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Vancouver Party Caterers

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Sandra's Goodies
4.9
from 76 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 92 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Hilda V.
Verified review

Sandra catered our wedding, and everyone loved the food. She had brought a curried appetizer that I didn't ask about, and it was a HUGE HIT, Everyone really enjoyed it. Out of all the caterers and restaurants we checked, Sandra really worked with our budget, and there was plenty of food, and everything was really tasty. Listen to all these reviews on here, with Sandra you can't go wrong!

  • 23 years in business
  • 100 hires on Thumbtack
Betty A.
Verified review

Viki and her staff did an amazing job catering our event. The food was delicious and she coordinated its display with the color palette for our event, it was beautiful. Her staff was professional and attentive to our guests and everyone raved how good it all was!! I had received quotes from other caterers but Viki quickly connected with me on our needs and our budget! I highly recommend Its Party Time to everyone. Thank you Viki!

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A Wonderland Of Food
5.0
from 44 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tina T.
Verified review

Alison has been terrific to work with. We have used her in a few different capacities in the last 2 weeks...private chef for a dinner party, caterer for a holiday cocktail party and chef for delivered meals. Her food has been delicious, and she is really easy to work with. She is open to suggestions and will also give her opinion on what she thinks will work best depending on the event. She is quick to respond, always professional and reasonably priced. I plan on using her again and recommend you give her a try.

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  • 8 years in business
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Aaron Kirk D.
Verified review

We hired Fusion to cater for an after work office party. The food showed up on time and by the end of our event was mostly gobbled up - which is a great sign. I recommend them for catering your office or in-home party!

Bear Country Catering LLC
4.4
from 23 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Rachel B.
Verified review

Danielle @ Bear Country Catering was awesome to work with. We started planning our Christmas party in October and she was extremely flexible and helpful in creating a menu that fit our needs and pricing that fit our budget! She was also a lifesaver during a last hour snafu with tablecloths! The guests at our party loved the food and we would definitely recommend!

Top Pro
  • 2 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Rosie F.
Verified review

Alison was very responsive and professional from the start of the process and all the way through. Her menu had a very large variety of options. We narrowed down to some of our favorites. She offered to bring samples over a few weeks before the party so we could taste and finalize the menu. She was very helpful and flexible, with a couple if minor tweaks and requests. The day of the party, she arrived an hour early to prep and stayed about another half hour to ensure all was well. Food portions were generous. Everything was delicious!! I cannot say enough about how awesome Alison and Baker's Dozen Catering & Cakes is. We would highly recommend her!!!

Divine Catering
4.4
from 20 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
Carrie K.
Verified review

We had a very simple wedding ceremony at home, followed by an intimate catered dinner with a grand total of 11 people including me and the groom. It was greatly appreciated that staff were willing to drive all the way from Tigard to our house in Kalama, Washington. Miranda was well organized and friendly. She was quick to respond to emails and phone calls, thoroughly answering any questions we had for her. We did a food tasting prior to booking and enjoyed the food we were able to sample, although after the fact we wished we would have had the opportunity to try the coriander salmon with peach/avocado salsa since it was "award-winning". We ended up ordering it as one of our three entrees and were a bit nervous that it may end up being a little over the top for us since we usually prepare salmon very simply at home. However, we found it to be delicious. The guests were very complimentary about the dinner. I especially liked the penne pasta with mushrooms and truffle cream sauce. We were sent two caterers for our event, one to serve food and one to bartend. We provided our own alcohol for the bartender to serve, so we had ingredients and garnishes for most basic cocktails. We also provided homemade mint-infused simple syrup to add to mojitos. When the catering staff showed up on the wedding day, the staff member designated as our bartender confided that she was very nervous since she had not bartended in about 30 years. She did not know how to make basic cocktails, which surprised us a little, but she was very friendly and accommodating, and used a flip book of recipes for guidance. The groom pointed out the mint simple syrup in the fridge while the bartender was setting up for the event and explained to her that it was for the mojitos. When I took a sip of the first mojito I ordered that evening, it was extremely strong since it had no simple syrup and just a splash of club soda. The bartender was more than happy to add the simple syrup and a bit more club soda at my request, which made it taste great. I was a bit worried about how my guests' drinks might be tasting, but didn't hear any complaints. The bartender was hard working and personable with the guests. We provided our own coffee to be served at the event. However, the grounds we had were either too course for the catering company's percolator or the measurement was off, because the coffee poured out looking more like dilute tea. We ended up making coffee for our guests with our French press. The catering van pulled into the garage and remained parked there in order to load the food and supplies into our house. The garage is the first thing one sees when he or she is driving up our long, winding gravel driveway. The groom asked staff if they could please shut the garage door once they were inside so that guests would be prompted to use the walkway around the side of the house and enter from the entrance rather than through the garage and laundry room. The garage door was never shut, so all of the guests came in this way. It wasn't a huge deal, but it wasn't as visually appealing. Overall, we were happy with the way our wedding dinner turned out and found the staff at Divine Catering to be very friendly. I may have decided not to purchase a bartending package had I known that we would be provided with an inexperienced bartender, but the evening still turned out well regardless.

COMPANY TONIGHT
4.6
from 16 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Alicia H.
Verified review

Rick (the caterer) and Ramano (the DJ) knocked it out of the park. The food was flat out incredible (from the chicken and waffle bites to the flank steak), excellent service, and the music was perfect - a considerable feat since we pseudo picked it out the day before the wedding, letting Ramano mix it at his discretion. The evening was absolutely perfect and I can thank, or recommend, these guys enough.

Private Chef
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Hayley D.
Verified review

I was hosting a bridal shower and was in need of some phenomenal sweets. From Heather's mouth watering lemon curd bars and salted caramel cheesecake bites, to her tasty lemon lavender shortbread cookies and brownie bites with fresh raspberry whip cream. They were amazing! The time, effort, and detail to her work really shows throughout. The girls and I were very satisfied with all of the wonderful treats and are looking forward to having another party where we can have more of Heather's treats!! Simply Perfect!

My Vice Catering & events
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Kristin S.
Verified review

The team from My Vice catered my wedding. We both have food allergies and they were great at planning a menu we could eat. The food was incredible. We received so many compliments!

Teri h Catering
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 25 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Amanda L.
Verified review

I highly recommend!! The food was awesome, the staff was friendly! They went out of their way to accommodate me and my guests. We had a party of 30 and everyone raved about the food and service. Many have asked for her contact information. We will definitely be calling on Teri H again! Thank you I just cannot say enough good things about our experience!

  • 8 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Brooke B.
Verified review

Receiving food from Tranquil Heart has been amazing! Its chef/owner Diane truly has a passion for cooking and you can taste it with every bite! The meal service is a great way to make eating healthy super easy! While I am a carnivore, I have tried some of her vegan specialties and was impressed with how flavorful they were! Dealing with Diane and Tranquil Heart is a pleasure!

Mehris Bakery and Cafe
5.0
from 1 review
  • 17 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Raquel O.
Verified review

We are a university in Portland, OR that hires breakfast and lunch catering for new student orientation events 3 times per year. We have been using a larger commercial catering firm for several years but really wanted a fresh menu and to work with a local smaller café. We stopped by the café/bakery one day to purchase some bakery items and some lunch items to sample prior to choosing our new caterer. Our team loved all of the items and decided to hire Mehri. Mehri was very responsive from initial contact, to planning and through the day of the event. She is a creative and talented chef and everything was delicious. The food was delivered on time and the presentation was perfect. All of the feedback we received was positive. Other departments at the university that need occasional catering asked for Mehri's business card. We will be hiring her for our next event in March.

  • 6 years in business
About

With All Catering you're guaranteed satisfaction and tasty results. Our unique ability to cover all cuisines is what truly sets us apart. We like to say "We're happy YOU'RE happy" and we work diligently towards just that.

About

I am a lifetime culinarian. I have tons of experience with fine dining and catering. I have worked everywhere on the West Coast from San Diego to Seattle.

About

I provide catering services for small dinners, cocktail parties and wedding receptions, from 100 to 300 guests.

  • 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.

  • 13 years in business
About

Clients hire me for my special attention to detail & presentation of the food. I put alot of thought in the decor., linens & fresh flower centerpeices - typically provided within the cost of my service. Whether it is a casual lunch or wedding, the table & food look amazing.

About

Thai Mama has become a favorite stop at many of the local farmers' markets here in Portland and surrounding areas. So, we have decided (by popular demand) to become available year-round to our loyal customers and all who are new. We offer a wide array of catering possibilities, everything from drop-off catering to make it more affordable, or coming with our mobile cart and serving to you and your guests at your desired location. Your special event is as important to us as it is to you; our reputation depends on it! You'll love our style because it reflects your style. Your event is tailored to your taste and that of your guests. We strive to make your experience enjoyable and relaxing!

About

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. Interacting with people and helping them make their event memorable.

About

We do corporate events as well as weddings and parties. We are a full-service catering and bartending company. We have a Texas style BBQ which is really unique for our clients out in Oregon as well as authentic baby back ribs, etc.

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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