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Waukesha Custom Caterers

Browse these custom caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Waukesha.

Dinners with Class, LLC
4.8
from 59 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 109 hires on Thumbtack
Rachel H.
Verified review

Chef James had great communication, provided a customized menu, and worked with us to facilitate our allotted budget for our wedding reception. Unfortunately, the reception hall we booked did not allow for outside caterers. Based off of his professionalism, I would contact Chef James again for any future needs. As mentioned before, Chef James provided a custom menu with phenomenal descriptions of the food giving us a clear idea of what to anticipate.

Top Pro
  • 11 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Janet F.
Verified review

We had a great experience working with Donna. She was extremely responsiveness during the entire process, from planning to day-of. Donna also understood our specific needs and was happy to adapt the menu and services for us. The food was excellent. The most compliments from the diners praised the beef tenderloin tips. The green beans almandine were nice and crisp (not all overcooked and limp). The Bistro chicken had a very good flavor, although some pieces were just a bit dry. But everyone did enjoy all the food, and had nothing but compliments for the caterer. The staff was easy to work with, professional, and friendly. We were happy with how it all came together, and would recommend Frankies.

  • 7 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Cheryl P.
Verified review

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!

Tom Perlongo Photography
4.5
from 11 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Amy W.
Verified review

Tom is great! He is very talented in many areas, but his photography is tremendous. He turns out absolute quality work, including his editing and customizing. Tom is a professional, accommodating, friendly, flexible, skilled and affordable photographer. I would recommend Tom to anyone looking to hire a photographer!!

Chef Patrick
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 1 year in business
Andrea S.
Verified review

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.

Soule Catering
4.8
from 4 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Samantha F.
Verified review

We LOVED the food. It was delivered about 10 minutes early but the food was delicious and I will definitely use them again

Heavenly Helpings llc
5.0
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!

Mr. Tony's BBQ
5.0
from 2 reviews
    Sue B.
    Verified review

    nothing is better than a bbq party at home catered by Mr. Tony!!!! He is very accomodating to menu odeas and the food is fantastic. He caters are annual party and everyone loves it.

    Fresh Catering MKE
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 47 years in business
    Natalia R.
    Verified review

    Great catering services. I've had a number of parties and events catered by freshmke and everything was excellent, delicious and beautifully presented. Working with Natalia for the menu selection was easy and she had so many wonderful ideas. We always stayed within our budget. I'd recommend freshmke catering for you next event. Don't hesitate, just contact her what you need and you'll be glad you did. Marina Grafton WI

    Chef Brothers Creations
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 8 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Dion J.
    Verified review

    Very good service and Proffeaional. The food was so good. I highly recommend them to anyone.

    About

    I've been a cook for over 30 years. I would like to cook for people in their home for home-cooked meals. I enjoy what I do.

    About

    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!

    About

    I cater small dinner parties and small events. I specialize in kids' events. I am your one-on-one personal party planner.

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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.

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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 provide personal catering for one to six people. We have versatile menus. We requires a free pre-meal consultation for food selection and budgeting.

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    Homecooked taste and atmosphere of the south!!!!!!!!!!

    • 18 years in business
    About

    I offer full-service catering. No event is too small or too large, and the menu is based on clients’ likes. I will travel to clients.

    About

    I Cater Private/Business Parties as well as provide private culinary lessons for all types of cuisines. I am a European trained chef. As Well As Traveled In Over 96 Countries In The Last 26 Years.

    About

    We offer full service on- and off-site catering. We are located inside the VFW. We have two halls for rent. We do decorating for events. We offer very reasonable prices, and are willing to work with all budgets. We have full service daily restaurant open to the public. We have Friday fish fry. We will deliver food to your place of choice. We do bulk orders for pick up only. Call us for more information or to order take out meals.

    • 27 years in business
    About

    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.

    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.
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