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Timothy S. Hopkins Catering

Essex , MA
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8 Scott's Way
Essex, MA 01929 US (map)

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978-768-9990

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ABOUT US

Welcome

We are excited to plan a truly wonderful and stylish affair - just for you. We customize each of our MENUS to reflect the personal taste and budget of our clients. We... Read more
Welcome

We are excited to plan a truly wonderful and stylish affair - just for you. We customize each of our MENUS to reflect the personal taste and budget of our clients. We will prepare your food with expertise and care at our KITCHEN and will serve it at your home, company or special VENUE. We are especially excited to announce our new association with Bass Rocks Golf Club in Gloucester, MA where we are now the exclusive caterer.

Tim and Paul, partners at Tim Hopkins Catering, have more than 25 years of experience each in the culinarly world. Not only will we prepare your food to perfection, we can orchestrate the entire event from start to finish.

We have handled everything from intimate family dinners to extravagant corporate galas to weddings of 250 guests. Our seasoned team of sous-chefs, servers and bartenders attend to each event with a consistently refined touch.

We are personally involved in every aspect of your event. We meet with you to discuss your thoughts and answer questions. We hand-select the freshest, seasonal ingredients. We oversee menu tastings. On the day of your event, we're there to orchestrate every last detail. We give 110 percent. This is how we run our company.

Our philosophy about food is simple: local is better. Whenever possible, we insist on local, hand-picked produce and seafood caught from nearby shores. We believe in supporting the many small and wonderful farms in our backyard rather than purchasing fruits and vegetables from afar. Buying locally is good for the environment, and it helps protect the agricultural way of life in Essex County and Massachusetts as a whole.

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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?
Limited Bar
What types of cuisine do you cater?
American (New), American (Traditional), Asian, British, Cajun, Caribbean, Chinese, Creole, French, German, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Latin American, Mediterranean, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Pan-Asian, Russian, Southern, Southwestern, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese
Do you accommodate dietary needs?
Gluten Free, Lactose Free, No Pork, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian
Do you offer a tasting for potential clients?
Yes
Are you also able to provide the wedding cake?
Yes, we work with a wonderful pastry chef.
If a bride decides to bring her own wedding cake, do you have a cake cutting fee? If yes, how much is the fee?
No cutting fee.
Are you licensed to sell alcohol? If yes, where are you licensed?
No we are not licensed to sell alchohol. 
 We are licensed to serve alcohol.
Do you allow outside alcohol? If yes, what is the corkage fee?
Yes, we allow outside alcohol and recommend quantities to our clients. There is no corkage fee. However , we do charge for bar set-up and liquor liability insurance
Do you provide rentals for items such as linens and flatware?
Silver rimmed china, shell embossed flatware and glasses are included in our proposals. We work with vendors to provide other rentals including linens.
Are you able to provide your own wait staff?
Yes
What is your maximum catering capacity?
1000

REVIEWS

4.9
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Tim and his team, especially Britt, were incredible to work with. My family and I met the group while visiting the Crane Estate's annual wedding vendor expo. We could tell right off the bat that Tim was so passionate about his food.

Once we decide to book TSH, Britt was our main point-person - and she was amazing. She was really knowledgeable about the food and had great suggestions to make our wedding appetizers and meals really well-rounded. She was always a trusted voice during our conversations.

The whole team prepared an incredible tasting for us - allowing us to taste all our appetizers, all of our main dishes, dessert and wine. Being in Tim's kitchen really solidified our excitement to work with the whole team.

And then the main event... My husband and I were married just over three weeks ago in Ipswich, MA. It happened to be the night of an epic summer thunderstorm. Halfway through cocktail hour, a huge bolt of lightening struck the Estate where our reception was being held and knocked out all the power. Rather than panic, Britt came right up to me assured me and my husband that they'd do everything they could to still make the evening a success - and they couldn't have pulled through any stronger!

Not only did they hand light the massive gas ovens/stoves in the kitchen, but by candlelight, they prepared the most amazing food. Our guests are still talking about how perfectly the filet was served. Everything was brought out on schedule and hot for our guests to enjoy. I have no idea how the chefs and servers managed to prepare and serve a wedding of 165 people by candlelight - they were incredible.

I HIGHLY recommend TSH - not only for their incredible food, but for their ability to pretty much pull off a seamless event despite even the craziest circumstances!
Tim and his team, especially Britt, were incredible to work with. My family and I met the group while visiting the Crane Read more...
Tim and his team, especially Britt, were incredible to work with. My family and I met the group while visiting the Crane Estate's annual wedding vendor expo. We could tell right off the bat that Tim was so passionate about his food.

Once we decide to book TSH, Britt was our main point-person - and she was amazing. She was really knowledgeable about the food and had great suggestions to make our wedding appetizers and meals really well-rounded. She was always a trusted voice during our conversations.

The whole team prepared an incredible tasting for us - allowing us to taste all our appetizers, all of our main dishes, dessert and wine. Being in Tim's kitchen really solidified our excitement to work with the whole team.

And then the main event... My husband and I were married just over three weeks ago in Ipswich, MA. It happened to be the night of an epic summer thunderstorm. Halfway through cocktail hour, a huge bolt of lightening struck the Estate where our reception was being held and knocked out all the power. Rather than panic, Britt came right up to me assured me and my husband that they'd do everything they could to still make the evening a success - and they couldn't have pulled through any stronger!

Not only did they hand light the massive gas ovens/stoves in the kitchen, but by candlelight, they prepared the most amazing food. Our guests are still talking about how perfectly the filet was served. Everything was brought out on schedule and hot for our guests to enjoy. I have no idea how the chefs and servers managed to prepare and serve a wedding of 165 people by candlelight - they were incredible.

I HIGHLY recommend TSH - not only for their incredible food, but for their ability to pretty much pull off a seamless event despite even the craziest circumstances! Read less
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Timothy S. Hopkins Catering responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much for taking the time to give us such a great review! We really appreciate it!

The TSH Team
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We hired Tim after trying samples from nine different caterers at a bridal show. His food is outstanding, and he completely customized a menu for us according to our vision. Tim was there to guide us through our tasting, and the food on the night of the wedding was just as incredible. He also has some amazing people working for him who answered all of my questions, multiple times a day. I can't recommend enough!
We hired Tim after trying samples from nine different caterers at a bridal show. His food is outstanding, and he Read more...
We hired Tim after trying samples from nine different caterers at a bridal show. His food is outstanding, and he completely customized a menu for us according to our vision. Tim was there to guide us through our tasting, and the food on the night of the wedding was just as incredible. He also has some amazing people working for him who answered all of my questions, multiple times a day. I can't recommend enough! Read less
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Timothy S. Hopkins Catering responded with the following comments:

Thank you for all of your nice comments. We really appreciate it!
The TSH Team
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Katrina
Wedding:
6/7/2014
4.9/5.0
These guys are seriously the best. We worked with Tim, Britt and the team for both our rehearsal dinner and our wedding. My husband and I are both really into food and wanted to do some more creative stuff at both events, and TSH was not only willing to work with us on it - they were EXCITED to do so! We had so much fun with their fried clam station, their late-night bacon bar at the wedding, and their beautiful BBQ spread at our rehearsal dinner. Everyone was commenting on how great the food was at both events and how beautiful everything looked. While I definitely would not say they are inexpensive, after tasting the food I am positive that they were worth every penny. Thanks for a FANTASTIC weekend, TSH!
These guys are seriously the best. We worked with Tim, Britt and the team for both our rehearsal dinner and our wedding. Read more...
These guys are seriously the best. We worked with Tim, Britt and the team for both our rehearsal dinner and our wedding. My husband and I are both really into food and wanted to do some more creative stuff at both events, and TSH was not only willing to work with us on it - they were EXCITED to do so! We had so much fun with their fried clam station, their late-night bacon bar at the wedding, and their beautiful BBQ spread at our rehearsal dinner. Everyone was commenting on how great the food was at both events and how beautiful everything looked. While I definitely would not say they are inexpensive, after tasting the food I am positive that they were worth every penny. Thanks for a FANTASTIC weekend, TSH! Read less
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Timothy S. Hopkins Catering responded with the following comments:

Hi Katrina,
Thanks so much for taking the time to review us this summer. We really appreciate it!
Our Best,
The TSH Team
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Katrina
Wedding:
6/7/2014
4.9/5.0
These guys are seriously the best. We worked with Tim, Britt and the team for both our rehearsal dinner and our wedding. My husband and I are both really into food and wanted to do some more creative stuff at both events, and TSH was not only willing to work with us on it - they were EXCITED to do so! We had so much fun with their fried clam station, their late-night bacon bar at the wedding, and their beautiful BBQ spread at our rehearsal dinner. Everyone was commenting on how great the food was at both events and how beautiful everything looked. While I definitely would not say they are inexpensive, after tasting the food I am positive that they were worth every penny. Thanks for a FANTASTIC weekend, TSH!
These guys are seriously the best. We worked with Tim, Britt and the team for both our rehearsal dinner and our wedding. Read more...
These guys are seriously the best. We worked with Tim, Britt and the team for both our rehearsal dinner and our wedding. My husband and I are both really into food and wanted to do some more creative stuff at both events, and TSH was not only willing to work with us on it - they were EXCITED to do so! We had so much fun with their fried clam station, their late-night bacon bar at the wedding, and their beautiful BBQ spread at our rehearsal dinner. Everyone was commenting on how great the food was at both events and how beautiful everything looked. While I definitely would not say they are inexpensive, after tasting the food I am positive that they were worth every penny. Thanks for a FANTASTIC weekend, TSH! Read less
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Timothy S. Hopkins Catering responded with the following comments:

Thank you SO much for this wonderful review! It was truly a pleasure to cater for you and your family and friends!

Sincerely,
The TSH Catering Team
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Katrina
Wedding:
6/7/2014
4.9/5.0
These guys are seriously the best. We worked with Tim, Britt and the team for both our rehearsal dinner and our wedding. My husband and I are both really into food and wanted to do some more creative stuff at both events, and TSH was not only willing to work with us on it - they were EXCITED to do so! We had so much fun with their fried clam station, their late-night bacon bar at the wedding, and their beautiful BBQ spread at our rehearsal dinner. Everyone was commenting on how great the food was at both events and how beautiful everything looked. While I definitely would not say they are inexpensive, after tasting the food I am positive that they were worth every penny. Thanks for a FANTASTIC weekend, TSH!
These guys are seriously the best. We worked with Tim, Britt and the team for both our rehearsal dinner and our wedding. Read more...
These guys are seriously the best. We worked with Tim, Britt and the team for both our rehearsal dinner and our wedding. My husband and I are both really into food and wanted to do some more creative stuff at both events, and TSH was not only willing to work with us on it - they were EXCITED to do so! We had so much fun with their fried clam station, their late-night bacon bar at the wedding, and their beautiful BBQ spread at our rehearsal dinner. Everyone was commenting on how great the food was at both events and how beautiful everything looked. While I definitely would not say they are inexpensive, after tasting the food I am positive that they were worth every penny. Thanks for a FANTASTIC weekend, TSH! Read less
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Courtney
Wedding:
8/30/2013
5.0/5.0
Their food is outstanding!!! I can't tell you how many guests continue to talk about the food, even weeks after the wedding. I continue to hear comments like, "I never remember wedding food but your meal was one of the best ones I've had" or "the appetizers were amazing and there were sooo many of them" and " I wish I asked for a doggie bag, it was that good".
Their food is outstanding!!! I can't tell you how many guests continue to talk about the food, even weeks after the Read more...
Their food is outstanding!!! I can't tell you how many guests continue to talk about the food, even weeks after the wedding. I continue to hear comments like, "I never remember wedding food but your meal was one of the best ones I've had" or "the appetizers were amazing and there were sooo many of them" and " I wish I asked for a doggie bag, it was that good". Read less
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Timothy S. Hopkins Catering responded with the following comments:

Thanks so much for the great review, Courtney!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Everyone raved about the food!! We went with stations and the selection was fantastic. We specifically worked with Sita and Leslie and they were very professional, friendly and a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend Timothy Hopkins (and specifically Sita and Leslie) to anyone looking for delicious food and an overall great experience!,
Everyone raved about the food!! We went with stations and the selection was fantastic. We specifically worked with Sita Read more...
Everyone raved about the food!! We went with stations and the selection was fantastic. We specifically worked with Sita and Leslie and they were very professional, friendly and a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend Timothy Hopkins (and specifically Sita and Leslie) to anyone looking for delicious food and an overall great experience!, Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.6/5.0
We LOVED having Timothy Hopkins cater our wedding. There are only two local vendors in Ipswich, and we opted to go with Timothy because he offered tastings, and because most of our wedding guests were flying in, a tasting was a must.

He was open to any and all menu ideas and was easy to get along with. Because we changed/tweaked our menu, he had a second tasting for us to ensure we liked everything. His assistant - the planner - was a little scattered brained, but nonetheless, responsive enough that it didn't scare us off.

He did a fabulous job!
We LOVED having Timothy Hopkins cater our wedding. There are only two local vendors in Ipswich, and we opted to go with Read more...
We LOVED having Timothy Hopkins cater our wedding. There are only two local vendors in Ipswich, and we opted to go with Timothy because he offered tastings, and because most of our wedding guests were flying in, a tasting was a must.

He was open to any and all menu ideas and was easy to get along with. Because we changed/tweaked our menu, he had a second tasting for us to ensure we liked everything. His assistant - the planner - was a little scattered brained, but nonetheless, responsive enough that it didn't scare us off.

He did a fabulous job! Read less
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Deborah
Wedding:
5/28/2012
5.0/5.0
My daughter and her fiancee went to different caterers to sample their selections. Both being major "foodies" who watch the cooking shows and like to cook for each other, they had definite ideas about what they wanted. When they spent time with Tim Hopkins catering, they were in heaven. They found creative and different, (not the usual) appetizers, entrees and desserts. This man is loaded with off the chart ideas. As to be expected, our guests could not stop talking......about the range and scope of tasty treats, from little heart shaped beet appetizers to, mini hamburg and hot dog sliders and sweet potato fries right at the end, little ice cream cones and milk and cookies. And just when you thought it might end, something more came around. My daughter and her husband were thrilled with everything as all of our guests were. Most said they had never, ever seen anything like it. Thank you Tim and crew!
My daughter and her fiancee went to different caterers to sample their selections. Both being major "foodies" who watch Read more...
My daughter and her fiancee went to different caterers to sample their selections. Both being major "foodies" who watch the cooking shows and like to cook for each other, they had definite ideas about what they wanted. When they spent time with Tim Hopkins catering, they were in heaven. They found creative and different, (not the usual) appetizers, entrees and desserts. This man is loaded with off the chart ideas. As to be expected, our guests could not stop talking......about the range and scope of tasty treats, from little heart shaped beet appetizers to, mini hamburg and hot dog sliders and sweet potato fries right at the end, little ice cream cones and milk and cookies. And just when you thought it might end, something more came around. My daughter and her husband were thrilled with everything as all of our guests were. Most said they had never, ever seen anything like it. Thank you Tim and crew! Read less
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Timothy S. Hopkins Catering responded with the following comments:

Thank you for taking the time to post this wonderful review! We work really hard to make our weddings perfect and it's nice to know you noticed! Have a wonderful summer!

The TSH Catering Team
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Jennifer
Wedding:
9/10/2011
5.0/5.0
We hired Timothy S. Hopkins Catering for 3 events over our wedding weekend (Groom's dinner, reception & Sunday brunch). Paul was amazing to work with and was so helpful to me as a bride who was planning a wedding in MA from Minnesota. Paul was always on top of the details and helped with logistics that we knew nothing about. People raved about the food all weekend from the simple bbq for the Groom's dinner to the fabulous appetizers at the reception to the classy brunch on Sunday. Our only complaint is that we didn't get to try enough of the apps since we immediately went into socializing. We (and our guests) were so impressed with the professionalism of the staff - anytime someone needed something, they immediately took care of it. Everything was elegant and classy but without being pretentious. We'd highly recommend TSH!
We hired Timothy S. Hopkins Catering for 3 events over our wedding weekend (Groom's dinner, reception & Sunday brunch). Read more...
We hired Timothy S. Hopkins Catering for 3 events over our wedding weekend (Groom's dinner, reception & Sunday brunch). Paul was amazing to work with and was so helpful to me as a bride who was planning a wedding in MA from Minnesota. Paul was always on top of the details and helped with logistics that we knew nothing about. People raved about the food all weekend from the simple bbq for the Groom's dinner to the fabulous appetizers at the reception to the classy brunch on Sunday. Our only complaint is that we didn't get to try enough of the apps since we immediately went into socializing. We (and our guests) were so impressed with the professionalism of the staff - anytime someone needed something, they immediately took care of it. Everything was elegant and classy but without being pretentious. We'd highly recommend TSH! Read less
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