satisfy you and your guest! I have a wonderful team to assist me to meet all of your needs!

  • 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 do full-service catering, corporate catering, wedding and event box lunches, lunch and learn meetings, parties and celebrations! We have locally sourced food and spirits! We are fun!

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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.

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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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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.

  • 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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We are in the restaurant and catering business. We can have a 10,000-square-foot venue, or we can cater to your location. We specialize in Latin american foods with the ability to also prepare different foods outside the Latin-American realm.

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We cater to you and your needs and wants. We cook a variety of types of foods. ex. American, African, Italian, Asian.

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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.

  • 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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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.

  • 8 years in business
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I can cater big events such as large wedding and dinners, to small intimate afairs. Also in addition to being able to cook savory dishes of Amy cuisine I am able to make pastrys of any kind, homemade pies. Cookies, and cakes including wedding cakes

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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.

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.

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 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.
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