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Staunton Chefs

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  • 23 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Elizabeth Q.
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Bettie went above and beyond! She is wonderful and did more than I could ever expect! I would highly recommend her for your wedding or family function.

Chef To Go
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Joanna S.
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We booked George for a wedding in September 2014. He provided great food, great service, and overall, we couldn't have been happier with our choice of caterers. He worked with us in creating the menu and was flexible to accommodate our requests. We had 100 people with heavy apps and a full bar. We had plenty of food and he and his staff exceeded our every expectation (especially considering the price!). We would certainly recommend him to anyone seeking a caterer.

Carol W.
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Tim's cooking is A++++++ top notch!!! He has a knack of creating amazing original dishes, and is also great with duplicating recipes that are tried and true. He is extremely versatile - from fresh yummy homemade breads to homemade dips and sauces , to salads, meats, and desserts. it is all superb.! Tim catered a post wedding party in our backyard and the guests raved about the food! I would definitely use Tim's catering any place for any number of guests at any occasion. !

Butler Catering
5.0
from 4 reviews
    Kathy M.
    Verified review

    Chef Butler catered a five course celebration dinner that was amazing. He provided unexpected special touches such as individualized formal menus for the guests. The coconut shrimp had a beautiful golden brown crunchy exterior yet so moist and flavorful. Best ever! Chef Butler exceeded our expectations. We have another celebration on the horizon. I should book it now.

    Antonya Hall
    5.0
    from 1 review
      Shannon J.
      Verified review

      Great chef she goes above and beyond to make sure we had a excellent time. Her prices are reasonable as well

      HM Culinary Solutions
      5.0
      from 1 review
        Frank P.
        Verified review

        Hannah is a very professional and highly skilled chef. The meal she created for my guests and I was absolutely wonderful. Every detail was perfect making for an unforgettable experience. I can't wait to have Hannah cater my next event.

        About

        Be a guest in you own party, Create a increduble culinary experience at affordable price

        About

        I have been a chef for over 30 years with extensive catering experience. I have cooked every type of cuisine and worked on the outer banks of North Carolina for over 20 years, working mostly with seafood.

        About

        I do catering, Private cooking lesson, Basic food lesson, Food column, Food styling, or even Private chef for any event. I am holding Italian, General Asian, and Fusion cuisine certification. I am self taught French chef as well.

        • 16 years in business
        • 1 hire on Thumbtack
        About

        I love what I do - and I care as much about my client's event as they do. I also have extensive experience in cooking and baking for special needs diets and adapting recipes with those needs in mind - no one else in my area is doing this as much.

        • 4 years in business
        About

        While being knowledgeable about food and hospitality services, I produce my services from the heart and soul. In addition, I have experience and credentials within the food service, culinary and hospitality industries.

        • 2 years in business
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        • 32 years in business
        About

        I LOVE COOKING. That's why I stand out I guess , I'm passionate about what I do & put 100% effort into preparing the food so that it is the best it can possibly be. The main thing is that I put my own twist on what I cook so that not only will you be amazed at the taste & be satisfied, but I deliver it to your liking & standards. GOOD QUALITY FOOD & CLEANLINESS .

        • 6 years in business
        About

        Come home to meals prepared for you, ready to eat, made from fresh organic vegetables and hormone-free meats. The chef shows up with groceries, cooks the meals in your kitchen, and places them in the refrigerator for heat and serve throughout the week. You're welcome to use the Simply-VA Personal Chef service on a weekly basis, just one time, or once a month. Special diets are always accommodated.

        About

        I'm a certified chef and owner of Belen's Thrill of the Grill food truck. I specialize in Latin infused food.

        • 4 years in business
        About

        I've been told that it's my personality that shines through. The food is delicious & visually appealing. I have a broad knowledge of ingredients & cooking methods to enhance flavor. It's all from scratch!

        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.
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