FAQ's

What type of services do you offer?
We are a full-service, off-premise caterer which provides a variety of services including food, beverage, equipment, staff and more.

What does off-premise mean?
Off-premise means we only come to you! We work at venues, private homes, businesses and parks all over San Diego county. We don’t host events at our location of business, but we do welcome clients in for meetings and tastings.

Do you help with rentals?
We work very closely with local, reputable rental companies and will assist you with your rental needs as appropriate to our services. Most of our menus include china and silver for the food stations, as well as water goblets for the dining tables.

At The Wild Thyme Company we pride ourselves in assisting with all your event needs.  Should you require additional rental coordination, our expert Event Producers are available to guide you through the process.

Do you prepare and cook your menu items onsite?
All menus are carefully reviewed to accommodate cooking limitations at the venue, volume and quantity, style of service, degree of difficulty and every other aspect of production.  With a large focus on food quality and flavor, most all of our food will be prepared onsite. We do however have a menu that we have designed specifically for events that can be done without a chef on-site.

What if my venue doesn’t have a kitchen?
A lot of the venues we work with do not have kitchens.

We specialize in creating satellite kitchens to make sure your food is fresh and finished on-site. Depending on the menu, we have most of our cooking equipment on hand and include it at no cost. Please note some events may require additional kitchen equipment rentals.

I want a bar with a bartender, do you offer that service?
We offer bar kits for simple beer and wine bars, as well as full bars.  The bar kits will include all of the mixers, garnishes, equipment, and ice specific to your bar needs. The beer, wine and spirits for the kits are provided by our clients. This keeps things simple for you and takes the shopping trips off of your list leading up to your event.

We also work very closely with local bar companies that provide complete bar service and bartenders who carry full liquor liability starting at $45.00 per hour.

How far out from our wedding date should we sign a contract?
During wedding season some dates can become completely booked.  Once you decide to work with The Wild Thyme Company, we recommend signing a contract as soon as possible to secure the date.

Do you have a cake cutting fee? What is included?
We include cake cutting as a complimentary service to you with any staffed event. As a courtesy, we can provide the cake knife and server or use one you provide to us.

When do I need to give my final counts?
Your minimum guest guarantee is due ten working days prior to your event date. From that day forward, you may only increase your guest count numbers up to three days before the event.

I am required to feed my other vendors, can you help with that?
Yes, we offer a couple different menu options to serve your vendors.  We can even set them up separately from your main event.

Do you have gluten free or vegetarian menus?
Yes, we can accommodate all dietary restrictions as indicated prior to your event. This includes gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, vegan, vegetarian and paleo. We are constantly coming up with new menu items to accommodate the growing number of food allergy requests. We want all of our guests to have an enjoyable food experience at our event.

Can I do a separate menu for the children attending my event?
Of course!  We offer all the favorites like Mac’n’Cheese and Chicken Strips, but we are happy to customize the menu for your children’s tastes.

When can I taste the menu items?
Once you feel comfortable with the vision and cost of your proposal, we welcome the opportunity to schedule a tasting. The menu that you will try at the tasting will be representative of the menu you have chosen.

We offer your initial tasting as complimentary for two people; additional guests are welcome to join you for $25 per person (with a maximum of five people total in attendance). We will hold a second tasting for contracted clients at $50 per person (with a maximum of two people total in attendance).

Do you provide wait staff?  
Yes.

The staff hours specified in your proposal and contract are based on the planned number of guests and the duration of your event. If your guest count increases, staffing may also be increased to ensure our high level of service.

Do you charge a service charge? What is it?
Yes, we charge an 18% production fee.

Our production fee contributes to the back-end costs that go into producing an event aside from the food itself, including but not limited to: tastings for large-scale events, client meetings, site visits, insurance certificates, gas, truck rentals, uniform costs, equipment & breakage costs, etc. This fee offsets all of those operational costs to ensure our clients aren’t worrying about asking for help in these areas; we want to ensure that the planning process is as easy as possible once you have us on board!

What other fees might there be?
You will never be surprised by any hidden costs, even when your contracts is changed or revised.  All costs to you are clearly outlined in each custom proposal and/or contract and no fees will be added without prior knowledge or consent.

What is the best way to calculate a gratuity for the staff that cooks and serves us?
Gratuity is not included in the cost of your event. Just as you would calculate it in a restaurant, your gratuity should reflect the level of service you’ve received.

What people are saying about us at The Wild Thyme Company!

  • "I don't know where to start. The setup and decor was trendy and chic and the colors made my beach theme come alive. The food, omg, the presentation was as fabulous as the taste. A delicious combination and array of favors. The staff was on time, professional, accommodating, and Alexis is the sweetest, most hard working girl on the planet. The compliments keep flooding in and Duke & I are basking in the afterglow. Kudos to you and The Wild Thyme Company for creating such a wonderful event.
    Thank you for everything. Can't get the smile off my face."
    Mary, Wedding Party Client
  • "I had the BEST event planned by The Wild Thyme Company! They designed a special menu with my ideas in mind and prepared unique recipes with super fresh ingredients. If you are looking for a passionate catering company who delivers unsurpassed service and delicious food, I would recommend Wild Thyme!"

    Monique, Event
  • “Thank you so much for the great catering yesterday. Everyone on board loved it! Thanks for making me look so good with great food!”

    Stephanie Peck, Lead Flight Attendant, Sony Aviation, Inc.
  • “Our event could not have gone better! Your staff worked very hard and made all of our requests come true! Everyone raved about your wonderful food; thanks again for everything!”

    Lisa Kaufmann, Autism Tree Project Foundation
  • “Thanks for making it a great party, once again! You made it easier than ever for me, which makes me happy! I have gotten rave reviews on the food and the bartenders did a great job as well.”

    Paul Ecke III, Private Party Client
  • “You guys did an absolutely amazing job. I can’t tell you how EVERYONE raved about the food. Jeanna and Dawn are the best. Thank you!”

    Cyndie Olson, Celebration Event Design
  • “Our lunch today was SO delicious. I love the complexity of the flavors, the attention to detail, and of course, the use of whole grains. Yummy! I look forward to enjoying more Wild Thyme food.”

    Lara Gish, Marketing & Innovation, Kashi
  • “Thank you for all your hard work to help make our event so special! Everyone loved the food and the service was excellent. I am looking forward to working with you in the future!”

    Jessica Brandon, Special Events Manager, Ruben H. Fleet Science Center
  • “I wanted to say what a nice job you and your staff did at our Halloween party. The food was outrageously good and the staff was excellent. Thank you!”

    Steve Casad, UCSD
  • “What a great presentation you two did. My clients loved it. I have to say, I felt everything was very tasty, great flavors. Thank you again, it was a pleasure.”

    Maria Kamon, MK Productions Meeting & Event Planning
  • “Hands down the best caterer in San Diego. We've used them for business lunches (AMAZING) and I recently attended a team building cook off in their kitchen. Their ability to put zip and flair into something as typically boring as a boxed lunch is simply unbelievable. I love Wild Thyme's commitment to local, sustainable foods. Most importantly, their staff is out of this world! All in all, a 5-star company with the quirky idea that even something as simple as my work lunch is important!”

    Sam Knox, Clever Advantage
  • Wild Thyme catered and helped me plan my wife's birthday this year and it was a huge success. The food was fantastic, presentation was elegant, and the serving staff was prompt, courteous, and professional. My wife was thrilled, her friends were thrilled, we had all of the fun without any of the stress. With Wild Thyme we raised the bar for the home parties we'll host and attend. Very highly recommended.”

    Andrew Crossan, Private Party Client
  • "Wild Thyme is rock solid. Catered our wedding for 185 guests on the 4th of July. This was at our home on a major holiday, so the logistics were challenging. They set up a kitchen with 14 staff / bartenders / servers in our garage, and made it all look easy. Lots of great items on our menu but the short ribs with mashed potatoes and asparagus was my personal fave."

    Justin W., Wedding Party Client
  • "My wife and I used Wild Thyme for our wedding on March 26, 2016 and we were very pleased with their food and service. The servers took excellent care of everyone and many of our guests made a point of telling us how amazing the food was! We are both foodies and the food was really wonderful!! We would highly recommend them."

    Marty C., Wedding Party Client
  • "If there were 10 stars available, that would still be too few. Wild Thyme catered our daughter and future son in law's engagement party. The food was beyond expectation, the presentation was simple and elegant and the servers were fabulous. The afternoon was flawless and the guests continually commented about the food, selection and excellence of service. As the event concluded, the staff invisibly gathered the tables and other items and departed all without interruption the ongoing party. Thank you to Jeanna and the entire Wild Thyme staff. We were so impressed that we hope to have you back for the farewell breakfast following the wedding.."

    Steven S., Engagement Party Client

Reviews

  • "I had the BEST event planned by The Wild Thyme Company! They designed a special menu with my ideas in mind and prepared unique recipes with super fresh ingredients. If you are looking for a passionate catering company who delivers unsurpassed service and delicious food, I would recommend Wild Thyme!"

    Monique, Event
  • “Thank you so much for the great catering yesterday. Everyone on board loved it! Thanks for making me look so good with great food!”

    Stephanie Peck, Lead Flight Attendant, Sony Aviation, Inc.
  • “Our event could not have gone better! Your staff worked very hard and made all of our requests come true! Everyone raved about your wonderful food; thanks again for everything!”

    Lisa Kaufmann, Autism Tree Project Foundation
  • “Thanks for making it a great party, once again! You made it easier than ever for me, which makes me happy! I have gotten rave reviews on the food and the bartenders did a great job as well.”

    Paul Ecke III, Private Party Client
  • “You guys did an absolutely amazing job. I can’t tell you how EVERYONE raved about the food. Jeanna and Dawn are the best. Thank you!”

    Cyndie Olson, Celebration Event Design
  • “Our lunch today was SO delicious. I love the complexity of the flavors, the attention to detail, and of course, the use of whole grains. Yummy! I look forward to enjoying more Wild Thyme food.”

    Lara Gish, Marketing & Innovation, Kashi
  • “Thank you for all your hard work to help make our event so special! Everyone loved the food and the service was excellent. I am looking forward to working with you in the future!”

    Jessica Brandon, Special Events Manager, Ruben H. Fleet Science Center
  • “I wanted to say what a nice job you and your staff did at our Halloween party. The food was outrageously good and the staff was excellent. Thank you!”

    Steve Casad, UCSD
  • “What a great presentation you two did. My clients loved it. I have to say, I felt everything was very tasty, great flavors. Thank you again, it was a pleasure.”

    Maria Kamon, MK Productions Meeting & Event Planning
  • “Hands down the best caterer in San Diego. We've used them for business lunches (AMAZING) and I recently attended a team building cook off in their kitchen. Their ability to put zip and flair into something as typically boring as a boxed lunch is simply unbelievable. I love Wild Thyme's commitment to local, sustainable foods. Most importantly, their staff is out of this world! All in all, a 5-star company with the quirky idea that even something as simple as my work lunch is important!”

    Sam Knox, Clever Advantage
  • Wild Thyme catered and helped me plan my wife's birthday this year and it was a huge success. The food was fantastic, presentation was elegant, and the serving staff was prompt, courteous, and professional. My wife was thrilled, her friends were thrilled, we had all of the fun without any of the stress. With Wild Thyme we raised the bar for the home parties we'll host and attend. Very highly recommended.”

    Andrew Crossan, Private Party Client
  • "Wild Thyme is rock solid. Catered our wedding for 185 guests on the 4th of July. This was at our home on a major holiday, so the logistics were challenging. They set up a kitchen with 14 staff / bartenders / servers in our garage, and made it all look easy. Lots of great items on our menu but the short ribs with mashed potatoes and asparagus was my personal fave."

    Justin W., Wedding Party Client
  • "My wife and I used Wild Thyme for our wedding on March 26, 2016 and we were very pleased with their food and service. The servers took excellent care of everyone and many of our guests made a point of telling us how amazing the food was! We are both foodies and the food was really wonderful!! We would highly recommend them."

    Marty C., Wedding Party Client
  • "If there were 10 stars available, that would still be too few. Wild Thyme catered our daughter and future son in law's engagement party. The food was beyond expectation, the presentation was simple and elegant and the servers were fabulous. The afternoon was flawless and the guests continually commented about the food, selection and excellence of service. As the event concluded, the staff invisibly gathered the tables and other items and departed all without interruption the ongoing party. Thank you to Jeanna and the entire Wild Thyme staff. We were so impressed that we hope to have you back for the farewell breakfast following the wedding.."

    Steven S., Engagement Party Client
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The Wild Thyme Company
7163 Construction Ct.
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San Diego, CA 92121

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7163 Construction Ct.
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San Diego, CA 92121

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