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Tacoma Caterers

Browse these catering services with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Tacoma.

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  • 9 years in business
  • 183 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Patricia S.
Verified review

We hired Emerald City Cakes and Chocolates for a wedding in October 2013. It was a last minute wedding, and they were extremely responsive and easy to work with. They thought of everything. The staff was very professional and friendly and everyone did their jobs well. The food was wonderful, and they did a great job of organizing the flow in a small venue. We got many, many compliments on the food. They also did a great job handling the bar service for us. We highly recommend them for any catering job.

Thyme Well Spent Catering
4.6
from 81 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 122 hires on Thumbtack
Alisha N.
Verified review

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
4.6
from 48 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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I think K&F Catering were stretched too thin on our event day. Food was slightly different than expected as a result, but still tasted good. Our guests seemed pleased.

  • 23 years in business
  • 72 hires on Thumbtack
Nancy C.
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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!

Chef Emme Catering Co.
4.9
from 32 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
Kendrick L.
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This catering team was easy to work with. Delicious food. I would recommend!

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Dogfather Catering
4.9
from 27 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!

Meals per Diem
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

Mike did a great job catering a meal for my family (20 people). It was the first time both sides of the family were meeting, and we didn't want to have to stress about food. Mike brought everything by right on time with warming trays. Really made the evening go smoothly. The food was great! Mike had no trouble accommodating the gluten-free requirement. Be sure to ask about the flourless chocolate cake!!

Switchback Kitchen
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Kelly V.
Verified review

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!

Chef Sam
4.9
from 15 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Teresa S.
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Chef Sami is passionate about providing quality food for her clients as well as showing care to the overall experience of the catering job. She is a lovely lady with high ethics in her work which goes beyond the food itself. Thank you Sami! Teresa

Joy Max Catering
4.7
from 14 reviews
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Marisa S.
Verified review

We recently used Joy Max Catering on 4/13 and the feedback from the staff was good. I really liked the willingness to work around the food allergies of some of our staff. The portions were just right and we had just a little leftover for those that wanted seconds. Would recommend to others and would use again in future quarterly luncheons.

  • 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!

Royal India Restaurant
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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I used Royal India Kirkland for my catering needs to host my son's graduation party and they did a great job! Planning the menu was easy and they were responsive and flexible and able to accommodate some changes over the week. Food was good and they took good care of setting up, serving and cleaning up, which made it a lot easier for me!

DayoSense Catering
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
David P.
Verified review

DayoSense Catering brings such a wonderful professional but "family" feel to an event. Also, the food is awesome!

Bread and Basil Catering
4.7
from 3 reviews
  • 1 year in business
Autum H.
Verified review

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.

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From corporate events to small retreats and gatherings, Joeseppi's catering team will work with your staff to prepare the perfect menu, accommodate your venue, and support the event with our extensive amenities options.

About

I bring that little something that's missing. Flavors through every bite till the end of your dish.

About

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.

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Since 1997, The Vault Catering Company has provided catering to the greater Puget Sound area. Our passion for food and presentation will take your event to the next level. We work with you from beginning to end to assist you with every detail from venue selection, linens and decor, floral, photographers, photo booths, entertainment, accommodations and more. We offer full service catering, menu tasting, event and wedding planning and more.

  • 4 years in business
About

We come from a family that has always had a passion for food, i can seriously say we all stayed in the food industry because of our passion for it and our background, not only do we enjoy working with food we also get to work with wonderful people that need our help not only in choosing what items to add to their speacial event but also in meeting their needs wether it's budget, Allergy, or any other special needs.We are very focused on local, organic, and sustainable food we also play a big role in being Environmentally Freindly.

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I'm a bartender, waitress or caterer for hire. I live for and love to serve others! I'm an experienced bartender and waitress and great at arranging the food needs of my clients.

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Catering by Michael offers a full line of services, from dinner for two to dinner for 100 guests. My services include weddings, family reunions, fund-raisers, grand opening and any type of get-togethers.

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.

Actual Requests

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Need a Personal Chef

Bellevue, WA

  • Event type
    Personal meal(s)
  • Cuisine type
    I'm not sure yet
  • Number of people
    Fewer than 10
  • Additional Service(s)
    No additional service
  • Details
    primarily looking for wheat-free foods. i am looking for 5 entrees and accompanying sides for two people so i dont have to cook dinner during the course of a busy work week.
  • $200
    Average price

Need Catering Services on October 25th

Tacoma, WA

  • Event type
    Buffet catered event
  • Cuisine type
    I'm not sure yet
  • Number of people
    50-100
  • Additional Service(s)
    Appetizers
  • Details
    This will be a pre-deployment party for a platoon from Fort Lewis. The location will be on Fort Lewis, Main Post. We originally priced Famous Dave's because that was the most requested by the people in the platoon, but we cannot afford that. So, the most requested foods were beef briskit, pulled pork, and for sides baked beans and mac and cheese. I am not set on a specific menu, am open to options.
  • $12
    Average price

Need Catering and Chef Services for a Cocktail Party

Seattle, WA

  • Event type
    Cocktail party
  • Cuisine type
    Other (Not sure but leaning towards Italian or BBQ)
  • Number of people
    10-25
  • Additional Service(s)
    No additional service
  • Details
    This is a baby shower and we will have 15 guests.
  • $300
    Average price
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