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Occasions Catering & Special Events

Olympia , WA
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1615 State Ave. NE
Olympia, WA 98506 US (map)

PHONE

360-943-9494

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ABOUT US

We are a full service caterer and by that we mean, we can bring the ideas, dreams and desires you have for your event to fruition. We offer event planning services and are able to care... Read more
We are a full service caterer and by that we mean, we can bring the ideas, dreams and desires you have for your event to fruition. We offer event planning services and are able to care for your event from beginning to end by providing a rich selection of linens, china and service ware, furnishings, as well tenting. Our delicious menus offer delectable hors d'oeuvres, buffet, plated and family style service and we crown the meal with sumptuous desserts. We are also able to offer superb bar service along with event set-up and clean up. 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 bar services do you provide?
Cash Bar, Limited Bar, Open Bar
What alcohol services do you provide?
Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Wine, Premium Liquor, Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
What types of cuisine do you cater?
African, American (New), American (Traditional), Asian, British, Caribbean, Chinese, Creole, French, German, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin American, Mediterranean, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Russian, Southern, Southwestern, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese
Do you accommodate dietary needs?
Gluten Free, Lactose Free, No Pork, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian
What is your maximum catering capacity?
1000

REVIEWS

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Emily
Wedding:
10/25/2014
0.6/5.0
Such a disappointment and waste of money.
Our venue in Tacoma had a list of 5 caterers we could choose from and our initial meeting with Occasions was very good so we went with them. Unfortunately, our original (AMAZING) sales rep quietly left the company very soon after we signed our contract and we didn't find out she was gone for over a month. It wasn't until she e-mailed me from her personal email account to see how I was doing that I had any idea she was no longer handling my event. After that, we worked with the owner, Karla, who left a lot to be desired... All the plans I'd discussed originally were gone and I had to start all over. With a million things on my to-do list, re-explaining what I thought was already decided was the last thing I wanted to do.

Not only that, but she seemed not to understand what Vegan and Gluten-Free meant (as the owner of a catering company, that felt very odd...). We did a plated dinner and Karla kept suggesting Vegetable Lasagna as a Vegan & GF option, which obviously makes no sense on either side. Every time we got a revised contract (which includes all the details from food served to number of servings to linens to timeline, etc.), SOMETHING was off. Numbers would change that we never discussed changing, etc. After a while, my husband and I just stopped bothering to correct the small discrepancies.

On wedding day, the plated dinner service ran way behind schedule and the table #s were set up incorrectly so my parents' tables were far away from the sweetheart table

On several occasions, our e-mails went unanswered for weeks at a time. Our venue and other vendors also had difficulties getting in touch with Karla... You would think that spending ELEVEN THOUSAND DOLLARS would warrant some decent customer service, but in reality, all I got out of the experience was lots of anxiety and frustration. Luckily, the food on wedding day actually was good and the staff were friendly, etc. so our guests were none-the-wiser.
Such a disappointment and waste of money.
Our venue in Tacoma had a list of 5 caterers we could choose from and our Read more...
Such a disappointment and waste of money.
Our venue in Tacoma had a list of 5 caterers we could choose from and our initial meeting with Occasions was very good so we went with them. Unfortunately, our original (AMAZING) sales rep quietly left the company very soon after we signed our contract and we didn't find out she was gone for over a month. It wasn't until she e-mailed me from her personal email account to see how I was doing that I had any idea she was no longer handling my event. After that, we worked with the owner, Karla, who left a lot to be desired... All the plans I'd discussed originally were gone and I had to start all over. With a million things on my to-do list, re-explaining what I thought was already decided was the last thing I wanted to do.

Not only that, but she seemed not to understand what Vegan and Gluten-Free meant (as the owner of a catering company, that felt very odd...). We did a plated dinner and Karla kept suggesting Vegetable Lasagna as a Vegan & GF option, which obviously makes no sense on either side. Every time we got a revised contract (which includes all the details from food served to number of servings to linens to timeline, etc.), SOMETHING was off. Numbers would change that we never discussed changing, etc. After a while, my husband and I just stopped bothering to correct the small discrepancies.

On wedding day, the plated dinner service ran way behind schedule and the table #s were set up incorrectly so my parents' tables were far away from the sweetheart table

On several occasions, our e-mails went unanswered for weeks at a time. Our venue and other vendors also had difficulties getting in touch with Karla... You would think that spending ELEVEN THOUSAND DOLLARS would warrant some decent customer service, but in reality, all I got out of the experience was lots of anxiety and frustration. Luckily, the food on wedding day actually was good and the staff were friendly, etc. so our guests were none-the-wiser. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Beth
Wedding:
8/16/2014
5.0/5.0
We were extremely pleased with the level of service we received from Occasions Catering when we held our wedding reception at the Heritage Room in Olympia. Our guests raved about the food, and the staff was very friendly and easy to work with throughout the evening. Everything was handled in a very professional manner, with our wants/needs for our reception being the main consideration. Even though there was one linen-related discrepancy on the day of setup, I have still awarded Occasions 5 stars, because it was quickly and respectfully handled with no back-and-forth whatsoever, and the final product was exactly as intended. Karla and her staff made planning and carrying out our big day as pleasant and perfect as we we could have hoped for, and I would not hesitate to recommend them to future brides.
We were extremely pleased with the level of service we received from Occasions Catering when we held our wedding reception Read more...
We were extremely pleased with the level of service we received from Occasions Catering when we held our wedding reception at the Heritage Room in Olympia. Our guests raved about the food, and the staff was very friendly and easy to work with throughout the evening. Everything was handled in a very professional manner, with our wants/needs for our reception being the main consideration. Even though there was one linen-related discrepancy on the day of setup, I have still awarded Occasions 5 stars, because it was quickly and respectfully handled with no back-and-forth whatsoever, and the final product was exactly as intended. Karla and her staff made planning and carrying out our big day as pleasant and perfect as we we could have hoped for, and I would not hesitate to recommend them to future brides. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Cate
Wedding:
8/2/2014
5.0/5.0
They did a fantastic job with our 200 person wedding! Their staff was very accommodating and super polite and helpful throughout the event, the food was delicious (they even boxed up the leftovers for us, as we didn't run out of food), all of their hard work and communication throughout the process was wonderful! They helped make our big day such a memorable experience and I would choose them again in a heartbeat!
They did a fantastic job with our 200 person wedding! Their staff was very accommodating and super polite and helpful Read more...
They did a fantastic job with our 200 person wedding! Their staff was very accommodating and super polite and helpful throughout the event, the food was delicious (they even boxed up the leftovers for us, as we didn't run out of food), all of their hard work and communication throughout the process was wonderful! They helped make our big day such a memorable experience and I would choose them again in a heartbeat! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.6/5.0
Great service, executed everything we requested, good tasting food & lots of great feedback from our guests!
Great service, executed everything we requested, good tasting food & lots of great feedback from our guests!
Great service, executed everything we requested, good tasting food & lots of great feedback from our guests! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Jessica
Wedding:
8/3/2013
1.0/5.0
I had a terrible experience with this company. I have never dealt with a more disrespectful business. I absolutely would not recommend. They are much more interested in making their money than helping the bride create her special day. The first in person meeting I had with my consultant and the owner I let shaking and in tears. Plain and simple, they are mean people, and once that contract is signed they don't seem to care how they treat those employing their services. Several times the consultant make completely irrelevant and unprofessional comments about my mother.
While the food wasn't terrible, it did not live up to the quality one would expect after paying several thousand dollars for the service.
The coffee service was not stocked, and we ended up having to provide our own creamers and containers, and while the buffet was set up, no plates or utensils were lain. No accent linens were lain, and the cloth themselves were thrown sloppily on the tables. The staff was continuously found snacking on the ordered food, and it was hard to find a single smile amongst the staff. I was embarrassed as my guests continuously complained about the food, the service and the presentation.
Several thousand dollars down the drain later, I sincerely wish I had reconsidered my choice for caterers.
I had a terrible experience with this company. I have never dealt with a more disrespectful business. I absolutely would Read more...
I had a terrible experience with this company. I have never dealt with a more disrespectful business. I absolutely would not recommend. They are much more interested in making their money than helping the bride create her special day. The first in person meeting I had with my consultant and the owner I let shaking and in tears. Plain and simple, they are mean people, and once that contract is signed they don't seem to care how they treat those employing their services. Several times the consultant make completely irrelevant and unprofessional comments about my mother.
While the food wasn't terrible, it did not live up to the quality one would expect after paying several thousand dollars for the service.
The coffee service was not stocked, and we ended up having to provide our own creamers and containers, and while the buffet was set up, no plates or utensils were lain. No accent linens were lain, and the cloth themselves were thrown sloppily on the tables. The staff was continuously found snacking on the ordered food, and it was hard to find a single smile amongst the staff. I was embarrassed as my guests continuously complained about the food, the service and the presentation.
Several thousand dollars down the drain later, I sincerely wish I had reconsidered my choice for caterers. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.9/5.0
Great service, great food. Would recommend.
Great service, great food. Would recommend.
Great service, great food. Would recommend. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Dior
Wedding:
8/11/2012
4.8/5.0
Excellent value, delicious food, very helpful and attentive staff. Everything on my menu was raved about by my guests. They made my wedding very easy.
Excellent value, delicious food, very helpful and attentive staff. Everything on my menu was raved about by my guests. Read more...
Excellent value, delicious food, very helpful and attentive staff. Everything on my menu was raved about by my guests. They made my wedding very easy. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
3.1/5.0
They were very hard to get a hold of prior to the wedding to work out the details and then certain terms were not clear until a week before the wedding. When I found out I needed to purchase additional items that I thought were included but were not. The day of the wedding the food and service was great. The bar tenders cut people off way too early, and was a little unprofessional to family members.
They were very hard to get a hold of prior to the wedding to work out the details and then certain terms were not clear Read more...
They were very hard to get a hold of prior to the wedding to work out the details and then certain terms were not clear until a week before the wedding. When I found out I needed to purchase additional items that I thought were included but were not. The day of the wedding the food and service was great. The bar tenders cut people off way too early, and was a little unprofessional to family members. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Katie
Wedding:
10/15/2011
5.0/5.0
Good food and really good service
Good food and really good service
Good food and really good service Read less
Services Used: Catering
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masco24
Wedding:
10/2/2010
5.0/5.0
I can't begin to tell you how wonderful Occasions Catering was. They were professional, dressed profressional, were very polite and very hard working. They accustomed to what we wanted and went beyond our expectations. The food is amazing and all of your guests will rave about it.
I can't begin to tell you how wonderful Occasions Catering was. They were professional, dressed profressional, were very Read more...
I can't begin to tell you how wonderful Occasions Catering was. They were professional, dressed profressional, were very polite and very hard working. They accustomed to what we wanted and went beyond our expectations. The food is amazing and all of your guests will rave about it. Read less
Services Used: Catering

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