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Portland Caterers

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Sandra's Goodies
4.9
from 74 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 90 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Connie D.
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For starters, the food was AWESOME! The food looked and tasted amazing, the plates and silverware looked real, even though they were plastic and she even provided a table cloth to make the presentation that much better. Everyone raved over the food and many people asked about the caterer I used. There was more than enough food, and everyone got to take home some leftovers. She understood I wanted to do something special for my work force; all I hand was an idea. She advised me on different options and we came up with the perfect menu. She was very understanding of my lack of knowledge on the catering business and walked me through everything and answered all of my questions promptly, and trust me there was a lot of questions. I give my full recommendation to Sandra’s Goodies!

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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
Rebecca R.
Verified review

We had Alison as our caterer for two meals during our weekend wedding. The experience was simply amazing. The food itself was exemplary. The short ribs served during the dinner were a perfect compliment to our "grand feast" theme as were the roasted vegetables. All the bread was baked by Alison and was sought out by guests long after the dinner. For breakfast she served pancakes with fresh berries inside, eggs, and most popularly...the extra sauce from the short ribs. My guests used it on the pancakes, eggs, and eventually just poured it on bread. We believe the bread is what kept many from drinking it straight. There were no complaints from vegetarian guests as all portions were plentiful. Because the nature of our wedding, Alison was onsite with us for two days. Her personality is gregarious and zany in the best way. Everyone who met her was instantly fond of her. We had last minute technical problems dealing with a very old kitchen oven and Alison adapted immediately and with complete grace. If I had to leave with a final pull quote for Alison it would be "New York quality catering with a Portland sociability."

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  • 8 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kristin B.
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The catering company was so amazing thru the entire process. Very responsive to the million questions I asked : ) The food was so amazing even though I never set up a trial for tasting. I had all my faith in the company and it turned out better then expected.

Bear Country Catering LLC
4.4
from 23 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Tristen S.
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Danielle at Bear Country Catering did amazing!! We are so incredibly happy. We were really stressed out because we waited until the last minute to get a caterer, I thought I could do it by myself, but I couldn’t, it was too much and I was freaking out. I found them online, contacted her and she was absolutely amazing, I don’t know what I could have done without them. She worked with us on the payment, I hadn’t planned this to be in the budget originally, but she worked it out and we were able to do it. She asked me a few questions and then just took over, I was so overwhelmed, but she did everything exactly the way I wanted it, it was awesome. I was a pain in the beginning, I know I was, I’m sorry, because I wanted to have control, but I finally let go and let her take the wheel and I am so grateful I trusted her because it turned out exactly like I wanted. The food was so unique and delicious, everyone was talking about it. I will definitely use them again for future events, thank you so much for everything you did for us!!

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  • 2 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Christine M.
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Allison did a fantastic job catering my daughter's birthday party! She was very responsive and early to deliver the food. The food was displayed very nicely with much more on them than expected. The quality was outstanding, we especially enjoyed the short ribs, but it was all wonderful! I completely recommend her to anyone!

Divine Catering
4.4
from 20 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
Amanda C.
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Food was absolutely amazing!!! The company was amazing. Great experience overall. Perfect catering for a wedding. I’d chose them again in a heartbeat.

  • 9 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Heather S.
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Shoshana catered two lunches for our national network meeting of 30 people. She was prompt and professional. The food was delicious and nicely displayed. Her Mediterranean meal was a favorite amongst our guests and received many rave reviews.

My Vice Catering & events
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Suvi C.
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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!

Teri h Catering
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 25 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Brittany L.
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I absolutely love this family! They are so incredibly sweet and accommodating of whatever you want! They're food is SO delicious and I always eat it when at the farmers market! I cannot say enough good things about their yummy food and amazing customer service!

Coin Operated Boy LLC
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Monique V.
Verified review

Stephanie and Tamisha were just the best! We just loved meeting them and having them cater our little dinner party. They were professional and flexible to our needs. I would definitely recommend them and use their services again in the future.

Wishing Wells Productions
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
John C.
Verified review

Rick Browne knows his BBQ and his mastery of the grill has produced some of the best food I have ever tasted. Over the years I have been lucky enough to attend a couple of Rick Browne catered events. Grill-roast prime rib, tangy BBQ sauce, stuffed peppers with BACON!, and an amazing white chocolate orange souffle...just a sample of the goodness that has been prepared by Chef Rick.

  • 8 years in business
Shelley D.
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Regan and I cannot thank you enough for all you did to ensure that her wedding was all that she hoped it would be. From the first, when we wanted a simple ceremony with just a few guests followed by cake and champagne with the residents, to the final day, when we had 45 people for the ceremony in the garden, followed by lunch in the Sullivan Theater and then cake and champagne with the residents in the Hemingway Room, you were amazing. Every time we needed help (Referrals for bakeries? Photographers? Hair stylists?), every time we had questions (Can we have flowers delivered to you? Can we add something to the buffet for the kids? Can we play a DVD slideshow at the reception? ), your response was always “no problem, we can do that”. The lunch buffet was delicious and plentiful (SO glad we didn’t cut the whipped potatoes with basil!), the servers were professional, and the transition from one location to the next seamless. And the little touches were so thoughtful (everyone loved the “eat, drink and be married” sign outside the reception!). You made the wedding so easy and so much fun, Melissa. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • 6 years in business
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This is YOUR event and we treat it as such. We are happy to accommodate special requests and LOVE coming up with ways to make your menu distinctly YOU.

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I cater to all needs of bar tending, private parties, etc. I like to keep my customers 100% satisfied. I am on call 24-7.

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I have been doing catering for at least 10 years for private parties. Most customers pick menus from my book, Angkor Culinaire, but I can make many kinds of food. I do fusion cooking. I mostly do catering with Aaron Meyer, the famous violinist in Portland. My specialty is smoked salmon, salmon cake and lemon grass chocolate cake (unique and customer's favorite). I can cater up to 50 people.

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We provide amazing food at competitive prices during the following: - Anniversaries - Baby Showers/Milestones - Bar/Bat Mitzvahs - Birthdays - Bridal Showers - Christenings - Corporate Events - Debutante Balls - Eco-Friendly/Green Weddings - Engagement Parties - Graduations - Holiday Parties - LGBT Weddings/Ceremonies - Memorials - Proms - Quinceaneras - Sweet 16s

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We do corporate events as well as weddings and parties. We are a full-service catering and bartending company. We have a Texas style BBQ which is really unique for our clients out in Oregon as well as authentic baby back ribs, etc.

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I cater for baby showers, wedding showers, anniversaries, graduation parties, wedding receptions and office parties. I will go the extra mile to make all my customers happy and make their special events unforgettable.

  • 5 years in business
About

We are a farm-to-table catering company specializing in weddings and corporate and private events. Feel free to contact us.

  • 12 years in business
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I pride myself on using fresh ingredients & making as much as possible from scratch.

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I have over 30 years of experience. I cook all types of cuisines at affordable prices. Full-service or drop-off catering services are available.

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.

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 much should catering cost for a wedding?

The cost of wedding catering will reflect the level of service, the menu you choose, the luxury you desire and the number of guests you invite. Where you live also plays a major role in your wedding catering costs. The regional cost to do business and local cost of food will affect your catering bill. There is no set price for wedding catering, because each wedding and each menu is different. This is why many caterers provide a per-person price. This allows you to break down what it costs to feed each person based on the menu you want. Working with your caterer, you can adjust menu items, service level and more to accommodate your budget and guest count. Keep in mind that wedding catering costs are not just for the food. The bill reflects all the components that go into commercial food catering: a commercial kitchen, ingredients, staff, insurance, marketing and more. Here are some examples of average costs:

  • Three-course plated meal, moderately upscale, for 125 in Los Angeles: $14,000. Because of staffing costs, a true plated meal costs about twice as much as a staff-assisted buffet.
  • Buffet meal, standard menu, for 100 in Los Angeles: $5,000.
  • Per-person cost for hors d'oeuvres, dinner and nonalcoholic beverages: $24–$37, depending on menu selection, in Southern California.
  • Drop off prepared food for 50: $1,000 in North Carolina. Price does not include any service, setup or breakdown.

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.

Actual Requests

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Need a Caterer for a Garden Party on August 10, 2013

West Linn, OR

  • Interested in the following cuisine
    Other (Northwestern)
  • Serving style
  • Head count
  • Details
    garden party at home-approximately 30 to 35 guests

Need a Caterer

Portland, OR

  • Interested in the following cuisine
    Mexican / Latin
  • Serving style
  • Head count
  • Details
    We need meat and vegan options 80% meat

Need a BBQ Cuisine Catering Service

Vancouver, WA

  • Interested in the following cuisine
    BBQ (eg: pulled pork, Southern comfort)
  • Serving style
    Buffet
  • Head count
  • Details
    we have the food and alcohol. we just need someone with license to serve it. thank you
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