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Newberg Appetizer Caterers

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That Food Guy Catering
4.6
from 106 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 170 hires on Thumbtack
Holly S.
Verified review

Can't beat their prices and they were very flexible and accommodating, even helping with various reception things. They had no hidden fees and were very nice and helpful. Would definitely recommend, even for a nice wedding like we had. We had the appetizer buffet and the food was good. They were nice to include cake cutting at no extra cost.

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Sandra's Goodies
4.9
from 73 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 89 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Hilda V.
Verified review

Sandra catered our wedding, and everyone loved the food. She had brought a curried appetizer that I didn't ask about, and it was a HUGE HIT, Everyone really enjoyed it. Out of all the caterers and restaurants we checked, Sandra really worked with our budget, and there was plenty of food, and everything was really tasty. Listen to all these reviews on here, with Sandra you can't go wrong!

  • 23 years in business
  • 100 hires on Thumbtack
Betty A.
Verified review

Viki and her staff did an amazing job catering our event. The food was delicious and she coordinated its display with the color palette for our event, it was beautiful. Her staff was professional and attentive to our guests and everyone raved how good it all was!! I had received quotes from other caterers but Viki quickly connected with me on our needs and our budget! I highly recommend Its Party Time to everyone. Thank you Viki!

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A Wonderland Of Food
5.0
from 43 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sally F.
Verified review

Alison and her server and bar tender ensured a stress free evening with delicious appetizers. Reliable, low fuss and they cleaned up beatufiully. Allison and her helpers arrived an hour and half before a cocktail party and were super easy to have around and very helpful. I would definitely use them again.

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  • 8 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Julie S.
Verified review

Maribel and our team provided excellent food, drink and service for our event. From the start, Fusion Catering was so easy to work with: returning emails quickly, confirming and clarifying our ideas, and checking in along the way. The food was fresh and delicious, our guests were raving about it all night. And they set up and cleaned up perfectly. Maribel’s contact with a bartender was a big plus, too. We could relax and enjoy the party as one of the guests. We look forward to using Fusion Catering again.

Carson's Catering
4.6
from 30 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Carrie M.
Verified review

Carson's Catering assisted us with our Veteran's Day celebration. Sandi prepared a beautiful meal that included a roast pork loin with apple chutney, roasted vegetable medley, new potatoes, salad, and dessert. As soon as Sandi arrived, the smells of her delicious food began filling the air,drawing teachers and students alike to the library where we were setting up for the event for our Veteran's Band guests. The food was perfectly prepared and tasted amazing, everyone loved it. Sandi's apple chutney stole the show, it was raved about by all who tasted it. The meal from Carson's Catering was outstanding and really made the event special for our guests and teachers. We had arranged for a drop-off catering event but Sandi voluntarily stayed to help me serve and make sure guests had every thing they needed. Thank you Sandi, we could not have put on such a wonderful event and meal without you.

The Refuge Chef
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Steve W.
Verified review

I enthusiastically offer a 5 Star rating for the Refuge Chef. If there was a 6th Star option, I would have selected it as well. This family business provided not only a delicious meal for my daughters wedding, they assisted with decor, offered smart advise and jumped in to help wherever needed. Absolutely above and beyond expectations. I wholeheartedly recommend The Refuge Chef for any catering event! Bravo, John, Dyann and family. Thank-you SO much for your contributions to my daughters big day!

Bear Country Catering LLC
4.4
from 23 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Tanya J.
Verified review

Danielle was quick to respond, helpful and great to work with during the planning. The day of her and her gal were amazing and on time for service. The food was delicious and all of my guests loved it! I would for sure use Bear Country Catering again!

Artemis Foods
4.8
from 19 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Karyn K.
Verified review

Kelly and Pearl Catering are THE BEST! She helped organize the catering for my 50th birthday party in March 2016. Easy to work with, organized and helpful w suggestions, she made the dinner happen without a hitch. At the night of the event, everything was set up perfectly and on time; Kelly and the staff were gracious and helpful and the food was AMAZING!!! We had a few appetizers, a full buffet dinner (salmon, chicken, grilled veggies, salad w/ pecans, cranberries and 2 dressings, mashed potatoes and for dessert, cookies and chocolate dipped strawberries). People are still talking about the food! It truly was as if we had ordered from a 5 star kitchen - and I don't say that lightly. I cannot say enough wonderful things about my whole experience with Kelly and Pearl Catering. If you want top-notch, you better get these guys on your calendar! Thank you Kelly! -Karyn

Whisler Sisters
4.8
from 19 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Christopher H.
Verified review

Amber and her sister did an excellent job on my private dinner. Communication before the event was excellent and they were flexible with my tight conditions for arrival. There was a plethora of small plates, as well as sit down appetizers, entree, and desserts. There was almost too much food. Quality was very good. They worked very hard from prep to cleanup. I highly recommend Whisler Sisters for any private dinner event.

Black Box Catering
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Bari G.
Verified review

As an Event Planner for 18 years, I've had a lot of experience with caterers. Dahli and her crew were, by far, one of the easiest to work with. Dahli's incredible attention to detail and willingness to be flexible (and try new things) were essential for my last event. The food was flavorful, tender, fresh and beautiful! Even a month later, guests are still talking about Dahli's food! Thanks so much for your time, your patience, and for the great personality that came with you and your great staff! I very much look forward to another opportunity with Black Box Catering!

Divine Catering
4.4
from 19 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
Carrie K.
Verified review

We had a very simple wedding ceremony at home, followed by an intimate catered dinner with a grand total of 11 people including me and the groom. It was greatly appreciated that staff were willing to drive all the way from Tigard to our house in Kalama, Washington. Miranda was well organized and friendly. She was quick to respond to emails and phone calls, thoroughly answering any questions we had for her. We did a food tasting prior to booking and enjoyed the food we were able to sample, although after the fact we wished we would have had the opportunity to try the coriander salmon with peach/avocado salsa since it was "award-winning". We ended up ordering it as one of our three entrees and were a bit nervous that it may end up being a little over the top for us since we usually prepare salmon very simply at home. However, we found it to be delicious. The guests were very complimentary about the dinner. I especially liked the penne pasta with mushrooms and truffle cream sauce. We were sent two caterers for our event, one to serve food and one to bartend. We provided our own alcohol for the bartender to serve, so we had ingredients and garnishes for most basic cocktails. We also provided homemade mint-infused simple syrup to add to mojitos. When the catering staff showed up on the wedding day, the staff member designated as our bartender confided that she was very nervous since she had not bartended in about 30 years. She did not know how to make basic cocktails, which surprised us a little, but she was very friendly and accommodating, and used a flip book of recipes for guidance. The groom pointed out the mint simple syrup in the fridge while the bartender was setting up for the event and explained to her that it was for the mojitos. When I took a sip of the first mojito I ordered that evening, it was extremely strong since it had no simple syrup and just a splash of club soda. The bartender was more than happy to add the simple syrup and a bit more club soda at my request, which made it taste great. I was a bit worried about how my guests' drinks might be tasting, but didn't hear any complaints. The bartender was hard working and personable with the guests. We provided our own coffee to be served at the event. However, the grounds we had were either too course for the catering company's percolator or the measurement was off, because the coffee poured out looking more like dilute tea. We ended up making coffee for our guests with our French press. The catering van pulled into the garage and remained parked there in order to load the food and supplies into our house. The garage is the first thing one sees when he or she is driving up our long, winding gravel driveway. The groom asked staff if they could please shut the garage door once they were inside so that guests would be prompted to use the walkway around the side of the house and enter from the entrance rather than through the garage and laundry room. The garage door was never shut, so all of the guests came in this way. It wasn't a huge deal, but it wasn't as visually appealing. Overall, we were happy with the way our wedding dinner turned out and found the staff at Divine Catering to be very friendly. I may have decided not to purchase a bartending package had I known that we would be provided with an inexperienced bartender, but the evening still turned out well regardless.

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  • 2 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Hailey M.
Verified review

Alison made everything so easy! She was very accommodating to our budget, and put together a delicious dinner for our office party. We went with the BBQ dinner, and I'm still dreaming about that grilled garlic chicken! Alison even made a special gluten free cupcake for our one gluten free employee. It's obvious that she loves what she does and really cares about creating a good experience for her customers. We will definitely be ordering from her again.

COMPANY TONIGHT
4.6
from 16 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Celeste C.
Verified review

Rick and his staff catered our wedding at Ainsworth House and Gardens. The food was amazing and his staff provided outstanding service. We originally went to his free tasting and were impressed by his culinary abilities. Appetizers were the shrimp balls and skewers. Entrees included fish and steak. The family style approach was way better than buffet style. He arrived on time on wedding date and also helped us find bartender. Our wedding was perfect and Rick and his staff were part of it. We are very grateful! Thanks Rick!

Diversity Cafe & Catering
4.0
from 11 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Bernie W.
Verified review

agency birthday celebration was catered by Diversity Café and Catering and the food was outstanding!!!

My Vice Catering & events
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Suvi C.
Verified review

My Vice Catering is a fantastic company. Their values for locally sourced and sustainable products is in line with what we believe in. They also pay and treat their staff so well. The bartenders we happy, efficient, and fun. The staff did an amazing job of busing and cleaning up. They arrived on time and prepared. Then there is the food.... so yummy. We got soooo many compliments from our guests. The appetizers were beautiful and delicious. They used the charcoal bbq at the venue and it really added to the experience and made the food so fresh. All the sauces, salsas, and attention to detail on the buffet table was great. Tarl was very communicative with us throughout the entire process. They handled all the rentals, we just had to pick what we wanted. So easy! If you are planning an event, hire My Vice Catering. Seriously, just do it. They are awesome!

  • 16 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Lorrie G.
Verified review

Dorothy was fantastic and very helpful with meal choices. She was wonderful

Mad Hatter Catering, LLC
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Karina C.
Verified review

Matt Hatter Catering was such a joy to work with! Amazing service, beautiful presentation and exceptional food! Matt and his team helped to make my wedding day such a success and left people raving about the food long after my wedding ended. Without any hesitation I recommend Matt Hatter Catering to anyone needing catering services.

  • 4 years in business
Mrs.S M.
Verified review

Absolutely love the facility is 100% GF. Everything is so delicious and everyone is so friendly. Highly recommend Bella Luna.

Golden Eel Catering
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Shelly H.
Verified review

Carl of Golden Eel Catering was a fantastic Thumbtack hire. He listened to what our needs were up front so he could craft the perfect curriculum for learning to cook meats. He taught my partner how to make the perfect steak, pork tenderloin, chicken breast and chicken thigh. He was friendly, pleasant, efficient and gave wonderful tips, tricks and ideas throughout the lesson. My partner is already dreaming up what she'd like Carl to teach her next. What Carl does so well...is he doesn't just show you how to follow a recipe...he shows you TECHNIQUE so that you can make whatever recipe you want to follow. I would rate him 5 thumbs up. He came to our house....let us cook with our pans and equipment (what we're familiar with) and he even petted the animals. What a great guy....great hire.

El Vaquero BBQ & Catering
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 3 years in business
Kaley T.
Verified review

Some of the best food I’ve had in a very long time. All the guests at our wedding raved about the food! Orlando and Kelly go above and beyond to make your day very special and just the way you want it. I probably changed my mind about 10 times before the wedding and they accommodated my needs with a big smile on their face. The meat was amazing and the side dishes were delicious. I HIGHLY recommend them for any event!

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How do you find a good caterer?

Reviews, interviews and menu tastings will help you find the right catering choice for your big day. Start by screening possible wedding caterers based on past reviews. If a caterer you are interested in has a review that concerns you, ask them about it; how they respond will be very telling. Next, ask about their availability for your wedding date.

If the wedding caterer is available on your date, it’s time to talk about menus and prices. Be clear about what your maximum budget is find out what choices this will allow you. Caterers may custom-create a menu for your event, or they may have menu templates within different price ranges that can guide your decision. A clear budget gives the caterer clear parameters within which to work and offer creative suggestions. Schedule a menu tasting to confirm you love your wedding menu. Once you have a menu and date, and have paid a deposit to reserve the caterer’s services, confirm additional details including when the food will be delivered to the site, what kind of service will be provided, how many servers will be onsite and for how long, and who is responsible for setup and cleanup. The more specific your contract, the fewer worries you’ll have on your wedding day. Get more smart hiring tips here.

How much does wedding catering cost per person?

Wedding catering costs will always vary based on the number of guests you’re inviting, the menu you want to serve, and the way the food will be served to your guests. As you interview wedding catering companies, you’ll be presented with a cost per person for various menus. On the low end, wedding catering may cost approximately $15-$18 per person. This would include prepared food only, with no setup or service of any kind. The starting price for a simple buffet meal with minimal service typically averages $22 per person. Opting for the same menu with all organic ingredients could raise your costs to about $33 per person. A moderately upscale menu (finer ingredients, more elaborate presentation) could range from $24 to $34 per person. High-end wedding catering cost truly has no limit. Lobster, filet mignon, specialty seafood, organic ingredients — menu choices like these can boost your cost per person up to $150 and more.

Do you tip a wedding caterer?

Tipping 15 percent to 20 percent on a $3,000 catering bill can feel daunting — especially in light of all the other costs of throwing a wedding — but tipping your wedding caterer is standard practice. Be sure to ask your caterer about their specific policies. Many catering companies include gratuity as a line item on their bill. If tipping is not automatically included in your total, a good approach is to tip all the people involved the day of the event rather than paying one lump sum to the catering company. For each server and bartender, you can tip $20-$50, depending on how long they were onsite and whether they did exceptional work. You can also tip the chef; experts suggest $50. It’s also a good idea to tip the catering manager, the point-of-contact person who keeps the catering service running smoothly the day of your wedding, ensures all the food looks beautiful and is plentiful, and resolves any mishaps. Industry pros recommend tipping the catering manager $100-$200. If gratuity is not included and you’re tipping individuals, set aside $200-$500 in cash to be safe.

What should you look for in a caterer?

A delicious meal is a critical element of a successful wedding, with happy guests fondly remembering your fabulous wedding food. The right caterer for you will be:

  • Available: Even the best caterer is no good if they aren’t available on your wedding date. Ask early before you get your heart set on someone.
  • Affordable for you: Find a caterer that you can afford. Having a spending plan ahead of time will mean you won’t overspend on food.
  • A good personality fit: Wedding planning is stressful, so work with someone that you can get along with and communicate with easily.
  • Experienced and recommended: Ensure the company has a proven track record with events of your size and the references to back it up.
  • Transparent about money: Steer clear of shady pricing. Find a caterer who is very clear about costs and is happy to talk you through budgets and pricing options.
  • Transparent about food: Find someone who is clear about where they source their food from and where it is prepared.

How do you serve food at a wedding?

Food service at your wedding will affect your catering costs and influence the atmosphere of the reception. Buffet style is more informal; plated meals are a bit fancier; family style encourages sharing. Read about the different food service styles to select your preferred wedding catering choice.

  • Buffet: Caterers can drop off prepared foods for a DIY and budget-friendly buffet option where you set everything up and food is entirely self-service. For a fuller-service buffet, the caterers set up food, oversee the buffet throughout the event, and clean up afterwards. For food only, prices per person might average $16-$18, while a service buffet may start around $20-$22 per person. Adding food stations can increase per-person costs by at least $3-$5.
  • Family style: Servers bring large platters of food to guest tables in courses. It’s less formal (and less expensive) than a plated meal, but more formal and higher-cost than a buffet. You’ll need large tables to accommodate the platters, so plan accordingly when renting furniture for the event.
  • Plated: A plated event is a formal dining experience; waitstaff serve your seated guests for each course, fill their drinks, and attend to them throughout the dinner. A plated dinner is typically the most expensive option for both food and service.
  • Food trucks: Similar to buffets, with food trucks your guests get their own food and bring it to their table. A food truck gives a relaxed and playful vibe to your reception.
  • Cocktail reception: If you don’t want a formal seated dinner, you can opt for a wide assortment of passed appetizers at an extended cocktail hour reception.
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