Find a catering service in Lakeland, FL

Find catering services in Lakeland, FL

Find catering services in Lakeland, FL

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Top 10 catering services in Lakeland, FL

Clients agree: these Lakeland catering services are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Elite Chef

Elite Chef

2 hires on Fash
9+ years in business
Serves Lakeland, FL
Titina S. says, "Amazing experience, his food is Michelin star quality, I have been in traveling around the world and Chef Ron has a gift. I highly recommend you to hire him." Read more
Chef David Taylor

Chef David Taylor

3 hires on Fash
16+ years in business
Serves Lakeland, FL
Alejandro C. says, "Chef David conducted a 5 course meal with wine pairing class offered to a group of work colleagues. He cooked in our airbnb house several small dishes, all well presented and tasty, along with a unique wine that paired perfectly. He has plenty of knowledge when it comes to wine as he took the time to explain each dish and the wine that he offered. Will definitely recommend him and his assistant Jose, also an incredible storyteller" Read more
InGenious Elegance Cuisines LLC

InGenious Elegance Cuisines LLC

Offers online services
1 hire on Fash
4+ years in business
Serves Lakeland, FL
Simone W. says, "Chef JacQues pays attention to every detail of the meal. The ingredients are fresh and well thought out. Chef and his crew are on point and are very professional and personable. He's always a delight in the kitchen! Lamanda is great at moving the party along and catering to exactly what the client needs and wants. Her attention to detail is top notch!" Read more
The Maine Line

The Maine Line

New on Fash
6+ years in business
Serves Lakeland, FL
Fresh Maine Lobster Rolls

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 Lakeland catering services

Recent success stories from people in the Lakeland area.
Scott W.
Everything about my experience was amazing. The service, the hospitality, the food, everything was just outstanding. As wonderful as the whole experience was, the real highlight however was certainly the food. Beautifully well balanced flavors, high quality ingredients, prepared expertly by the chefs. I will certainly be planning another event with inGenious Elegance.
inGenious Elegance Cuisines LLC
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