Nola's Boutique Events, Weddings, & Soirees

Seattle, WA

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

Specializing in locally sourced, organic cuisine, we are happy to customize the menu based on your style, budget and taste. We personalize each menu to include your preferred dishes or even special family recipes. We also offer full service event planning including day of coordination, rentals, floral design and more!

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

My clients! Having been in the catering and event industry for 27 years, I have met so many wonderful people, assisted at so many fantastic events and weddings and received so much gratitude for what we have offered that it is so very gratifying to know that we make such a big contribution to others.

Location

Seattle, WA 98116

Years in business

22

Number of employees

15

Times hired on Thumbtack

65

Reviews

33 Reviews
  • Morada P. Aug 1, 2017
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    Everything was easy from the start with Nola. We were living in Denver and planning a Seattle wedding on a tight budget. It can be hard finding all the right vendors from a different state as we discovered but wasn't once we got on Thumbtack and Nola responded to our catering request. Her menus were the right mix of interesting, fresh and summery with NW focus. Our tasting weekend in Seattle started out rough with a couple other companies that were not as we expected and then we arrived at Nola. From the moment we set foot in her place she exceeded our expectations for food and professionalism. First the food was fresh and delish! We had Salmon with a lovely mango-kiwi salsa, mini peppers stuffed with a blend of goat cheese, asparagus and herbs and her mixed greens with candied pecans, pecorino and pears. All was made to order for us by Nola in her kitchen as we dinned at her table set like a fancy restaraunt overlooking Puget sound. The presentation was simple yet beautiful. She uses the natural food colors to set the plate for an appealing and tasty treat for the senses. She is very organized and with many years of experience. She truly enjoys her career and wants you to have the best. We were impressed with her attention to details of the wedding from the ceremony through the reception. She was genuinely interested in creating a perfect day with us. She was a perfect fit for us because she was not only flexible with our needs but a great resource for ideas. We felt very comfortable and relaxed throughout the whole process with Nola. I would recommend her to anyone. Thank you again Nola for making our celebration of love perfect!!! - Morada and Brandon
  • Kelly J. Nov 10, 2016
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Nola's will deliver a class act!
    Having Nola and her team was the best decision we made! She exceeded our expectations and the food was as tasty as it was beautiful
  • Kimberly G. Oct 23, 2016
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    Perfect Food - Perfect Service
    Nola and her staff did such a fantastic job catering our wedding. From helping us plan to menu, providing a delicious tasting, answering questions about logistics and dietary restrictions, and providing stellar food and customer service to the day of the wedding, Nola and her team went above and beyond to make our day special. Our main entrée was fig balsamic glazed wild BBQ salmon with mango kiwi salsa. I wish I could make something this delicious myself, because it was amazing. Our salad consisted of organic mixed greens with julienned apple, shaved fennel, herbed crouton, and a really light but creamy bleu cheese dressing. They even made a separate salad with a different dressing for our dairy-free guests. The guest (and groom’s) favorite was our side: Beecher’s mac and cheese. So good! It was very stormy the day of our wedding, and a lot of things went wrong for us. Nola and her team went beyond the call of duty and helped out where they shouldn’t have needed to. They kept an incredibly positive attitude the entire time, conversed with guests, and helped reassure an incredibly stressed-out bride. The only complaint I heard from any guests was the portion-control at the buffet, but with a buffet we personally feel that was probably necessary. I had been concerned that people would take more than their fair share and leave guests at the end of the line with no food, and I’m sure that was the whole reason for starting out with smaller portions. I also heard that guests were invited to come back for seconds once everybody had been served, so I’m sure everyone got enough food. Overall, we were more than satisfied with Nola, her team, and the food. The food was everything we had hoped for, and the service was outstanding. We recommend them to anybody planning a wedding or other event.
  • Amber V. Sep 7, 2016
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Nola's Boutique Events
    Nola and team were absolutely amazing! Everything was taken care of and we had absolutely no complaints.
  • Tess S. Jun 18, 2016
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    Nola and her staff did an incredible job! Our wedding was so beautiful and the food was incredible!!!
  • Christina Y. Jun 15, 2016
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    The food was ok and could of been better if the correct equipment was used. We advised that the event would be a buffet reception at an outdoor venue and that it does not have a kitchen before choosing to go with Nola Events. At that point we were told that wouldn't be an issue. Assuming she was a fully functioning catering service and after the tasting, we agreed to go with her and provided a deposit. After the deposit, the communication became less and prices started to increase. Uneccesary requests to rent a conventional oven to cook the food at the venue when the event was a buffet was one example. My husband who has experience in managerial roles at country club hospitality, had to advise her to use chafing dishes and burners. She charged us two hot boxes to transport the hot food. She ended up not bringing Any chafing dishes or burners as we requested and did not even consult us before making that decision. The food was luke warm or cold. The service felt rushed as some of our guests advised that their plates disappeared before they finished. We paid for 7hrs for the catering service but they left 45mins early. Then we get a bill at the end via email that she had to hire another person to 'hose down' the dishes. She already had 4 people working the event for a buffet for only 50ppl. On top of that there was hidden fees of increased gratuity, rentals and taxes that she did not mention. We even brought our own beer, wine, napkins, take home glass mason jars, center pieces, disposable champagne flutes and tumblers to make things smoother and easier. We also hired a baker for our desserts. So there really wasn't too much work for the caterers to do other than prep, dinner and breakdown. It's sad that a happy-loving event ended with a bitter taste. We have two friends that recently got engaged and will not recommend her to them.
  • Yogi H. Jan 27, 2016
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
    Nola and her team did an outstanding job from start of menu planning to finish of clean up. We are in the industry and sometimes can be tough critics, Nola exceeded our expectations of quality and service.
  • Rachael S. Nov 16, 2015
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
    We rented a facility for a private birthday party. The food and service were both outstanding! Everyone who served at the party was great and Nola was so helpful when I was working with her trying to plan the menu and updating numbers of guests. I would use them again!
  • Nancy C. Sep 28, 2015
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    Nola's catering was an absolute joy to work with! Nola was great in helping us solidify what we wanted our wedding day to be and her crew was beyond awesome on our wedding day. It was an experience that filled us with all the joy and happiness that I was hoping for. Our guests loved the food as did we and again I can not say enough about how much we loved working with Tarrahan, Bernadette, Flo and Don! They made our day all the more lovely by being such a joy to work with. Definitely would recommend and will use them again!
  • Kathleen T. Sep 20, 2015
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    Wedding Catering
  • April M. Sep 4, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
  • Yoshiko M. Aug 24, 2015
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    Nola is so great!! Foods, service everything an amazing and I can't make it any better. She came to meet my place/ wedding was my back yard and she just organized everything!! Made my job is very easy and so relax!! She is also wonderful person. Thank you Nola you are the BEST!!!
  • Alexandra A. Aug 20, 2015
    Selecting Nola's Events was by far the best choice we made for our wedding day. We worked with Tarrahan from the very first tasting, to the end of our wedding day. She was nothing short of amazing. Tarrahan was very attentive to all of our requests and made certain to make them come true. Nola's Events created a wonderful and easy going atmosphere for our guests. All the servers were very kind, professional and always had a smile. If I had to do it again I would choose them. Thank you for making our day so magical! -Alexandra and Jonathan
  • Claire S. Aug 3, 2015
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    Nola and her staff are wonderful! Everyone at my son's wedding raved about the food, and quite a few comented on the dedication of her staff! The bartender was so attentive. He took such care of each & every person; he even helped my in-laws up the stairs! Brooke, one of the servers, was also especially good. She worked so hard to make sure everyone was happy! She was running up & down the stairs and back & forth from one side of the house to the other! And, she went out of her way to help my son clean off his car when he thought a decoration would harm the paint! All in all, the whole wedding was a wonderful day, a good part in thanks to Nola and her staff.
  • Linda M. Jul 23, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Nola Nevers was a pleasure to work with. She helped to make our son's Wedding a very Special Event. Nola is very experienced and professional and was able to help us with all our event planning. I would use her service again.
  • Elizabeth S. Jun 19, 2015
    I enthusiastically recommend Nola and her team. I hosted a unique event at my home and my main goal was to make the guests feel appreciated and special. Thanks to Nola, every guest loved the delicious food--young and old, and different cultural backgrounds. There was a theme to the menu and each had its unique flavor, texture and color; she even created a recipe for a new dish. Nola brought floral décor to compliment mine. Nola consulted on layout and best flow to the event order. Nola was a gracious hostess and made everyone feel taken care of. They cleaned the kitchen, guests' service ware and put the leftovers on my own dishes so I had nothing left to do. I hope to have the opportunity to have them cater again soon.
  • Jimmie W. Jun 15, 2015
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    Nola and her staff were fantastic. They engaged with the party goers, glasses were never empty, and everyone said what a great time they had. The food was delicious and Nola was a wonderful bartender. I would use her services again in a second. Thanks for making my fiancé's 30th such a success!
  • Sandra D. May 25, 2015
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    Nola never answered my second inquiry, and as a result, did not use her company.
  • Deanie L. May 14, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    they were so wonderful and the food was very delicious!! They went above and beyond their catering responsibility to help our event run very smoothly!!
  • Conny G. Apr 2, 2015
    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
  • Mary O. Feb 22, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Nola and her crew were fantastic! The food was amazing and they hung with me throughout the ups and downs of the planning process. The level of service was extraordinary and I would use them again in a heartbeat.
  • Desi B. Jan 7, 2015
    I needed a caterer just two weeks before a 4 hour Holiday party at my condo. Nola was able to meet my rather last minute catering needs. She provided lots of menu options per my specifications, and checked with me to confirm what all I needed for service items. Nola called me the am of my party to assure that I had everything else that I needed. Her assistant brought all the food, was on time, set up, was very attentive to my guests and cleaned up very well. The food was delicious, well presented and abundant. I am very pleased.
  • Ciana N. Jan 6, 2015
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    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.
  • Robin B. Nov 20, 2014
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    The food was wonderful and looked beautiful. The ladies were a joy to work with. Thank you for giving us exactly what we wanted. BTW, the cake and cupcakes turned out just PERFECT!
  • Jan S. Oct 10, 2014
    Nola and her staff just helped me throw a 50th birthday party for my husband. I hadn't planned a large catered event since my wedding, so I was a little nervous. From the moment I started talking with Nola, her extensive experience was obvious. Not only did she come up with a delicious menu, she also came to our home a month in advance and helped me decide how many tables to rent and the best way to do the layout. I felt the personal visit was above and beyond! The evening of the party, Nola and her staff arrived early and it was amazing watching them work. Not only were they extremely organized, but they worked together well and even went to the trouble of learning many of the guests' names and helped out by taking guests' coats and gifts. Many of our guests commented on how impressed they were with Nola and her staff. The food was amazing, and although I had ordered extra, hoping to have leftovers, everything was devoured with many people going back for more! Nola obviously really enjoys what she does and it showed. I really can't recommend them highly enough. Did I mention my kitchen was cleaner when they left for the night than it was when the party started? Amazing.
  • Lisa C. Aug 23, 2014
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    We were pleased with Nola's Events for our daughter's wedding reception at Beaver Lake Lodge in Sammamish. Nola and crew arrived on time and were very helpful right from the start, even helping us set up the decorations. They circulated the appetizers and made sure to clear away used disposables from the tables. The food looked beautiful and was very delicious. My daughter called the Quinoa Salad "the food of the gods." One criticism I have would be that the food was served on open platters, and while it looked really nice, it did make the hot food go cold very fast. Also, some of the grilled vegetables (carrots and green beans, esp.) were too raw and hard to eat with plasticware (maybe oven roasted would have been better?). The pies were outstanding! Thank you Nola, Brooke, Tara, and Maggie-very nice job!
  • Renatta E. May 29, 2014
    Nola provided a spread for my business networking event that was both delicious and beautiful in presentation. From the beginning, planning phase she was pleasant and easy to work with, incredibly accommodating and made the whole process quite simple. On the day of the event, she went above and beyond, showing up early, providing fantastic service and making sure the presentation was flawless until the very end. I was more than pleased with the experience and am definitely looking forward to the opportunity to work with Nola again!
  • Ilesa M. May 28, 2014
    We hosted a dinner party for 10 at our home. Nola and her assistant Flo prepared an amazing meal, from appetizers through dessert. Nola was so easy to work with through the planning stages and had great ideas for how to optimize our home and time with our guests. As if the delicious food weren't enough, she also made sure the kitchen and dining room were clean before she left, which was an added bonus to an otherwise exquisite evening. I would highly recommend her and will not hesitate to call her again when we entertain.
  • Nick H. May 28, 2014
    we enjoyed Nola's catering at a recent company event and Nola and her team were great to work with. Even with a tight budget and lack of adequate resources at the chosen location, she and her team exceeded expectations!
  • Courtney L. May 12, 2014
    Nola catered a networking reception for the Catholic Relief Services Fair Trade Program during the Specialty Coffee Conference in Seattle. She offered a fantastic selection of local appetizers that were delicious, and her presentation was beautiful. Both she and the bartender that staffed the event were courteous and cheerful, and they engaged with our guests throughout the evening. We were well fed, well cared for, and both the service and food/drink were wonderful!
  • Briana B. Aug 8, 2013
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Nola catered our family-style wedding banquet with such flare and grace, we and our guests were in complete awe all through the meal. The food itself was phenomenally delicious; every bite was worth savoring. From her friendly, direct demeanor, to the cheerful staff, we couldn't have asked for a better experience. She pulled off the event with a comfortable elegance and practiced hand that fit our personal style just perfectly. Among many other notably considerate things, she even worked around the summer heat, keeping our individually-sized cakes out of the sun, and made sure iced beverages were available in ample quantities. Our guests still rave about her, and we can't help but agree. Even "behind the scenes," her prices were reasonable, and her estimates thorough. She was also very accommodating of our guests' serious food allergies when creating the menu. We are so appreciative of everything she did for us both before and after the event, and we look very much forward to having her at our next soiree!
    Nola N. Aug 8, 2013

    Dear Briana and Greg - It was our true pleasure to be a part of your wonderful, love-filled, inspiring, and musical, magical day! It's clients like you that make my work so rewarding on so many levels. I wish you both the very best in your married life together and can't wait for the time we can do another 'soiree'. In all sense of the word, your wedding was that and so much more! Blessings, Nola

  • Jeffrey H. Mar 6, 2013
    Prepping for a large house party is no easy task for the average person. That is why I was so thrilled to find Nola. Her energy, humor and intuitive insight helped us connect the menu to the party theme, fusing delicious foods with a fun vibrant theme. Nola and her creations were the party hit and have been the talk ever since! Nola helped me create an Oscar Party that will be hard to repeat...the party lasted 6 hours and when it was all over, there was nothing left for me to do but thank Nola for everything, from the food to her gentle care for my guests. A truly wonderful experience for my guests. Nola had perfect portions and the quantity was spot on as well. My favorite dish was the Seared Ahi Tuna on crustini with wasabi aioli, While writing this review I've considered what could have gone better and honestly cannot think of a single item. The party was a success and I made a great friend. What more can you ask for? Thank you so much Nola!
    Nola N. Mar 7, 2013

    Ah Jeff - You are so sweet! Thank you for the wonderful testimonial and quite honestly it was one of my favorite parties in my 25 year career! I can't wait to do something this summer on your beautiful deck - Thank you for being such a gracious host and all of your guests were fabulous people like you! I'm truly honored and humbled by your words and it's clients like you that make my work so rewarding. All the best and until the next time, Thanks again! Nola

  • Sherida F. May 30, 2012
    Party Planning
    Verified Review
    Nola N. Jun 19, 2012

    Testimonial from Anna D. "Thank you so much Nola. Everyone had a lovely time and enjoyed the wonderful food. Your enthusiasm and hospitality helped bring everything and everyone together. Thanks again for all your help. Ii will surely pass your cards along to friends. Warm Regards, Anna"

Q&A

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Yes. I belong to a number of associations that offer continuing education.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I always loved cookbooks as a child and would take them to bed to read at night - I still have my first cookbook that I got from sending in box tops from cereal.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Weddings, Engagements, Baby Showers, Auctions, Birthdays, Holiday Parties, Retirement, Corporate and Memorial Events.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
"Nola and her staff just helped me throw a 50th birthday party for my husband. I hadn't planned a large catered event since my wedding, so I was a little nervous. From the moment I started talking with Nola, her extensive experience was obvious. Not only did she come up with a delicious menu, she also came to our home a month in advance and helped me decide how many tables to rent and the best way to do the layout. I felt the personal visit was above and beyond! The evening of the party, Nola and her staff arrived early and it was amazing watching them work. Not only were they extremely organized, but they worked together well and even went to the trouble of learning many of the guests' names and helped out by taking guests' coats and gifts. Many of our guests commented on how impressed they were with Nola and her staff. The food was amazing, and although I had ordered extra, hoping to have leftovers, everything was devoured with many people going back for more! Nola obviously really enjoys what she does and it showed. I really can't recommend them highly enough. Did I mention my kitchen was cleaner when they left for the night than it was when the party started? Amazing."
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Price is not the only deciding factor. Your choices should be based on do you trust that the professional you want to hire has your best interests in mind. Do you feel listened to and valued. Do you understand what is being offered. Is quality an important component for you.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
How much genuine care and love we put into our food and service. How much we truly want our clients to be happy and that we have contributed to their event in a truly positive way. How much we care about the source or our foods and the preparation.