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University Place Caterers

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  • 9 years in business
  • 179 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mackenzie R.
Verified review

Paul, and his wife Stephanie were wonderful to work with. They are very knowledgeable, and have a lot of experience catering. The menu Paul created for our Holiday Party was delicious, and the biggest foodies in my group were raving about the food. They provided everything, so all I had to worry about was the event space and getting everyone to the event. It was a wonderful event due to the fantastic food and service provided by Paul and his company. Thank you.

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KT's Hospitality
4.8
from 85 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 150 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Chalice S.
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Absolutely excellent all around, wonderful team work! Fun, pleasant and very much a people person, worked well with the catering team.

Thyme Well Spent Catering
4.6
from 75 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 115 hires on Thumbtack
Bonnie E.
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We used this catering Company for a large graduation party recently . I was very impressed with Shantels professionalism and knowledge of all things food :) I hope to use her again in the near future and will definetly refer her to friends . Thanks again for a successful event !

Pacific Northwest Catering
4.9
from 63 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 113 hires on Thumbtack
Melissa F.
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Pacific Northwest Catering did a phenomenal job! Al met me a couple weeks ahead of time at the event location and gave me advice on what we would need to make the party a success. He directed me on the number of table, linens, glasses, etc. to order. He planned the menu and even gave me tips on amounts to order based on type of party and number of guests. His employees were incredibly helpful and did a beautiful job on setup and execution! As soon as Al got to the event on day of (he could tell I was a bit stressed) I knew I had nothing more to worry about. Then there was the food - AMAZING!!! We were complimented by multiple guests on how wonderful the food and how impressed they were with the service. I would highly recommend Pacific Northwest Catering for any event!

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K & F Catering
4.6
from 45 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 61 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Saurabh G.
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We used K&F catering for our daughter's first birthday celebration. Francisco did an amazing job, I will highly recommend him. He was so professional from start to finish. Excellent food and he did came up with amazing selections. We are vegetarians and he was able to customize the menu to suit our needs. He in fact offered a lot of extra help as well and went above and beyond. All my guests liked the food so much that they all asked about him and I am sure he is going to get some more orders soon... I am definitely using him again..

  • 23 years in business
  • 72 hires on Thumbtack
Desi B.
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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.

Chef Emme
4.9
from 32 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
Katie N.
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Chef Emme Catering Co. catered a beautiful office Thanksgiving lunch for us in Downtown Seattle. It was very quick and easy to book the services and finalize a menu and required services. They were on time and efficient setting up. Most importantly, the food was the best catered food we've all tasted! We will be using Chef Emme again for our catering needs and recommend their services to anyone wanting quality service and food.

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Dogfather Catering
4.9
from 26 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 41 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!

Switchback Kitchen
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 24 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!

Cooking Dolls
4.7
from 15 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Amy S.
Verified review

Olive and Cooking Dolls catered my office holiday party for 30 people. Olive was a pleasure to work with and the food was great. The presentation was beautiful and everyone loved it. I appreciated the hard work the Cooking Dolls team put into this project!

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Design Perfect Catering
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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We had Design Perfect Catering help us with our holiday party. I was able to pick and choose items for our menu as we have a variety of dietary choices in our group. Response time was that day to the next day - very quickly when setting the menu. Our food was brought promptly at the desired time and was set up so nicely! It was very festive and a beautiful presentation. The food was really good, many compliments were made. Thank you for the great experience!

Chefs Unlimited
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Sue D.
Verified review

I have attended several events catered by Good Taste Unlimited. The business is careful to listen to the specific needs and requests of the host and is very accommodating. I found the food was excellent and the presentation lovely and appetizing. All events remained on track. The caterers checked in often to ensure all was going well throughout the duration of the events. These ladies are true professionals. The scholarship event which I attended far surpassed my expectations. They deliver a fun and creative menu. Their culinary artistry is masterful.

  • 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!

  • 2 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Michelle S.
Verified review

Above and beyond. Spectacular! The quality of the food and creativity in design were both exceptional. Our group is notoriously finicky and hard on caterers as we have worked with many over the years. Plantiful Delights met our standards and more. Pressed for time to manage, I gave Crystal a lot of leeway in her selections for the appetizer vignettes that I cannot refer to as trays because they were so much more! She prepared off site, delivered to set up fresh just before guest arrived, and picked-up after the party for my husband's 50th birthday celebration at our home. I did not lift a finger except to pass out her business cards to so many of our raving attendees! And, of course, to sample most of the delectable foods she brought for us. Kudos Crystal. Well done.

DayoSense Catering
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 6 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!

314 Pie
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Elaine L.
Verified review

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!

  • 22 years in business
About

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.

About

Food for your soul. This is the experience you get after being blessed by Bless IT catering. Bless IT has been around since 2005 and still has repeat clients and students. Chef Anthony Davis created this concept and he over achieved in his ability and dedication to ensuring that all the customers' requests were taken care of. Bless IT has a reputation for being on time and never running out of food.

  • 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

We offer large Italian and Mediterranean list of dishes for your business meetings, private parties or weddings.

About

We cater for wedding, office parties, Christmas parties, anniversaries, and all special occasions. We specialize in ethnic food, like Filipino food, Asian, and more.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Actual Requests

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Need Catering Services

Everett, WA

  • Type of catering needed
    Buffet - with servers
  • Interested in following cuisine(s)
  • Number of guests
    40-60
  • Details
    This will be for an open house party/wedding reception after our destination wedding.

Need Catering Services

Seattle, WA

  • Type of catering needed
    Buffet - self-service
  • Interested in following cuisine(s)
    American - casual
  • Number of guests
    40-60
  • Details
    This is a "Fall Feast" for members of an OK based tribe. It will be in a Seattle long house.
  • $1089.26
    Average price

Need Catering Services on May 4, 2013

Seattle, WA

  • Type of catering needed
    Buffet - self-service
  • Interested in following cuisine(s)
    Mexican/Latin
  • Number of guests
  • Additional Service(s)
    Appetizers, Other (dessert)
  • Details
    Need a caterer to provide appetizers and desserts for a tamale-making party
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