Find a catering service in Tempe, AZ

Find catering services in Tempe, AZ

Find catering services in Tempe, AZ

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Top 10 catering services in Tempe, AZ

Clients agree: these Tempe catering services are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
United Catering

United Catering

Offers online services
10+ years in business
Serves Tempe, AZ
Debra L. says, "The team was easy to work with from menu planning to dinner logistics and execution. It was fabulous to have multiple chef's showcase their talent. Definitely a 5 star experience and I will use them again." Read more
The Phoenix Palate

The Phoenix Palate

5 hires on Fash
5+ years in business
Serves Tempe, AZ
Ransom says, "The professionalism is endless. They make sure the overall service is top quality. Very personable ppl & hardworking." Read more
A-Prime Dinners

A-Prime Dinners

New on Fash
1 hire on Fash
5+ years in business
Serves Tempe, AZ
I am a private chef here in Scottsdale, I currently work under chef Travis with twisted tines. We do 5-7 course dinners and special dinners for all kinds of different occasions. I am also one of the only private sushi chefs in Scottsdale! Totally interactive for a date night or a girls night, and would love to teach you how to roll sushi! I do all different cuisines, not just sushi
Amandas Kitchen LLC

Amandas Kitchen LLC

New on Fash
3+ years in business
Serves Tempe, AZ
Amanda’s Kitchen represents my love for quality food with amazing flavors! We service all of Phoenix and the surrounding areas (Sedona, Flagstaff, Tucson, etc) inquire directly for prompt responses! AmandasKitchen21 @gmail .com

Your Wedding and Event Catering questions, answered

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Fash.

How much is catering?

Catering costs $10 to $35 per person for basic party food or a drop-off service. On average, caterers charge $500 to $7,500 total for 50 guests, $1,000 to $15,000 for 100 guests, and $1,500 to $23,000 for 150 guests. Alcohol or bartending options often cost extra.

Formal catering or wedding catering costs $30 to $200 per person for plated meals, a buffet, or food stations. A food truck rental costs $10 to $40 per person, depending on the type of event and whether you hire the truck on a weekend or holiday. Popular food truck menu options include tacos, pizza, BBQ, and ice cream.

What is catering?

Catering means supplying food and drink at a party, wedding, or other gathering. Some catering companies provide waitstaff, while others offer self-serve buffet stations or simply drop off prepared food to an event. Different catering companies provide different types of foods and cuisines, including:

  • Italian
  • Mexican
  • Barbeque
  • Japanese
  • Pizza
  • Sandwiches
  • Ice cream
  • Breakfast or brunch

How far in advance do I need to order catering?

Most caterers recommend ordering at least a few weeks to 6 months in advance, depending on the type of event and number of guests. However, catering a small party may not require as much advance time as a wedding, holiday party, or large corporate event.

Large chain restaurants often provide limited, drop-off catering services and require less notice than professional catering companies. Some chain restaurants and grocery stores offer catering services with only one day's notice.

What do caterers provide?

Caterers supply all the food for your event, either cooking it on-site or preparing it in their own kitchen beforehand. Many catering services include serving dishes, plates, glasses, and silverware in their price. Some caterers also offer tables, chairs, linens, or custom place settings for an added fee.

How long do caterers stay at an event?

Caterers typically serve food for 1 to 4 hours, depending on the time of year and number of guests. Setup usually takes 1 to 2 hours. Ask your caterer whether they will include any of the setup or cleanup time in their estimate.

Do you tip caterers?

Some caterers include a gratuity charge of 15% to 20% on your bill that is split between the servers. Before adding a cash tip, ask your caterer or review the contract to make sure a gratuity charge is not already included. If you decide to give cash tips directly, pay each person between $15 to $50.

How do I choose a catering company?

Search our list of caterers, then:

  • Get three or more free estimates to compare.
  • Read their reviews and menus on Fash and Google.
  • Choose a licensed, insured, and experienced company.
  • Try menu tasting before your event if possible.
  • Make sure they're a good fit for your budget and schedule.
  • Get a written estimate or contract.
  • Avoid making a large payment before your event begins.

After reading reviews and asking questions, hire the best company in your area.

What questions should I ask caterers?

When looking for local catering companies, consider asking the following questions:

  • How long have you been catering?
  • Are you licensed and insured?
  • How far in advance do I need to book?
  • What is your cancellation policy?
  • Do you allow menu changes?
  • Will you bring prepared food, or will you prepare it onsite?
  • How long will you be able to serve food?
  • How long do you need to set up?
  • Do you charge extra for travel fees?
  • Will you give me a written estimate and contract?

Reviews for Tempe catering services

Recent success stories from people in the Tempe area.
Laura L.
Robert was fantastic! The whole crew was very professional and the food was delicious. Everything was exactly as I wanted. The chefs were very personable and added to the party. The price point was reasonable and all their effort exceeded my expectations. Highly recommend.
United Catering
Jenny T.
Omg! So i booked last minute for my girlfriends birthday, talked to alexis and she sent me a menu from chef Brian and Shawnee within hours of booking. They showed up and made the absolute best steak i have ever had in my entire life!!!! Highly recommend!
The Phoenix Palate
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