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Madison Caterers

Browse these catering services with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Madison.

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Just Good Eats
4.7
from 37 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Brian G.
Verified review

Wedding catering. Everything was delicious! The service and working with Mike was very good. Thank you Mike!!

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Gristle
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Molly Y.
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Catering for a pre-wedding weekend barbeque hosting about 40 people. Logistically, Gristle was fantastic, setting up efficiently and on time, providing everything exactly as expected. The food was also really good- only problem was with a gravy, but that was more due to personal preference. Overall, delicious!

Savour Catering
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa B.
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Natalia has been unbelievable to work with-she's great. She responds to correspondence immediately. I will definitely pass her information to other departments in our building for their catering needs. If the food is as great as she is, I can't wait to try it!

Badger Catering
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 41 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Mark G.
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Badger Bowl did a great job catering our event. The food was delicious and the workers were professional. It was a wedding and I can admit I was hesitant to hire a bowling alley, but all my concerns were blown away.

Big Mouth Pasta
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Pam F.
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Kelly and Damian catered our Superbowl Party. They arrived on-time and set up to have everything ready when our guests arrived. The food was SO good! Would definitely hire again.

Chef Patrick
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 1 year in business
Andrea S.
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We had an incredibly positive experience with Chef Patrick. He catered a business meeting breakfast and lunch, and the quality and price were both great. He was easy to work with, and I appreciated his flexibility.

  • 9 years in business
Lee D.
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I recently hired Juliane Mackaron to cater a luncheon that I was hosting for a group of prospective clients. The occasion presented some challenges with regards to specific menu requirements, particularly for one guest who was on a Vegan dietary regimen. After a brief consult with Juliane, an extensive and varied assortment of salads, entrees and desserts was recommended. This resulted in an impressive display of food options and choices that was thoroughly enjoyed by all of the attendees. Juliane's expertise, reliability and talents were instrumental in making the event a success. I received an enthusiastic response from my guests as to the variety, taste, quality and presentation of the meal fare offered. In short, the luncheon was a tremendous success. I would highly recommend that you consult Juliane for any of your catering needs. Lee Dorn Lee Dorn Jewelers, Madison, WI

  • 20 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Quinn M.
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The setup was fast and organized, the food was terrific! After the party, the remaining food was taken back to the restaurant, and when I came to pick it up the next morning, much of it had been thrown away, including the vegetables, meats, guacamole and chips. I did not expect that and it was disappointing that it was not communicated that those items would be discarded. Had I known that I would have just taken them in my car on the night of the event. All in all a great experience, I will recommend El Pastor to friends and associates.

  • 25 years in business
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We specialize on creating a unique experience to our customer bringing the best dishes and service to your event, we work really hard to get beyong your expectations.

  • 55 years in business
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Catering is all that we do. We are not a restaurant. We have been in business for over 50 years and am the oldest caterer in the Madison area. Our staff love what they do and they show it with their attention to details and outstanding customer service.

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I grew up in a catering business as the pastry chef, homemade desserts, small group (serves 50) wedding cakes, cupcakes plus more. I am a division of a family catering business in Waukesha and Jefferson County, WI for the past 48 years. My desserts, cakes, cupcakes, etc. bring smiles to all who have eaten them. I offer individuals as well as small restaurants, tea rooms, ladies groups, hotels, party planners, wedding planners, children's birthday parties, in home parties, dessert tables, children's party centers, caterers, work out of a licensed kitchen. We deliver to you or you can pick up.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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Americano is a true celebration of the culinary melting pot that is happening in the USA. We are focused on seasonability not only from our Latin heritage but also from other world cuisines familiar to everyone. Our chef acquired experience in the Big Apple which has allowed us to know Italian, Portuguese and Spanish cuisines by working in Michelin rated restaurants like Aldea, Bar Boulud, and Marta. Come join us discover new American food. Welcome to Americano.

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Because we base our service fees on our clients requests.

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We offer mobile catering for weddings and businesses. We are a family-owned business. Our menu has a wide variety of choices. With ten years of experience, we can cater to your every need!

  • 6 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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We provide a wide variety of delicious menu options, perfect for every occasion. Our experienced staff provides exceptional service.

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Services are personal chef and catering. I am looking to provide high-quality food at a fair price, based on the needs of the client. I am proficient in bread, pastry and hot food applications. Ethnic cuisine is not an issue. I have over 27 years in food and beverage experience, and I am quite well rounded.

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I am an award-winning chef. I have been on TV. I am a Frankenfood winner. I created the gyro bites. I can cook the best food you will ever eat. I can cook all kinds of food. Call me for all your catering needs.

  • 4 years in business
About

I get hired to serve people at your events, and also, I have a co-worker if you need two people. I am very outgoing and very understanding, and the day I help you is the biggest day of your life. I do NY work based on how I would want it done on my big day.

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We are a retro-rock-themed pub and grill with amazing event space and catering! We are located less than a block from the capital. We can help with all your party needs!

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I want to attend and serve people in a nice bar or restaurant in the Chianti area. I will be taking orders and taking care of customers' needs.

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

See other requests for caterers in Madison

Need a Caterer for a Buffet Dinner Party on February 16, 2013

Fennimore, WI

  • Event type
    Buffet dinner party
  • Cuisine type
    I'm not sure yet
  • Number of people
    25-50
  • Additional Service(s)
    Appetizers, Beverages (non-alcoholic)

Need a Caterer for Plated Dinner Party

Richland Center, WI

  • Event type
    Plated dinner party
  • Cuisine type
    Italian, Other (finger food appetizers (american))
  • Number of people
    150-200
  • Additional Service(s)
    Appetizers

Need a Caterer of Casual American Cuisine

Wisconsin Rapids, WI

  • Event type
    I'm not sure yet
  • Cuisine type
    Casual American
  • Number of people
    More than 200
  • Additional Service(s)
    No additional service
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