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Dinners with Class, LLC
4.9
from 62 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 112 hires on Thumbtack
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Working with Chef James was great. This was my first time using catering for a party. He made the process of creating the menu very easy. He did a great job of explaining the quote and communication of the itinerary the day of the event. Last but most importantly the food was spectacular. Everyone at the party was raving.

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  • 11 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kay J.
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Frankies catered for my brother's wedding and EVERYONE was extremely impressed with the food! That was the talk of the entire church and friends and family for months! The service was quick, paid attention to detail (because my family is very picky and we want things done the way we want it done VERY WELL), and Frankies did a wonderful job giving us the quality food at a very affordable price (almost 60% less that other offers). I HIGHLY recommend Frankies!

  • 7 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Cheryl P.
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Matthew has done many different kinds of catering events for me (snacks for large groups to full dinners). Always prepared, great ideas on menu, fun flavors, and kind personality. Looking forward to more events in 2014!

Chef Patrick
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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.

Catered Dreams
4.0
from 4 reviews
  • 5 years in business
Toya J.
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I have had great experiences working with Catered Dreams. Ms. Smith is very helpful in providing options when planning the Catering experience. I just love her cupcakes, very good and fulling and best of all she very creative which choosing flavors!!!

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I offer private and event catering. I am specializing in meal planning, personal event catering and building your special night with friends and family.

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We are an Asian restaurant specializing in Chinese, Korean, and Japanese dishes. We are willing to cater and meet any of our customers' needs.

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We are a full-service caterer for 2 to 2000. Our head chef is from Louisiana and specializes in Cajun/Creole cuisines and Southern style comfort foods, but no cuisine is too simple or too challenging for us to make a superior meal for our clientele.

  • 7 years in business
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I'm making your every event a cherished and memorable experience. I'm preparing foods with artistic simplicity and impeccable taste for any occasion. I am an experienced chef of 7 years and have been catering for 4 years. What makes my business great is the great food, of course, and also the standard of excellence and genuine concern for my clients' satisfaction and enjoyment.

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Mader's German cuisine restaurant in Milwaukee continues to be the venue of choice to celebrate the good things in life. It is our goal to provide, at the highest level, a meeting place where everyone is welcome and where the experience is never forgotten. And, their next visit to our German restaurant in Wisconsin is eagerly anticipated. Mader's Restaurant provides food and catering services for all your needs! We've been preparing for your visit since 1902!

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Homecooked taste and atmosphere of the south!!!!!!!!!! Making and establishing friendships thru my cooking as a chef and MOM! Making awesome memories for others!!!!!!!!!!!

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I specialize in Texas style BBQ! I make some of the best BBQ in Wisconsin. All side items are made from scratch, just like your grandmother did when you were a kid.

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We provide full-service corporate and social catering and bartending services inside and outside Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.

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We provide delicious food and courteous service at affordable prices. We offer full-service, off-site catering from meetings and parties to businesses and corporation throughout Lake County.

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i let customer dictate what they want and how they prefer it done cooking is not a job its a passion so its like not working at all!

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7 Sisters & 7 Suns specializes in farm to table cooking, including vegan, vegetarian, and raw organic. Tess Kenney has been professionally cooking for over 20 years, cutting her teeth in rock and roll catering with XLC Catering. Tess has served food to everyone, from The Rolling Stones and Tom Petty to Lauren Hill and Beyonce. Extreme attention to detail and using only the best and most healthy ingredients, 7 Sisters & 7 Suns has the reputation of the best catering in all of Riverwest because they aim to please and take great care in creating a menu that meets your specific dietary needs.

  • 27 years in business
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We custom cater! We will create a menu for you from Vegan, Vegetarian, for the Carnivore in you or any there in between. We know you will love our ideas, but we are happy to include yours as well. Include a family favorite or give us a shot at making your personal best. We are here to set up, cook and clean up for you. We pride ourselves on a professional appearance, quality local ingredients and a creative, healthful, soul satisfying experience. We love people and love cooking delicious food for them.

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I am willing to do cooking for parties, weddings, anniversaries and whatever the occasion is. I have been state certified since 1996 and have started catering in 2009. I love to cook, and I cook to please. No occasion is too small or too large.

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We offer casual American and modern cuisines. We are able to customize a global cuisine to fit any occasion. We can provide full catering services in our banquet room or host at a location of your choice.

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I have done a lot of catering for a lot of small business in the past 3 years. I offer a lot of soul food and barbecues.

  • 14 years in business
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I love to see the satisfied faces after a job well done

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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