Find a catering service in Charlotte, NC

Find catering services in Charlotte, NC

Find catering services in Charlotte, NC

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Top 10 catering services in Charlotte, NC

Clients agree: these Charlotte catering services are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Chef Kadeen’s Catering

Chef Kadeen’s Catering

Offers online services
2 hires on Fash
3+ years in business
Serves Charlotte, NC
Sophia A. says, "Lovely" Read more
Tasty Thymes CO

Tasty Thymes CO

New on Fash
Serves Charlotte, NC
I have been cooking since I was a little girl. The women in my family instilled the importance of food and how to honor the ingredients you’re working with. I have been classically french trained but also have expertise in other cuisine (Italian, Lebanese, Latino, Japanese, and African). Tasty Thymes takes great pride in making sure not only that our dishes taste good but also make you feel good. Food is Family. And we want to make you apart of ours!
Save The Date Creations & Cocktails

Save The Date Creations & Cocktails

Offers online services
1 hire on Fash
Serves Charlotte, NC
Razan P. says, "Jennifer was so professional and overall wonderful to work with. She takes her role very seriously and goes above and beyond to make every detail come to life!! She communicated with me the whole time leading up to the party and I felt so confident in her ability to deliver. My sons has a combined birthday party and she managed to transform the pool and backyard into a gaming world. We all loved it and will forever remember how amazing it all looked. Thank you so much!! Will definitely use her service in the future for all our parties!!" Read more
Nicole's Good Eats & Sweets

Nicole's Good Eats & Sweets

New on Fash
2 hires on Fash
22+ years in business
Serves Charlotte, NC
Nicole’s good eats & sweets is an urban soul food restaurant and catering service. I have 45 years of cooking experience and 21 years in the catering business and attended Institute of culinary education (ICE) NY for cake decorating. I call our food, urban soul food, because we serve traditional soul food and foods that feed your soul. We don’t just cater affairs, but we cater to our customers giving them delicious food and elite service

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 Charlotte catering services

Recent success stories from people in the Charlotte area.
Annie W.
Wonderful food!!
Chef Kadeen’s Catering
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