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  • 9 years in business
  • 183 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Shayna W.
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Paul and Stephanie were the caterers for our wedding reception this August. They did a really fabulous job putting together a menu that was perfect for a summer event. Their pricing was fair and affordable and they were receptive, friendly and conscientious. We'd recommend them highly!

Thyme Well Spent Catering
4.6
from 81 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 122 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
Amy S.
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What a wonderful experience with K&F Catering! Delicious food, fantastic presentation and super kind staff. Flexible, attentive and helpful throughout. Will definitely use again!

  • 23 years in business
  • 72 hires on Thumbtack
Kevin S.
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Nola and her staff just did the catering for mine and my husband's wedding. From the first correspondence with Alie, everything was well thought out and they even handled all of our rentals. We requested a plated dinner for 80 guests and Nola and her team delivered perfection in the execution of serving our guests. We chose a Thai theme of flavors and the pork tenderloin was delicious. Her staff was friendly and very accommodating through our 5 hour event. If you want a caterer to execute your vision, I would definitely pick Nola's. Thank you Nola and her team! Kevin & Jeff

Chef Emme Catering Co.
4.9
from 32 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
Kaley H.
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Chef Emme catered our wedding and we couldn't be happier with the choice we made of hiring this company! The food was out of this world. We got so many compliments and comments throughout the night and days after. If you are looking for a caterer that will provide delicious, not your typical "wedding food", Chef Emme is the way to go. Besides the amazing food, it was such an easy process working with the Chef prior to our wedding day. She was very responsive, answered every single one of my questions in detail and was overall super easy to communicate with. I could really tell she really loves what she does and wants to make sure you are happy and satisfied. I would absolutely recommend this company to anyone looking for a wedding caterer.

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Dogfather Catering
4.9
from 27 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Emily H.
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Working with Dogfather was great! Food was delicious, and caterer was prompt, and so fun to work with! Will definitely use again in the future :)

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
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!

  • 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!

DayoSense Catering
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Nikki A.
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I absolutely adore Chef Dayo! She is so sweet and kind and was very accommodating with all of our questions and menu changes for our wedding catering. And her food is delicious! We didn't want to do standard wedding fare, and her southern/Caribbean food really hit the mark. The jerked tofu/chicken were fantastic, and the fried okra is to die for. I really wish she had a restaurant so that I could eat her food more often:) The only thing is that I wish her staff had made sure the groom and I had enough to eat before putting the food away and moving to the dessert course, but besides that everything was perfect and I would highly recommend her to others.

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!

Bread and Basil Catering
4.7
from 3 reviews
  • 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.

314 Pie
5.0
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!

Boss Gurl Concepts
5.0
from 1 review
    Kristen M.
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    Cierra Laub, Jarod Johnson, and Ash Candelario catered our wedding in August 2014. We had about 150 people to feed. The variety of dishes they prepared was wonderful. We had vegans, vegetarians, and others with no food specifications and there was something for everyone. My husband, our guests, and I were impressed with the quality of the food and service provided. Everything was refilled in a timely manner so no one was ever waiting to eat what they liked. The price to quality ratio for the food was very affordable. We had a budget and they did an amazing job to work within and even under that. We would have them cater again without hesitation.

    • 7 years in business
    About

    We do weddings, corporate events, barbecues, gluten-free meals and more! EZ Foods Olympia specializes in catering for social gatherings and corporate events of all sizes. Our catering service combines exquisite food presentations with customized flavor profiles. From milestone celebrations to business luncheons, we offer professional catering with friendly and personalized service. Enjoy our hand-crafted artisan sauces, oils, and spice blends. We do made to order in small batches exclusively for your event! Enjoy at home EZ Foods products available here or at your local market. Make your next event unforgettable. It's EZ!

    About

    Just a kid that needs some money. Will cater for parties. I come to you. I only do buffet catering..

    About

    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.

    About

    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

    About

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

    About

    I am a great chef. My specialty is Italian. I've worked on a cruise line for 10 years and in three restaurants -- two in California and one in Bellevue, WA.

    About

    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!

    Q & A

    Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

    How much does it cost to hire a caterer?

    Catering prices depend mainly on how fancy you want the food and service to be and how many guests you’ll have. When you’re first looking to hire a caterer for your event, consider how many guests you’ll have and your total food and drink budget. The national average for event catering is $340, but catering prices can range into the thousands depending on your menu, guest count, and service.

    Event catering is a broad term that covers everything from fully prepared, ready-to-eat food that the hosts plate and serve themselves to full-service, multicourse meals, including rental of linens, glassware and other items, with service staff organized by the catering company. Usually a caterer will determine cost based on the type of event you’re having, how many guests will attend, the level of service you desire, and what type of menu you’d like to have. For example, if you have a set catering budget, say $1,500, and you plan to have 50 people attend, that means you have $30 per person for food. If you have the same budget with 100 people, you have $15 per person for food. In this way, the number of people you want to attend your event and the level of food you want to serve them determines how much catering will cost.

    How much should catering cost per person?

    Catering prices can range from about $10 per guest on the low end to $150 or more per person on the high end. Catering costs represent the quality of food, presentation, variety, ingredients and service. But catering prices are more than the cost to cook the food that will be at your party; they also include the cost for the company to do business. Here is a simple breakdown of catering prices:

    • Menu: The food you serve your guests will directly affect the price per person. Organic ingredients, complex recipes, elaborate presentations, or high-ticket items like lobster or filet mignon all add to the cost.
    • Service: Buffet, family style, plated dinners — how you serve the food affects the cost per person. For example, a true plated meal can cost about twice the price of a staff-assisted buffet because of staffing costs. Hiring waiters, bartenders and cleanup crew will all be calculated into the per-person catering price.
    • Drinks: Providing beverages and alcoholic drinks for guests greatly increases your catering budget. Hosting an open bar can cost as much per person as the meal.
    • Rentals: Seating, plates, glassware, etc., will all have an effect on the cost per person for catering. For example, a plastic conference table that seats 10 costs about $6 to rent on average, while a wooden farmhouse table is about $80 to rent on average.
    • Business costs: Any catering cost will also include the cost for the company to do business such as insurance, employee wages, commercial kitchen space and more.
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