Holly, Jolly, Merry & Bright – The Holiday Season’s Within Our Sight


It’s the most, wonderful time of the year here at Twelve Baskets Catering, we’ve been hard at work in our workshop to bring holiday magic & some of your favorite treats to you and your loved ones. We tinkered and toyed with our classic holiday menu by adding unique, seasonal items and crafted a brand-new holiday cookies and candies menu. Make your list, check it twice and submit an inquiry today! December is booking up quickly.

Santa doesn’t eat cookies without a glass of milk and you wouldn’t eat a Twelve Baskets Catering meal without a refreshing beverage. Our team has been concocting festive mocktails and cocktails to accompany and elevate your holiday gatherings. Our non-alcoholic Festive Pomegranate Orange Punch is the refreshment your party needs, and with the season of giving right around the corner, we’re happy to share it with you. See our recipe below!

Festive Pomegranate Orange Punch (8 Servings)

                                                      Ingredients:                                   – 4 cups pomegranate juice
–  2 cups orange juice
–  1/2 cup simple syrup
–  2 cups sparkling water
–  Garnish with dehydrated orange slices

Mix the pomegranate & orange juice in a large container. Add ice and simple syrup to taste. Top with sparkling water. Garnish with dehydrated orange slices.

Dehydrated Oranges

Don’t have dehydrated orange slices on hand? No worries! With just a little time, they’re easy to make and versatile in many ways. Not only do they add color and texture to drinks, dehydrated oranges beautifully accent cheese & hors d’oeuvres platters and bring warm colors to a holiday winter wreath. Here is one of our favorite dehydrated orange recipes.


Vote for Us!

The holiday season also marks the end of the year; with things wrapping up, now is the time when local businesses are nominated and awarded for their annual accomplishments. We’re pleased to announce that The Best of 425 is back! Vote for Twelve Baskets Catering as 2022’s best caterer. Nominate & vote by January 6, 2023. Here is how to vote.

A Special Shoutout from Us to You

Looking back and reflecting on the past year, the Twelve Baskets Catering team realizes that we wouldn’t have another successful year in the books if it weren’t for you. To our loyal customers, past, present, and future couples, our corporate clients, and everyone in between, from the bottom of our hearts – we thank you. We wouldn’t be able to continue serving the Greater Seattle Area and doing what we love if it wasn’t for your continued support. We’re closing out 2022 the Twelve Baskets way – with quality, care, and kindness.

Our team looks forward to having a Happy Holiday Season & wishes the same to you.


The Twelve Baskets Catering Team


Cookies, Traditions & The Holiday Spirit

Can you believe Christmas time is here already? Where did the time go?! There are so many things to look forward to during the Christmas season. Whether you listen to Christmas music all month long (if you’re anything like me, maybe even a bit longer!), bake cookies, watch your favorite Christmas movies, or go to church. Whatever it may be, we recognize the people we get to celebrate with, make holidays all the more special.

Maybe this year, some of you are starting a new tradition or carrying out the ones from previous generations.

As for the TBC Family, our favorite tradition has been from our one and only Jamie Bagge. She has been baking the same cookies for about 40 years every Christmas. This Scandinavian recipe was passed along from her mother-in-law. She would make these beautiful cookies every Christmas, and Jamie wanted to share that same experience with others.

Over the years, Jamie would get creative in the kitchen by adding a bit of her very own German influence, baking some delicious gingerbread and Christmas stollen. She shares her Christmas stollen with her family and pastors each year. What makes it so special is in the details for her. As it’s folded over, it represents the swaddling cloth of Jesus in the manger.

The Bagge family has made it a tradition in their home by eating these lovely treats after Christmas dinner with some good ol’ eggnog mixed with Vernor’s ginger ale. One recommendation Jamie has is that “it must be Vernor’s brand. Only ginger ale connoisseurs understand Vernor’s. Canada Dry just doesn’t cut it.”

Jamie hasn’t just kept this tradition within her own family but has expanded that to the TBC Family by incorporating these recipes.

They have been a hit every year!

I will say, if you have yet to purchase the gingerbread man from our Holiday Cookie Platter, you are missing out; he is just too cute not to eat!

As you can see, these recipes are anything but ordinary – they’re something that has been carried out for generations. A recipe can be a simple thing, but the love and stories passed down from these simple traditions make the Holidays all the sweeter.

We are so grateful to have such a delicious tradition included on our menu. If you have yet to try these wonderful cookies, we hope you give it a try and allow our tradition to become yours too!

We look forward to receiving your orders in the years to come! Happy Holidays!

Fall 2021 Snohomish Wedding Guild

November 9th, 2021

A word from our owner:

Approximately 60 members gathered at Snohomish Carnegie for the 2021 Fall Snohomish Guild Meeting.  We remember planning for the Spring 2020 meeting when COVID  hit and the meeting was canceled just a day before the event.  Wow, so much has happened since! As an industry, we have been through some very tough times, but are thankful we are getting through it together. The summer of 2022 looks to be a  potential record-breaker for many.
It sure was nice to see those of you who were able to attend.  It warms my heart that businesses like ours that have been around for ages are still hanging in there and new companies are opening up and offering their special services.

Please enjoy the recap our team has assembled.  We are proud to be part of such a talented group of people.

Be kind to one another!

John Bagge

A bit about this year’s get-together:

The 2021 annual Snohomish Wedding Guild meeting took place at the Snohomish Carnegie Building which is owned by the City of Snohomish. The building was originally a library built-in 1910.  As you can imagine, the structure is steeped in history. We absolutely love the charm of this venue!

Forget Me Not Events was this year’s planner. Jewel tones of black, green and gold were chosen as a color scheme and were executed beautifully throughout the venue.

We’d like to give a huge shoutout to everyone else involved!

Officiant: Dani Green

Dessert: Grain Artisan Bakery

Bartender: Party on the Rocks

Photographer: Stephanie Walls Photography

Florist: Verbana Floral Seattle

DJ: PJ Parsons Presents

Photo Booth: City Sound Wave

Caterer: Twelve Baskets Catering

The Winemaker’s Reserve

We’re excited to share that we’ve partnered up with The Winemaker’s Reserve in Woodinville! While enjoying some of Washington’s finest local wines, you’ll have the option to try a few of our featured menu items! What goes best with wine? Cheese & meat! The charcuterie boards feature various rotating cheeses and meats and paired alongside our homemade rosemary crackers. Still hungry? Well don’t worry, we are also offering seasonal flatbreads. Looking for something on the lighter side? Throughout the season choose between our hummus or tapenade spreads as well. For all details about what we are serving each week please ask your tasting room attendant!

Trying to plan your next corporate holiday party, or thinking about where to have your wedding reception at? Check out The Winemaker’s Reserve website and social media pages. Or check out our other great venues. Established in 2019, The Winemaker’s Reserve’s owner, Matthew Loso wanted a unique open, modern, romantic event space where guests could eat, drink, and be merry. Hosting up to 400 guests, The Winemaker’s Reserve is a two-floor, indoor venue with multiple rooms, including a private tasting room where you can learn about the winemaking process and taste a variety of locally-made wines.

Interested in learning more about how our offered retail food pairs with the Winemaker’s delicious wine? Check out “Cheers for Peers” that was a live virtual Facebook event on Woodinville Wine Country page on November 5, 2020 at 6pm PST where you can tune-in to hear Twelve Baskets’ owner, John Bagge, Executive Chef, Tim Kramer, and Event Specialist, Olivia Gassner discuss the in’s and out’s of what we do and where some of our inspiration comes from along with a live tour from the winemakers at the Winemaker’s Reserve and some discussion about some of their favorite wines to pair with Twelve Baskets food! You can view this streamed video on the Woodinville Wine Country’s Facebook or Instagram page under their live story section!

Experience Corporate Woodinville 2019

It was the second annual Experience Corporate Woodinville event this past Spring and we were thrilled to be a part of it again! Columbia Winery hosted us and the other awesome caterers on their exclusive list. Each section of the venue featured a different season, and we were lucky enough to be out on the sunny patio for the “Fall” themed area. Tolo Events designed and planned the theme and did a great job putting everything together. We got to work with a lot of talented event professionals as well and all the guests seemed to have a great time! Check our vendor team list at the bottom of this post. We hope you’ll join us next time in May 2020.

Our station highlighted some of our favorite cooler weather bites, which would be perfect for a fall or winter gathering or meeting.

Hors d’Oeuvres

-Bacon Wrapped Medjool Dates: dates stuffed with blue cheese, wrapped in bacon, baked and drizzled with a balsamic reduction
-Chimichurri Steak Skewers: seared seasoned beef tender with chimichurri sauce
-Pear and Gorgonzola Crostini: caramelized d’Anjou pear butter, gorgonzola crumbles and crispy sage served on a warm toast point

After enjoying a crisp fall setting on the transparent tent-covered patio, guests stepped into the beautiful “Columbia Room” which was fully decorated for winter with muted Christmas tones and lots of sparkle and flair.

Meanwhile, downstairs in the “Barrel Room” was a fun mix of spring and summer with lots of bright colors and pops of flowers and sunshine! As you can see below, LightSmiths did an amazing job bringing a fun atmosphere to the space. It makes you really see how versatile this room is and you can turn this blank canvas into any setting you’d like!

Amazing team of vendors:

Venue and Wine: Columbia Winery

Catering: Twelve Baskets Catering

Furniture: AFR Furniture Rental

Tent: Alexander Party Rentals

Linen Rentals: BBJ Linen

Transportation: Butler Seattle

Florals: Iris & Peony

Lighting: LightSmiths

Photography: Mike Nakamura Photography LLC

Planning and Design: Tolo Events

Photo booth: The SnapBar

Allison and Evan’s Pacific Northwest Lake Wedding

There is nothing better than gathering your closest friends and family together to witness tying the knot with your special person in life. There are many great catering companies in the Seattle area, and we are always so honored to be chosen to be a part of these happy occasions!

Travis Lawton Photography | Green Gates at Flowing Lake

Evan and Allison’s wedding was at Green Gates at Flowing Lake in Snohomish. It’s a beautiful location right on the water with a peaceful green setting for the ceremony and unique rustic covered area for the reception! Some couples even opt for an exciting exit by seaplane to leave the wedding! We were thrilled to be able to serve Allison and Evan and their guests a fun meal with lots of PNW elements throughout the night from cocktail hour hors d’oeuvres, a variety of options in their dinner buffet, and a tasty assortment of sweet bites on their dessert station. Thanks to Travis Lawton Photography for sharing these images with us!

Allison and Evan’s Menu:

Hors d’Oeuvres

-Vegetable and Rice Stuffed Mushroom: mixed vegetables, wild rice and garlic stuffed cremini mushrooms topped with Parmesan cheese, then baked
-Mini Fresh Fruit Kabobs
-Northwest Wild Salmon Cakes: fresh wild June berry smoked salmon cakes served crisp, topped with sumac aioli
-Fresh Vegetable Platter with Creamy Parmesan Dip
Signature Cheese Display served with sliced baguettes, house-made crackers and GF crackers

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Travis Lawton Photography | Twelve Baskets Catering
Travis Lawton Photography | Twelve Baskets Catering | Green Gates at Flowing Lake
Travis Lawton Photography | Twelve Baskets Catering | Green Gates at Flowing Lake
Travis Lawton Photography | Twelve Baskets Catering | Green Gates at Flowing Lake

Dinner Buffet

-Lemon Chicken: fresh chicken breast lightly floured and flash fried, served alongside a lemon cream sauce
-Herb Crusted Beef Tender: herb crusted PNW local beef tender, grilled and roasted, then topped with a balsamic demi-glace
-Risotto Stuffed Pepper: charred red bell peppers stuffed with roasted vegetable and manchego risotto
-Roasted New Potatoes: baby red new potatoes quartered and roasted with fresh herbs and garlic oil
-Mixed Field Greens and Berries Salad: baby mixed field greens, sliced strawberries, blueberries, caramelized walnuts, and creamy crumbled feta, tossed in a balsamic vinaigrette
-Assorted Fresh Macrina Bakery Rolls served with butter

Travis Lawton Photography | Twelve Baskets Catering
Travis Lawton Photography | Twelve Baskets Catering
Travis Lawton Photography | Twelve Baskets Catering
Travis Lawton Photography | Twelve Baskets Catering
Travis Lawton Photography | Twelve Baskets Catering
Travis Lawton Photography | Twelve Baskets Catering
Travis Lawton Photography | Twelve Baskets Catering

Kid’s Buffet

-Mini Cheeseburgers: mini burger patties with cheese on a soft bun, with ketchup on the side
-Chicken Strips: locally raised breaded chicken breast tenders, served with ketchup, BBQ sauce or our house-made ranch dipping sauce

Travis Lawton Photography | Twelve Baskets Catering
Travis Lawton Photography | Twelve Baskets Catering | Green Gates at Flowing Lake

Dessert Station

-Fresh Berry Pie Bites: tartlets with our Chantilly cream and seasonal fresh berries
-Dark Chocolate and Madagascar Vanilla Mini Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting
-Assorted French Macarons
-Brownie Bites: dense fudge brownie with chocolate chunks
-Meyer Lemon Bites: tart lemon curd baked atop a buttery crust dusted with powdered sugar
-Sweet & Salty Blondie Bites: chocolate chips, Madagascar vanilla and walnuts pieces
-Assorted Mini Cheesecakes from Chuckanut Bay

Travis Lawton Photography | Twelve Baskets Catering
Travis Lawton Photography | Twelve Baskets Catering
Travis Lawton Photography | Twelve Baskets Catering
Travis Lawton Photography | Twelve Baskets Catering
Travis Lawton Photography | Twelve Baskets Catering
Travis Lawton Photography | Twelve Baskets Catering
Travis Lawton Photography | Twelve Baskets Catering
Travis Lawton Photography | Twelve Baskets Catering

Wonderful Wedding Team

Venue: Green Gates at Flowing Lake
Photographer: Travis Lawton Photography
Catering: Twelve Baskets Catering
Florist: Forage Floral Studio
Photo Booth: 321 Foto
DJ: Blue Beatz Entertainment
Linens: Cort Party Rentals

Alumni Open House Special Event

We love being able to cater for all types of events and gatherings. This group of Alumni from Buckingham Browne & Nichols Upper School had a great time at their class reunion reminiscing, laughing, and just enjoying themselves with some good food and drinks. We were happy to be a part of this fun affair that brought old friends together from across the country!

A few words from our happy client: “I wanted to thank Twelve Baskets Catering for helping put on an amazing event! Everyone raved about the food and service. I appreciate all you did with quick responses and making it easy for me to trust a vendor across the country to have a successful event.”

Thanks to Danielle Barnum Photography for sharing these wonderful photos with us.

The group enjoyed some tray-passed Encrusted Beef Tip Bites and Goat Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms, then we opened a heavy hors d’oeuvres buffet with a Grilled Vegetable Platter, Herb Roasted Pork Tenderloin Crostini, Brie and Poached Pear Cups, Hummus Stuffed Cucumber Cup, Bacon Wrapped Medjool Dates, Warm Artichoke and Parmesan Dip with house made pita chips, Smoked Chicken and Apple Crescents and Cilantro Spiced Prawns. Their dessert table consisted of our trio of bites: Brownie Bites, Meyer Lemon Bites, and Sweet & Salty Blondie Bites.

2nd Annual Experience Corporate Woodinville

Come join us on May 7th for Experience Corporate Woodinville‘s 2nd annual corporate planning event.

“Needing inspiration for your next event? Be our guest as you Experience Corporate Woodinville, your event solution for your next meeting, team building event or corporate celebration! Spend the day being transported in chauffeur-driven luxury vehicles as you are dazzled by the best of Woodinville! Six of the areas top event venues will open their doors as you are inspired by ideas, discover local event professionals, nibble on delicious bites and sip the finest wines!”

We will be located at Columbia Winery on the tour, and would love to have the chance to talk with you about your upcoming event or regular events/meetings you plan! We’ll have a few tasty bites for you to taste and there will be all kinds of fun activities and inspiration for you to take in!

 The Fix Photo Group
Photos by The Fix Photo Group

Sean Hoyt Photography
Photo by Sean Hoyt Photography

A little bit about using Columbia Winery for your event space:

“We offer both indoor and outdoor spaces to create the perfect environment for any type or style of event, from upscale private dinners or receptions to business luncheons and team building activities.

Columbia Winery’s event space can comfortably accommodate groups up to 225 people for seated events, 300 for standing reception-style events. ”

Take a few hours off during the work day and have a little fun. Hope to see you there!