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You have found a great NW premier catering company. We have passion for food and genuine love for people pleasing. It is our driving force to success. We can travel about an hour to an hour & a half from our site to events, to ensure you get the freshest, best tasting food we can offer.

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What event services do you provide?

Set Up
Clean Up

What catering services do you provide?

Cake Cutting
Cocktail Reception
Hors d'oeuvres

What types of cuisine do you cater?


What dietary needs can you accommodate?

Gluten Free
Lactose Free
Nut Free

What bar services do you provide?

Champagne Toast
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Reviews of Essence of the Thymes

4.9 out of 5 rating
4.9 out of 5 rating
55 Reviews
98% recommend it
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Haylee M. Sent on 08/29/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Outstanding Service & Food

We recently had the pleasure of working with Essence of the Thymes for our rehearsal dinner and wedding reception, and I was absolutely blown away by their service and food. From the moment we first contacted them, Hope, Chase and team were incredibly responsive and helpful. They took the time to understand our vision for the event and create a menu that was perfect for us.
On the day of the wedding, their staff was absolutely amazing. They were friendly, efficient, and attentive. The food was plated beautifully and tasted fantastic! Our guests raved about the food, and I couldn't have been happier with the way everything turned out.
I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a caterer for their special event. They are truly a cut above the rest.
Here are some specific things that I appreciated about Essence,
Their communication was excellent. Hope is truly a joy to communicate with! I could probably talk to her for hours. I really appreciated the care and time she took to help me organize the food for both our rehearsal and wedding reception.
They were very flexible and accommodating. They were willing to work with me to create a special menu for my rehearsal that related to how my fiance proposed
Their food was delicious. It was fresh, flavorful, and beautifully presented. I highly recommend the peanut butter and jelly pork belly and chocolate chip cookies!!!
Also - Their bartending service was impeccable. All of my guests loved their cocktails - especially me! 🙂

I would not hesitate to use Essence again for any future events. They are truly a top-notch caterer.
Emily H. Sent on 11/17/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Delicious food and incredible service!

Working with Chase and the Essence of the Thymes team was absolutely amazing!! They made our wedding day absolutely perfect with their delicious offerings and incredible service. The food was delicious, as were the beverages. Our guests were so impressed as well. Our favorite thing was actually the passed appetizers, so we absolutely recommend splurging for that option of you’re considering it! However, I think the best part about working with Essence of the Thymes was working with Chase. He was our point of contact from day one, coordinating first over email and video call for our first consultation, and then overseeing the event directly in person on the day of. He was incredibly thorough when helping us plan the service and menu, and he managed everything so beautifully at the event. We were especially impressed that he saved some passed appetizers for us, since he said that the bride and groom tend not to get any appetizers during cocktail hour because they are so busy taking photos (and he was right)! We were so thankful, because the bacon-wrapped dates we had selected were the item we were most looking forward to. We absolutely recommend Essence of the Thymes for any event!!
Ari K. Sent on 07/28/2022
5 out of 5 rating

What an amazing menu and experience for our wedding.

This catering team of hosts, chefs, and managers is amazing. Oh – and their food is top-notch, too. We had wedding guests who were allergic to a number of items on the classic menu, so the chefs worked with us to deliver a safe and healthy menu everyone could enjoy. Being in the Pacific Northwest, we also did not wish to go for the age-old salmon dinner for our entrée, so the chefs explored other meaty-fish options for us that were within our budget (how does citrus-grilled swordfish with sweet corn salsa sound, huh?). It was a unique and fun, professional experience working with Essence of the Thymes, from the start of our vendor hunt (at the beginning of 2020) through our (postponed) event in summer 2022. What a perfect experience! Thanks, EotT!
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Professional Network & Endorsements

6 Endorsements
Point of View by Lou Point of View by Lou Wedding Photographers

Chef Ray and Gina offer the best customer service and exceptional food. I've had the pleasure of tasting food at a wedding I photographed and at an event I attended. The Essence of the Thymes is wonderful. I highly recommend them for all my brides and grooms.

Farm Kitchen Farm Kitchen Barn & Farm Weddings

Gina & Ray and their team bring a great sense of energy & fun to every event. They are among our most popular Farm Kitchen caterers, with a great track record of happy clients served year-round, indoors and out. At each wedding, it is truly Your Day where their creativity, good food and dedicated service come together to deliver not just what you planned, but more.

Elegant Affairs Elegant Affairs Wedding Planners

Essence of the Thymes are AMAZING. From their menu creations to their staff. It was an absolute pleasure to have worked with them. I look forward to working with them again.

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