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Top 10 catering services in Cary, NC

Clients agree: these vendors are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Golden Era Catering Company LLC.

Golden Era Catering Company LLC.

New on Fash
Offers online services
Serves Durham, NC
We specialize in in Southern Fusion and Gluten Free Cuisine. We are a small boutique catering firm and believe in working one on one with our clients. We work with local vendors and love the Farm to Fork concept. So when you hire us, you are hiring your community. Being able to create a dish that can satisfy the palette yet evoke food memories.
Zacki's Culinary Creations

Zacki's Culinary Creations

5.0(2)
Serves Durham, NC
Raymond J. says, "Her skill in cooking and her ability to show people the joys of cooking." Read more
All American Catering

All American Catering

5.0(2)
Serves Raleigh, NC
B. J. says, "For the last several months, I have pre-ordered lunch and dinner meals through All American’s meal preparation service. The meals have consistently been excellent, delivered as requested and prepared as needed. This company has truly been an answer to prayer and we will continue to pre-order all of our meals with All American. " Read more
Kitchenholics

Kitchenholics

4.9Exceptional(17)
2 hires on Fash
Serves Whitsett, NC
Elizabeth A. says, "Joanne was very responsive and had good suggestions and ideas. She easily incorporated my ideas into our event. Hopefully in the near future she will have a web site and some menus to help guide clients. " Read more
Christopher’s Catering Co LLC & Bar Services

Christopher’s Catering Co LLC & Bar Services

New on Fash
Serves Brentwood, NC
We are a modern southern style catering company. We also opened our own venue that can be rented for events (up to 300 ppl). We offer in-house catering and bar/libations services. We LOVE to make every clients vision a reality! Making our clients vision become a reality!
Flavapalooza, LLC

Flavapalooza, LLC

New on Fash
Serves E FAYETTEVLLE, NC
Co-Owners-"husband and wife duo"- Jermel and Lauren Brunson, first opened the window to Flavapalooza, LLC on October 23rd, 2014 at Fayetteville's First Food Truck Rodeo. Lauren, a former Histology Technician and Jermel, a former Certified Nursing Assistant gave up their careers in the medical field to pursue their dream of cooking. Since opening Flavapalooza, LLC they have perfected a menu full of unique twists on common food items. As a result of exceptional food quality and unbeatable customer service they have established multiple partnerships with-in their community. Some of these partnerships include the University of North Carolin...
Dame’s Southern Comfort

Dame’s Southern Comfort

5.0(4)
Serves Fearrington, NC
Amy says, "Everything was delicious. You can’t go wrong getting anything from him! Must try for yourself! You won’t be disappointed!" Read more
The Tasty Alternative

The Tasty Alternative

New on Fash
Serves Morrisville, NC
We believe in cultivating tailored food and event experiences for each client. Our stand out service comes in the practice and execution of listening to each of our clients partnering with our clients to bring their vision to life. We are huge on communication and patience to ensure that we are providing what the client desires. We enjoy the creativity that goes into the conceptualization of each dish. We love seeing the look of joy on our clients' faces or hearing about the positive experience and feeling our clients have once eating our food or attending one of our events. The joy comes from cultivating moments that help clients create

Your Wedding and Event Catering questions, answered

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Fash.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Cary catering services

Recent success stories from people in the Cary area.
Pavvo
Ease, professional service, excellence, experience.
Zacki's Culinary Creations
Rodney B.
The food was quick, hot and very good!
All American Catering
Stephen B.
Very professional, service and food was excellent.
Kitchenholics
Leah
He is very professional and he really works with you to create what it is you want. His food is delicious to say the least and Southern Comfort is exactly what it is!!!!! If you haven’t had his food you are missing out!!!!!!
Dame’s Southern Comfort
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