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The Upper Crust Catering

Seattle , WA
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8420 greenwood ave n
Seattle, WA 98103 US (map)

PHONE

206-783-1826

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ABOUT US

Origins and Purpose Founded in 1984, The Upper Crust Catering has catered thousands of weddings, corporate events, and parties throughout the Pacific Northwest. We are driven by our... Read more
Origins and Purpose Founded in 1984, The Upper Crust Catering has catered thousands of weddings, corporate events, and parties throughout the Pacific Northwest. We are driven by our passion for people and our passion for food in everything we do. This extends not only to the guests we serve on a daily basis but also to the overlooked and marginalized in society. Service through Urban Hands For over a decade, Upper Crust has served high quality meals to roughly 1,000 hungry individuals a week through our nonprofit arm Urban Hands and our partnerships with local nonprofits including Tent City 3, the Organization for Prostitution Survivors (OPS), Street Youth Ministries, Julia’s Place, Community Dinners, and DADS (Divine Alternatives for Dads Services). We believe everyone is entitled to a warm nutritious meal, and we’ll do what it takes to make that happen. Any leftovers are returned to Upper Crust and shared with the community on next day as well. Second Chance Job Opportunities In addition to our meal program, The Upper Crust has committed itself to providing real sustainable jobs to those who need a helping hand. A portion of our laborforce comes from our partnerships with local nonprofits. We are committed to providing liveable wages, teaching culinary skills, and believe everyone is entitled to a second chance to pursue their dreams. For additional information on employment opportunities, please contact us directly at info@theuppercrustcatering.com. Read less
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INFO FOR CATERING

What event services do you provide?
Clean Up, Set Up
What catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cake Cutting, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, Hors d'oeuvres, Outside Cake OK, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings
What types of cuisine do you cater?
African, American, Asian, British, Cajun, Caribbean, Chinese, Ethiopian, French, German, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin American, Local, Mediterranean, Mexican, Russian, Southern, Southwestern, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese
What dietary needs can you accommodate?
Gluten Free, Kosher, Lactose Free, No Pork, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Liquor License, Outside Alcohol OK, Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
Which of the following items can you provide?
Chairs, Tables
Which of the following items can you provide?
Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens

REVIEWS

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Danielle
Wedding:
3/13/2015
5.0/5.0
The moment we were in contact with Upper Crust we were getting much more information than other vendors about what we could have and do. It's such a relief to not have to beg for information and wait days for emails, wondering about what is possible. I work nights and conducted most of my correspondence by email and it was not a problem. If I did call, Bethany was prompt and friendly and knew exactly who I was and where we were at in the process. Upper Crust was able to execute a pipe and drape backdrop with fabric for my ceremony area. Instead of having to deal with an additional rental company, they just did it all. All the rental stuff just was easy to add and describe and it was done. And the rates they charged were the same as what I was seeing for hiring separate rental companies. Our food was awesome. There were details that happened that I wasn't even expecting like having nice champagne serving trays or a framed menu to describe the food to my guests. We had the ceremony immediately before the food was to be served and in the same space and it was no issue.
The moment we were in contact with Upper Crust we were getting much more information than other vendors about what we Read more...
The moment we were in contact with Upper Crust we were getting much more information than other vendors about what we could have and do. It's such a relief to not have to beg for information and wait days for emails, wondering about what is possible. I work nights and conducted most of my correspondence by email and it was not a problem. If I did call, Bethany was prompt and friendly and knew exactly who I was and where we were at in the process. Upper Crust was able to execute a pipe and drape backdrop with fabric for my ceremony area. Instead of having to deal with an additional rental company, they just did it all. All the rental stuff just was easy to add and describe and it was done. And the rates they charged were the same as what I was seeing for hiring separate rental companies. Our food was awesome. There were details that happened that I wasn't even expecting like having nice champagne serving trays or a framed menu to describe the food to my guests. We had the ceremony immediately before the food was to be served and in the same space and it was no issue. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Rentals & Photobooths
The Upper Crust Catering responded with the following comments:

Thank you Danielle for the amazing words. We are so glad that you had such a great experience with us.
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jaclyn
Wedding:
11/8/2014
5.0/5.0
I was so excited to find that Upper Crust had a banquet room that could fit my 35 person rehearsal dinner. I have always loved their food and atmosphere, and the very private banquet room was an excellent venue for our special night. Everyone we spoke with was extremely accommodating to all of our requests, including having a gluten- and dairy- free option. We didn't have to put down a deposit until another group requested the same night for their event, making it easy to book with them, knowing we could change our minds if something came up. The food was excellent and we were all served in a timely fashion. It was great to have the projector and screen at our disposal, which we used to show a slide show during the event. Excellent service and just a great night! Thanks!
I was so excited to find that Upper Crust had a banquet room that could fit my 35 person rehearsal dinner. I have always Read more...
I was so excited to find that Upper Crust had a banquet room that could fit my 35 person rehearsal dinner. I have always loved their food and atmosphere, and the very private banquet room was an excellent venue for our special night. Everyone we spoke with was extremely accommodating to all of our requests, including having a gluten- and dairy- free option. We didn't have to put down a deposit until another group requested the same night for their event, making it easy to book with them, knowing we could change our minds if something came up. The food was excellent and we were all served in a timely fashion. It was great to have the projector and screen at our disposal, which we used to show a slide show during the event. Excellent service and just a great night! Thanks! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Teasha
Wedding:
7/13/2013
5.0/5.0
I got married July 13th at The Fremont Abbey in Seattle. Upper Crust is one of there preferred caterers. I was thinking of paying the fee and using an outside caterer that I worked with before, but decided to meet with the preferred caters first to see what options there were. Once meeting with Upper Crust it was a done deal. My husband and I spent hours at our first meeting, just having great conversation with Joey. I started out with just the basics for my wedding day, then because of the amazing service ended up using Upper Crust for everything (guest tables, cocktail tables, linens, runners, appetizers etc). I am kind of a control freak because so was stressing about all that Upper Crust had to do on my wedding day thinking it seemed like to much for a few people to handle (Bar, Set up tables, linens, appetizers and drinks, buffet and the list goes on) but boy did they deliver. Everything was PERFECT. They followed through on everything (and more) they said would. I was beyond impressed with the staff that worked my wedding. They were fast, accommodating, kind, and focused. Did I also mention the food was DELICIOUS? Everyone came up to me telling me how wonderful it was. Thank you Joey and to everyone at Upper Crust for making my wedding day perfect. You were a pleasure to work with and I look forward to the next time we cross paths.
I got married July 13th at The Fremont Abbey in Seattle. Upper Crust is one of there preferred caterers. I was thinking of Read more...
I got married July 13th at The Fremont Abbey in Seattle. Upper Crust is one of there preferred caterers. I was thinking of paying the fee and using an outside caterer that I worked with before, but decided to meet with the preferred caters first to see what options there were. Once meeting with Upper Crust it was a done deal. My husband and I spent hours at our first meeting, just having great conversation with Joey. I started out with just the basics for my wedding day, then because of the amazing service ended up using Upper Crust for everything (guest tables, cocktail tables, linens, runners, appetizers etc). I am kind of a control freak because so was stressing about all that Upper Crust had to do on my wedding day thinking it seemed like to much for a few people to handle (Bar, Set up tables, linens, appetizers and drinks, buffet and the list goes on) but boy did they deliver. Everything was PERFECT. They followed through on everything (and more) they said would. I was beyond impressed with the staff that worked my wedding. They were fast, accommodating, kind, and focused. Did I also mention the food was DELICIOUS? Everyone came up to me telling me how wonderful it was. Thank you Joey and to everyone at Upper Crust for making my wedding day perfect. You were a pleasure to work with and I look forward to the next time we cross paths. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Trulee
Wedding:
6/11/2010
5.0/5.0
The Upper Crust Catering was on the upper crust of service. Many great complements from all guest on the food. Also this company was great to work with form beginning to end, they made everything simple and took the work away from me. I would use the Upper Crust Catering for future events and am very glad that I used them for my wedding.
The Upper Crust Catering was on the upper crust of service. Many great complements from all guest on the food. Also this Read more...
The Upper Crust Catering was on the upper crust of service. Many great complements from all guest on the food. Also this company was great to work with form beginning to end, they made everything simple and took the work away from me. I would use the Upper Crust Catering for future events and am very glad that I used them for my wedding. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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hollytokip
Wedding:
6/18/2005
5.0/5.0
I was very impressed by Jim Lustig and his company, The Upper Crust Catering. Jim met with my parents and fiance personally about 5 months before our wedding. He was the ONLY caterer we met with that actually quoted us a price under our budget. Every other caterer quoted us something near to, but over our budget. I felt that showed that Jim cared much more than other caterers.
He spent hours going over a menu with us that included everything from lamb to vegetarian dishes (some of my relatives and friends are vegetarian). ALL the dishes were amazing when we had our taste test, which was included in the price of the catering.
On the day of the wedding the Upper Crust showed up with plenty of time to cook all the food for 115 people and did a fantastic job on the display table for our sit down dinner buffet. All the staff was very attentive and made my husband and me a plate with every dish on it so we could try them all.
Years later our guests are STILL commenting on how great the food was. The Upper Crust Catering did an amazing job or catering to our desires and making fabulous food. Way to go, Jim!
I was very impressed by Jim Lustig and his company, The Upper Crust Catering. Jim met with my parents and fiance Read more...
I was very impressed by Jim Lustig and his company, The Upper Crust Catering. Jim met with my parents and fiance personally about 5 months before our wedding. He was the ONLY caterer we met with that actually quoted us a price under our budget. Every other caterer quoted us something near to, but over our budget. I felt that showed that Jim cared much more than other caterers.
He spent hours going over a menu with us that included everything from lamb to vegetarian dishes (some of my relatives and friends are vegetarian). ALL the dishes were amazing when we had our taste test, which was included in the price of the catering.
On the day of the wedding the Upper Crust showed up with plenty of time to cook all the food for 115 people and did a fantastic job on the display table for our sit down dinner buffet. All the staff was very attentive and made my husband and me a plate with every dish on it so we could try them all.
Years later our guests are STILL commenting on how great the food was. The Upper Crust Catering did an amazing job or catering to our desires and making fabulous food. Way to go, Jim! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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amy
Wedding:
3/16/2013
4.9/5.0
Great job. Food was fabulous. We had a small wedfing (70 guests). Would use them again for a large gathering.
Great job. Food was fabulous. We had a small wedfing (70 guests). Would use them again for a large gathering.
Great job. Food was fabulous. We had a small wedfing (70 guests). Would use them again for a large gathering. Read less
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Kristin
Wedding:
7/5/2014
4.8/5.0
Upper Crust catered my wedding in July. Joey was so great - always emailed me right back, scheduled phone calls and tastings. I never felt like they were trying to "up sell" me and while my budget wasn't huge, they made us feel like we were very important. The food was amazing and loved by all! The Bartender could have used a little guidance on the beer taps (CO2 was over pressurized so it ran out before the beer did) and mixed drink lacked a few ingredients...but otherwise very stellar choice! Linens were gorgeous and they made our day stress less. I would highly recommend Upper Crust catering. Thank you, Joey!
Upper Crust catered my wedding in July. Joey was so great - always emailed me right back, scheduled phone calls and Read more...
Upper Crust catered my wedding in July. Joey was so great - always emailed me right back, scheduled phone calls and tastings. I never felt like they were trying to "up sell" me and while my budget wasn't huge, they made us feel like we were very important. The food was amazing and loved by all! The Bartender could have used a little guidance on the beer taps (CO2 was over pressurized so it ran out before the beer did) and mixed drink lacked a few ingredients...but otherwise very stellar choice! Linens were gorgeous and they made our day stress less. I would highly recommend Upper Crust catering. Thank you, Joey! Read less
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Wendy
Wedding:
9/14/2013
4.8/5.0
The food was excellent. We had over 200 guests and everyone's food was good. The passed appetizers received rave reviews as did the risotto stuffed chicken. The company was easy to work with and responded promptly to our requests. The contract was clear and easy to understand what was included. We would use them again and had several guests ask for their contact informatiom.
The food was excellent. We had over 200 guests and everyone's food was good. The passed appetizers received rave reviews Read more...
The food was excellent. We had over 200 guests and everyone's food was good. The passed appetizers received rave reviews as did the risotto stuffed chicken. The company was easy to work with and responded promptly to our requests. The contract was clear and easy to understand what was included. We would use them again and had several guests ask for their contact informatiom. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Private User
Wedding:
9/21/2014
4.3/5.0
Joey was a pleasure to work with! Friendly, helpful in setting up the menu and timeline. The food was delicious, and we received multiple comments about everything! We were delighted with their food.
Joey was a pleasure to work with! Friendly, helpful in setting up the menu and timeline. The food was delicious, and we Read more...
Joey was a pleasure to work with! Friendly, helpful in setting up the menu and timeline. The food was delicious, and we received multiple comments about everything! We were delighted with their food. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
3.6/5.0
We interviewed and had tastings with about half a dozen caterers for our 90-person wedding and the result was this: the ones with great food had unresponsive staff while the ones with great staff had bad food. We went with Upper Crust because they seemed to be happy medium and the best rate.
PRO's:
- Staff, and especially Joey was great to work with, answered e-mails & phone calls in a timely manner, professional
- They have their own dishes, silverware, linen and stemware so you don't have to pay extra (at least $1000) to rent these items like at many other caterers we looked at.
- They didn't add on mandatory gratuity or lots of extra fees.
- No min. order - if your guest count drops you don't have to pay extra.
- Flexible menu and tastings. We also requested that they source produce from a farm on our venue for the salads for dinner and Joey made that happen while the other caterers we interviewed didn't want to.
- They do great charity work in their community feeding homeless people and donating their services and products to other charitable organizations.
CON's:
- The food was not great - just ok. Our pork and salmon were overcooked and the rice pilaf side lacked some of the ingredients we had during the tastings. We were ok w/ not getting the best food from the beginning because we decided that since catering is our biggest cost we were going to cut back on this.
- The staff arrived late on our wedding day which put extra stress on our friends who were putting decorations on the tables.
- Lackluster presentation of food - one of the cringe-worthy thing was the sauce for the pork chops being served from a beverage jug.
- I wanted rectangular table cloths for our rectangular tables and Upper Crust only had round table cloths so they agreed to order rectangular ones for us. On the wedding day I only saw the round table cloths. One of them was also missing (and we did have to pay to rent each table cloth).
We interviewed and had tastings with about half a dozen caterers for our 90-person wedding and the result was this: the Read more...
We interviewed and had tastings with about half a dozen caterers for our 90-person wedding and the result was this: the ones with great food had unresponsive staff while the ones with great staff had bad food. We went with Upper Crust because they seemed to be happy medium and the best rate.
PRO's:
- Staff, and especially Joey was great to work with, answered e-mails & phone calls in a timely manner, professional
- They have their own dishes, silverware, linen and stemware so you don't have to pay extra (at least $1000) to rent these items like at many other caterers we looked at.
- They didn't add on mandatory gratuity or lots of extra fees.
- No min. order - if your guest count drops you don't have to pay extra.
- Flexible menu and tastings. We also requested that they source produce from a farm on our venue for the salads for dinner and Joey made that happen while the other caterers we interviewed didn't want to.
- They do great charity work in their community feeding homeless people and donating their services and products to other charitable organizations.
CON's:
- The food was not great - just ok. Our pork and salmon were overcooked and the rice pilaf side lacked some of the ingredients we had during the tastings. We were ok w/ not getting the best food from the beginning because we decided that since catering is our biggest cost we were going to cut back on this.
- The staff arrived late on our wedding day which put extra stress on our friends who were putting decorations on the tables.
- Lackluster presentation of food - one of the cringe-worthy thing was the sauce for the pork chops being served from a beverage jug.
- I wanted rectangular table cloths for our rectangular tables and Upper Crust only had round table cloths so they agreed to order rectangular ones for us. On the wedding day I only saw the round table cloths. One of them was also missing (and we did have to pay to rent each table cloth). Read less
Services Used: Catering

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