Foodz Catering in Seattle • Award Winning Seattle Caterer for Weddings, Corporate Events, Fundraisers, Large Galas, and more



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We can't thank you enough for making our event so fantastic!!! The food and service were AWESOME. Could not have been better!!!! Thank you thank you thank you!!! - Britt G., JM Cellars

I can't tell you how happy we are that you were able to be part of our wedding festivities. We had so many compliments about the food at both events. Raves!!!! It was all beautifully prepared and presented. So tasty!! Plus the pleasant hospitality, graciousness, and professionalism of your staff added to the enjoyment of our guests! We just didn't worry about anything during the whole event. It was a pleasure to have you, Jason, and your entire staff in our home. We were blessed indeed and have commented many times to our friends how glad we were to have you cater our two events. All the best, - Bill E.

The event went perfectly! Your event staff was extremely helpful, set-up was a breeze and their customer service was impeccable. The food was absolutely delicious and there was the perfect amount. Everyone was coming up to me and raving about the type of food, the flavors and how delectable it was. Thank you for all of your help in making this a successful event!! - Kristen Hatchman

We only met once in passing, but I felt compelled to write you an e-mail to tell you how totally amazing your staff is. I have nothing but the utmost praise and appreciation for how Foodz handled our wedding on May 25 at the Arboretum. Melissa is incredible. She ultimately sold me on your company over the other caterers I was talking to, and she continued to deliver throughout the approximately 6 months that we worked together. Melissa provided:

  1. Great advice: this being my first (and last!) wedding, I didn’t know a lot of what happened behind the scenes.  Melissa gave me options, and, when asked, advice that turned out to be spot-on.

  2. Tremendous attention to detail: after each meeting and several e-mails, little things would change.  I was more than pleased each time when I saw these myriad little changes reflected in the revised proposal or timeline documents that served as a reference.

  3. Reliability, in terms of calling/replying when she said she would and delivering on what needed to be done at the time.

The result of these and Melissa’s other great attributes is that, by the end, I completely trusted her. I’m sure you know is how important this is for a bride! In the end, our wedding was absolutely wonderful!  The rentals – which involved a never-before-erected-in-that-location 30x30 tent – were flawless.  The layout – Melissa’s idea, largely – was perfect for flow between drinks and food and mingling.  The staff – I must say more:

  1. Jason is a tremendous chef!  Our food was outstanding and beautifully presented, and it was great fun to see a chef at work with a giant smile on his face all day and night.  As a former freelance restaurant reviewer and avid home cook, I really didn’t have high expectations from anyone turning out food for over 100 in an offsite location, but it was superb!  The chicken sliders energized us at the tasting, but salmon anchored the Northwest-spring dinner with a strong pasta salad side, and the steak bites stole the show in the leftovers.

  2. Darrin was such a joy!  As the guy in charge of bugging the bride at points during the event to make necessary changes, he did it with panache.  At no point did I feel like I was being pulled away from anything.

The whole staff was awesome when:

  1. We asked to extend the cocktail hour by 15 minutes to enjoy the beautiful evening.

  2. Turning the tent space from ceremony to dinner to dancing without drawing any attention.

  3. I freaked out a little when I came inside for the cake cutting and didn’t see the rest of the cakes cut.  “Don’t worry,” one nice server said, “we do it really fast.”  And off they went!

  4. I got home that night and said “OH NO!  Where are the leftover cakes?”  And there they were, in the car, next to the adorable late-night care package.  Angels – or your staff – made sure we left with all of our stuff.

Denny and I had such an amazing time at our wedding!  We will never forget how great it was, and your company is a huge part of that. I will definitely be looking for affairs to cater from now on, since I have such a strong precedent, and of course Melissa will be the first and only person I care to call. Thank you, Shelby, for enabling and supporting such a strong staff. 


Rachel Klein

On behalf of myself, and of the ISES Seattle Chapter, I want to say thank you for sponsoring our May meeting. The food was fabulous. I watched people at my table rolling their eyes when they took their first bite of the ravioli and sauce combination, and groaning as they took the second. I am pretty sure you can consider that a hit. I personally appreciated the gluten-free options, including the bread. Leftovers of that make excellent toast. As always, your staff's service and attention to detail was great. Thank you again for your sponsorship.

I wanted to thank you for the great service and food. Your team was great in helping me put together our menu and proposal. When I arrived at Matthews Estate last Friday night, your two staff members (Jason and James I believe were the names) greeted me right away, were very friendly and attentive.  They provided stellar service and made sure we had everything we needed. The setup of the food was beautiful, and our guests raved about the food. I was very impressed with everything, and so was everyone at the party. Thank you and please thank the two gentlemen that assisted us. Everything made a great impression.  Thanks for everything! - Camille Jentgen, Patient Coordinator, Center for Women's Health at Evergreen

Can I just say how AWESOME you and your team are!!!!  The food was incredible - Jason said it was the best salmon he has ever had and I was floored by how delicious the beef was.  All of our friends and family had amazing the food was and I thought your team were so warm and friendly and that really made the day even better.  I know we heard from a ton of our friends that they LOVED the bartender :)  But I just want to express how appreciative Jason and I are and we will definitely be using you guys again and recommending you to EVERYONE we know. You guys are simply the best, thanks for all your help, work and planning! - Jessica and Jason

We absolutely loved what you did for our office’s holiday party this year. The presentation was gorgeous and everything tasted delicious! - Heaton Dainard Real Estate, LLC

The wedding from our vantage point was perfect and special in every way.  It all came together just like we had hoped and exceeded our expectations. We had a blast! Thank you for all your help with the catering. You were so wonderful, patient and easy to work with!  The food was amazing, the presentation was gorgeous and elegant. Every one of the staff members including the bartenders, were so incredibly sweet and couldn't have been more attentive. They were all very gracious and warm and took great care of us. We received so many compliments on the food. We're still enjoying the 'to go' boxes that the staff prepared. We're incredibly impressed with Foodz Catering and will give you all the highest recommendation!! Please feel free to add us to your reference list! - B.J. and Ken

We just can't say it enough. The entire process working with you has been so wonderful! Your extra help and advice, along with your wonderful service and attitude meant so much to us. We felt like we were working with a friend! (Cheesy i know!). And the day of, the entire staff were professional, friendly and oh so kind! And the food!! People are still raving about it. Weddings are so overwhelming and you and your staff made the catering and a good deal of the planning a pleasure. Thank you again. We will definitely come to your cafe sometime, and of course recommend Foodz Catering to everyone! - Annie and Abe

On behalf of myself, and of the ISES Seattle Chapter, I want to say thank you for sponsoring our May meeting. The food was fabulous.  I watched people at my table rolling their eyes when they took their first bite of the ravioli and sauce combination, and groaning as they took the second.  I am pretty sure you can consider that a hit.  I personally appreciated the gluten-free options, including the bread.  Leftovers of that make excellent toast. As always, your staff's service and attention to detail was great. Thank you again! - Suzy Scott, Director, ISES Programs and Education

I wish I could eat my wedding meal every night. Seriously. I get cravings for the farfalle pasta salad with walnuts and gorgonzola. I dream about the moist, tender chicken with bacon, mustard, and riesling sauce. How is it possible that Foodz Catering was able to feed 120 people with more ease than I have trying to feed just myself?! And they do it in style, with the most amazing customer service, flexibility, and professionalism you can imagine. You have to be able to rely on your vendors, especially your caterer... they are such a huge part of the guests' wedding experience. Foodz absolutely delivers. They rearranged tables to fit in unexpected guests, they cleaned up our centerpieces at the end of the night, they made sure my husband and I had something to eat despite the craziness of the day, they were friendly and accommodating, and (duh) the food was INCREDIBLE. I would have paid double for the value we received. I cannot recommend Foodz highly enough... They made the wedding planning process and the wedding itself so smooth and enjoyable, it made me want to get married every weekend!! - Julie and Mike

Wow! We were so blessed by your Foodz Catering dinner, crew, service and all that went into our special night! Jean and all of your chefs and servers worked so hard all evening (with smiles! =) to make Julie and Mike's wedding a really awesome event. The food was delicious and presentation beautiful; your servers were polite, patient with the crowded room, and so accommodating. Jean was fantastic in the way she took care of all the centerpiece packing-up at the end of her long evening! Truly, service with a smile all the way around.  =D

We will spread recommendations from Seattle, Washington to Boise, Idaho for Foodz Catering Company--filled with fantastic compliments and great joy! Your part in making our wedding weekend special was huge. You were great to work with in the planning phase at The Sanctuary, Melissa. I knew right then we were in good hands. And I love that you work so well with Davi; you're a great team! THANK YOU so much to your company for everything. - Jim and Patty Culpepper (Julie’s mom)

We decided to go with Foodz Catering for our holiday company bash because their menu was unique and gourmet while still being approachable enough for everyone on our guest list. We were not let down. Everyone raved about the presentation and taste! The service was exceptional and the team provided to us was friendly, hard-working and always available to go a step above and beyond to make sure our event was flawless. - Heaton Dainard

YOU GUYS ROCK!!!!!  I love this caterer. They are beyond organized, professional, accommodating and every single person on their staff was SO NICE.  Shelby and Melissa are outstanding.  Super on the ball with everything, wonderful with the clients, speedy, and forgiving.  We had to move their scullery around 3 times and they just smiled and said “no problem!”   Their buffet stations were decorated to the nines.  Food was very, very good.  They even vacuumed the upstairs lounge and moved the furniture around!!!!  (Happy to do it for me, as Trinity staff was moving at a snail’s pace.)  I mean, who does that???? - Korin Bizekl, Program and Event Manager, and Carol Riddle, National Account Executive, SH Worldwide

Just wanted to thank you so much for the wonderful food and staff for Jessica and Arren’s wedding at DeLille. We received so many compliments on the food. Your staff was absolutely perfect and very attentive to all our guests. Everyone had a wonderful time and we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect wedding. Your staff was so easy to work with and kept everything going so smoothly. It was truly a pleasure doing business with Foodz Catering. Thanks again! - Mother of the Bride

My people had a blast on Saturday! Your staff were perfect: invisible when we didn't need them and immediately at hand when we did. The place was really beautiful and the out of towners were impressed with the view of the Space Needle (the weather was so crummy through the whole conference, even lovely Seattle looked drab). It was cozy yet plenty big; elegant enough to let us get dressed up if we wanted and yet easygoing for those who stayed in jeans. The food got rave reviews, both for the menu and the specific dishes. The salmon was to die for. My conferees had been working very hard, and seriously, for days and we really needed a change of scene and a change of pace. Having your spot to ourselves provided that elegantly. Thank you for your part in a big success. - Katherine Knowlton, Ph.D., Course Director, Seattle Balint Leadership Training Intensive

Chef Shelby & her crew ROCKED our Awards/Fundraising event last night! We received raves from our capacity crowd about the food & the service - and our peeps are lovers of great food & drink. Thanks to all from a deeply grateful staff and board at the Center for Ethical Leadership. - Rebecca Lane

Hi Shelby, Thank you so much for taking such great care of me and my friends Saturday night. Your food was amazing. Everyone loved all that you did. Everything you prepared was so yummy and so beautifully displayed -- the wonderful appetizers and terrific pasta bar and special cupcakes. The guests were blown away by all that you did for us. And thanks for all your hard work... it was such a treat for me to have you there to do it all... I had such fun not worrying about the meal and the cleanup. The best present ever was to have you there to take care of it all. It made for a wonderful party for me to enjoy. Thank you very much. - Thanks again, Judi

The party was an incredible success. I continue to hear very favorable comments about how fun it was and how amazing the food was. Thanks again for making this event unique and special. - Stacey Riggen

I am bowled over by the wonderful production you and your company pulled off. Everything went so smoothly, was so well-coordinated and planned out. There were many compliments on the food, and I wanted to tell you how very nice your staff was. They were so patient with us amateurs, always there to deal with anything before it could pose a problem, and just really on top of the whole show. This was an incredible effort and a major part of the auction. I think it turned out great. - Thank you, Susan Ward, Teacher Seattle Public Schools

Thanks again for all of your patience and help. Truly, it’s been so nice to work with someone who is so friendly and accommodating. - Jeff Shirai

The party was a great success! Everyone raved about the food and I thought the presentation was beautiful. Thanks again for everything. - Mona Sommers

The menu options were great and Shelby (owner and head chef) was wonderful to work with. Her willingness to improvise her menu to what we wanted made all the difference and her flexibility and enthusiasm were much appreciated. The event staff were first rate and compliments were mentioned by many of the guests. The event lead (Sarah) was super friendly, did an incredible job, and maintained total control over all catering-related issues. All in all, we would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Foodz Catering! - By Jeff, as posted to the Wedding Wire website

Matt and I had such a wonderful time at our wedding and were so impressed with your staff! They took fabulous care of us and everyone loved the food! - Sarah Hubert

We had the best time at our wedding as the staff at Foodz Catering made things absolutely beautiful for us!  Everyone was so kind and attentive to us.  We loved how Shelby and Sarah were quick to jump at helping us!  We honestly could not have asked for more.  Thank you guys so much!!! - Jessica Ng and John Liao

The food was wonderful!  Everyone had a blast at both events.  Thank you for helping give my daughter the event she has always dreamed of and will remember, it was such a magical week-end!  - Lisa

I had my wedding and reception at Acalia and it was the best experience! There was a great selection of food by Foodz Catering and a catalog of beer and wine chooices. Shelby and all the staff were so helpful -- no bridezilla here. I would have another event there in a heartbeat! - By Mrs. Beuque, as posted to the Wedding Wire website

Your staff was so wonderful and we received so many great comments on the food and the service! Everyone was so great and helpful. Melissa was so attentive and always there to bring me something and to take care of what needed to be done. Thanks again for all of your help and for making the wedding so perfect!!  - Amanda Toberer

The service here is excellent! Great job to all! If I must rate the service it would be five stars! - A very pleased patron (written on a cocktail napkin, found on the table after the wedding reception).

What a fantastic buffet you put out for our party! We received so many great comments about the presentation, unique variety, and how delicious it all was. Thank you all so much for all your efforts in making our party such a success! You should not be surprised if you get calls from some of our guests who might have need of catering services in the future. We were all impressed!" - Janet and Mike Sholwalter

One thing we wanted was to have good food. Not only did Chef Shelby offer delicious food, they also made the whole day flow smoothly, from set-up to clean-up. My helpers and attendants, as well as myself, did not have to worry about a thing. I felt completely comfortable letting them handle everything. If anything, I was worried that we did not do enough! In the planning stages, we were offered some great food choices to go with our Caribbean themed reception. There was an extensive wine and beer list, many from local wineries and breweries. The team worked within our budget; we went with heavy h'or d'oeuvres instead of a full meal. All of the guests left satisfied -- in fact, the comments to us were "Congratulations! The Ceremony was beautiful! And where did you get this food??!!!??" If you want amazing food, professionalism, creativity, and a caterer who listens, choose Foodz Catering. - By Jason's new wife, as posted to the Wedding Wire website

Shelby I cannot thank you, Anne, Melissa (and the rest of your staff) enough for doing such a superb job in catering Bridget's Bat Mitzvah reception. Everyone loved the food and complimented us on it for days on end. Moreover, the service and presentation were extraordinarily professional and unobtrusive. We certainly would highly recommend Foodz to anyone looking for a high-quality caterer, and Mindy and I would be very happy for you to use our names as official references for your company. Warm regards, - Jeff

You were attentive and supportive and knowledgeable and professional and sweet and thoughtful and understanding and patient and absolutely everything that I needed to make my wedding reception as perfect as could be.  You coordinated with the bakery and the DJ and I don’t even know who else!  I had so much FUN at Acalia that night, and our guests had a great time too, and we all raved about the food.  And THANK YOU so much for the “sweet” wedding gift.  I cried when I saw what you did. - Dawn Perry (oops, Dawn Berry!)

Foodz Catering made one of the most stressful and exciting days of my partner and I's life, the most special and memorable. From the moment of our initial consultation until the end of the wedding night, the entire staff was very attentive and had answer for every question that we had. Sarah met with me a week prior to the wedding to go over the details, and she seemed just as excited as I was! I explained to Sarah our vision of how we wanted the night to flow, and she ran with it. It took so much stress away to think that we had such a professional and amazing catering service to help us on our special day. This commentary no where near expresses our gratitude nor does it explain the level of extrodinary service that Foodz Catering provided to us. THANK YOU Shelby, Sarah, and the entire staff for making our wedding day so amazing!
- By Adam, as posted to the Wedding Wire website

I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know and your entire staff know how thoroughly pleased we were with the execution and everything your team did during our Open House. Your staff was professional, timely, friendly and they made the food and space look spectacular. I don't have a lot of experience working with caterers but I can say that I will definitely think of you all in the future and recommend your services to others; it was definitely above and beyond. - Best regards, Leah Shepard



News, Reviews and Awards




Roy Breiman—Executive Chef of Cedarbrook Lodge and author of "Wine Country Chefs Table"—awarded the top billing to Foodz Catering for our Green Garlic and Asparagus Soup Shooter with Ramp Pesto and a Crispy Prosciutto, served with a Micro Crostini featuring Herbed Chèvre and Edible Flowers.


Foodz Catering takes first place in THREE categories: Best Wedding, Best Catered Event AND Best NonProfit Event under 75k.


Foodz Catering takes the award for best Fair/Festival Caterer at the Affordable Art Fair in 2013.

AWARDED: BRIDE’S CHOICE 2014  The Wedding Wire awards Foodz Catering the Couple’s Choice Award.

AWARDED: BRIDE’S CHOICE 2012  The Wedding Wire announced Foodz Catering as the Bride’s Choice—recognizing us as the top 5% of local wedding professionals based on reviews from past clients.

AWARDED: BEST WEDDING UNDER $25,000 BUDGET 2011  Emerald City Applause Awards recognized Foodz Catering as the Best Wedding Caterer for weddings under $25,000 budget. We couldn’t be more proud!

AWARDED: BEST OFF-PREMISE CATERER -AND- BEST CATERED FAIR / FESTIVAL  Emerald City Applause awards festival in late October 2010 resulted in THREE awards for Foodz Catering!

AWARDED: TOP CATERER IN SEATTLE, TOP 5% IN THE NATION!  We won the Bride’s Choice award from two years in a row (2009 and 2010).


BLOGGED: Lavish and Luxurious Party a hit. “... no detail was overlooked.” Read the full blog entry posted by Pink Blossom Events.

PUBLISHED:  Read Chef Shelby’s take on ‘green’ catering approaches as published in the Puget Sound Business Journal.


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Foodz took first place in Emerald City Applause Awards for Best Public Event 2016... in recognition of a tailgating party like no other: 700 people on a 200 foot barge at Pier 66 for the Seattle Seahawks and American Express.