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Lakewood Creative Caterers

Browse these creative caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Lakewood.

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  • 9 years in business
  • 185 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Colleen N.
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We had a 9 person holiday dinner party and Paul and Stephanie were our wonderful chef and assistant/server. Paul was responsive from my initial Thumbtack inquiry. The food was creative and exceptionally tasting! Highly recommend them and I am looking forward to talking to them about the possibility of catering my son's rehearsal dinner next year.

Thyme Well Spent Catering
4.6
from 81 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 124 hires on Thumbtack
Kara V.
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Chantel and her team did an outstanding job of catering our event. The food was delicious (cooked to perfection and nice and hot with many choices), the service was great (the ladies were all warm and friendly) and the set-up and clean-up was flawless. I received many compliments from guests regarding the food. They will most certainly be my caterers of choice the next time the need arises and I would highly recommend them!

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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
Ciana N.
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Nola was amazing to work with. She made sure to communicate clearly, understood our needs, she was very flexible, and the food was delicious. Great caterer! I would highly recommend hiring her for your event.

Chef Emme Catering Co.
4.9
from 32 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
Heather D.
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Chef Emme has been really awesome to work with! We have a small corporate group and most chef's have a high minimum. Emme was willing to work with our size, budget and dietary needs no problem! She got creative and it was a big hit! She even hosted a smoothie bar (with the option to spike) right in our office. I would highly recommend Chef Emme for any event you're hosting!

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Dogfather Catering
4.9
from 28 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Julie P.
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Using Thumbtack to find a caterer for our event was one of the wisest decisions I have made in my show planning experience of 33 years. Thumbtack asked all of the right questions and I found the caterer with the best fit for my event that same day. I will continue to use Thumbtack for all of our other events in the future.

Switchback Kitchen
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Sean B.
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Brett was professional, timely and made delicious food that was tailored to by unique palate. It was a great introduction to thumbtack and having a professional chef, with how busy I am with work. Greatly appreciated, and looking forward to continuing to utilize this in the future.

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Design Perfect Catering
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Traci W.
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Sanja reached out to me within an hour of my request for caterers. She sent me a full proposal with menu items, cost break out, and everything I could possibly need. She worked with me for hours on end, revising the proposal 4 times to meet my needs. She was patient, kind, flexible, and so helpful! She has stayed in constant contact with me, answering every question within minutes. Although they were over my budget, because of their diverse menu, and especially her customer service, I recommended to my Market Manager that we spend the extra money. I'm so excited to entertain our clients next week and I know I won't be disappointed!

DayoSense Catering
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Chris S.
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Working with Dayo and her crew was wonderful. Her food was delicious and the beautiful display was a welcome surprise. There was plenty of food and for the price it was above and beyond what was expected. Would recommend her to anyone that is looking for a caterer. Thank you Dayo for your part in making our companies 50th anniversary party a huge success.

  • 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
Lauren K.
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Wonderful food and lots of it, great display, our office party turned out well. Compliments from guests on the food. Good experience with them overall, extremely easy to work with which is what we were hoping for. Thank you Special Occasions, we will consider hiring your services again for future events.

Entropy Cooks
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Elyjiah P.
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Shauna was amazing to work with - she provided an incredible meal for our wedding and also took on the burden of supplying rentals. Everything went on without a hitch, and was a great experience! Late into our engagement, my wife was diagnosed with cancer. We saw the wedding as an opportunity to have a break from everything life has been throwing at us, and with Shauna's help it was an amazing experience. I would definitely recommend reaching out to Entropy Cooks if you are looking for a caterer for your event. The food was incredible, the service was great, the price was more than reasonable, and the experience was everything we had hoped and more.

The Salted Fig
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Erin S.
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I have been a guest at several private dinner parties catered by Jen from the Salted Fig. These parties are by invitation only and promise a culinary journey you won't forget- and they deliver! Jen's menus are creative, cohesive, and absolutely delicious. The meals always feel so personal and nurturing, like she knew exactly what I wanted to eat, even though she is cooking for 20 of us. I would highly recommend The Salted Fig for any catering needs, especially if you are looking to serve up quality, excellence, and passion with every bite!

  • 22 years in business
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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.

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Providing clients with the right food and atmosphere turning their occasion into an event. We cook with fresh, local ingredients. We offer a variety of cuisines to make your event a unique experience for your and your guests. Be the talk of your circle, let Red Rooster help

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I offer catering, cooking lessons, and a fine dining experience for all. The answer is yes, what is the question. We will make your event something to remember and be talked about for years to come.

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My cooking is unquie but always starts witht the basics. I love cooking indian food, asian food, mexican food, Italian food, comfort food, smoking meats, making sauces,marinades and enjoying every part from start to finish. I love the challange of taking any crazy idea from your head to your pallet. Being able to play with food and create tasty items thats puts smiles on faces and joyful feelings in hearts :)

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Branzino is a Seattle neighborhood with Italian influences. Pasta, pizza, cheeses, breads, cured meats and all desserts are made by hand in-house each day.

  • 10 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
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The items we prepare are all Southern dishes that were handed down from one generation to the next and have been perfected by time. I get to smoke and barbecue the finest southern BBQ in the northwest !!!!

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The Famous Northwest Catering Company is a full-service, off-premise catering company that has served Seattle area residents and businesses for over 20 years. We specialize in a range of special events, including small cocktail receptions, large buffet dinners for corporate events, plated dinners for weddings and even small pickup orders and deliveries. We will work within your budget to ensure that all details, like custom menus, staffing and rentals, are taken care of!

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I love to cook privately both veg food and nonveg food, in private homes. I also make East Indian cuisines and love to experiment with any kind of cuisine.

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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