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Kirkland Caterers

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  • 9 years in business
  • 185 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ally F.
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I would highly recommend Paul & Stephanie! I found them through Thumbtack whole I was researching catering for my wedding and I was impressed with their responsiveness to my questions. They prepared an incredible tasting and were flexible with changes to the menu. As it got closer to the wedding, I hadn’t had a chance to taste the desserts and Paul & Stephanie delivered a sampling of those to try. And they were incredible! They arrived on time for the wedding and all the food tasted amazing! The appetizers for the cocktail hour were a huge hit! I cannot express how incredible the food was as well as the professionalism of their staff. I highly recommend hiring them for your next event!

Thyme Well Spent Catering
4.6
from 81 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 124 hires on Thumbtack
Cory C.
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The catering we received was on time professional and very well set up. The potion sizes where very generous and the food was delicious.

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K & F Catering
4.6
from 48 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jill P.
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Francisco was better than I could have possibly hoped for. I had a last minute need for a caterer for dinner for my husband's 50th birthday party, AND needed several accommodations for a variety of food allergies. Not only did Francisco respond to my request quickly and provide delectable allergen free Mexican dinner buffet for 16, he communicated with me to get clarity on the food issues and arrived early, with what we needed. The guests were impressed and I will definitely be using K&F Catering again! (Oh and the price was very reasonable and in line with market rates for his services!)

  • 23 years in business
  • 73 hires on Thumbtack
Conny G.
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On March 28th we hosted a "Breakfast at Tiffany's" Bridal Shower for my daughter with 25 attendees. We hired Nola's to handle the catering, provide support staff and assist with cleanup. Nola and her staff's involvement exceeded our expectations and the quality of service from beginning to end was incredible. The menu was perfect and very fitting for the "theme." Numerous guests complimented the gluten free and vegetarian dishes and were impressed with the beautiful layout and display. Nola's staff support (Kari Rae and Tarrahan) made each and every guest feel special, ensured that everyone had plenty of libations and food. They were so flexible that when the shower ran longer they were willing to adjust their schedules to stay the extra 2-hours for "clean-up" - everything was washed, dishes re-boxed and we absolutely had to do nothing but have fun with the bride to be. Guest comments included: "that was the most relaxed, enjoyable shower they had been to", "the food was delicious and beautiful presentation", the experience was over and above what they expected. Many guests wanted Nola's catering contact and were interested in hiring for upcoming events. Everything was timely, perfectly executed and nothing went wrong - we would HIGHLY recommend for any occasion (large or small) without equivocation!! Conny

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Island Girls Catering
4.7
from 37 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Rebekah W.
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I contacted Carol within 6 days of the party and she was remarkable in pulling off my son's 5 year-old birthday party with camouflage cupcakes including a camo net and cupcake stand, great food for an outdoor picnic setting, she cooked pigs-in-blanket and mini-pizzas on site, and was delightful to be around. Amazing catering service and amazing person to be at the event! I loved every minute she was there and actually got to relax and enjoy the party!

Chef Emme Catering Co.
4.9
from 32 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
Katie N.
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Chef Emme Catering Co. catered a beautiful office Thanksgiving lunch for us in Downtown Seattle. It was very quick and easy to book the services and finalize a menu and required services. They were on time and efficient setting up. Most importantly, the food was the best catered food we've all tasted! We will be using Chef Emme again for our catering needs and recommend their services to anyone wanting quality service and food.

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Dogfather Catering
4.9
from 28 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Breanna L.
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Couldn't be more happier with my decision to go with Dogfather catering. Stephen went above and beyond to make sure our wedding went perfectly. He was more than happy to accommodate all our wants and needs and the whole process was stress free. Everyone loved his pizzas and the gourmet hot dog cart. Not to mention all his salads are delicious and a huge hit. Aside from his food, his staff is friendly and professional, they did all the could to make things run smoothly. I would highly recommend him to anyone and I still cannot thank him enough for all his hard work!

Catering By Tara Helm
5.0
from 25 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Babette B.
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Tara Helm catering was responsive, professional, and provided a great value for our budget. The food was amazing, and her attention to detail was exceptional.

Chef Bonnie Rae
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Samuel H.
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As a business owner we have been referring Bonnie to our clients for months since we first discovered her. She has experience that ranges from wine pairing knowledge to high end catering experience. However, she is also able to meet the needs of all of our clients...no matter how complicated or simple that they request. We consistently get compliments on food for parties that she caters...and I find myself constantly saying "it isn't us but is our preferred caterer." Bonnie uses high quality ingredients and cares about meeting each individual client's needs and preferences. To top it off, her presentation skills are amazing! I will continue to recommend Bonnie's services to my customers and friends and hope that you give her a try as well!

K.I.S.S. Family Catering
4.8
from 16 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Debra R.
Verified review

KISS Catering did my daughter's wedding. It was an outdoor home wedding with about 50 people. The Gilberts met with us in advance at our home to scope out the venue, and made lots of suggestions for the big day. Their family took care of absolutely everything about the food, from helping with the menu, cooking it up fresh the same day as the wedding, setting up, serving and cleaning up. They were so courteous, and the food was so delicious that my new son-in-law wanted to make sure they got to take home the leftovers!

Switchback Kitchen
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Kelly V.
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Brett catered a small Christmas party in my home. The food was great, she was very easy to work with, and I'm thrilled to have found her. I highly recommend her!

Joy Max Catering
4.7
from 14 reviews
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Cathy D.
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Joy Max is responsive, efficient and obliging! They have taken care of every detail in catering a delectable light meal for my mother's memorial service... down to adding flair with the table decor, beverage service and set-up. My mind is totally at ease knowing Joy is in charge! Cathy

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Design Perfect Catering
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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We had Design Perfect Catering help us with our holiday party. I was able to pick and choose items for our menu as we have a variety of dietary choices in our group. Response time was that day to the next day - very quickly when setting the menu. Our food was brought promptly at the desired time and was set up so nicely! It was very festive and a beautiful presentation. The food was really good, many compliments were made. Thank you for the great experience!

DayoSense Catering
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Reba W.
Verified review

The best food, the best responsiveness, the most delightful catering crew I've ever worked with. We had the Caribbean food, Jerk Chicken & Tofu, red beans & rice, greens, and corn bread. Everything was vegan and Gluten free except the Chicken and corn bread! People were beyond pleased!

  • 3 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Paula M.
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I went to a small dinner party catered by chef Patty of Fresh Every Thyme. It was wonderful - delicious and innovative dishes - nicely presented. Terrific evening!

Special Occasions Catering
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Ally W.
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Special Occasions Catering is reliable and easy to work with. Their staff is always flexible and willing to work with whatever our program needs. I especially appreciate that I never have to worry about them being on time- everything always goes smoothly. Their pricing is affordable and their buffets are always filling and tasty. We're happy to have an established relationship with Special Occasions, and appreciate their hard work!

Urban Pantry
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Karen S.
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Christine at Urban Pantry provided catering for my son and daughter-in-law's wedding reception November 2017 and everything was absolutely amazing! The food was creative and delicious! Christine met with the bride and myself and created a custom menu that was perfect for the vision my daughter in law had for her special day! It was at a very reasonable cost , everyone who catered the event was very professional and it was an overall great experience. Thank you Christine and Urban Pantry!!! I also personally purchase the home cooked meals to help with dinners during my busy work week. The food is always top notch and delicious! I'd recommend Urban Pantry to anyone needing to Cater an event or just some help with meals during the week! Karen S - Snohomish, WA

Twist Catering
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Britta H.
Verified review

When it came to food for our wedding, that was the part my husband wanted to choose. He is a chef, so it really meant a lot to him that our menu was phenomenal. After venue searching at resorts, we became discouraged with their preset menus with typical wedding food. We then decided to go with a venue where we could hire a caterer. Once the venue manager found out my husband's occupation, she immediately referred us to Twist Catering, stating they were for "foodies." We live here locally, so we were able to visit them for a tasting. It was out of this world. Chef Joel prepared everything for us, as discussed each menu item with us. We met with him numerous times, he helped me with the set up of everything, suggestions, he was there every step of the way for us during the wedding planning process. He even stopped by at the wedding to check on us. And the final menu chosen for the wedding was insane. I'm at the age where a lot of my friends are getting married, as well as attending weddings & all of the guests commented on how exceptional the food was. My husband & I have both worked in restaurants for many years, and know good service can be difficult to find. The food was delivered promptly, and the servers & bartenders were on point. They constantly checked on myself, as well as my husband & his family to keep our drinks full. Between the food, the exceptional service, & the kind treatment we received, it was truly memorable.

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Shalisa H.
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Professional, friendly people with great food to boot!! I utilized O'Sheas Catering and Events for an annual event that I host to honor mothers who have lost children to youth violence. The sheer nature of this event is sensitive and has no room for mistakes and the folks at O'Sheas gave me one less thing to worry about. From the pre-event tasting to the actual clean up after the event, they were always responsive to my needs, answered emails and phone calls in a timely fashion and were prompt the day of the show. The event's guests were especially pleased with the BBQ brisket and their feedback made me happy that I chose that as one of our dinner options. Many thanks to O'Sheas, I will definitely be considering this business for my events in the future.

  • 22 years in business
About

I make the best BBQ in the state of Washington. I have been cooking for over 30 years. I make BBQ sauces that are different like my Memphis hot. If you want good BBQ, call the other guys; if you want great BBQ, call Helen's Soul Foods Kitchen. I also cook fine dining I worked for tam'o shanter golf and country club in Bellevue WA , Daniels broiler in Bellevue WA. I also worked for classic catering in Seattle WA, I have worked for Marriott in Minnesota , and the Hyatt regency hotel in Kansas city as a chef I can do anything that you need if you themes we can hook it up I enjoy and it's the smile that I get from you that makes me want to put out the best of the best for you I have done caterings for the mayor of auburn and CR gutters of Sumner WA I am a regular at Outlaw Ales of Sumner WA as the cook if you need more references just ask and I will get them to you.

  • 3 years in business
About

I find love and passion in my work. Every plate is made with love and comfort in mind, body and spirit I love the opportunity to communicate with people from all walks of life. Food brings us together

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.
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