Find a catering service in Cary, NC

Find catering services in Cary, NC

Find catering services in Cary, NC

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Top 10 catering services in Cary, NC

Clients agree: these Cary catering services are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Ririinthekitchen Llc

Ririinthekitchen Llc

5.0(1)
3+ years in business
Serves Cary, NC
Roderick D. says, "I had an outstanding experience working with Riana! She is very creative, knowledgeable, experienced, and professional. She cared a birthday party for me and it went perfectly. If you have any catering needs. She is the one for you. Best in the south!" Read more
Christine's Plates

Christine's Plates

5.0(3)
4 hires on Fash
2+ years in business
Serves Cary, NC
Lauren P. says, "From start to finish these ladies were awesome. They helped stay in our budget, offered great suggestions for the menu and even supplied us with vegetarian food that everyone loved. The food was outstanding. The Mexican salad and pulled pork were phenomenal. We had a ton of food and our college kids will be eating well for a few more days. The best part of working with them is they do what they say. If they are going to call you in an hour, they actually do call! We will definitely be using them again next year for our graduation party and parents weekend. I cannot say enough HOW AWESOME THEY ARE!! Thank you so much ladies!!!" Read more
Jays Classy Cuisine

Jays Classy Cuisine

New on Fash
4+ years in business
Serves Cary, NC
I am a 20 year old entrepreneur I have been cooking and working on my craft for about 5 years now. I believe in the saying the fastest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach but I believe that is with everyone!! I love to make soul food as well as Creole soul food my specialty is definitely Seafood Gumbo but, I have a wide variety of dishes that i can make . But I love working with all my clients and make it my priority to make sure everyone enjoys what I prepared and that I fulfill all request! I had did a few courses at GTCC in their culinary department under a lot of amazing chefs. I have catered birthday party’s, brunch, baby shower
The Local Plug

The Local Plug

5.0(3)
2+ years in business
Serves Cary, NC
Shaniece M. says, "Yes The Local Plug is “IT”. I’m from NJ & I’ve hosted plenty of events that I had catered & by far The Local plug is the most respectful & sanitary caterer I’ve had at an event & the food. ! I now live in NC , I refuse to have anyone else cater an event !!! Don’t miss out" Read more
DAISY MAE'S KITCHEN

DAISY MAE'S KITCHEN

5.0(3)
16+ years in business
Serves Cary, NC
K M. says, "I was very impressed with the quality of food and service at Daisy Mae's! Chef Fonda had exactly what I needed for my picky family something for everyone! The food was well cooked and flavorful two thumbs up I will continue to patronize this small business with the big taste!" Read more
Golden Era Catering Company LLC.

Golden Era Catering Company LLC.

New on Fash
Offers online services
2 hires on Fash
6+ years in business
Serves Cary, 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.
Occasions By M Catering

Occasions By M Catering

New on Fash
2+ years in business
Serves Cary, NC
Hello I am Chef Michael McCray Of Occasions By M catering, we are a personal Chef and catering service. Every Occasion deserves fresh local products with global flavors that's the motto. Service, Execution, Simplicity, Wine (of course) is what our clients love! We are a rebranded company and we're excited about a revising our approach, the constant learning, and the continual support we provide to our community. We aim to build our core following group stronger, to continue support ing our community, and help train the upcoming generations. Whatever your Occasion we've got a few things, Wine, the food, and the Service. Just bring your smi

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 Cary catering services

Recent success stories from people in the Cary area.
Amy T.
The evening was a delightful blend of intrigue and indulgence, with the tantalizing mystery unfolding amidst the clinking of crystal and the soft strains of classical music. The culinary delights were provided by none other than Christine's Plates, whose garden-harvest seasonal salad and Tuscany chicken with egg noodles and spinach were the talk of the table. The accompanying broccoli and rolls were a testament to the simple pleasures of good food, while the rum cake dessert was a sweet ending to a thrilling evening. Here let my menu tell the tale.
Christine's Plates
Lenwood B.
Very clean , respectful, cleans up after herself and the food is excellent. I “highly” recommend The Local Plug
The Local Plug
Edward S.
Very professional but personal took our event like we were family. Made our favorites foods . She is very talented and affordable. You won't regret it.
DAISY MAE'S KITCHEN
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