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About Extra Hands Catering

hired 30 times on Thumbtack

You provide the food, we provide the service.

Do you need extra hands for your holiday party or wedding reception? Are you thinking of cooking the food yourself, perhaps with family and friends, but don't want them to work at your party or reception?

Or perhaps you are having your favorite restaurant doing a drop off of their food, or you might be buying your food from Costco or Whole Foods, and now you need someone to bring it all together?

Or your looking for an AFFORDABLE CATERER that wont break your bank!
Extra Hands is now offering affordable FULL SERVICE CATERING
Email us for pictures and menu ideas!

With 25 years experience in catering and bartending, we can help with all aspects of your event, including:
*Full Service Catering including Servers and Bartenders if needed
* Heating and presentation of appetizers, buffet entrees, meat and cheese platters, salad prep, sides, etc.
* Preparing, plating and serving of appetizers
* Buffet presentation, from set up to break down
* Food service, either plated or buffet
* Full bartending service and champagne toast
* Cake cutting

We also do complete clean up of all areas and packing up of any leftover food and beverages. Kitchen will be spotless!

Because we have been in the hospitality industry for 25 years, we are able to predict what needs to be done and when to do it, so you won't have to worry about a thing. All services are customized for your individual needs. In other words, from start to finish, we will be your extra hands.

We are licensed and professional. Resumes are provided upon request.

Call me to discuss your special day, and I will give you a quote.

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Auburn, WA 98001

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  • 5/5 stars

    Nancy and her crew did a wonderful job in helping us with our daughter's wedding. They are polite, efficient and experienced in every way. Thank you Nancy for making this day beautiful!

  • 5/5 stars Wedding Catering Verified Review

    Nancy was very easy to work with and the food was delicious!

  • 5/5 stars Event Catering (Full Service) Verified Review

    Nancy and her team were great! We hired her for our wedding July 18th and everything happened perfectly without a hitch. All our guests loved her food and the presentation was beautiful! Nancy is very accommodating and easy to work with. Her pricing is very reasonable. I highly recommend her for any event!

  • 5/5 stars Wedding Catering Verified Review

    Tasty food. Trying to go for the best receipe

  • 5/5 stars

    Having extra hands catering on hand was what made my party an absolute success. For the first time, I was able to get out of the kitchen and enjoy time with my guests while still having the party in my home and with my food. All I did was show them the food I had made and voila - they were heating it up, serving it, passing it, keeping everything moving smoothly. They took over the bar and I never thought again whether anyone had a drink in hand. When the night was done and I went into my kitchen, all of the dishes were clean, the leftovers packed up and in the fridge and the garbage/bottles put away. I can't begin to tell you how happy that made me. They really have filled a need in the catering space - a set of hands to help out when we still want to host and cook ourselves. Wonderful. We will absolutely be calling on Nancy again.

  • 5/5 stars

    Extra Hands Catering were awesome and very professional. I had a cookie bar that looked out of this world. Thanks Nancy

  • 5/5 stars

    Nancy was such an asset to our holiday party this year. I actually sat down for the first time in years! From the minute she walked in the door I knew I was in good hands.

  • 5/5 stars

    Extra Hands took great care of us. They provided food, service and bartending professionally and cheerfully. We were so disorganized when they arrived and had everything ready to go when the party started. They made the difference.

  • 5/5 stars

    I have hired Nancy and her crew for my annual holiday party the last five years. I provide the food - they set it up, make it look good, keep all the platters full, circulate with hot food and clean up while the party is still going so my guests can stay as long as they like and I don't have a mess at the end. They are also very personable with the guests - I get lots of compliments about them. I recommend them highly.

  • 5/5 stars

    I carried in food and supplies for a buffet. I'd asked them to help setting up the presentation and with final food preparation. Helpers worked hard and once I explained my idea for set up and what needed to be done they took over. Once set up was done, I didn't have to do any more 'work'. They took over. I hadn't asked them to but they bussed tables, did the dishes and packed up supplies for me to take home. Friendly and helpful.

  • 5/5 stars Event Catering (Full Service) Verified Review

    Nancy Brown and her Extra Hands Catering team were great! The food and presentation were excellent. I will use this group and definitely recommend them.
    Duane Burke

  • 5/5 stars

    Very easy, very efficient, well put together and presented. Made my party the best ever.

  • 5/5 stars

    Nancy and her crew took all the stress out of our event. They showed up as scheduled and took us from chaos into a great party. They are my go-to.

  • 4/5 stars Event Catering (Full Service) Verified Review

    I hired Nancy to cater a Celebration of Life event and was extremely happy with her and her staff member. The food items that I selected were perfect and well displayed. The pricing per person was perfect for the food and service rendered. I would highly recommend Extra Hands Catering for any event.

  • 5/5 stars Event Catering (Full Service) Verified Review

    Nancy came and helped with service at my daughter's engagement party. She came in and started organizing, made drinks, served food, and left the kitchen clean. Great job!

  • 5/5 stars

    Nancy and Dawn did an excellent job of catering our wedding in our home. The food was everything we had hoped it would be and our friends keep talking about how great everything tasted and looked. They cleaned up all during the event and replenished the food without ever being noticed. Our kitchen was spotless and leftovers packed away in the fridge. I would use them again in a heart beat and recommend them to anyone looking for great food, service and price. Great job!

  • 5/5 stars Event Catering (Full Service) Verified Review

    Nancy and her stuff were amazing and from the first meeting she a kind and very helpful. She offered her services that went above and beyond for my wedding. I would recommend her to anyone. The food was so good that guests went back for seconds and thirds!

  • 5/5 stars Event Catering (Full Service) Verified Review

    Nancy was wonderful to work with. We had to pull off a tasteful(no pun intended) event on a tight budget in a short turn around time. Nancy was easy to work with and had wonderful ideas. Our event was a small fundraiser at a private residence. She arrived and took charge of her role in the event leaving the rest of us to focus on setting up. It was wonderful. Yes- I can highly recommend Extra Hands Catering.

  • 1/5 stars

    DO NOT use. This business did not send us contract, took our down payment and final payment and then showed up on the wrong day for our wedding reception. When she finally sent the contract (on the day she wrongly showed up) it had the wrong date on it.

    She refused to take any responsibility for the error or refund any monies, nor did she provide us the food she purchased for the incorrect day - in fact she stated she gave it away to her neighbors and froze it.. We had to cater our own reception one week later.

    We took her to small claims court and were awarded the full judgment and at day 30 of the payment due date she pays us back 50%.

    We'll now file this in Superior Court and place a lien on this business and garnish her wages. She has been more focused on being right than simply doing the right thing.

    Would NOT recommend.

  • 4/5 stars

    We had Nancy cater an anniversary party for about 150 people. Nancy was very easy to work with, and amenable to the menu I wanted. Her set up and staff were wonderful. Unfortunately, due to traffic they were late arriving, and Nancy was shorthanded during the party, which took its toll on presentation and service. Nevertheless, I would recommend her. If you use her, you will want to be specific about the type and quality of ingredients she uses. After that, she will run with it and do a good job.

  • 5/5 stars

    Nancy Brown and her team are wonderful! We have hired them several times for our office parties and personal celebrations and have been wowed each time! They are always punctual, efficient and professional! We will definitely be hiring them again!

  • 5/5 stars


    (I'm writing this note cc'ing Nancy Donaldson sine it is meant as much for as you)

    Thank you for contacting and finding Nancy for the small party at our house yesterday. She was a pleasure to work with. She was professional yet very warm in her interactions. Before we knew it, she had gently and gradually taken control of all aspects of serving our guests as they arrived until the end.

    The biggest help for us was that she had cleaned up and put the whole kitchen and dishes back in order before she left - that's the one thing my wife and I usually suffer the most with late at night after all the guests have left. But not yesterday!! We closed the door after the last guest, turned around and smiled that we could sit down and sip a cup of tea before bed without frantically trying to clean the house Smiling face with smiling eyes

    Thank you again. Happy holidays to you both. Our best wishes,

    Arun & Mita

  • 5/5 stars Bartending Verified Review

    Nancy was outstanding!! She came in and picked up where I left off without a beat. The cocktail party went on without a hitch and everyone had a fantastic time-including me. She's awesome!!

  • 5/5 stars

    My husband and I held our wedding reception last weekend and we chose Extra Hands Catering. When we first received the bid from Nancy, it was hard not to be skeptical because the pricing was extremely competitive and we were holding the event for 150 guests. Without exception, our guests have raved about the food, presentation and the excellent service that Nancy and her team provided. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Extra Hands for your event. She was great to work with, she listened to what we wanted and she offered many creative suggestions. Bottom line: she delivered on exactly what she said she would do. Additionally, all of the servers she brought to assist were professional and friendly. Check this business out. I think you'll be very pleased with their contribution to your event. It has been several weeks since our reception and I'm still getting compliments from our guests.

  • 1/5 stars Event Catering (Full Service) Verified Review

    Nancy Brown did not complete catering services as requested or agreed to. She didn't supply a contract or receipt for payment. She didn't arrive at our event on the correct date and placed full blame on me, her customer. She did not try to resolve this in a professional manner and we did not use her services or her company for our event. In fact my family and I cooked and served all food for our 80 guests. Would not recommend.

    Nancy B. from Extra Hands Catering replied to this review on December 6, 2013:

    Unfortunetly Lynda supplied us with an incorrect date for her event.
    She stated in her Thumbtack request Sept 14.
    We showed up on that date with all of the food, staff and equipment and no one was home.
    We have several documents to prove we were given that date for the event.
    In an attempt to resolve this issue weasked the client to show us any written proof that shows the event date as Sept 21st.
    To this date they have not provided that.

    We would have been glad to cater their party but they chose to terminate their request for service.

  • 5/5 stars Bartending Verified Review

    I highly recommend Nancy Brown as a bartender and also if you need extra help at your event. She was punctual, efficient and a delight to work with. We were very satisfied!

  • 5/5 stars Event Catering (Full Service) Verified Review

    We used Nancy Brown and Extra hands Catering on August 1, 2013 for our son and daughter-in-law's wedding reception. Nancy was a total professional - she made sure I knew in advance what she needed from me to make the event shine and then she took over. The catering table was beautiful. We were allowed to visit with guests and just let Nancy take control. It was a relaxed and magical evening from our point of view. I would hire them again in a heart beat! Truly Exceptional!!

  • 5/5 stars Bartending Verified Review

    She bartended for us and prepared food at a company picnic and looked to make everything look presentable when she saw that we were struggling putting everything out, everything was wonderful and she is a helpful, approachable individual who knows how to do her job well in all situations

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