Find a catering service in Tacoma, WA

Find catering services in Tacoma, WA

Find catering services in Tacoma, WA

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Top 10 catering services in Tacoma, WA

Clients agree: these Tacoma catering services are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
The Orange Rabbit Catering

The Orange Rabbit Catering

Offers online services
4 hires on Fash
4+ years in business
Serves Tacoma, WA
E. G. says, "Excellent Food! Prepared and served by amazing people! Ask for the Tres Leches Cake and you won't be disappointed." Read more
West Hill Cravery

West Hill Cravery

New on Fash
2 hires on Fash
3+ years in business
Serves Tacoma, WA
Specializes in modern american cuisine, Filipino cuisine.

New on Fash
5+ years in business
Serves Tacoma, WA
We do Homestyle meals. Ethnic and american. We Cater events, dinner service and meal planning We love feeding people fresh and nutritious and tasty homestyle meals
Christie's Catering

Christie's Catering

New on Fash
39+ years in business
Serves Tacoma, WA
We are more of a boutique caterer and really focus on the clients. We treat you like you are family and how you would want to be treated. I love cooking and making eveyone's special day exactly what they want. Our business has been around for a long time and we definitely have lots of experience and great advice. It's your day, your dollar, and we are working for you!!
Epicurefoods Llc

Epicurefoods Llc

New on Fash
2+ years in business
Serves Tacoma, WA
I am professional Chef with and experience over 2 decades in Indian Cuisine, was executive chef of best Indian Restaurant in Seattle till 2021. I specialize overall all regional cuisines from India, also vegan, vegetarian, meat.

Your Wedding and Event Catering questions, answered

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Fash.

How much is catering?

Catering costs $10 to $35 per person for basic party food or a drop-off service. On average, caterers charge $500 to $7,500 total for 50 guests, $1,000 to $15,000 for 100 guests, and $1,500 to $23,000 for 150 guests. Alcohol or bartending options often cost extra.

Formal catering or wedding catering costs $30 to $200 per person for plated meals, a buffet, or food stations. A food truck rental costs $10 to $40 per person, depending on the type of event and whether you hire the truck on a weekend or holiday. Popular food truck menu options include tacos, pizza, BBQ, and ice cream.

What is catering?

Catering means supplying food and drink at a party, wedding, or other gathering. Some catering companies provide waitstaff, while others offer self-serve buffet stations or simply drop off prepared food to an event. Different catering companies provide different types of foods and cuisines, including:

  • Italian
  • Mexican
  • Barbeque
  • Japanese
  • Pizza
  • Sandwiches
  • Ice cream
  • Breakfast or brunch

How far in advance do I need to order catering?

Most caterers recommend ordering at least a few weeks to 6 months in advance, depending on the type of event and number of guests. However, catering a small party may not require as much advance time as a wedding, holiday party, or large corporate event.

Large chain restaurants often provide limited, drop-off catering services and require less notice than professional catering companies. Some chain restaurants and grocery stores offer catering services with only one day's notice.

What do caterers provide?

Caterers supply all the food for your event, either cooking it on-site or preparing it in their own kitchen beforehand. Many catering services include serving dishes, plates, glasses, and silverware in their price. Some caterers also offer tables, chairs, linens, or custom place settings for an added fee.

How long do caterers stay at an event?

Caterers typically serve food for 1 to 4 hours, depending on the time of year and number of guests. Setup usually takes 1 to 2 hours. Ask your caterer whether they will include any of the setup or cleanup time in their estimate.

Do you tip caterers?

Some caterers include a gratuity charge of 15% to 20% on your bill that is split between the servers. Before adding a cash tip, ask your caterer or review the contract to make sure a gratuity charge is not already included. If you decide to give cash tips directly, pay each person between $15 to $50.

How do I choose a catering company?

Search our list of caterers, then:

  • Get three or more free estimates to compare.
  • Read their reviews and menus on Fash and Google.
  • Choose a licensed, insured, and experienced company.
  • Try menu tasting before your event if possible.
  • Make sure they're a good fit for your budget and schedule.
  • Get a written estimate or contract.
  • Avoid making a large payment before your event begins.

After reading reviews and asking questions, hire the best company in your area.

What questions should I ask caterers?

When looking for local catering companies, consider asking the following questions:

  • How long have you been catering?
  • Are you licensed and insured?
  • How far in advance do I need to book?
  • What is your cancellation policy?
  • Do you allow menu changes?
  • Will you bring prepared food, or will you prepare it onsite?
  • How long will you be able to serve food?
  • How long do you need to set up?
  • Do you charge extra for travel fees?
  • Will you give me a written estimate and contract?

Reviews for Tacoma catering services

Recent success stories from people in the Tacoma area.
Reggie G.
This is my first time using this catering service and I can say that it won't be the last. I have spoke highly about The Orange Rabbit to my peers and was not disappointed throughout the duration I was being serviced for and was very surprised to learn that the menu was very extensive and accommodating to what I needed for my event. The great communication from The Orange Rabbit made things easy and smooth as they were very easy and flexible to work with. The food was delicious & the presentation of it was excellent. Thank you and I am looking forward to doing business in the future!
The Orange Rabbit Catering
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