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Vancouver Affordable Catering Services

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That Food Guy Catering
4.6
from 106 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 170 hires on Thumbtack
Laura M.
Verified review

Jerry was very professional, friendly and affordable. He catered our event and everyone loved the food. We will definitely have him back for more! We'd recommend him for sure! Thanks Jerry!

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Sandra's Goodies
4.9
from 72 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 87 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Donna B.
Verified review

Sandra was very easy to work with and went above and beyond what I expected. I would definitely use her catering services again.

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A Wonderland Of Food
5.0
from 43 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Cathy L.
Verified review

I was a guest at a recent Mexican-themed dinner party catered by Alison, where everything - from tortilla chips and salsa to tortillas to a buttercream-iced cake - was made from scratch and excellent. Anyone considering her catering services would be well served to look at her blog (www.awonderlandofwords.com), wherein she clearly demonstrates great pride and love for her work. Alison is an excellent, warm and conscientious chef.

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  • 8 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
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Lori S.
Verified review

Working with Maribel at Fusion International Catering to cater our Wedding was a dream. She was very responsive and adapted to changes, answered all our questions, and offered great suggestions. The real star however was the wonderful food. We had plenty in quantity and variety and many people took plates home. It not only tasted amazing but it was presented beautifully. We had originally worked with another cater and a month out it became clear they were not going to work. They did not get back to us timely and we were afraid they would not be reliable on the big day. Maribel and her team stepped in and saved the day. I highly recommend them!

Bear Country Catering LLC
4.5
from 22 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Monica C.
Verified review

Danielle did a great job , she has a great personality, very accommodating to our requests; she was punctual, the food on the table look very nice, the quality of the food was very good as well. We heard very good comments from the people attending the meeting. We would recommend Bear Country Catering for you catering needs! You won't regret it.

Divine Catering
4.4
from 19 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
Steven A.
Verified review

I had the pleasure of having my marriage proposal catered by Divine Catering. I utilized their drop off service for my event. They were prompt on arrival. Courteous during set up and collection. Communication was stellar throughout the full process. The food selection was amazing. All of our left overs were boxed up and placed in the fridge. The cost for service was very reasonable as well. I would absolutely recommend Divine Catering for catering service and will certainly utilize them in the near future!!!

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  • 2 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
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Jennifer D.
Verified review

THIS is your go-to resource for catering. Everything about working with Allison is amazing. She worked with every crazy bit of our custom needs and every bite was delicious!

Zartin's Catering
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer A.
Verified review

Zartin's Catering was fabulous! The food was amazing and the staff was incredible. They were very easy to work with and I highly recommend them!

My Vice Catering & events
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Suvi C.
Verified review

My Vice Catering is a fantastic company. Their values for locally sourced and sustainable products is in line with what we believe in. They also pay and treat their staff so well. The bartenders we happy, efficient, and fun. The staff did an amazing job of busing and cleaning up. They arrived on time and prepared. Then there is the food.... so yummy. We got soooo many compliments from our guests. The appetizers were beautiful and delicious. They used the charcoal bbq at the venue and it really added to the experience and made the food so fresh. All the sauces, salsas, and attention to detail on the buffet table was great. Tarl was very communicative with us throughout the entire process. They handled all the rentals, we just had to pick what we wanted. So easy! If you are planning an event, hire My Vice Catering. Seriously, just do it. They are awesome!

Wishing Wells Productions
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
John C.
Verified review

Rick Browne knows his BBQ and his mastery of the grill has produced some of the best food I have ever tasted. Over the years I have been lucky enough to attend a couple of Rick Browne catered events. Grill-roast prime rib, tangy BBQ sauce, stuffed peppers with BACON!, and an amazing white chocolate orange souffle...just a sample of the goodness that has been prepared by Chef Rick.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
About

I am a personnel chef, using only the freshest ingredients. I can cook all types of cuisines. I do come to you, and cook on the spot, and leave your place clean. I have been cooking for 36 years, and you will love my food. I also do catering in private businesses.

About

Catering: West Host Catering and Event Services is a family-owned and operated event business serving all counties in Oregon and Washington.  Our menu and service options have been designed based on our decades of experience in the hospitality industry. Each menu item has been carefully selected to reflect the most often requested crowd-pleasing dishes.  Delicious menu choices are fully customizable and available for any budget, size, and type of special event. Both full-service and drop-off only options are available. Staffing: Every professionally-licensed West Host Catering and Event Services team member has been recruited from a network of local talent and has at least two and as many as thirty years of experience in their position. Our friendly, expert staff include all Front and Heart of House (kitchen) positions, as well as professional event coordinators, hairstylists,  wedding officiants, audio/visual specialists, DJs, and carpentry/set-up crew members. All team members are required to adhere to strict grooming and uniform standards.

  • 6 years in business
About

It stands out because we have great quality food that is hard to come by. Everything from presentation to taste and texture as well from start to finish is done in complete professionalism.

About

I have over 30 years of experience. I cook all types of cuisines at affordable prices. Full-service or drop-off catering services are available.

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I have been catering for small parties, church events, weddings and outdoor events. I can beat the price of any competitor.

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We are celebrating life's special moments. We offer full-service and drop-off catering services. We offer menus and pricing for any event to fit almost any budget. We are professional, reliable, and easy to work with. Let us help you have a wonderful event that everyone will remember.

About

WPC strives to bring quality cuisine to event guests and clients through pristine attention to detail, safety, and health standards.

About

I am a professional bartender. When not working in a bar, I love to work at private events. I make fabulous and creative cocktails which I can cater to your personal tastes. Having worked in bars, distilleries and vineyards, I have a wealth of knowledge to share about local spirits and serve every drink with a smile on my face.

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I have been in the catering and restaurant industry for the past 15 years. I can help with your event planning, menu preparation, limo rental, entertainment needs, server and bartender needs, event set up and crew staffing.

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I try and bring my love of cooking in every dish I make..the smile or satisfied look on a customers face makes me love what I do.

  • 12 years in business
About

Our food is handmade. We love making it. We love celebrations! Life is a gift and we treat every day as a present.

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 Wedding Catering

Vancouver, WA

  • Serving style
    Buffet
  • Which meal
    Dinner
  • Venue chosen
    Yes, please describe (Pearson Air Field Hanger)
  • Staff needed
    Set up: Yes, Server(s): No, Bartender(s): No, Clean up: Yes, I don't need any staff: No
  • Interested in the following cuisine
    Italian, BBQ (eg: pulled pork, Southern comfort), French, Hors D'oeurves
  • Head count
    More than 200 (please estimate) (225)
  • Budget per person
    $20-$30 per person
  • Details
    Please let me know if you offer the items necessary to serve the meals.
  • $4505.33
    Average price

Need a Caterer (Drop-Off)

Vancouver, WA

  • Interested in the following cuisine
  • Serving style
    Buffet
  • Head count
    25-50
  • Budget per person
  • Details
    we are looking for something like quiche or another finger food with perhaps a cheese plate and some fruit, perhaps some small pastries.
  • $558.33
    Average price

Need Catering Service

Vancouver, WA

  • Event type
    Other (on campus event for students)
  • Which meal
    Lunch
  • Interested in the following cuisine
    Other (Swedish)
  • Serving style
    Plated meal
  • Staff needed
    Set up: No, Server(s): No, Bartender(s): No, Clean up: No, I don't need any staff: No
  • Head count
  • Details
    Need food cooked and brought to Clark College
  • $9
    Average price
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