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Top 10 catering services in Tampa, FL

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Marvilous Table

Marvilous Table

New on Fash
3+ years in business
Serves Tampa, FL
Hello! I am Chef Marvilou, founder of Marvilous Table. Im currently the chef for the Tampa Bay Lightning, But on my free time I do private dinner and other type of events. Im a Private Chef with over a decade of culinary experience. With so much passion and love for food, I create and execute menues focusing on seasonality of ingredient, best quality, great flavor and artistic presentation. I carefully source local and imported product, working with vendors locally internationally, and collaborating with great Chefs from the area. I prudently create dishes that can best accommodate you and your guests wants and needs. I am proficient when it
Next Level Cuisine

Next Level Cuisine

New on Fash
1 hire on Fash
15+ years in business
Serves Tampa, FL
Upscale food offerings, customized menus and second to none quality. All items made from scratch by a French born and trained Executive Chef.
Chef Ju'von's Personal Chef Service's

Chef Ju'von's Personal Chef Service's

New on Fash
3+ years in business
Serves Tampa, FL
We specialize in #AtHomeFineDinning services. We serve with eggcelence and strive to set the 5 star Ambiance with our service. We travel and serve the U.S and Abroad. With our flambe dinners and great entertainment from our Chef, you could not go worng.
Eat Good Orlando

Eat Good Orlando

New on Fash
Serves Tampa, FL
Chef Ontae Goodwin, a distinguished Culinary Art Specialist, boasts an impressive tenure of over two decades in the Food and Hospitality Industry. His culinary journey commenced at a remarkably young age, embarking on his gastronomic odyssey at just 15, when he dedicated himself to the craft by working diligently in his family's esteemed restaurant. Recognizing the importance of honing his culinary skills, Ontae subsequently pursued formal education at a renowned Culinary Art School, further enriching his culinary knowledge and expertise. His remarkable dedication and extensive experience have solidified his status as a seasoned professional

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?

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