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Essence of the Thymes

Port Orchard , WA

LOCATION

817 Bay Street
Port Orchard, WA 98366 US (map)

PHONE

360-876-9200

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

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,
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, Read less
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INFO FOR CATERING

What event services do you provide?
Clean Up, Delivery, Set Up
What catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cake Cutting, Cocktail Reception, Family Style, Hors d'oeuvres, Outside Cake OK, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings
What types of cuisine do you cater?
American, Asian, Chinese, French, Italian, Local, Mexican
What dietary needs can you accommodate?
Gluten Free, Lactose Free, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Champagne Toast, Signature Cocktail(s)
Which of the following items can you provide?
Tables
Which of the following items can you provide?
Barware, China, Chocolate Fountain, Flatware, Glassware, Linens

REVIEWS

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Megan
Wedding:
10/4/2015
5.0/5.0
We spent a long time looking for a caterer who could provide what we were looking for and not go too far out of our reasonable budget. Essence was a preferred vendor of our venue (Farm Kitchen) and among all the caterers we spoke with, they were the most friendly, most helpful, and most willing to accommodate us in answering our questions and concerns. This told us they are willing not only to provide excellent catering services, but are also excellent in customer service. We could tell they cared about making our day exactly as we wanted it.

After our initial inquiry, Hope continued to impress by returning our calls and email queries promptly. During the tasting, she even provided a number of items we hadn't mentioned, but she thought we might like--which we turned out to love! We still dream about the bacon-wrapped dates and feta tomatoes.

Our venue required a planning meeting with the caterer, and that crucial time allowed us to nail down our game plan. Hope was right there to go through everything with us and clear up all the remaining uncertainties. For the first time, I was more excited about the day than nervous.

On the day of our wedding, they blew us away. They arrived right as our venue opened, and began setting up. The table arrangements were incredible and the food was beautifully delicious and tastefully arrayed. The catering staff were attentive and kept things moving at just the right pace. All of our guests had nothing but good things to say.

All in all, Essence of the Thymes helped to make our day effortless and wonderful.

I highly recommend Hope and her amazing team!
We spent a long time looking for a caterer who could provide what we were looking for and not go too far out of our Read more...
We spent a long time looking for a caterer who could provide what we were looking for and not go too far out of our reasonable budget. Essence was a preferred vendor of our venue (Farm Kitchen) and among all the caterers we spoke with, they were the most friendly, most helpful, and most willing to accommodate us in answering our questions and concerns. This told us they are willing not only to provide excellent catering services, but are also excellent in customer service. We could tell they cared about making our day exactly as we wanted it.

After our initial inquiry, Hope continued to impress by returning our calls and email queries promptly. During the tasting, she even provided a number of items we hadn't mentioned, but she thought we might like--which we turned out to love! We still dream about the bacon-wrapped dates and feta tomatoes.

Our venue required a planning meeting with the caterer, and that crucial time allowed us to nail down our game plan. Hope was right there to go through everything with us and clear up all the remaining uncertainties. For the first time, I was more excited about the day than nervous.

On the day of our wedding, they blew us away. They arrived right as our venue opened, and began setting up. The table arrangements were incredible and the food was beautifully delicious and tastefully arrayed. The catering staff were attentive and kept things moving at just the right pace. All of our guests had nothing but good things to say.

All in all, Essence of the Thymes helped to make our day effortless and wonderful.

I highly recommend Hope and her amazing team! Read less
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Raleigh
Wedding:
9/26/2015
5.0/5.0
Essence of the times was an integral part of our wedding day. They were a preferred caterer at our venue, Port Gamble. In addition, a good friend highly recommended them. Hope, Gina and Jessica were fantastic to work with from start to finish. Communication was excellent and they helped us make decisions on things we didn't even know existed. E-mails were returned promptly and they were always available by phone. On our wedding day, the food was beautifully presented and our guests (including a professional chef) kept raving about how delicious it was. During the wedding Jessica checked in with me to make sure I was happy and to let me know that she had put aside some appetizers and drinks for us as we'd been taking photos during cocktail hour. There was no tip jar for the bartender which I really appreciated, I didn't want my guests to feel like they had to spend money on top of their ferry rides and gift. Professional, efficient, excellent communication and all around nice people summarizes Essence of the Thymes.
Essence of the times was an integral part of our wedding day. They were a preferred caterer at our venue, Port Gamble. In Read more...
Essence of the times was an integral part of our wedding day. They were a preferred caterer at our venue, Port Gamble. In addition, a good friend highly recommended them. Hope, Gina and Jessica were fantastic to work with from start to finish. Communication was excellent and they helped us make decisions on things we didn't even know existed. E-mails were returned promptly and they were always available by phone. On our wedding day, the food was beautifully presented and our guests (including a professional chef) kept raving about how delicious it was. During the wedding Jessica checked in with me to make sure I was happy and to let me know that she had put aside some appetizers and drinks for us as we'd been taking photos during cocktail hour. There was no tip jar for the bartender which I really appreciated, I didn't want my guests to feel like they had to spend money on top of their ferry rides and gift. Professional, efficient, excellent communication and all around nice people summarizes Essence of the Thymes. Read less
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Casey
Wedding:
9/5/2015
5.0/5.0
We used Essence of the Thymes catering for both our rehearsal dinner and wedding reception. We are a serious foodie couple and we wanted our wedding meals to be perfect. Essence of the Thymes delivered on that goal. We attended tasting events for a few other fancy caterers in Seattle, and Essence of the Thymes had by far the best food (and lowest prices).

We worked with Hope to craft an Italian themed meal for the rehearsal dinner including Caesar salad, chicken parmesan, three-cheese ravioli, and the BEST homemade cheesecake you have ever tasted. For the wedding reception, Essence of the Thymes served a selection of tray-passed appetizers, three dinner entree options with matching sides and salad, and a late-night snack. The appetizers were delicious; we recommend the bacon wrapped dates and feta stuffed tomatoes. The petite filet and fresh salmon entrees are unrivaled. I've never seen a steak cooked to perfection like that, and the lemon caper topping on the salmon was just right. The margarita flatbread pizza at the end of the night was a big hit for our (possibly intoxicated) guests. So many of our family and friends complimented us on the food: generous portions, beautiful plating, and not too heavy on the sauce or dressing.

The Essence of the Thymes staff accommodated any dietary restrictions (gluten free, dairy free, nut allergy) of our guests with ease. Also, they made sure we had a plate of appetizers and a couple of signature cocktails waiting for us when we signed our marriage certificate. The bartending staff also did a great job - we never saw a line for drinks. Finally, a HUGE thank you to Hope for answering countless emails, phone calls, questions, and contract revisions. From the very beginning when we visited Port Orchard for the tasting session, we knew we were in good hands.
We used Essence of the Thymes catering for both our rehearsal dinner and wedding reception. We are a serious foodie couple Read more...
We used Essence of the Thymes catering for both our rehearsal dinner and wedding reception. We are a serious foodie couple and we wanted our wedding meals to be perfect. Essence of the Thymes delivered on that goal. We attended tasting events for a few other fancy caterers in Seattle, and Essence of the Thymes had by far the best food (and lowest prices).

We worked with Hope to craft an Italian themed meal for the rehearsal dinner including Caesar salad, chicken parmesan, three-cheese ravioli, and the BEST homemade cheesecake you have ever tasted. For the wedding reception, Essence of the Thymes served a selection of tray-passed appetizers, three dinner entree options with matching sides and salad, and a late-night snack. The appetizers were delicious; we recommend the bacon wrapped dates and feta stuffed tomatoes. The petite filet and fresh salmon entrees are unrivaled. I've never seen a steak cooked to perfection like that, and the lemon caper topping on the salmon was just right. The margarita flatbread pizza at the end of the night was a big hit for our (possibly intoxicated) guests. So many of our family and friends complimented us on the food: generous portions, beautiful plating, and not too heavy on the sauce or dressing.

The Essence of the Thymes staff accommodated any dietary restrictions (gluten free, dairy free, nut allergy) of our guests with ease. Also, they made sure we had a plate of appetizers and a couple of signature cocktails waiting for us when we signed our marriage certificate. The bartending staff also did a great job - we never saw a line for drinks. Finally, a HUGE thank you to Hope for answering countless emails, phone calls, questions, and contract revisions. From the very beginning when we visited Port Orchard for the tasting session, we knew we were in good hands. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
3.2/5.0
Honestly, the food is great, so if that's all you're looking for, you can stop reading now. However, if you're like me and this is your first wedding and you have no idea what your options are or what you want, you'll need to do a little more research before going here for your food. These guys were very nice, but their communication was awful. When we met with them for the first time, it felt as if they expected us to know everything about what we wanted before hearing any of the options. There were 6 menu options, one of which being their "signature chicken". We asked for details and got a "well, its kind of whatever the chef wants to make" explanation (turns out its a blanket term for a lot of different kinds of stuffed or other chicken options). When asked if we could mix and match menu options, she said "of course!" (later on we found out that you can definitely mix them up, but it'll cost you...a lot). After we booked, we found out that some of the things we mentioned in our initial meeting that we were banking on doing for the event would not be allowed. I guess we should have been much more clear in the beginning about our ideas. Finally, a week before our wedding we found out that they wanted to kick out our guests a full HOUR before the venue closed in order to do the clean up. Even then, the clean up was sloppy (they didn't shake out the table clothes or organize our table decor at all before piling it all up). Moral of the story, read their menus online, know what you want before you go in, go over everything you want to do before you book, and plan your ceremony and reception time accordingly. I wish there was a better option out here, but unfortunately, if you're getting married on the Kitsap Peninsula, they are probably the best value for the food. And, like I said, the food was great.
Honestly, the food is great, so if that's all you're looking for, you can stop reading now. However, if you're like me and Read more...
Honestly, the food is great, so if that's all you're looking for, you can stop reading now. However, if you're like me and this is your first wedding and you have no idea what your options are or what you want, you'll need to do a little more research before going here for your food. These guys were very nice, but their communication was awful. When we met with them for the first time, it felt as if they expected us to know everything about what we wanted before hearing any of the options. There were 6 menu options, one of which being their "signature chicken". We asked for details and got a "well, its kind of whatever the chef wants to make" explanation (turns out its a blanket term for a lot of different kinds of stuffed or other chicken options). When asked if we could mix and match menu options, she said "of course!" (later on we found out that you can definitely mix them up, but it'll cost you...a lot). After we booked, we found out that some of the things we mentioned in our initial meeting that we were banking on doing for the event would not be allowed. I guess we should have been much more clear in the beginning about our ideas. Finally, a week before our wedding we found out that they wanted to kick out our guests a full HOUR before the venue closed in order to do the clean up. Even then, the clean up was sloppy (they didn't shake out the table clothes or organize our table decor at all before piling it all up). Moral of the story, read their menus online, know what you want before you go in, go over everything you want to do before you book, and plan your ceremony and reception time accordingly. I wish there was a better option out here, but unfortunately, if you're getting married on the Kitsap Peninsula, they are probably the best value for the food. And, like I said, the food was great. Read less
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Emily
Wedding:
8/10/2014
5.0/5.0
Hope and the entire team at Essence of the Thymes were absolutely fantastic. I was a long distance bride, so I relied heavily on communicating with Hope as things changed, and she was perfect and wonderful in every way. I sent my parents to the tasting about 6-8 weeks prior to our wedding, and my dad (who loves to eat) and my mom could not stop talking about it for WEEKS afterwards. My husband and I graduated from Washington State, so we were looking to incorporate the famous Cougar Gold cheese into our menu. Hope suggested a macaroni and cheese, and it was the biggest hit at the wedding. EVERYTHING we ate (bacon wrapped dates, feta stuffed tomatoes for appetizers, salmon, flank steak, pear salad and cougar gold mac and cheese for dinner) was amazing. Feeding 200 people quickly is not an easy task, and I have received DOZENS of compliments about how wonderfully prepared everything was, how delicious it tasted and how efficient the entire process was. The staff were incredibly professional and did an OUTSTANDING job. They even saved us a tray of appetizers, and packed us a to-go box that was waiting for us in the getaway car after the reception. My husband and I have looked at each other several times since returning to Washington, DC, where we live, and said "ugh, I just want our wedding food for dinner!" It was that good. THANK YOU SO MUCH!
Hope and the entire team at Essence of the Thymes were absolutely fantastic. I was a long distance bride, so I relied Read more...
Hope and the entire team at Essence of the Thymes were absolutely fantastic. I was a long distance bride, so I relied heavily on communicating with Hope as things changed, and she was perfect and wonderful in every way. I sent my parents to the tasting about 6-8 weeks prior to our wedding, and my dad (who loves to eat) and my mom could not stop talking about it for WEEKS afterwards. My husband and I graduated from Washington State, so we were looking to incorporate the famous Cougar Gold cheese into our menu. Hope suggested a macaroni and cheese, and it was the biggest hit at the wedding. EVERYTHING we ate (bacon wrapped dates, feta stuffed tomatoes for appetizers, salmon, flank steak, pear salad and cougar gold mac and cheese for dinner) was amazing. Feeding 200 people quickly is not an easy task, and I have received DOZENS of compliments about how wonderfully prepared everything was, how delicious it tasted and how efficient the entire process was. The staff were incredibly professional and did an OUTSTANDING job. They even saved us a tray of appetizers, and packed us a to-go box that was waiting for us in the getaway car after the reception. My husband and I have looked at each other several times since returning to Washington, DC, where we live, and said "ugh, I just want our wedding food for dinner!" It was that good. THANK YOU SO MUCH! Read less
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Vanessa
Wedding:
7/20/2014
5.0/5.0
I couldn't have been more pleased with Essence of the Thymes! Hope is so friendly, organized, and responsive with any questions. They are reasonably-priced. Their food was amazing! Local ingredients, healthy, and so tasty! I went with Essence of the Thymes because they'd been recommended in a lot of reviews by people that had used our venue (Kitsap Memorial State Park). Because you don't get any services with the park facility, it was very important to me to use a caterer that understands the requirements and limitations of the facility. They did a truly wonderful job and I received so many compliments on the food! All of the staff on the day was great too!
I couldn't have been more pleased with Essence of the Thymes! Hope is so friendly, organized, and responsive with any Read more...
I couldn't have been more pleased with Essence of the Thymes! Hope is so friendly, organized, and responsive with any questions. They are reasonably-priced. Their food was amazing! Local ingredients, healthy, and so tasty! I went with Essence of the Thymes because they'd been recommended in a lot of reviews by people that had used our venue (Kitsap Memorial State Park). Because you don't get any services with the park facility, it was very important to me to use a caterer that understands the requirements and limitations of the facility. They did a truly wonderful job and I received so many compliments on the food! All of the staff on the day was great too! Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
5/31/2014
5.0/5.0
We shopped around a lot before selecting Essence of the Thymes to cater our wedding - we definitely made the right choice! The food was delicious and fit well with our budget. Hope was extremely helpful throughout the whole process and was always quick to respond to e-mail. She coordinated everything with our venue flawlessly. The food, service, and overall execution was perfect - we couldn't be happier.
We shopped around a lot before selecting Essence of the Thymes to cater our wedding - we definitely made the right choice! Read more...
We shopped around a lot before selecting Essence of the Thymes to cater our wedding - we definitely made the right choice! The food was delicious and fit well with our budget. Hope was extremely helpful throughout the whole process and was always quick to respond to e-mail. She coordinated everything with our venue flawlessly. The food, service, and overall execution was perfect - we couldn't be happier. Read less
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Perryn
Wedding:
1/25/2014
5.0/5.0
The quality of the food and service at Essence of the Thymes is excellent. We had the pistachio-encrusted pork for our main entree at our reception, and it was the most moist pork we had ever had! Their prices are really reasonable too. They were so organized and easy to work with that I knew I didn't have to worry about a thing during the reception. Highly recommend!
The quality of the food and service at Essence of the Thymes is excellent. We had the pistachio-encrusted pork for our Read more...
The quality of the food and service at Essence of the Thymes is excellent. We had the pistachio-encrusted pork for our main entree at our reception, and it was the most moist pork we had ever had! Their prices are really reasonable too. They were so organized and easy to work with that I knew I didn't have to worry about a thing during the reception. Highly recommend! Read less
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kaeli
Wedding:
9/27/2013
5.0/5.0
Working with Hope and the rest of the Essence staff was truly a pleasure during our wedding planning. They were always willing to work around my husband and I's busy schedules and worked very hard to tailor our menu to meet our food philosophy. They were more then happy to seek out local beef farmers and incorporate as much organic and local produce as our budget could allow. They were even willing to prepare a special plate of food for one my my guests who has severe food allergies. Most importantly the food and presentation was fabulous. All of our guests thought the food was great and I was blown away by how closely Hope listened to our general esthetic and motifs and worked to really compliment the rest of the reception decor. They even took care of all the chair rentals and helped our coordinator breakdown and clean up after the wedding. We really couldn't have asked for more. I would highly recommend them!
Working with Hope and the rest of the Essence staff was truly a pleasure during our wedding planning. They were always Read more...
Working with Hope and the rest of the Essence staff was truly a pleasure during our wedding planning. They were always willing to work around my husband and I's busy schedules and worked very hard to tailor our menu to meet our food philosophy. They were more then happy to seek out local beef farmers and incorporate as much organic and local produce as our budget could allow. They were even willing to prepare a special plate of food for one my my guests who has severe food allergies. Most importantly the food and presentation was fabulous. All of our guests thought the food was great and I was blown away by how closely Hope listened to our general esthetic and motifs and worked to really compliment the rest of the reception decor. They even took care of all the chair rentals and helped our coordinator breakdown and clean up after the wedding. We really couldn't have asked for more. I would highly recommend them! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
When my wedding planner recommended this caterer, who is a good 40 minutes outside of Seattle by ferry, I was not sure what to expect. Being foodies (primarily my husband), we took a day trip by ferry to check them out and were not disappointed. On the day of our wedding, they picked up the salmon at the Pike Place Market and cooked it on site! It was the best salmon I have every tasted, and I am a HUGE seafood fan. The buffet and service during the reception blew us away. Most importantly, our guests were beyond happy, and we received endless compliments on the food. I knew the food was going to be good but it was truly spectacular! Do not let a ferry ride stop you from checking this caterer out - I promise the trip will be worth it.
When my wedding planner recommended this caterer, who is a good 40 minutes outside of Seattle by ferry, I was not sure Read more...
When my wedding planner recommended this caterer, who is a good 40 minutes outside of Seattle by ferry, I was not sure what to expect. Being foodies (primarily my husband), we took a day trip by ferry to check them out and were not disappointed. On the day of our wedding, they picked up the salmon at the Pike Place Market and cooked it on site! It was the best salmon I have every tasted, and I am a HUGE seafood fan. The buffet and service during the reception blew us away. Most importantly, our guests were beyond happy, and we received endless compliments on the food. I knew the food was going to be good but it was truly spectacular! Do not let a ferry ride stop you from checking this caterer out - I promise the trip will be worth it. Read less
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