Find a catering service in Hempstead, NY

Find catering services in Hempstead, NY

Find catering services in Hempstead, NY

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Top 10 catering services in Hempstead, NY

Clients agree: these Hempstead catering services are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Openskies Hospitality

Openskies Hospitality

5.0(1)
Offers online services
14+ years in business
Serves Hempstead, NY
Liederkranz C. says, "We used Openskies Hospitality for years to cater our social events and all our members love the quality of the food, beverages and service. The staff is super friendly and helpful. We are looking forward to cater our next social events. Liederkranz Foundation, Upper East Side" Read more
Noel Purcell

Noel Purcell

5.0Exceptional(12)
4 hires on Fash
Serves Hempstead, NY
Jenny Y. says, "Chef Purcel was open to ideas and worked with me. I gave him free rain and he did not disappoint a wonderful chef with create unique ideas." Read more
JP Fine Foods LLC

JP Fine Foods LLC

5.0(3)
10+ years in business
Serves Hempstead, NY
Alice says, "Chef Jeffrey was straight forward and easy to work with. He gave me a quote for my event within 5 minutes of our phone conversation. He explained the experience yet when we had our event he and his staff exceeded all our guests expectations! They were great! Highly recommend!" Read more
Istanbul Foodlovers Restaurant

Istanbul Foodlovers Restaurant

New on Fash
4+ years in business
Serves Hempstead, NY
We special catering,events,party,baby shower and free delivery. Call 732-822-5267 halal food and daily fresh
Aura Catering & Events

Aura Catering & Events

New on Fash
12+ years in business
Serves Hempstead, NY
We absolute love providing delicious, unique, affordable options for groups looking to enjoy a great event at low cost. I take pride in every dish, the flavors, presentation, service, even the clean up. My love for food service is reflected in every aspect of our work, from food prep to end of service.
Prestige Personal Chef Service

Prestige Personal Chef Service

New on Fash
2 hires on Fash
Serves Hempstead, NY
A self taught chef, loves good food and sharing it with my clients. As a manager, your experience is what matters and will receive my full attention as I cook for you. Clients trust me with their personal space and I bring a good attitude, respect and kindness into that place.
Big Dimps BBQ

Big Dimps BBQ

New on Fash
2 hires on Fash
5+ years in business
Serves Hempstead, NY
Classically trained chef who specializes in both Classic BBQ and more Modern and higher end. bigdimpsbbq.com @bigdimpsbbq I love BBQ and human connection. Inlove seeing the smiles on folks faces when they eat.
Chai Chief

Chai Chief

New on Fash
Offers online services
Serves Hempstead, NY
At Chai Chief we provide an experience that is boutique and custom to your needs. Be it small or large we take your requirements and accommodate to provide a guest experience in food and styling. Our infamous desert table is our core service with our extended line of desserts to choose from! A great working duo couple bringing it home for the hosting team!
Ask Chef Ryan

Ask Chef Ryan

5.0(1)
4 hires on Fash
4+ years in business
Serves Hempstead, NY
Tanner T. says, "10/10 simply the best Chef and crew to work with. I will work with Chef Ryan's team at every event or private dinner we host." Read more
NY Catering Service

NY Catering Service

5.0(1)
14+ years in business
Serves Hempstead, NY
Karina R. says, "I know Chef Chris through a mutual friend and recommended him to my boss to cater a big company event. I'm not an event coordinator, but I handled all of the logistics for this particular event, and Chris eased my nerves from start to finish. He was super responsive, organized and proactive with all of the correspondence - even asking questions to make sure I had all of my bases covered (beverages, food storage, etc). We received AMAZING feedback about the food and day-of prep and service and I'm so grateful to him for making this event a success. I highly recommend him." Read more

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 Hempstead catering services

Recent success stories from people in the Hempstead area.
Michael S.
Let me tell you the thing i care about most is the quality of the food im paying for especially during an experience like this. Chef Noel really made me appreciate the private chef/dining experience. He was friendly, honest and most importantly accommodating. The quality of ingredients and the taste quality of the food was possibly the best ive ever had from start to finish. Thank You Chef Noel for making my wifes surprise an unforgettable experience.
Noel Purcell
Susan
If you’re looking for the highest quality food, service and presentation hire JP Fine Foods. This catering company is the best I have ever experienced! We did a multi course tasting menu that Chef Jeffrey executed flawlessly in our home. We invited 8 of our close friends total of 10 guests. His service staff took care of everything. It was amazing! I would compare the experience to a Michelin star restaurant. Thank you!
JP Fine Foods LLC
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