(Closed) Looking for Seattle Caterers

posted 8 years ago in Seattle
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Need some more information…

Where is your wedding located? What kind of food are you looking for? Sit down or buffet? Casual or formal? BBQ? Inside or Outside?

What kind of feel do you want your wedding to have? And last but not least, what is your budget?

Post # 5
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523 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Hmm, you’re going to have a bit of a hard time finding something elegant on that budget.  Look at it from a per person perspective.  That is only $20 per person. 

What time of day is your wedding? What day of the week is it?

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Check Brown’s Catering.  I don’t believe they had a minimum and I think they were close to $20/person.  Their cost included linens though but you could probably get them to set yours up for you.  I checked them out but my venue only allowed their exclusive caterer.

Are you interested in a no name-ish to save money?  My mom’s friend caters for the church but takes side jobs as well.  She catered my sisters 300 person wedding this last August and her food is always amazing.  I thought I would throw that out there.  This isn’t a “my sister’s boyfriends mom did a church picnic once” situation.  She’s been working there for many years and books quite a few events throughout the year.  She’s also started a cupcake business.

Another option my cousin did was her mom and grandmother and a friend cooked all the food and hired some other people to serve it.  They had salad, meatballs, rice, and a few other items.  Mostly things you could cook in crockpots.  The cost per person (for food only) was less than $6.50/person and there was TONS of leftovers. 

Buffet is going to be cheaper.  It takes a lot less man power.  But I see now that you want semi formal to formal.  Does a buffet qualify as at least semi formal?  I think it probably does but you are probably going to want chicken or steak although I wouldn’t serve steak in a buffet unless you had a carving station or something.  Which, by the way, Brown’s catering will do.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Have you looked into in home special catering companies?  I don’t know if they exist here – – They are companies that don’t have restaurants per se and only do small intimate catering events.  That might be right up your alley or something of interest…Oh have you looked into the below!?!?!?  I think having a lovely buffet will help keep your costs down – – oh what about family style?  That may help, you know a few dishes per table – that can still be really nice and enjoyable….

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I do catering on the side for friends and loved ones, and I think jackie-o is right on target.  I would offer my skills to you, but I’m not licensed. I’ll look around in my network and see if any of my friends are doing catering anymore, if that will help?

It doesn’t hurt to call up companies and if they can’t help you, ask them who they would go too for a catering company.  Don’t be afraid of being assertive with them.

 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - Eastside Catholic Chapel and Lake Union Cafe

I LOVE Lake Street Catering.   I think Pretzel might be using them for her rehersal dinner too.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010 - Catholic Church & The Engine Room at Georgetown Studios

Yep! Joey’s right lake city catering is doing our Rehearsal Dinner… reminds me I need to blog on that. ๐Ÿ™‚ They are amazing and will work with your budget.  I also am using City Catering- Rebecca is the gal I work with. They are also very flexible and super awesome.

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I am also having my wedding at thornewood! Such a beautiful venue i love it. As for catering we have a very small budget and found its cheaper to make some of the easy things ourselves, but for the meat (we are going with huli huli hawaiian teryaki chicken) we are going to order it from a hawaiian restaurant that does catering and party platters and will make enough for the number of people your having. We are also only having 50 people. Also if you want it all catered i beleive their full catering service starts at 15 dollars a person and includes a LOT of things.

Either way keep us updated as to what you do! Im very interested in knowing since we have the same venue and amount of people lol

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

same here, just had to have thornewood. if you dont mind me asking what was your price range for your cake? we also did a tasting at mikes amazing cakes and really want to go with them but i wasnt sure if they did a 2 tier rather then 3 tier since we are only having 50 people. grats on getting the cake part done though! i love when i get things checked off the long list of things to do before the wedding. I hear you on the DIY things to do, i have a ton of that and i only have a few months! time flies too fast lol

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