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Essence of the Thymes

Port Orchard , WA

LOCATION

817 Bay Street
Port Orchard, WA US 98366 (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
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INFO FOR CATERING

What catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Family Style, Hors d'oeuvres - Displayed, Hors d'oeuvres - Passed, Plated, Stations
What types of cuisine do you cater?
American (New), American (Traditional), Chinese, Italian, Mexican
Do you accommodate dietary needs?
Gluten Free, Lactose Free, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian
Do you offer a tasting for potential clients?
yes. we offer private tastings at an additional charge as well as a once a month complimentary tasting with RSVP.
Are you also able to provide the wedding cake?
we offer an assortment of specialty desserts in place of a traditional wedding cake, however there are local bakeries that we can recomend.
If a bride decides to bring her own wedding cake, do you have a cake cutting fee? If yes, how much is the fee?
cake cutting is already included with our services.
Are you licensed to sell alcohol? If yes, where are you licensed?
since we are an off-premise catering company were are not permitted to sell alcohol. However our bartenders are certified and insured to serve alcohol you have provided
Do you allow outside alcohol? If yes, what is the corkage fee?
corkage fees are already included with our services
Do you provide rentals for items such as linens and flatware?
yes. all our plates, flateware, glassware and linens are available to rent at additional cost.
Are you able to provide your own wait staff?
yes. the number of waitstaff is based on type of service and number of guests and are added into your final costs.
What is your maximum catering capacity?
1000

REVIEWS

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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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Katie
Wedding:
2/9/2013
5.0/5.0
Essence of the Thymes provided great food and service for our buffet lunch. They were so easy to work with, and came up with lots of great ideas. I appreciated that they had many ideas for our budget and requests.
Essence of the Thymes provided great food and service for our buffet lunch. They were so easy to work with, and came up Read more...
Essence of the Thymes provided great food and service for our buffet lunch. They were so easy to work with, and came up with lots of great ideas. I appreciated that they had many ideas for our budget and requests. Read less
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Carol
Wedding:
10/27/2012
5.0/5.0
The food was amzing! Gina and her crew were amazing, they were very professional and the service to my guests and wedding party were top notch. Every guest commented how amazing the catering was. They truly made my day 'magical'.
The food was amzing! Gina and her crew were amazing, they were very professional and the service to my guests and wedding Read more...
The food was amzing! Gina and her crew were amazing, they were very professional and the service to my guests and wedding party were top notch. Every guest commented how amazing the catering was. They truly made my day 'magical'. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.4/5.0
These guys were so awesome! The food was good, they were friendly and helpful and definitely came through for me.
These guys were so awesome! The food was good, they were friendly and helpful and definitely came through for me.
These guys were so awesome! The food was good, they were friendly and helpful and definitely came through for me. Read less
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Heather
Wedding:
8/17/2012
4.6/5.0
Great food and at an affordable price. My only concern was that they were supposed to prebus tables and it seems that this was not communicated to the staff that was on hand. A friend actually asked them to and they obliged but said it was not part of the deal. Everyone raved about the food and we had plenty of leftovers for the rest of our wedding weekend.
Great food and at an affordable price. My only concern was that they were supposed to prebus tables and it seems that this Read more...
Great food and at an affordable price. My only concern was that they were supposed to prebus tables and it seems that this was not communicated to the staff that was on hand. A friend actually asked them to and they obliged but said it was not part of the deal. Everyone raved about the food and we had plenty of leftovers for the rest of our wedding weekend. Read less
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Barbara
Wedding:
5/12/2012
5.0/5.0
I highly recommend this vendor! They were very pleasant to work with. They were very flexible about my menu selections. They were promptly and professionally responsive to my every inquiry. I felt I got a high value of service for my expenditure. The food was delicious, well presented, and the wait staff was very pleasant and helpful!
I highly recommend this vendor! They were very pleasant to work with. They were very flexible about my menu selections. Read more...
I highly recommend this vendor! They were very pleasant to work with. They were very flexible about my menu selections. They were promptly and professionally responsive to my every inquiry. I felt I got a high value of service for my expenditure. The food was delicious, well presented, and the wait staff was very pleasant and helpful! Read less
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Marie
Wedding:
8/6/2011
5.0/5.0
The food was fabulous, Gina is amazing, and you can't beat the price!!! We had Essence of the Thymes cater our wedding, and they were terrific. They are totally flexible and open to ideas, and were so much less expensive than every other catering company we looked at. The best part? The food was better than the tastings at the other companies, and we couldn't have been more ecstatic with the service. We had signature cocktails, and they were SO good - Gina and her crew even came up with the recipes. I highly recommend them!
The food was fabulous, Gina is amazing, and you can't beat the price!!! We had Essence of the Thymes cater our wedding, Read more...
The food was fabulous, Gina is amazing, and you can't beat the price!!! We had Essence of the Thymes cater our wedding, and they were terrific. They are totally flexible and open to ideas, and were so much less expensive than every other catering company we looked at. The best part? The food was better than the tastings at the other companies, and we couldn't have been more ecstatic with the service. We had signature cocktails, and they were SO good - Gina and her crew even came up with the recipes. I highly recommend them! Read less
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DThelander
Wedding:
7/23/2011
5.0/5.0
Most importantly, the food was FABULOUS! We still have guests commenting on how great it was. Also, our wedding was at a park. Essence set up and broke down all the tables and linens as well as provided all of the glassware, dishes, etc. It all went smoothly and took a ton of stress off my mind. Also, because they handled it all so well, the friends and family helping me with the day didn't have to worry about it either. I highly recommend them!
Most importantly, the food was FABULOUS! We still have guests commenting on how great it was. Also, our wedding was at a Read more...
Most importantly, the food was FABULOUS! We still have guests commenting on how great it was. Also, our wedding was at a park. Essence set up and broke down all the tables and linens as well as provided all of the glassware, dishes, etc. It all went smoothly and took a ton of stress off my mind. Also, because they handled it all so well, the friends and family helping me with the day didn't have to worry about it either. I highly recommend them! Read less
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mother of the groom
Wedding:
7/9/2011
5.0/5.0
We absolutely loved everything about Essence of the Thymes. They catered two events for us during our wedding weekend in Gig Harbor; a rehearsal dinner and a family dinner on back to back nights. Both meals were delicious and beautifully presented. All the staff are wonderful, professional, friendly and accommodating. Hope was easy to reach and prompt in returning calls. The tasting they provided for us was unmatched, extensive and delicious. Their prices were lower than other caterers in the area and tasted so better. You will not be disappointed. Essence of the Thymes is the best!
We absolutely loved everything about Essence of the Thymes. They catered two events for us during our wedding weekend in Read more...
We absolutely loved everything about Essence of the Thymes. They catered two events for us during our wedding weekend in Gig Harbor; a rehearsal dinner and a family dinner on back to back nights. Both meals were delicious and beautifully presented. All the staff are wonderful, professional, friendly and accommodating. Hope was easy to reach and prompt in returning calls. The tasting they provided for us was unmatched, extensive and delicious. Their prices were lower than other caterers in the area and tasted so better. You will not be disappointed. Essence of the Thymes is the best! Read less
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Amy
Wedding:
7/8/2011
5.0/5.0
We had fun working with Hope & Gina. The food was amazing! I highly recommend them!
We had fun working with Hope & Gina. The food was amazing! I highly recommend them!
We had fun working with Hope & Gina. The food was amazing! I highly recommend them! Read less
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Stephanie
Wedding:
7/2/2011
5.0/5.0
We loved essence of the thymes the were so great to work with from the very start To the finish. The food was wonderful, the tasting was a blast and the wedding turned out perfect. The staff is great and they are very flexible with the menu and work well with your budget. We recommend them to all :)
We loved essence of the thymes the were so great to work with from the very start To the finish. The food was wonderful, Read more...
We loved essence of the thymes the were so great to work with from the very start To the finish. The food was wonderful, the tasting was a blast and the wedding turned out perfect. The staff is great and they are very flexible with the menu and work well with your budget. We recommend them to all :) Read less
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B
Wedding:
5/28/2011
4.4/5.0
My husband (now) and I loved working with Essence of the Thymes Catering! They were kind, professional, and very personable. We both loved the wedding, so much that we wanted to do it again - everything was totally perfect, including the awesome food! I would highly recommend Essence of the Thymes for any wedding or fine event, just make sure that you really include all of the various fees when determining the final cost. The way they break down the prices makes it look less than it ends up being, so do the math first!
My husband (now) and I loved working with Essence of the Thymes Catering! They were kind, professional, and very Read more...
My husband (now) and I loved working with Essence of the Thymes Catering! They were kind, professional, and very personable. We both loved the wedding, so much that we wanted to do it again - everything was totally perfect, including the awesome food! I would highly recommend Essence of the Thymes for any wedding or fine event, just make sure that you really include all of the various fees when determining the final cost. The way they break down the prices makes it look less than it ends up being, so do the math first! Read less
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Joy
Wedding:
5/14/2011
5.0/5.0
Gina and the team at Essence of The Thymes catering could not have been any more fabulous. Every step of planning the menu was easy. We went to two tastings, and the 2nd one we got to try a "mini meal" of everything on our wedding menu! The day of our wedding the service was friendly and flawless. Our buffet was beautiful in presentation, and the food was even better than we hoped! We never expected so many people to comment on how great the food was - I even had a few guests say it was the best wedding dinner they ever had! They took care of the champagne toast and cutting and serving the cake. They were professional and delivered exactly what we wanted. The price was VERY good compared to other options we looked into in the area. I highly recommend them to ANYONE. Bravo!
Gina and the team at Essence of The Thymes catering could not have been any more fabulous. Every step of planning the menu Read more...
Gina and the team at Essence of The Thymes catering could not have been any more fabulous. Every step of planning the menu was easy. We went to two tastings, and the 2nd one we got to try a "mini meal" of everything on our wedding menu! The day of our wedding the service was friendly and flawless. Our buffet was beautiful in presentation, and the food was even better than we hoped! We never expected so many people to comment on how great the food was - I even had a few guests say it was the best wedding dinner they ever had! They took care of the champagne toast and cutting and serving the cake. They were professional and delivered exactly what we wanted. The price was VERY good compared to other options we looked into in the area. I highly recommend them to ANYONE. Bravo! Read less
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eloewen83
Wedding:
9/17/2010
4.8/5.0
The nicest people in the business. They were so open to my funky ideas and definitely followed through. We had an awesome gourmet burger bar and so many guests said their burger was the best they had ever had.
The nicest people in the business. They were so open to my funky ideas and definitely followed through. We had an awesome Read more...
The nicest people in the business. They were so open to my funky ideas and definitely followed through. We had an awesome gourmet burger bar and so many guests said their burger was the best they had ever had. Read less
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Kate
Wedding:
9/12/2010
5.0/5.0
I am so happy I went with Essence of the Thymes! They were wonderful. They started off great by offering us a free tasting of so many of their options, then continued to be wonderful with communication via email. Anything I asked, they helped me out with. They were fantastic come the day of the wedding! They helped set up at our venue, were fully prepared for the fact that the venue had no kitchen, were great with my guests, and completely took care of tear down at the end of the night (part of our package with them). The food was amazing! We received so many compliments on the food! The service was outstanding. They even had one person who constantly checked on us, the bride and groom, to make sure we'd eaten and to make sure we didn't want for anything. When the wedding wrapped up a little early, they even helped track down the park staff so that my husband and I didn't have to wait around any longer. True professionals. I highly recommend them.
I am so happy I went with Essence of the Thymes! They were wonderful. They started off great by offering us a free tasting Read more...
I am so happy I went with Essence of the Thymes! They were wonderful. They started off great by offering us a free tasting of so many of their options, then continued to be wonderful with communication via email. Anything I asked, they helped me out with. They were fantastic come the day of the wedding! They helped set up at our venue, were fully prepared for the fact that the venue had no kitchen, were great with my guests, and completely took care of tear down at the end of the night (part of our package with them). The food was amazing! We received so many compliments on the food! The service was outstanding. They even had one person who constantly checked on us, the bride and groom, to make sure we'd eaten and to make sure we didn't want for anything. When the wedding wrapped up a little early, they even helped track down the park staff so that my husband and I didn't have to wait around any longer. True professionals. I highly recommend them. Read less
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snowflake731
Wedding:
8/7/2010
5.0/5.0
I would recommend Essence of the Thymes to anyone! I loved this little company! I was a bride planning my wedding from a distance and Gina was attentive by email and Skype (her idea!). We had a nice food trial with her and decided to go with her and her staff. We had unconventional requests such as donuts instead of wedding cake and a late night popcorn snack and they delivered perfectly! The food simply went beyond our expectations--so delicious! I had many guests tell me it was the best wedding food they ever had and also my Norwegian friend said it was some of the best salmon she had ever had (explaining this is a big compliment from a Norwegian)! Gina and her staff pay attention to detail, are sweethearts and good cooks--what more could you ask for! Thanks Essence of the Thymes!
I would recommend Essence of the Thymes to anyone! I loved this little company! I was a bride planning my wedding from a Read more...
I would recommend Essence of the Thymes to anyone! I loved this little company! I was a bride planning my wedding from a distance and Gina was attentive by email and Skype (her idea!). We had a nice food trial with her and decided to go with her and her staff. We had unconventional requests such as donuts instead of wedding cake and a late night popcorn snack and they delivered perfectly! The food simply went beyond our expectations--so delicious! I had many guests tell me it was the best wedding food they ever had and also my Norwegian friend said it was some of the best salmon she had ever had (explaining this is a big compliment from a Norwegian)! Gina and her staff pay attention to detail, are sweethearts and good cooks--what more could you ask for! Thanks Essence of the Thymes! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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TLH
Wedding:
7/11/2010
5.0/5.0
Gina was great! The whole team was very professional and did a fantastic job. Everyone commented on how delicious the food was - it really made our reception wonderful.
Gina was great! The whole team was very professional and did a fantastic job. Everyone commented on how delicious the food Read more...
Gina was great! The whole team was very professional and did a fantastic job. Everyone commented on how delicious the food was - it really made our reception wonderful. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Mizhidee
Wedding:
6/12/2010
5.0/5.0
If you are looking for a caterer take a good look at Essence of the Thymes! After our tasting they came up with a couple different menus for us and when we asked if they could do some sort of slider sandwich instead of the prime rib for our afternoon reception Gina said let me see what we can come up with. They got back to us in a timely fashion with a suggestion for mini French dip sandwiches which were incredible. We had a wonderful buffet and also rented all of our tables and linens through them at around half the cost of other caterers we had gotten estimates from. We still have people telling us how wonderful the food was and I've had several people tell me it was the best food they'd ever had at a wedding.
If you are looking for a caterer take a good look at Essence of the Thymes! After our tasting they came up with a couple Read more...
If you are looking for a caterer take a good look at Essence of the Thymes! After our tasting they came up with a couple different menus for us and when we asked if they could do some sort of slider sandwich instead of the prime rib for our afternoon reception Gina said let me see what we can come up with. They got back to us in a timely fashion with a suggestion for mini French dip sandwiches which were incredible. We had a wonderful buffet and also rented all of our tables and linens through them at around half the cost of other caterers we had gotten estimates from. We still have people telling us how wonderful the food was and I've had several people tell me it was the best food they'd ever had at a wedding. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Brandi
Wedding:
2/14/2009
5.0/5.0
The food was very good.They were a pleasure to work with.
The food was very good.They were a pleasure to work with.
The food was very good.They were a pleasure to work with. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Kelley
Wedding:
6/9/2007
4.8/5.0
Essence of Thymes is a great off-site catering company. Our first initial meeting, they prepared a few items for us to taste which were amazing. They were super flexible and open to preparing foods not listed on their menu. On the day of our outdoor wedding, they had to improvise a lot due to the rain, but with ample staff, they were still able to pull off a wonderful, covered rainy day picnic. The food was excellent and my favorite part was the wedding pies which Gina handmade for 200 guests. The service was classy and we would highly recommend them.
Essence of Thymes is a great off-site catering company. Our first initial meeting, they prepared a few items for us to Read more...
Essence of Thymes is a great off-site catering company. Our first initial meeting, they prepared a few items for us to taste which were amazing. They were super flexible and open to preparing foods not listed on their menu. On the day of our outdoor wedding, they had to improvise a lot due to the rain, but with ample staff, they were still able to pull off a wonderful, covered rainy day picnic. The food was excellent and my favorite part was the wedding pies which Gina handmade for 200 guests. The service was classy and we would highly recommend them. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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JoshL
Wedding:
5/7/2007
4.7/5.0
Essence of the Thymes provided wonderful food for our wedding day. We had several people compliment the food and there was enough for everyone.
Essence of the Thymes provided wonderful food for our wedding day. We had several people compliment the food and there was Read more...
Essence of the Thymes provided wonderful food for our wedding day. We had several people compliment the food and there was enough for everyone. Read less
Services Used: Catering

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