World's Top 50 Best Catering Companies and Caterers
CATERING is the business of providing food service at a remote site or a site such as a hotel, hospital, pub, aircraft, cruise ship, park, filming site or studio, entertainment site, or event venue.
With such a large variety of catering available it is difficult to decide on which is the best for your guests. Events range from cheese lunch drop-off to full-service catering. Caterers and their staff are part of the foodservice industry. Catering services provided vary depending on the event and can include: cooking and delivering food to an outside location; cooking, delivering and serving food; and full-service (preparing food, providing service staff, decoration of event location, prep and clean-up). In some cases of full-service catering, the caterer is called an event managing company.
When most people refer to a "caterer", they are referring to an event caterer who serves food with waiting staff at dining tables or sets up a self-serve buffet. The food may be prepared on site, i.e., made completely at the event, or the caterer may choose to bring prepared food and put the finishing touches on once it arrives.
The event caterer staff are not responsible for preparing the food but often help set up the dining area. This service is typically provided at banquets, conventions, and weddings. Any event where all who attend are provided with food and drinks or sometimes only hors d'oeuvres is often called a catered event.
Many events require working with an entire theme or color scheme. A catering company or specialist is expected to know how to prepare food and to make it attractive. As such, certain catering companies have moved toward a full-service business model commonly associated with event planners. They take charge of not only food preparation but also decorations, such as table settings and lighting. The trend is towards satisfying all the clients senses with food as a focal point. With the correct atmosphere, professional event caterers with experience can make an event special and memorable.
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- ANN SATHER - since 1981. "In addition to our three dine-in locations, Ann Sather has a catering team dedicated to ensuring our 'good food' philosophy is carried through our corporate catering services and special event dining." Chicago, IL, U.S.A.
- ARAMARK - since 1936. "Bringing Higher Quality and Years of Experience to the Table." Over the past 80 years, we’ve served food to millions of people from all walks of life, in all places, all around the world. And we’ve used our array of resources and expertise to cultivate amazing dining experiences that delight our customers, deliver success for our clients, and empower people to lead healthier lives every single day. Balancing innovative solutions and service excellence, we serve more than 2 billion meals each year. Headquartered in Philadelphia, ARAMARK has approximately 255,000 employees serving clients in 22 countries.
- ARIA CATERING - "Launched in November 2010. Conceptual and unique catering with menus created by Matt Moran, coupled with seamless service and professional management, ARIA Catering creates truly memorable events and experiences in and around Sydney." In May 2012, ARIA Catering became the exclusive resident caterer at Sydney Opera House.
- BALIK Micro Catering Service - since 1978. "Celebrate with Balik." The most precious gift that you can offer your guests is time - time for looking forward to greeting them, for engaging in a relaxed conversation and for devoting your undivided attention to them. The Micro Catering Service of Balik gives you precisely this time and is available to you for your private or business reception, cocktail party or quite simply for the guests you welcome to your home. Switzerland.
- Black Olive CATERING - since 2008. "Mark Olive, known as 'The Black Olive' is Australia’s most celebrated and renowned Indigenous chef. He has been cooking for more than 30 years and his charismatic style and creative approach to food have developed him an esteemed reputation and a large following in Australia and around the world." Servicing both corporate and private events. North Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
- Blue Plate - "Blue Plate opened its first kitchen in 1983 and today ranks among the top catering companies in Chicago. With preferred status at more than 85 venues, Blue Plate has earned national recognition for its standards of service and creativity."
- BOMPASS & PARR - since 2007. Provides full catering services; and provides food and design consultancy. The studio now consists of a team of creatives, cooks, designers, specialised technicians and architects. With Sam Bompas and Harry Parr the team works to experiment, develop, produce and install projects, artworks, jellies and exhibitions, as well as archiving, communicating, and contextualising the work. Bompas & Parr also collaborates with specialist technicians, engineers, artists, scientists, musicians and many other disciplines to create wondrous events.
- Bonfire CATERING - since 2011. "We bring the magic of a wood fired catering experience to you, wherever you may be." Ontario, Canada.
- Brivatum - since 2012. "You don’t need to settle for the traditional even in dining, unless you want to. We have the best chefs in Finland and the world at our disposal, as well as other professionals in the field. Or more affordable professionals, still representing class and good quality. A good dining experience is so much more than just great food."
- Bubble Food - since 1999. "Innonvative event catering in London." Bespoke, luxurious and innovative, Bubble is the haute couture of the events world. Whether we are creating boutique or large-scale experiences for private individuals, world-class brands or corporate agencies, our impeccable standards remain the same. Personal treatment and attention to detail throughout our range of luxury event services are paramount, as our impressive client list and portfolio of London’s most desirable venues attest. Bubble Food is London’s creative food design and events production company providing unique, fresh and tailored catering services.
- By Word of Mouth - "Exquisite Food - Elegantly Executed." One of the UK’s most admired party design and event catering companies and has been a leader in its industry for over 30 years. We create menus that are in tune with the seasons and have a focus on exquisite flavour, beautiful presentation and a philosophy for using ethically produced, sustainable ingredients. London, England.
- CAFFÉ ROMA - "For more than 40 years, Caffe Roma has been an iconic restaurant in Beverly Hills for many years with it's on charm and personality has enchanted Los Angelenos by introducing the flavors of Northern Italy in his classic and contemporary Italian dishes and his devotion to upholding the European standards of hospitality and exemplary service." 350 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, U.S.A.
- CANOLI KINGS CATERING - since 2001. "Voted Best Catering Company in Los Angeles." Celebrities, corporates, events, backyard BBQs, weddings, red carpet events, personal chef services, pizza parties, just about any event or function you can imagine, we have carefully executed and made a huge success.
- CATERING by Uptown - since 1964. "We offer a diverse selection of wedding venues in the Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia area. We also offer the ability to coordinate services at over 100 of the best reception halls, banquet facilities and wedding venues in the area."
- CELLAR SOCIETY - since 1999. "Modern artisan cooks dedicated to crafting events for luxury brands the world over with food, drink and service that is often imitated but rarely equalled." A boutique event catering company, specialising in high style gastronomic events in the UK and overseas.
- C'est Si Bon - since 1983. "Gourmet Grocer and Catering." Every client is special to us, because we know that when you come to C’est Si Bon, your event is special to you. Whether it is your wedding reception or a casual get-together for friends, we will put you at ease with our professionalism and attention to detail. Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.A.
- CHEF ADAIR - "Private Chef & Catering in the Wine Country." Since 2003, Chef Adair has been specializing in private chef services and boutique event catering in Northern California’s wine country. We use local, fresh, sustainable, organic ingredients to create what we call "American Haute Cuisine." It's food you won't soon forget. With your vision heard, and our detail-focused and experienced staff, we leave nothing to chance for your dining experience.
- Citarella - "Fresh from the source since 1912." Catering menu: As exquisite as it is extensive, our catering menu has something to delight every palate and distinguish every event. Select from a range of luxurious raw bar items, indulgent caviars, prime dry-aged carved meats, farm-fresh produce, chef-prepared specialties, imported cheese platters, cured meats, smoked fish, decadent desserts, and more.
- COMPASS - established in New York 1945 and brought to the UK in 2001. "Provides the widest portfolio of foodservice solutions in the world." Our Core Concepts food programme offers you a range of our own concepts or our talented executive chefs can create a range of bespoke solutions. The programme has been carefully developed to meet customers' needs. We survey over 30,000 customers every year to understand how we can deliver the best solutions to fit the latest culinary trends in the industry.
- Craig's - since 2010. "Having a special occasion? Let Craig’s cater your next event. Our famous cuisine and impeccable service allow you and your guests to enjoy a truly unforgettable experience, wherever you are." 8826 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA 90069, U.S.A.
- Creative Edge Parties - since 1990. "Not just another chicken dinner." The most prestigious catering and event planning company in New York and Miami. From corporate events, to casual cocktail parties, from formal weddings, to intimate gatherings, our staff works tirelessly to orchestrate your ideal event. When it comes to celebrating life’s milestones – large or small - Creative Edge Parties is the place that can make the impossible, possible.
- Cut and Taste - since 2014. "High-End Catering In Las Vegas." If you are looking for catering companies in Las Vegas, NV, your ultimate guest experience starts with Cut and Taste. From sourcing our ingredients to serving our guests, we bring our unmatched creativity and refined knowledge to each detail of your event. Our staff is unparalleled, with several graduates from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America and experience from some of the top restaurants in the country. Whether it be an intimate dinner party or a large corporate gathering, we ensure that every event is matched with our expertise and originality, serving as an extension of your style and impeccable taste.
- DAYLESFORD - since 2002. "We have been farming organically for over 25 years with a simple passion for real food." Whether you are planning or hosting an event at our Farmshops or elsewhere, Daylesford has everything you need to create a truly special occasion. From the breathtaking, versatile spaces at our flagship Cotswolds venue, to our award-winning Cookery School, to catering for parties, our team can create bespoke décor and menus specific to your event.
- DH CATERING - since 2005. "From vintage luaus to high-end celebrity events, we offer a wide range of wedding and event services including design, planning + coordination, unique locations, food and bar catering, florals + decor, entertainment, audio-visual, still photography, videography, custom itineraries, travel & concierge services and more. Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A.
- ELEGANT AFFAIRS - since 1994. "Caterers and Event Planners in New York City, Long Island and the Hamptons." New York celebrity caterer, serving social, corporate, and non-profit organizations in Manhattan, Long Island, and the Hamptons. Whether you are planning a corporate event in Manhattan, a lavish Long Island mansion wedding, or a Hampton’s beach soiree, Elegant Affairs is New York’s caterer of choice. Entertaining at home and need a caterer? Elegant Affairs is the caterer to call. Delicious food combined with impeccable service and stylish visual presentation are the three key ingredients of Elegant Affair’s success."
- ELIOR UK - since 1991. "The market-leading catering, hospitality and facilities management group. We are passionate about providing great food, excellent customer service and exceptional value to all our clients."
- FAUCHON RÉCEPTIONS - since 1886. "A contemporary vision of the Art of Entertaining." Our innovative approach to French cuisine - offering exceptional tastes, original presentations and new ways to savour fine foods - combines our organisational expertise with a contemporary take on traditional gourmet dining to provide ever more creative, customised services. Paris, France.
- FEAST & FÊTES - since 1994. "Catering by Daniel." Chef Daniel Boulud and Managing Director Jean-Christophe Le Picart are longtime partners in Feast and Fêtes, widely respected as one of the very best in the field of fine catering. Together they offer you a rare synergy of culinary art, decades of experience, creative vision, and flawless organization. Feast and Fêtes is available to orchestrate events either in your home or a venue of your choice in New York City and beyond. We bring you the signature dishes DANIEL, themed menus of Café Boulud, the charcuterie of Bar Boulud and even the famous burgers of db bistro moderne. Our 80+ chefs take pride in preparing these specialties for you and are also happy to accommodate all and any culinary requests that will help you brand your event as a personal and unique statement of your own entertaining style.
- FEDERICO SALZA CATERING - since 1898. "Taste the Difference. Italy's Luxury Event Catering Pioneer." With an unrivalled reputation for quality, a commitment to absolute prestige, and a legacy dating back to 1898, Federico Salza is the premier luxury caterer in Italy and abroad. Salza Catering provides its extraordinary culinary expertise and highly customised event planning, as well as, organisation services for all special occasions, to include but not limited to; weddings, corporate functions, lunches, private meals and cocktail receptions. Based in Tuscany, Federico Salza caters to all regions of Italy, highlights venues in Venice, Rome, Milan and Florence, and abroad.
- Food Inc. - since 2016. "Food of overwhelming distinction." Food Inc. presents a new approach to catering through partnerships with iconic award-winning chefs. Allow us to ensure that your wedding, corporate or private event is more than just an event, but rather a memorable experience and dining adventure that will create lasting memories for you and your guests. New York City based caterer and hospitality company providing services to New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and beyond. Our line up of star chefs allows you to bring the cuisines from their fine restaurants into your home or a location of your choosing.
- GAMMA CATERING - since 1986. "We have been organising catering and events since 1986. In harmony with your wishes and requirements, GAMMA CATERING will organise your event to provide the optimum in every respect." Switzerland.
- GAUDEFROY RÉCEPTIONS - since 1996. "Gaudefroy Réceptions Traiteur de France propose des prestations personnalisées aux professionnels et aux particuliers organisateurs d’événements. Notre volonté est d’apporter à chacun de nos clients une réponse adaptée aux circonstances : choix du lieu, conception des menus, livraison, mise en place, service mais aussi décoration... Rien n’est laissé au hasard; des équipes de professionnels, rigoureuses et créatives, vous accompagnent et se chargent de la réussite de votre réception. A travers toute la région Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur, nous intervenons dans la réalisation de vos cocktails, apéritifs dînatoires, repas assis et buffets." Provence, France.
- Glorious Food - "Serving New York's Elite since 1971." Glorious Food opened it's doors in 1971 and under it's founders Sean Driscoll and Christopher Idone, immediately set a new standard for the catered affair. As New York's pioneer catering company, the 'Glorious Food Party' is synonymous with the most imaginative and flawlessly executed events. Under the direction of Chef Jean-Claude Nédélec and a staff of seasoned professionals, consistency and dependability have become the quintessential components for a successful event. The hallmark of Glorious Food is that we believe a dinner for 10 deserves as much attention as a charity gala for 3000. It has been said that to call upon the considerable talents of Glorious Food is to be a guest at your own party.
- GUIDI LENCI - since 1970. "The art of banqueting." We are catering company that operates and collaborates with many venues, privates and corporates all over Italy and abroad. Professionalism and refined creativity combined with care, passion and tradition have always been the key elements that distinguish the brand Guidi Lenci, of Filippo and Andrea, in high couture cuisine. Guidi is a prestigious Banqueting company, that offers a wide range of services, for any type of event, from home parties to company meetings, from wedding receptions to art openings and performances. Florence, Italy.
- hattie mauleverer - "Sensational Food." At the end of 2019, I was on cloud nine. I had just won Best Small Caterer at The London Catering Awards 2019, business was flying and I had big plans for 2020 and beyond. With over 18 years’ experience of catering, I have learned the importance of pairing sensational food and drink. My talented chefs bring knowledge and skill to their work, be it creating an award winning canapé or a delicious dinner with complimentary wines.I can offer my services anywhere in London, anywhere along the M4 corridor and throughout Wiltshire, Hampshire and Gloucestershire, U.K.
- JOSÉ ANDRÉS CATERING - since 2009. "Award-winning chef José Andrés and his team at ThinkFoodGroup offer a wide variety of authentic cuisines, delectable flavors and creative touches from 21 celebrated restaurants. Our team responsible for Washington, DC’s popular and award-winning dining concepts will work with you to plan your next event. From a casual gathering to an elegant affair, we strive to make each and every event unique while offering the best our concepts have to offer."
- KAI'S CATERING + Events - since 2010. "For almost two decades Kai’s Catering + Events has carved out a position as one of the leading boutique catering and comprehensive event planning companies in Los Angeles."
- LENÔTRE RECEPTIONS - since 1947. "Your Desires Are Our Orders." Who has never dreamt of inviting the family and friends to a memorable event where everyone will be left with wonderful memories? Expert in organising events, the House of Lenôtre will accompany you in the conception and implementation of receptions in both France and abroad. A cosy or extravagant venue, devising the menu, wine advice from a Sommelier, florists, DJs, sound and lights, animations, valet ... let your wildest desires speak out, we take care of the rest! Paris, France.
- LUXE CATERING - "Inaugurated in 2012, Luxe Catering strives to be the hallmark of serving up authentic French fare and providing warm, intuitive service. We are a premier luxury catering service that provides culinary expertise and personalized service for all your special occasions, from corporate functions and lunches to private meals or cocktail receptions. Luxe Catering embarks to pamper and enthral your guests with a personalized touch of unsurpassed quality. We are proud to be awarded the recognition of Caterer of The Year 2018 by World Gourmet Summit."
- On Air Dining - since 2010. "A quiet revolution in business aviation catering has begun... On Air offers a level of cuisine never experienced before in business aviation & travel." After spending his formative years as a chef in some of London’s most critically acclaimed Michelin starred restaurants, and then delivering that same level of food onboard UHNWIs yachts and then at the America’s cup in Valencia, our CEO, Daniel Hulme, had a vision that has taken him to where he is now. Since then we have gone from strength to strength. Building a new bespoke facility here at Stansted Airport, gaining our 5 Star rating from the Food inspectors and now opening one of the only Halal certified private jet catering kitchens in the UK.
- Ottolenghi Catering - since 2002. "Our first shop opened 14 years ago and since then we have been catering to business and private clients replicating the fabulous quality and flavours that Ottolenghi is known for. We can cater for all kinds of events including office breakfasts, canape parties, lunch buffets or boxes, sit-down meals, weddings, press days and private parties. You may hire our waiting staff and they will ensure that all the food is beautifully plated and that all of your guests are well looked after." London Area, U.K.
- Peapod & Co. - since 2019. "Luxury Caterer in Hampshire and London." Peapod & Co. is a luxury caterer in Hampshire, specialising in wedding, party and corporate event catering in London, Hampshire, Surrey, Berkshire, Kent, Sussex and beyond. From catering weddings and canapé parties to dinner parties and office lunches, we offer a wide range of luxury catering services and cater for all tastes and types of events. For more intimate events, mini celebrations and garden parties, we provide a bespoke canapé box, party food and picnic hamper delivery service to your door.
- Pink Avocado CATERING - since 2006. "The finest catering company in Austin!" Weddings and Commitment Ceremonies are inspired by you and we believe your food should be too. We are a full service custom caterer which means we'll manage your catering details from beginning to end. We'll create a personalized menu and handle your bar service as well as all of your staffing needs. We can also facilitate your rentals and recommend talented vendors that we've built relationships with over the years. And as a certified Kosher caterer, we are capable of meeting the needs of all of our clients! Texas, U.S.A.
- QUINTESSENTIALLY - since 2000. "Private Parties & Celebrations." We produce legendary parties and celebrations for the world’s most discerning audience. Renowned for creating original experiences in exciting sought-after locations all over the world, from intimate gatherings to lavish celebrations, we have a global reputation for production excellence, precision attention and creating memories.
- Rappahannock Oyster Co. - since 1899. "What could be more unique than oysters at your next special event? And it’s easier than you might think. We’ve been doing this for years ... everything from black tie affairs to backyard throw-downs. And we’ve gotten quite good at it. So if you have a wedding, birthday, family reunion, corporate event ... or just want to host your own oyster roast, just give us a call or shoot us an email and together we’ll come up with a plan that works for you. That could be as little as just sending you the product and giving you some tips on how to do it yourself, or we can take care of everything (tables, display, ice, paper products, condiments, shuckers ... literally, everything)."
- Renaissance CATERING - since 1985. "Las Vegas' Premier Caterer." Voted 'Caterer of the Year' by National Association of Catering Executives. If you’re looking for the best Las Vegas catering company, look no further, Renaissance Catering not only makes amazing food, we will guide you through the process of selecting china, linen, entertainment and design that will ensure a perfect event for you and your guests. Renaissance Catering also offers Liquor Catering. It’s not by accident that we’ve become one of the top catering and event planning companies in “Fabulous Las Vegas”, we have hard working professional and friendly staff, we love what we do, and it shows! We don’t just plan events, we plan experiences and you decide what experience your guest will have at your event.
- Searcys - "Redefining dining." Banquets & meetings. Since 1847, Searcys has been one of the UK’s most prestigious catering companies. With a passion for quality and an ability to execute an event to the very highest standards, we have developed a world-famous reputation for catering and hospitality at our iconic, exclusive venues for hire in London, the City and Bath.
- Sienna Charles - since 2008. "Luxury Travel & Lifestyle Services." Sienna Charles curates and designs the ultimate ultra-luxury travel & lifestyle experiences, exclusively for family offices & CEO’s. With unparalleled taste & expertise in all aspects of luxury, our Black Book encompasses the finest experiences money can buy. Our success lies in Jaclyn Sienna India’s rigorous travels unearthing the sublime, coupled with her insight into the complex needs of ultra-high net worth individuals, informing our personalized approach. FOOD & WINE: A true specialty and passion of Sienna Charles, and among our most requested services. We started our career in fine dining and have always kept one foot in the door. We’ve built our food and wine program to service our members at home or on-trip.
- Table @ Vallebona - since 1890. Brought to the UK in 1996. "Be The Home Chef Hero." Let us provide you with the finest ingredients, the simplest recipes and perhaps even a well-paired wine - all you need to do is throw it together and take the credit for a delicious home cooked meal.
- The London Kitchen - since 2009. "We’re passionate about delivering sensational food. We’ll add imagination and innovation to your menu, creating you something truly individual. The London Kitchen team can do anything; from dinner for two to parties for 2,000. Whether you are looking for bespoke menus to fit with a themed evening, witty dishes that play on the best of British ingredients or mouth-watering canapés guaranteed to keep people talking, look no further."
- Together with Solotel - since 1986. "Making every event an experience." Every event should be an experience. Together with Solotel curates incredible events that are truly unique, from a corporate conference or business lunch, a birthday or christening celebration to the wedding of your dreams. We will make your event an experience to remember. Sydney and Brisbane, Australia.
- Top of the World Restaurant - since 1996. "Enjoy Private Dining With a View." Our private Dining Rooms offer distinctive menus and breathtaking views of Las Vegas for groups of 10 or more. Your exclusive dining experience will include a variety of customized options prepared by our award-winning chefs and served by your own private wait staff. A private bar, wine service, cakes for any occasion and complimentary admission to the Stratosphere Tower Observation Decks are also included. Special requests will be accommodated. Las Vegas, NV, U.S.A.
- UPPER LEFT CATERING - "We offer fine dining catering for all types of events. Whether you’re celebrating a wedding, birthday, company party, holiday party, or other life events, we’ll make it special." Upper Left Catering was founded in 2017. Owner and Executive Chef Shane Ryan has extensive hospitality experience and has worked as a chef in 5-star resorts, boutique hotels, and several of the highest rated restaurants in Seattle and Las Vegas. He has brought together a team of passionate and talented chefs, bartenders, and servers to make each event shine. After his years away from Seattle, Shane is happy to once again work with the amazing culinary bounty we have in the Pacific Northwest. Upper Left Catering is Shane’s vehicle for showcasing the unbeatable combination of locally sourced food and wine and his stellar cooking style.
- Vegan Peasant CATERING - since 2010. "Canapés & bowl foods that will make your mouth water!" Our classically trained chef will collaborate with you to make your next event a truly memorable experience.
You can specify the level of service best suited to your event. We can arrange plate, glass and cutlery hire, with candles and flowers if you’d like, and would be happy to discuss any more specific venue-dressing instructions you may have. London, England.
- WOLFGANG PUCK Catering - since 1998. "Creative Catering For Extraordinary Events." Wolfgang Puck consistently redefines event catering. His famous cuisine is presented with flawless service allowing you and your guests to enjoy a restaurant-quality experience. Every menu features seasonal and sustainable ingredients, carefully crafted around your needs and taste for a truly unforgettable experience.