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West End Event Caterers

Browse these event caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in West End.

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  • 24 years in business
  • 97 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tim S.
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Serge catered an event for a friend's family and was prompt, organized, and the food turned out great!

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Mercedes Jo Events
4.8
from 68 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 117 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Debbie Y.
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I was very impressed with the initial contact I had with Mercedes Joe Events. Mercedes was very professional, offered great advice and assistance. I immediately knew that I was in good hands. The food was delicious and the catering servive was excellent. Mercedes Joe Events is an A+ caterer who delivers! Debbie Young

Top of the City Catering
4.9
from 59 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 85 hires on Thumbtack
Natasha A.
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The customer service and food were both top notch! Maribel and her staff were fantastic to work with throughout the planning process and the day of the event. She worked with me to ensure my needs were met, my questions were answered, and my concerns were eliminated! I would highly recommend this company to anyone looking for a caterer for any event.

A Private Affair
4.5
from 42 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
Erica M.
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Chef Jackie was a pleasure to work with she was on time and the food was excellent she made sure I had enough food for my guests.would hire her again for another event.

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AC Catering
4.9
from 35 reviews
  • 55 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ciara W.
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We did not use this caterer for our event; however, George was very professsional and offered a variety of options.

Sweet Bazil, llc
5.0
from 31 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Kemia K.
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My experience was totally professional! I highly recommend this caterer for any event. The food was phenomenal! My guests couldn't stop raving about the green beans, salmon, and chicken. Tbe bread pudding was absolutely delicious. I am looking forward to having Sweet Bazil cater another event. Thank you again for making our event memorable. Kemia Kirby

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Clever Catering
5.0
from 30 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Heather S.
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We had an office holiday gala with over 125 people in attendance and I needed a caterer, so I reached out to thumbtack here to get quotes. Richard was the only one who actually called me to speak more about the needs of the party. This made him stand out above the rest. Besides that, he had great pricing, and was easy to get ahold of throughout the whole process. The night of the event went seamlessly. Our guests loved the food, and his staff rocked the house!! I will most definitely be referring him to other people I know, and use him again in the future for our next event! Thanks Richard! -Keller Williams Capital Properties, Fairfax

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Chef Nikki S.
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Melanie M.
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Chef Niki catered my promotion dinner at my firehouse. I appreciated how I was able to view and sign the contract online and pay through a cash app. However, I was surprised to pay in full prior to delivery of service but I admit to being naive about the process of catering an event. Nikki was fair in price. The amount of food was very generous. The food was delish and the guys are still talking about how tasty it was. I only gave four and not five stars due to the late arrival of food. (40mins after agreed time.) Overall, I would recommend Chef Nikki to cater future events.

Top Pro
  • 2 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Rachel T.
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I cannot recommend Sandra highly enough. She was such a pleasure to work with all through the process of planning a brunch to celebrate our children's baptism. She talked through the menu and the schedule with us well in advance and kept in touch as she pulled all the pieces together. Her food was beautiful and absolutely delicious. And, she was attentive to every detail. She brought tablecloths and accents to match the colors of our kids' outfits and arranged beautiful flower arrangements to help decorate the house. She was cheerful and clearly invested in making sure we had a beautiful event. We have found our event caterer and look forward to working with Sandra again in the future!

K&A Catering
4.7
from 11 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Oscar R.
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Saved us at last second for big event on the same day!

Pearl And Da Girl's
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 8 years in business
Natasha P.
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I've utilized Pearl and Da Girls Catering Service on several occasions such as barbecues, birthday parties, and more recently my dad's repast after his funeral. For every event, the service, the price, and the professionalism was superb!!! But most importantly...the food...oh the food...was absolutely without a shadow of a doubt AMAZING!!! Finger licking delicious!! I've had my fair share of soul food at places like Henry's, Levi's, and Keith and Sons...but Pearl and Da Girls is by far my favorite...hands down! They SLAY!!!

  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Tracey H.
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International Catering and Events helped our Son to have one of the greatest events of his life.

Feast Kingz
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 6 years in business
Amber G.
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Feast Kingz gave me the best experience ever from a catering company! The food is absolutely amazing and they were very professional as well! I didn’t have to worry or stress about anything! They really helped bring my special event together flawlessly!!

  • 4 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa L.
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Jaclyn and I are preparing the menu and working to coordinate my event in two weeks and I am very pleased with her suggestions and input thus far. Looking forward to tasting her culinary creations.

ChiquiChef
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Ali S.
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I love working with Anna. Her menus are creative and always delicious. In addition, she makes the entire process so easy as she brings everything with her and cleans everything up allowing you to focus on your guests. She has a great personality and is never an intrusion when she is creating her masterpieces in the kitchen. I have used her multiple times now and plan to use her for any and all future catering events!

A Lil' Blue Cafe
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Madeleine W.
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Pam responded promptly to my query, understood exactly what I envisioned for my brunch event, and created an excellent menu (including delicious home-baked pastry). She and her son arrived promptly, set up an attractive food table, served, cleaned up, and made the event effortless for me to host! It was a pleasure working with them.

Creative Cuisine Catering
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Sneha P.
Verified review

Chef Dashawn Toppin did an amazing job on a friend’s birthday dinner. He was right on time and was able to accommodate all the dietary request. The food was amazing and my friend really enjoyed her birthday dinner. We were really impressed with his culinary skills. I will definitely hire him again for another event.

Classic Catering
4.9
from 7 reviews
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Valerie R.
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Absolutely impressed with the service provided by Classic Catering! I needed a catering company for a last minute event I hosted and Classic Catering was recommended by a colleague. I called and spoke with Sandy, who understood exactly what I was looking for and needed for my event. She was able to work out the details and arrangements for my party and was a pleasure to work with. I can definitely see myself using their service for future events.

  • 3 years in business
Susan D.
Verified review

My company hosts a fall festival each year and this year we decided to try a new caterer. The team with the District Catering Co was fabulous, poised and professional. The owner was a gem and she made sure to exceed our expectations. I’ll definitely be using them again

Colada Shop
4.8
from 5 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jessica B.
Verified review

Food was great--I didn't know that the Colada Shop catered, so that was a pleasant surprise. The price was right. I do wish that it came with wire racks/sternos. Also, we paid for utensils and plates but we didn't get any. The sales person said that she would credit that off the bill. I would definitely use the Colada Shop again.

Q E Cuisine
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 years in business
Edward F.
Verified review

We called Q E Cuisine for a last minute event. They had less than 24 hrs to cater an event for 250 people for us. They came through without any issues. Was so glad we hired them. Donte and Edna are a great team. Staff is great. Hard workers. Good food. They may be a small company but they prove that they will become a big company. Much luck to you. PS. That Mac and Cheese. Wow.

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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