Find a catering service in Jacksonville, FL

Find catering services in Jacksonville, FL

Find catering services in Jacksonville, FL

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Top 10 catering services in Jacksonville, FL

Clients agree: these Jacksonville catering services are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Village Bread Cafe

Village Bread Cafe

15+ years in business
Serves Jacksonville, FL
Lise V. says, "I have been a patron for many years and have attended several events catered by Village Bread Cafe. Whether it is at one of the restaurant locations or at an event, the food served is always fresh and delicious. Highly recommend Village Bread Cafe!" Read more
Platinum Plus Catering & Event Decoration

Platinum Plus Catering & Event Decoration

New on Fash
Offers online services
1 hire on Fash
3+ years in business
Serves Jacksonville, FL
I love serving the community as a Pastor.
Chef Tee

Chef Tee

New on Fash
5+ years in business
Serves Jacksonville, FL
Hello, my name is Naja Arnold. I’m 25 and have been cooking since I was 12. I joined the military at 20 doing the thing I love the most,cooking. I would love the opportunity to be someone’s chef and let them experience my flavors that I can bring to the table. I guarantee you will be satisfied and full.
Noura Cafe

Noura Cafe

New on Fash
15+ years in business
Serves Jacksonville, FL
Inspired by our Lebanese heritage, everything we serve here is designed to capture the hearts (and taste buds) of our patrons, and give them a glimpse into our rich culture, authentic recipes, ethnic food, and native cuisine. We take great joy in introducing diners to the new experiences, and expanding their horizons to try fantastic food combinations, flavors, and ingredients they have never even imagined.

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 Jacksonville catering services

Recent success stories from people in the Jacksonville area.
Cody U.
Working with Kelly and the Village Bread Team was above and beyond what we expected. They set the bar for caterers to come. The service and food was a huge key to an unforgettable party. I highly recommend Village Bread Cafe and their catering team.
Village Bread Cafe
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