Popular Catering Menu's in Tacoma Seattle Areas Summer 2024

#1  Rainier Buffet

#2 Appetizer Buffet

#3 BBQ Buffet

#4 Luau Buffet

#5 Fiesta Buffet

All of our menus come standard with the following:

– China Plates and Polished Silverware

– Linen Napkins and Polished Chaffers 

– Staff to Bus Tables

(Buffet can be open for up to 90min, once food service starts. This is per the guidelines of The Health Department. If there are leftovers after food service ends, clients are welcome to box up any remaining food to take home.)

Taste of The Town Catering
Premiere Caterer in Tacoma/Seattle

July 15th, 2024

Taste of The Town Catering is the premiere caterer in the greater Tacoma/Seattle area. We are the highest rated Tacoma caterer on Google, and have the most 5-Star Reviews out of any caterer in the Greater Tacoma area. 

We have been catering parties, weddings, and events since 1982 and truly love what we do! Our website menu is only a snapshot of the selections we provide. Our head chef has been cooking for over 30 years and can surely work with you to create the perfect menu for any occasion. 

Catering is our passion and we take tremendous pride in providing the highest quality of food and service, at the most reasonable price. 

Any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us. We offer FREE Catering Quotes anywhere within a 60 mile radius of Tacoma. 

Tyler Haroldsen

(253-627-4065)

tyler@partytacoma.com

jimmy@partytacoma.com

Appetizer Buffet

2024 Appetizers
All Taste of the Town Catering Buffets Include:

 Buffet Setup & Cleanup
Attendants to Keep Buffet Stocked
Linens for the Buffet

(All Plates, Silverware, & Napkins Included)

When selecting your items try to keep the colors interesting and the flavors complimentary. We would be happy to offer assistance with your selections

Taste of the Town Build Your Own Appetizer Buffet $17.99-$25.99 Per Person (++)
Choice of 2 Displays, 2 Cold, & 2 Hot Selections

DISPLAYS

Specialty Cheese Display
A Selection of Premium and Domestic Cheese
Served with Dried Fruits, Mixed Nuts
and Gourmet Crackers

Fresh Vegetable Basket
A Variety of Market Fresh Vegetables
Served with Assorted Dips

Fresh Fruit Display
Lavish Display of
Seasonal Fresh Fruit

Antipasti
Traditional Display of Italian Cured Meats, Grilled Vegetables, Mixed Olives
Served with Crisps

COLD CANAPES

Buffalo Mozzarella, Tomato, Basil on Crostini

Jumbo Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce and Lemon

Smoked Salmon Crostini

Petite “BLT” Sandwiches on Focaccia

Prosciutto wrapped Asparagus

Assorted Miniature Sandwiches on Focaccia

Assorted Bruschetta

HOT HORS D’OEUVRES

Vegetarian Spring Rolls

Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Bites

Honey Teriyaki Hot Wings

Barbecue Pulled Pork Sliders

Mini Cheese Burgers

Meatballs (BBQ or Swedish)

Three Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Spinach & Feta Spanakopita

Rosemary Shrimp Skewers

Chicken Sate with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Coconut Fried Shrimp, Thai Chili Dipping Sauce

PASTA BUFFET MENU

$17.99 to $24.99 (Lasagna is the more costly option)

Garden Salad
Garden greens tossed with fresh veggies and served with ranch dressing on the side

Anti Pasto Display
Fresh and Marinated Vegetables, Olives and Salami

Choose two pasta’s
Lasagna
Choice of Meat, Chicken and Spinach, Vegetarian or Vegan

Penne Pasta w/ Choice of Sauce and Fillings
Al Dente cooked penne pasta tossed with our chef crafted Alfredo, Marinara
or Pesto Sauce and tossed with your choice of Chicken, Shrimp, Bacon

Spaghetti & Meatballs
Al dente ‘ Spaghetti noodles lightly tossed with marinara sauce and served
with our amazing handcrafted beef / pork meatballs swimming in extra sauce
on the side

Choose bread
Garlic Bread
Gourmet Dinner Rolls
Bread Sticks
Add Baked or Fried Chicken for $4 pp
Add Egg Plant or Chicken Parmesan for $4 pp
Add Hot or Mild Italian Sausage for only $3 pp

*We are happy to discuss substitutions or additions

BARBECUE MENU

.COUNTRY GRILL  

$16.99 to $24.99

Boneless BBQ Pork Country Ribs
Smokin’ BBQ Chicken
Honey-Mustard Coleslaw
Jimmy’s Potato Salad
Country Corn Bread
Seedless Watermelon

Substitution Options:
BBQ Beef Brisket +4.
BBQ Pork Belly +3.
Fresh Fruit Salad +3.
Garden Salad +3.
BBQ Baked Beans+3.
Bacon Mac N Cheese +3.
Nicks Amazing Collard+3. Greens
Corn on the Cob 3.

Add Dessert for $2.59-$5.99pp per selection
Banana Pudding
Strawberry Shortcake
Smore Station
Cookies
Ice Cream Cups

 

FIESTA BUFFET MENU

Fiesta Taco Bar  $16.99 – $21.99

Tortillas
An assortment of soft, hard shell, whole wheat, flour, corn, and GF tortillas

Grilled Chicken Taco
Tender chicken grilled with onions, peppers, garlic, lime and special spices

Black Angus Beef Taco Meat
Fresh seasoned angus ground beef

Spanish Rice

Frijoles Ranchero (fancy refried beans)

Accompaniments:
shredded cheddar, lettuce, red ripe tomatoes, black olives, chopped red onions, fresh sour cream, roasted pepper salsa

Hot Sauce Assortment:
Habanera, Green Chili, Tapatio, Tabasco & more

LUAU BUFFET MENU

Luau Buffet  $22.99 – $23.99   

Kalua Pork
Teriyaki Chicken
Egg Rolls
Sticky White Rice
Pasta Salad
Tossed Salad

The Royal Oahu  $24.99 – $27.99

Kailua Pig
Lau-Lau Beef
Teriyaki/Shoyu Chicken
Yakisoba Noodles
Sticky White Rice
Pasta Salad
Tossed Salad

The Royal Maui   $25.99 – $27.99

Kailua Pig
Teriyaki/Shoyu Chicken
Yakisoba Noodles
Sticky White Rice
Pasta Salad
Tossed Salad

BEVERAGES

Soft Drinks

Bottled and can beverages starting at only $2 

Coffee & Tea Bar

We have many coffee and tea options available. By the cup, or by the gallon are the most popular. 

Lemonade & Water Bar

Beverage dispensers filled with fresh lemonade and water.

Mobile Bartender Service

We provide a licensed bartender, 50lbs of ice, and a wine key. You provide the alcohol that you would like served, and any necessary mixing equipment. Service starting at $500 for 3 hours. 

Mobile Bar Service

We provide a licensed bartender, all ice, all equipment,  and all alcohol. Pricing is dependent on size of party and alcohol selection. 

RAINIER BUFFET MENU

Select 2 Salads
Garden Salad
Garden greens tossed with fresh veggies and served with ranch dressing on the side

Pasta Italiano Salad

Tricolor bowtie pasta marinated in our roast garlic vinaigrette and tossed with olives, onions, peppers. Feta cheese, parmesan

Pasta Pesto Salad
Tricolor bowtie pasta tossed with garlic, fresh basil. baby spinach, cherry tomatoes, parmesan, pine nuts and our
handcrafted pesto cream dressing

Fruit Salad
Fresh fruit in season usually includes red and green grapes, strawberries, pineapples, sliced apples, orange
slices; just to name a few. *Selection may vary due to market conditions

Select 2 Entree
Roast Prime Rib of Beef
Tender chef carved roast served with creamy horse radish and au jus

Roast Salmon
Large filet of fresh salmon broiled and lightly seasoned with fresh herbs

Shrimp Scampi
Large shrimp sautéed with fresh garlic, onions, sweet peppers

Stuffed Chicken Breast
Chicken breast lightly breaded and grilled- stuffed with one choice of
Spinach & Feta Cheese
Black Forest Ham & Swiss Cheese
Smoked Gouda & Prosciutto

 

Select 2 Sides
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Red potatoes with skins on mashed with butter, milk, and real garlic

Roast Herbed Potatoes
Garden fresh potatoes tossed with olive oil, fresh herbs, sea salt and fresh ground pepper and roasted till tender

Harvest Rice
Multigrain rice with herbs and a vegetable stock base

Au Gratin Potatoes
Russet potatoes sliced thin and baked in a creamy cheddar cheese sauce until tender. Yummy comfort food

Penne Alfredo
Al Dente cooked penne pasta tossed with our chef crafted alfredo sauce

Chefs Choice Vegetables        Seasonal mix of sauteed vegetables

Rainier Buffet comes with Fresh Baked Dinner Rolls w/ Real Butter

DRIVE INN MENU

Fab 50’s Burger Buffet   $17.99 – $24.99

Tangy pickles, ketchup and mustard

  • Hamburgers
  • Cheeseburgers served with melted real cheddar cheese
  • Bacon Cheese Burgers topped with melted cheddar and our extra thick and smoky bacon
  • Jo Jo’s Idaho potatoes lightly seasoned and oven baked
  • Jimmy’s Potato Salad made in-house
  • Creamy Coleslaw Shredded cabbage, carrots and purple cabbage tossed with our special dressing
  • Garden Salad
    *Garden Burgers & Grilled Chicken Breast may be added for an additional $3 per person

Jimmy’s Diner Menu  $17.99 – $24.99

  • Meatloaf
  • Fried Chicken
  • Garlic Mashed Potatoes with gravy
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Golden Kernel Corn
  • Corn Bread or Biscuits
  • Garden Salad
 

 

* Service Charge vs Gratuity
All of our quotes come standard with an 18% service charge. (unless negotiated in advance) As a friendly reminder, this is not a tip or gratuity. The service charge is a standard industry practice that covers things like licensing, permitting, equipment / vehicle maintenance, etc. Average gratuity in the catering industry is between 10-15% of overall party value, however our staff is happy to receive anything that is offered. We encourage clients to tip based on their overall satisfaction of food quality and staff service. 
 

* Weather Insurance 
Worried about the weather? If you think it might rain, give us 48 hours notice and we’ll let you reschedule with NO PENALTY.

* Menu Substitutions  
Have an idea that’s not on the menu or want to make a substitution? With over 30 years of experience, our head chef can surely work with you to create the perfect menu for any occasion. Some substitutions may come with an additional cost. 

* Deposit & Payment 
The deposit for an event under $7K is $1,000. Any event quoted over $7K is subject to a $2,500 deposit. We are more than willing to make arrangements if a payment plan is needed.

* Refunds & Cancelations

Deposits are 100% refundable until 30 days prior to your event.

Recent Customer Reviews

Check out Taste of The Town Catering on Google to see all of our reviews.

07/11/2023 : Sarah

“I was planning an event in a state that I do not live in. Tyler was very responsive and helpful. He even gave me suggestions on menu items that were most popular. They showed up on time, were very professional, communicated well, and cleaned up after. The food and the presentation of the food was amazing. I received many compliments from our guests about how great the food was. Tyler also packed up the leftovers for us to take home. I highly recommend Party Tacoma/Taste of the Town Catering for your event.”

07/10/2023 : Daniel 

“I had food catered through here and chairs/tables rented for a 4th of July party. The food was great, everything was ready on time when I got there and Tyler was very communicative every step of the way. I will definitely will be recommending their service to my friends.”

07/08/2023 : Jennifer

“Taste of the Town Catering catered our wedding and everyone loved the food… especially the prime rib. The food was served hot and the best part…. It arrived on time!! Tyler was amazing. He worked with me to create a custom menu that worked within our budget which allowed my guest to enjoy a bit of all entrees! He replied to me in a timely manner and was very professional. Tyler met his staff at venue to ensure everything was set up and went well!”

06/13/2023 : Patrick 

“Taste of the Town catered an employee appreciation lunch for around 80 people in my office, and the communication was great, they showed up early AND on time (pre-visit and main event), the food was excellent and had a great variety of flavors and something for everyone, including vegan and vegetarian options. The desserts ( macarons! ) all got rave reviews and disappeared fast. We would highly recommend Taste of the Town for any event, they delivered in every sense of the word. thanks to Tyler and his crew for everything.”

06/10/2023 : Marti 

“Oh my goodness it was the perfect place and the crew was even better! The planned attendance for my fathers celebration of life blew up unexpectedly and Tyler and crew jumped right in with more tables, chairs and food and no one was the wiser! They truly made our event out of this world! Thank you Tyler, Bernard & crew we appreciate you!!!”

06/05/2023 : Amy 

“Tyler and his staff did a great job and the food was fantastic! Everyone was really friendly and took great care of our guests (~150 people). We did the Mexican buffet. The Fajita chicken was super flavorful and tender. Not dried out one bit. I would highly recommend Taste of the town catering. Oh and they were about 25% less expensive than the other caterers that I contacted for the same menu.”

05/21/2023 : Rachel

“We reached out to Taste of the Town to cater our wedding. Tyler was so incredibly kind and responsive, he was willing to meet our every request and kept in touch with me throughout the entire process. Their creativity and support is unmatched and I am so glad we found them. Anyone who uses Taste of the Town Catering will not be disappointed, their professionalism and knowledge was refreshing and appreciated!”


05/12/2023 : Tonya

“I cannot say enough about Tyler and his team. The Fiesta buffet they prepared for my brother’s repass was outstanding!! Tyler was responsive, and he went above and beyond to ensure we had everything we needed. Thank you for making a very stressful time worry free. My family cannot say thank you enough. If I lived in Washington, you would cater all of my events.”