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Outstanding seattle caterers? (for a wedding)

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Jeters Jan 9, 2008 08:30 PM

I just moved here to the northwest a few weeks ago and am faced with the wonderfulness that is finding event vendors in a place where you have no previous knowledge about anything. Anyway, I am searching for a caterer for my wedding this July in Tacoma,.

I attended the Seattle bridal show last weekend and so have brochures from some of the better known event vendors, 12 baskets, etc.
However, in my experience, the vendors who get booths at shows like that are very established, busy, and most of all expensive.
I would greatly appreciate it if anyone could recommend or knows some caterers out there who make fabulous food at reasonable prices.
Thanks!

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    nseattlefoodie RE: Jeters Jan 10, 2008 05:29 AM

    I know it's not specifically wedding caterers, but a bunch of links were posted by a fellow chowhound on this board:

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/475522

    I'm no help on this one, haven't had a professionally catered party yet here in Seattle...

    good luck, let us know what you find! :)

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      ethereal RE: Jeters Jan 10, 2008 09:26 AM

      My favorite caterer is Joanie's Catering. Excellent food and service at really reasonable prices. I've used them many times and haven't been disappointed. I love that they aren't afraid to use flavor or to customize their menu for your needs. They've even done a family recipe chinese soup for me before. www.joaniescatering.net.

      Another favorite, but definitely much more expensive, is Lisa Dupar Catering. www.lisaduparcatering.com. Again quality and service is outstanding, but you'll need a big budget to fit them in.

      My past experience with Twelve Baskets has been dismal. I wouldn't use them again.

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        We Heart Food RE: ethereal Jan 10, 2008 01:46 PM

        I'd second Joanie's Catering -- we used them for our wedding and after our tasting she modified the recipes to our liking. The food was awesome, and the setup and service they provided was great. We were very happy with them -- except! for our bartender that night. We provided a recipe for a signature drink that she apparently wasn't able to follow (not complicated, it's a mojito). Turns out the bartender "doesn't drink"; she didn't taste her own creation. I don't know if that was just that particular bartender, or what.

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        christy319 RE: Jeters Jan 10, 2008 01:16 PM

        I'd highly recommend Herban Feast. I thought they were reasonable for the food and service provided, though "reasonable" is pretty subjective (maybe post a price range?). They are busy-I know by this time last year they were pretty much booked for the year.

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          dagoose RE: christy319 Jan 10, 2008 02:04 PM

          We went to a tasting they did, as we were considering them for a wedding. We ended up deciding to cater it ourselves (we being the bridesmaids) but Herban Feasts tasting was absolutely inedible. Apps were decent, entrees were AWFUL.
          We also went to Ravishing Radish tasting, that was much better...would have considered it.

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            christy319 RE: dagoose Jan 10, 2008 05:03 PM

            I had the opposite experience! Herban Feast was great (everyone loved the main course of wild king salmon with huckleberry sauce) but the Ravishing Radish tasting was just lame. They might do a better job if you actually hire them-someone had recommended them to me-but the tasting was dry, bland chicken skewers, ordinary hummus and pita, green salad, and olives. ???

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              bighound RE: dagoose Jan 12, 2008 06:02 AM

              YOU MUST GIVE HERBAN FEAST A TRY. DO A SEARCH FOR MORE POSTS ON THEM.THEY CATERED MY WEDDING AND TO THIS DAY I HAVE PEOPLE COMMENT ON THE FOOD OR ASK FOR THE NAME OF MY CATERER. ENTREE ITEMS PREPARED FRESH ON SITE, FANTASTIC APPETIZERS, AND WONDERFUL SALADS. THE MINI CRAB CAKES ARE LIKE A DRUG YOU CAN'T PUT DOWN. ONLY ISSUE MIGHT BE DISTANCE-YOU'D HAVE TO ASK. YOU CAN THANK ME LATER.

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                DrWine RE: dagoose Jan 14, 2008 06:30 PM

                I have a daughter with a wedding a year from now and she is considering Ravishing Radish at their location on Lake Union. I would appreciate any further thoughts or experiences anyone has had with them as we are from out of state and she has only lived in Seattle less than a couple of years. Thanks.

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              mikemc RE: Jeters Jan 10, 2008 04:28 PM

              I was delighted with Joan Dahlbeck of Magnolia's Catering 206 992 9343 for an event I held last year with ~50 people. It was small plates and appetizers rather than a sit down dinner. Prices were reasonable for the quality of the food although not inexpensive.

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                pablissima RE: Jeters Jan 12, 2008 12:16 AM

                You might want to check out Starry Nights Catering in Kirkland. Matt is awesome, professional, and great to work with. And Dan, his cake man, makes the best wedding cakes, so lovely, so good.

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                  Jeters RE: Jeters Jan 13, 2008 09:39 AM

                  Thanks guys!
                  We decided to do a small plates/appetizer style thing instead of a sit down dinner, I don't know if that will make the difference for any of these places.
                  Cost wise, I have to pull off a second reception about two weeks later so I would like to keep things as reasonable as possible withouth sacrificing quality.

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                    bluedog67 RE: Jeters Jan 15, 2008 10:33 AM

                    Out of all the recommendations, I have only eaten food by Lisa Dupar, but it was exceptional.

                    if you are considering small plates, be sure to talk to them about wait staff. The key to success w/ small plates is to ensure that the dirty dishes disappear. We have been to weddings where the food is great, but all the tables are covered with half eaten plates - not pretty. For my wedding, (ages ago) we did "stations". small plates werent' as hip as they are now, but what worked about htis concept was that people moved around the space to try the different types of food, such as a raw bar, a pasta station, a grill, etc. so it enhanced the social asppect - way more mingling than sitting with the same 8 peopel all night - and made the small plate concept work. if you have all the food togehter, people don't feel they can get enough food on their plates, or feel weird retunring, etc. it depends on your space and caterer, of course, but it was great for us. just my 2 cents.

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                    DrWine RE: Jeters Jan 15, 2008 10:42 AM

                    PS to below, I would welcome wedding cake suggestions!

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                      whaaaapsh RE: DrWine Jan 15, 2008 11:37 AM

                      Hey DrWine,
                      Me and my future to be have been on the same search and finally nailed down a cake person: Sharon's Cakes. Her applesauce spice cake and white cake are the best I've ever had.

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                        nseattlefoodie RE: DrWine Jan 16, 2008 06:09 AM

                        DrWine- I know it was a thread for birthday cakes, but check out this link for more opinions on cakes here in Seattle :)

                        good luck and let us know what you find!

                        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/366158

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                          Jeters RE: DrWine Jan 16, 2008 03:20 PM

                          We went to the Seattle bridal show and ate way too much cake....of those, Creative Cakes, Mikes amazing cakes and Morfey's all had great tasting cake in addition to beautiful looking design.

                        2. wino22 RE: Jeters Jan 16, 2008 03:43 PM

                          I strongly urge you to check out www.agrandaffaire.com

                          These caterers are actually based in Tacoma and will customize menus. They even have a few free tastings for people to "sample the goods" before deciding.

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