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Dinners with Class, LLC
from 62 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 112 hires on Thumbtack
Danielle F.
Verified review

He did an amazing customized menu for my wedding. Most guests went back for seconds and I didn't hear a single complaint, even out of notoriously picky family members. I would absolutely recommend Dinners with Class to anyone looking for creative quality catering.

Top Pro
  • 11 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kay J.
Verified review

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!

Chef Dennis Zidek
from 10 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Craig Z.
Verified review

Dennis catered a wedding reception I attended and the meal was absolutely fantastic!

Carrot Bomb Catering
from 9 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Amanda S.
Verified review

Loulou catered our wedding this past summer and I can't say enough great things about working with her. Our reception was at an outdoor barn venue without any kitchen or prep space. She assembled a team that created the most beautiful, delicious menu. We had FOUR entree choices, including halibut, as a plated meal for 200 guests. We did a charcuterie station as well as 4 different passed appetizers. The salad and entrees were presented with such finesse and in a very timely manner. All ingredients were local which we loved. We've had so many people tell us at the wedding as well as weeks later how amazing our wedding food was. My wedding planner even commented that it was the best wedding meal she's ever tasted. Loulou's planning was extremely thorough and left us feeling relaxed and confident going into the wedding day. She's very open to the client's ideas and opinions and balances this well with providing her expertise. I would recommend Loulou catering any and all special events!

JJ's Wood Grill
from 9 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Becky D.
Verified review

Excellent food, great idea of having this food truck cater our late night snack at our wedding! The sliders were a huge hit

Emerald City Catering
from 6 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Cassie L.
Verified review

The staff and Oz were terrific from start to finish. SO accommodating and polite. 300 person wedding and everything was perfect! And everyone kept talking about how great the food was!!

  • 4 years in business
Deb H.
Verified review

Robyn catered my daughters wedding The food was AMAZING!!

Hard Wood Cafe Catering Co.
from 5 reviews
  • 33 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Saundra D.
Verified review

Recently I had an impromptu wedding shower for my niece whose fiance was being sent to Afghanistan earlier than expected. I wanted it to be special and fun, but wasn't sure what to do. I had been to a street festival last summer where Hard Wood Cafe was selling their food and just loved their "Go Hog Wild" pulled pork sandwich - and don't get me started on their pulled pork nachos!!!.Really delicious food. I looked them up online hoping they catered-and they do! I started telling the owner Debbie about what I was doing and how much I wanted this to be a really fun and special event. During our conversation I told her how much I loved their cute little gypsy wagon and how we had first tried their delicious food at the street fair. After deciding on my menu, Debbie told me that the truck was available too! I couldn't believe it!!! Our event was a complete success. Everyone there kept commenting on how delicious the food was, and they all loved the truck too. My niece was brought to tears when she saw all of us. Having the truck there was icing on the cake for our party. I really felt like I had hit a home run for my sweet niece. And guess what? We lucked in with weather too - our party was on the 61 degree day that broke an over 100 year record! The food was great and these owners really know how to make an event special. Thank you Debbie & Craig! - Saundra D., Mequon, WI

Heavenly Helpings llc
from 3 reviews
  • 2 years in business
Willey M.
Verified review

Heavenly helpings catered our wedding and it was awesome! They also catered our grandsons pool party with a gorgeous Sesame Street theme! I highly recommend them for all of your catering needs!

The Fast Foodie
from 2 reviews
  • 9 years in business
Maggiejesse G.
Verified review

We used The Fast Foodie for our August wedding and we couldn't have been happier! We contacted Jackie while we were still in the process of booking our venue and immediately knew that we HAD to have her and her food at our wedding. She did an amazing job of making sure our guests got food quickly and recommended the perfect portion sizes. Everyone raved about the food., Best wedding food and a very memorable experience!!

Moxie Girl Catering
from 2 reviews
    Heather J.
    Verified review

    Moxie Girl was wonderful! We used them for both our catering for our wedding in addition to the bar service. Jodi and Ryanleigh are wonderful to work with, and the prices are an extreme value for the service and food you get. We had 300+ guests who raved about the dinner, most saying it was the best wedding food they have ever had. In addition, the bar service was fantastic and they were open to everything that we wanted for our big day. It is 3+ weeks after our wedding day, and we still hear the reviews from our family and friends. Great job- and thanks for making our day great!

    Ono Kine Grindz
    from 2 reviews
    • 9 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Elaine E.
    Verified review

    I can highly recommend David and Guy and Ono Kine Grindz for your wedding reception or any and all catering needs - big or small. David and Guy did a FANTABULOUS JOB catering our wedding. They provided not only excellent food for our guests on August 30th 2014, but they gave the gift of that Hawaiian family love to everyone. From the first meeting to go over the menu and our budget with Guy, to the day of the event -- everything went so smoothly. David and Guy were both so wonderful in how they responded to my numerous phone calls with changes to the menu, special dietary requests, modifications to the final head count and my own wedding jitters, David even made me sit down and relax and have a cup of Kona coffee with him. He reassured me that everything was going to be great and not to worry. And it was! It was! What caterer does that for a client? We served succulent Kalua Pig -- Hawaiian pulled BBQ pork, Char Siu chicken -- delectable tangy grilled boneless thighs, purple rice, kim chee, savory and lightly spiced macaroni salad, and a delicious carrot and pineapple slaw, plus a lovely vegetarian pasta salad for our vegetarian guests. They even made a lovely grilled seitan burger with mango salsa for a vegan friend. It smelled so good and tasted fabulous. Service was buffet style and yet the servers went above and beyond, clearing tables, asking people if they could bring them anything else. People are still talking about how awesome the food was, and the best thing about it is we still eat Ono Kine Grindz food and knowing we can anytime we want is such a gift! And we love stopping in to say hello to David and Guy and the rest of the team at OKG. It's so much more than just the food.

    Creative Catering
    from 1 review
    • 22 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Jillian H.
    Verified review

    I am so happy I used Thumbtack to find Anna!!! I decided that I wanted to be fancy-schmancy and have people walk around serve guests glasses of champagne during my wedding cocktail hour that took place in May of this year. I have no experience in event planning, so I really didn't know the best way to set this up. Thankfully, Anna was so helpful through everything. She completely understood what I was looking for, and I could not have asked for a better outcome. It's very refreshing to work with people who "just get it" and have fun, positive attitude. After we met in person the week before the wedding, I knew I had nothing to worry about. With minimal direction, she knew exactly what to do. Anna and her team were professional, polite, and so easy to work with. I highly recommend hiring Creative Catering, and if I ever need event catering in the future I know who to call!! Thank you, thank you!!!!!

    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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