Here in Port Gamble, we have had the privilege to work with some amazing catering companies! Essence of the Thymes is one of those companies, so we would love for you to get to know them just as we have. That is why this week they are in our vendor spotlight!
Gina Omalanz, owner of Essence of the thymes, stepped onto the catering scene in 2006 with the goal to create a fresh, new take on catering that provided delicious, restaurant quality food and service. Friends and family worked together to remodel a kitchen on the downtown Port Orchard waterfront and you can still find us there today! What started out as a dream has become a business that feels more like family.
What advice do you have for couples looking for a caterer?
Do your research! Read reviews, check out potential caterers' websites/social media and be willing to have an actual conversation either by phone or in person. Email is great, but this is a big day! Having a connection with the people you work with is SO important, so be ready to share your story, ideas and dreams. Catering is also a good sized portion of your budget, so plan to spend anywhere between 35-50% of your budget on catering.
How do help your clients during the planning process?
Every client is unique, so we really try and tailor to their specific needs. Some clients do great via email with spreadsheets and other forms of data and need minimal help, while others do better with face to face meetings and detailed visuals, and need much more guidance. We are able to help guide clients with menu design, rental needs with set up and take down, bar services, and timeline suggestions. With over 10 years experience, we've seen a lot, and try our best to be as helpful as possible with what we've seen over the years.
What makes you guys stand out?
This is such a great question! Every caterer is going to say they have "excellent food, great service and competitive pricing". They wouldn't be in business if they didn't! I think what makes us different is our sense of friendship and family. When you hire Essence, you're not just hiring a company, and we're not just gaining a client. As an all female run company, you're gaining a whole group of girlfriends (sorry, guys!) who understand just how important this day is. Which means, like any good friend, we won't let you down.
To learn more about Essence of the Thymes Catering visit their website www.essenceofthethymes.com or give them a call at 360.876.9200.