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University Place Home Caterers

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  • 9 years in business
  • 183 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ally F.
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I would highly recommend Paul & Stephanie! I found them through Thumbtack whole I was researching catering for my wedding and I was impressed with their responsiveness to my questions. They prepared an incredible tasting and were flexible with changes to the menu. As it got closer to the wedding, I hadn’t had a chance to taste the desserts and Paul & Stephanie delivered a sampling of those to try. And they were incredible! They arrived on time for the wedding and all the food tasted amazing! The appetizers for the cocktail hour were a huge hit! I cannot express how incredible the food was as well as the professionalism of their staff. I highly recommend hiring them for your next event!

Thyme Well Spent Catering
4.6
from 81 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 122 hires on Thumbtack
Ginny B.
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Chantel catered for our wedding on Christmas Day! During our planning, she responded immediately to all of our questions and concerns. We could not believe the variety of food that was available on her menu for the price per person that we had planned--it seemed too good to be true. However, we can honestly say that the food was simply AMAZING!! Food for 25 people was set up well ahead of our ceremony so that our guests could enjoy her incredibly delicious appetizers. The main course consisted of salads, side dishes, and three main entrees. Our guests were very impressed with the variety and flavors offered by Chantel's cooking; in fact, several people requested her contact info so they could use her catering services. Cleanup was effortless and timely. You will not go wrong in choosing Chantel and Thyme Well Spent Catering as your next caterer!

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K & F Catering
4.6
from 48 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
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Manny P.
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Attended a family reunion in Renton, Wa a few days ago. A last minute decision was made and we had to hire a catering service to accommodate about 50 ppl with in a day! A close friend of mine recommended K&F Catering which she hired for her wedding. So, I decided to give them a shot and I'm so glad I did! Not only was the food delicious, but they made sure to have everything set up in a super clean and timely manner! Definitely recommend these guys to anyone near Renton!!

  • 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
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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BG Private Chef
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
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Pam F.
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I recently had Bobby prepare a small dinner party for my husband's birthday. From the moment I contacted him, he was prompt with his replies and took the time to answer my questions. His ideas for the menu were great and he was receptive to any changes or additions that I requested. On the day of our meal, Bobby was awesome. He prepared a wonderful meal while carrying on an interesting conversation with all of us. We learned some useful tips from him. The food was expertly prepared, beautifully presented, and delicious. My husband highly recommends trying Bobby's bread pudding. The other part of Bobby's service is cleaning up the kitchen and doing all the dishes. It was really nice to not have to worry about any of that and he did a great job. I would highly recommend Bobby Greene to anyone thinking about using an in-home chef. He is the best!!

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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
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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.
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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!

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

  • 3 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Nirmala S.
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We love Patty's food as well as her customer service! She works with us to come up with monthly meal plans that suit our dietary needs and desires and our busy schedule. It's amazing how much time she saves us, freeing us up to focus on work and leisure :) Patty is talented and versatile and has great professional integrity. She always provides a range of choices that cover different cooking styles, and she tracks our favorite dishes while each month suggesting something new that she is excited to make for us. She discusses every aspect of the pricing with us and makes sure that we love every dish that we order from her. Patty is also very well-organized, something that has impressed us since the beginning. She is a great communicator and is very flexible with our complicated schedule. We are lucky to have found her!

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.

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.

Flying Tomato Catering
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Michon L.
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Amazing food, wonderful staff!

Innovative Events
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Drue I.
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The Yelp Elite party was a HUGE success! The decor was amazing and very appropriate for the time of year. Duos catering and location were two excellent choices on Innovative Events' part. I think my favorite aspect though, was how well they catered to their audience. Between ages 21 and 45 is a massive gap as far as tastes and preferences go, and between the food, booze, and games they nailed it!

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.

About

I am a holistic nutrition-based chef specializing in plant-based, allergen-free cuisine. After years of learning about and experimenting with my own food allergies and dietary restrictions, my goal is to provide nourishing, delicious cuisine that satisfies all palates.

About

This is the way to fine dining. We offer a large selection of entrees, salads, one-bite appetizers, and fruit trays for your event. We pride ourselves in using the freshest ingredients and exquisite food presentation. We service weddings, buffet-style events, corporate meetings, birthdays, auctions, etc. We look forward to helping you make your event a special one.

  • 12 years in business
About

My serive stands out necause I make cales that people enjoy as a family. I use quality ingredients and care about what I make. I also have reasonable prices and any I dont sell from an order I donate to a friemd as a desserts for the people in the community. Im told my cakes make you think of when you were younger and your grandmother baked cakes.

About

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.

  • 4 years in business
About

Let Sue J's cater your event today. Sue J's is your full-service catering partner, specializing in producing entrees that will exceed your wildest expectations and leave you and your guest totally amazed! Our goal is to support every customer regardless of budget in creating an event to remember. No one menu is alike! Tell us what you love to eat, and we will create a custom menu to suite your tastes and needs. Our unique combination of Southern hospitality and uptown sophistication makes us the go to cater for corporate and private events. Whether you need an elegant dinner for 10 to 500, an affordable hors d'oeuvres buffet wedding reception for 350, an outdoor company picnic, or a casual lunch for your corporate meeting, Sue J's Southern Cuisine has you covered.

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.
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