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Essence of the Thymes

Port Orchard , WA
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LOCATION

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

PHONE

360-876-9200

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

We are a husband and wife owned business built on the belief that knowledge of food and business cannot alone sustain us. Passion for food and a genuine love for people must be the... Read more
We are a husband and wife owned business built on the belief that knowledge of food and business cannot alone sustain us. Passion for food and a genuine love for people must be the driving force to truely succeed, and you can expect nothing less from this company. Read less
Catering

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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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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
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:
1+ year 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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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Essence of the Thymes was an amazing company to work with. We had a tasting even after we picked the food we thought we wanted, and they made us feel so special. The food was incredible! We did the pasta option with the tortellini and pesto chicken, served with caesar salad, veggies, and bread and our guests loved it. The staff was so friendly and helpful throughout dinner, and everything went off without a hitch. If you are getting married in the area of this caterer, use them! They are the most affordable, flexible, and understanding caterer in the area. I know this because I did my research for months before I settled on them and I couldn't be happier with this decision! Hope and Jessica were so helpful and friendly, we appreciated their help so much!
Essence of the Thymes was an amazing company to work with. We had a tasting even after we picked the food we thought we Read more...
Essence of the Thymes was an amazing company to work with. We had a tasting even after we picked the food we thought we wanted, and they made us feel so special. The food was incredible! We did the pasta option with the tortellini and pesto chicken, served with caesar salad, veggies, and bread and our guests loved it. The staff was so friendly and helpful throughout dinner, and everything went off without a hitch. If you are getting married in the area of this caterer, use them! They are the most affordable, flexible, and understanding caterer in the area. I know this because I did my research for months before I settled on them and I couldn't be happier with this decision! Hope and Jessica were so helpful and friendly, we appreciated their help so much! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
As a mother of the bride, I was highly impressed by the quality of service we received from Hope and the staff both before and during our daughter's wedding reception. As we prepared, Hope was consistently available to help us plan the menu and answer our countless questions in a timely manner. The day of the wedding staff was professional, efficient, and friendly. We received many compliments about the wonderful service and the delicious food from our guests. It was so nice to have Hope with us during the reception and to have everything in her capable hands. Our family highly recommends this business to other wedding couples and their families.
As a mother of the bride, I was highly impressed by the quality of service we received from Hope and the staff both before Read more...
As a mother of the bride, I was highly impressed by the quality of service we received from Hope and the staff both before and during our daughter's wedding reception. As we prepared, Hope was consistently available to help us plan the menu and answer our countless questions in a timely manner. The day of the wedding staff was professional, efficient, and friendly. We received many compliments about the wonderful service and the delicious food from our guests. It was so nice to have Hope with us during the reception and to have everything in her capable hands. Our family highly recommends this business to other wedding couples and their families. Read less
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Cheryl
Wedding:
5/18/2013
5.0/5.0
I don't have nothing but GREAT things to say about them. They were highly professional, and so helpful. They were all amazing. Hope was GREAT they even helped us take things apart at the end of the wedding. I can't say enough good things about them. We got so many compliments on the buffet. The table was BEAUTIFUL.. Thanks again for all your hard work it sure showed... Y'all are so awesome for making our day special...
I don't have nothing but GREAT things to say about them. They were highly professional, and so helpful. They were all Read more...
I don't have nothing but GREAT things to say about them. They were highly professional, and so helpful. They were all amazing. Hope was GREAT they even helped us take things apart at the end of the wedding. I can't say enough good things about them. We got so many compliments on the buffet. The table was BEAUTIFUL.. Thanks again for all your hard work it sure showed... Y'all are so awesome for making our day special... Read less
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