Find a catering service in Raleigh, NC

Find catering services in Raleigh, NC

Find catering services in Raleigh, NC

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Top 10 catering services in Raleigh, NC

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

Chef Troy

New on Fash
5+ years in business
Serves Raleigh, NC
Troy was born in Detroit, Michigan and was introduced to cooking at a young age. His family moved to North Carolina in 1999, where he learned more about southern cuisine and hospitality. Before long, the Detroit native developed a passion for creating gourmet southern dishes as well as international food. Troy married the love of his life in 2006, but also lost his beloved mother Brenda the same year. She was his biggest culinary inspiration and teacher. This was a challenging time in Troy’s life, but it motivated him to continue his mother’s reputation as a chef. Anyone who’s entered his kitchen has been welcomed by his passion for people a
Christine's Plates

Christine's Plates

New on Fash
3 hires on Fash
2+ years in business
Serves Raleigh, NC
With years of culinary expertise, I bring a fusion of flavors to elevate you event. Prepare your taste buds for a culinary journey that will make your occasion truly unforgettable.
Victoria's Royal Ceremonies

Victoria's Royal Ceremonies

5.0(1)
Offers online services
10 hires on Fash
6+ years in business
Serves Raleigh, NC
Camellia C. says, "She is very professional and always gives you a personalized experience. She always listens to your vision for your event and always delivers." Read more
Good Eats With Chef J

Good Eats With Chef J

5.0(1)
6+ years in business
Serves Raleigh, NC
Michael S. says, "His timely manner in responding and getting us the information we needed regarding our event. Not onlt was his communication excellent, but he is a friendly indiviual and always for the customer. He is a self-taught and Culinary School taught Chef, and he told us he doesn't like to limit himself, and if it can be cooked he will do it. Now the food was amazing we ordered a full pan of his Creamy Tuscan Chicken Pasta we had sampled and lets just say people had to reach out to him for their own pan." Read more
Golden Era Catering Company LLC.

Golden Era Catering Company LLC.

New on Fash
Offers online services
1 hire on Fash
6+ years in business
Serves Raleigh, 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.

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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