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Tacoma Appetizer Caterers

Browse these appetizer caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Tacoma.

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  • 9 years in business
  • 182 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Janet M.
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It was a true pleasure to work with Stephanie, who delivered a catered appetizer and dessert banquet for our event that was generous and professionally done. It exceeded our expectations. We would definitely recommend Emerald City for your catering needs, and, if the occasion arises again, we will absolutely use them again.

Thyme Well Spent Catering
from 79 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 122 hires on Thumbtack
Alisha N.
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I selected Thyme Well Spent Catering because my girlfriend used them for a graduation party in June and she highly recommended the company. I decided to give them a chance and use them for my cousin's September wedding. (I am a chef myself so I was in charge of the food for the wedding) Being a chef, I have to say that I was highly impressed with the cuisine that was brought in from Thyme Well Spent Catering. The anti-pasto platter and bruschetta for appetizer were displayed to perfection, the side dishes and entrées were the correct portion and seasoned to perfection. I was highly impressed with their style and presentation . I would definitely recommend Thyme Well Spent to anyone who needs any event catered.

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K & F Catering
from 47 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
  • 72 hires on Thumbtack
Ilesa M.
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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.

Chef Emme Catering Co.
from 32 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
Joanne B.
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Chef Emme was a joy. I hosted 15 friends for brunch and her dish selections were perfect; everyone commented on the delicious food. She was efficient, came with everything she needed and that we discussed, she cleaned up, and was easy to have in my kitchen. Her professionalism, presence and talent helped make my party a success. Thank you Emme!

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Dogfather Catering
from 27 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Roxana A.
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Our guests and us really enjoyed the food: appetizers, salad and pizza. Stephen had a great attitude and stayed on top of it at all times. We will certainly have him over again!

K.I.S.S. Family Catering
from 16 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Clem B.
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Keith and Tammy catered our wedding last weekend. They cooked a full menu including appetizer, two entree with a salad and a wedding cake for more than 100 guests. Communication has been great since the beginning to the end with them. They were highly professional and adaptable to our needs, which we greatly appreciated. They were totally autonomous during the event ; they brought and set up their tables, and cleaned everything at the end of the dinner. We've received excellent feedback from our guests, and we'd totally recommend them to our friends!

Switchback Kitchen
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.

Joy Max Catering
from 14 reviews
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Shari L.
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holiday parties (3 events) -- food was very good, caterers were friendly and thorough, other than arriving a few minutes late to the events, we have no complaints--thanks Joy!! Merry Christmas!

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Design Perfect Catering
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!

Island Chef Services
from 10 reviews
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Diana R.
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Nichole put together a delicious birthday brunch menu for me and 5 of my girlfriends. The dishes she prepared were creative and fresh. For example the Mediterranean Cucumber Cups were a perfect appetizer, and the Mini Spinach & Feta Frittatas were a hit. Nichole also made a Chocolate Guinness Cake with Coconut Frosting that was a big hit at my party! She arrived on time and took care of the clean-up after everything was done. She's very detail-oriented and organized. Everything was perfect! I highly recommend Nichole to anyone who considers hiring a private chef for their event.

  • 3 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Kathie R.
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We had specific requirements--all Portuguese appetizers--and Patty was up to the challenge. She did some research and consulted with a Portuguese colleague and produced some truly delicious and attractive items for our table. High marks in all categories.

Royal India Restaurant
from 7 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Caroline D.
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Everything about our experience with Royal India Restaurant catering our event was excellent.

DayoSense Catering
from 5 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
GweLinda L.
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Delicious food for everyone. If you have specific dietary restrictions they are who want. You will not be disappointed.

314 Pie
from 2 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Elaine L.
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We used 314 Pie for catering our wedding and we were very happy we chose them. They responded very quickly by email and phone whenever we had a question, arrived in plenty of time, and were very professional and polite serving guests. Also, they were able to serve all of our 100+ guests very quickly. The pies were very delicious, we and all of our guests were very happy. Highly recommend!

Catered Perfection
from 1 review
  • 3 years in business
Lovely L.
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Amazing food and service

Bread and Basil Catering
from 1 review
  • 1 year in business
Autum H.
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Cassandra and her team were amazing! She was so personable and such an ease to work and communicate with. The day of the event (a wedding) she showed up early and even helped us set up the venue before heading off to prep food. We opted for an itialian buffet and every dish was tasty, flavorful and spot on! I did select a couple gluten free options and having someone who is herself gluten free I think was a great choice! Cassandra knows just what to do with gluten free paths and our guests didn't even notice the difference. We will absolutely refer Cassandra to anyone in need of a caterer.


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.


I became Chef to show my creativity in the kitchen. I love what I do and take a lot of pride in the food I prepare. I am a hard worker and keep and clean kitchen. I am dedicated to make your experience the best you ever had. I love to try new things and bring new things to your palate.


I am catering events of all sizes! I give personal attention to quality of food and creative presentation. I provide great customer service!


Professional-quality parties are made affordable for all! Call for your complimentary custom party plan. Our decades of experience guarantees that your event will be a success, giving you the freedom to enjoy your party and make memories that everyone will remember. A variety of services are available. We have a staff to service your party with your food and beverages or the entire event is planned, and food and beverages are provided, served and cleaned up. Hennessey Girls are your party professionals and take the worry, hassle and work out of your hands. Your stress-free holidays are almost here. Contact me by email, and your customized special event will be tailored to you.

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.

Do you tip a wedding caterer?

Tipping 15 percent to 20 percent on a $3,000 catering bill can feel daunting — especially in light of all the other costs of throwing a wedding — but tipping your wedding caterer is standard practice. Be sure to ask your caterer about their specific policies. Many catering companies include gratuity as a line item on their bill. If tipping is not automatically included in your total, a good approach is to tip all the people involved the day of the event rather than paying one lump sum to the catering company. For each server and bartender, you can tip $20-$50, depending on how long they were onsite and whether they did exceptional work. You can also tip the chef; experts suggest $50. It’s also a good idea to tip the catering manager, the point-of-contact person who keeps the catering service running smoothly the day of your wedding, ensures all the food looks beautiful and is plentiful, and resolves any mishaps. Industry pros recommend tipping the catering manager $100-$200. If gratuity is not included and you’re tipping individuals, set aside $200-$500 in cash to be safe.

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 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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