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Waukesha Chefs

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Dinners with Class, LLC
4.9
from 61 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 111 hires on Thumbtack
Bob C.
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Chef James prepared a wonderful meal for my wife's 50th birthday party. We appreciated his style and loved that he was very interested in learning about my wife's likes and dislikes so that he could prepare a personal meal that she would love. We will definitely recommend Chef James to our friends.

  • 18 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Ginny C.
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Rebecca is a delightful individual, personable and friendly. She is an excellent chef! She arrived when she said she would, served dinner at the agreed-upon time, and accommodated special requests. Her service was wonderful, and the food she prepared was fabulous--delicious, beautifully presented, and all the finest ingredients. I highly recommend her and hope to have her prepare dinner for us again soon!

  • 7 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Jill P.
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Chef Matt took care of the our holiday party this year with a fabulous sit down dinner for 10. The food was awesome and my guests felt very special having a professional chef cooking for us. Thanks you Chef Matt.

Chef Patrick
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Sandy V.
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I highly recommend Chef Patrick. The food was very tasty and served on time. Presentation of the banquet and the value of the food was excellent. His ideas for my menu help to make a perfect day.

Chef Paul Catering
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 34 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Bettie L.
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The food was fabulous!! I received many compliments! Thank You Chef Paul. Bettie Sams Club, Gurnee, IL.

Chef Brothers Creations
5.0
from 1 review
  • 8 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Dion J.
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Very good service and Proffeaional. The food was so good. I highly recommend them to anyone.

Pot Liquor
5.0
from 1 review
  • 6 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Carla G.
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Chef Malcolm is an Amazing Culinary Chef. CSG Meal Prep has partnered with Potliquor LLC to curate and deliver weekly meal plans suited for today's busy professional's.

  • 7 years in business
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I have a talent to work with many cultures when it comes to food. My background is Native American and I have studied and prepared foods from different eras with this and Mediterranean, Hispanic dishes, Chinese, Hawaiian, Southern, Tex Mex...and so on.

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I'm a personal chef who believes simple is best. I use fresh ingredients mixed with a pinch of love and there you have it.

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I've got over 30 years of experience working in all areas of the industry. My main goal is to provide you with a great experience, so you may enjoy your party.

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We do all-occasion cakes such as weddings, birthdays and anniversaries. We also have personal chef service that can work in your home.

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I provide cakes and treats. I have no professional training. If you're looking for fun cakes that may not be 100% perfect but still fun and yummy, I'm your girl. You can look me up on facebook by searching Brandy's Sweets.

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I have cooked for many private parties and had very good compliments in my food. I do not have a business, but I am qualified for this type of work and have my sanitation license. I am a very clean person and willing to work on a budget for any client.

  • 6 years in business
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  • 11 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
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I specialize in cost effective meals, that are not only healthy but easy on the pocket. I also love catering for small dinner parties. A lot of people don't want a huge reception and paying $25-$75 per person for a 300 attendee wedding reception. Small intimate meals are my specialty.

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Leave the cooking to us. Tell us what you want and we'll make it with love! The best part is we come to you. On-site personal chef services are available.

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I do Italian, Chinese, Swedish, German and many other ethnic foods. I was trained in Sweden ,G.M.@L.G.C.C Said my soups and specials were second to none. private Chef. advanced menu planning required

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Your taste buds will be happy. Being your personal chef, I will make you any meal and dessert that you love.

  • 10 years in business
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I cook with an intensity and passion like no other cooks. While I am self taught, I am good in the kitchen and excellent when it comes to cooking on the grill.

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Serenade Personal Chefs is a luxury service provider that brings five-star dining experience into the homes of its clients.

  • 4 years in business
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We cater menus individualized to the customer. All I need from you is dietary restrictions, if any, and a theme and a custom menu will be designed for you from scratch at no extra cost.

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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