Brooke Maynard-Perez and her husband, Thomas Perez, have been running Table Catering Co., a high-quality catering service with a kitchen in Seattle that serves the Eastside— for close to four years. Having grown up in Redmond, Maynard-Perez has a wide network of Eastside connections that have long patronized the catering business.
And though catering is an industry that has taken a hard hit in light of the COVID-19 crisis — with most events pushed back to 2021 and a lot of uncertainty about the future — the Table Catering Co. team was set up to make a quick pivot. Now, their energy is being poured into an adjacent project: Bell’s Cookie Co.
“We actually had the cookie company in the works for about six months before we started it,” Maynard-Perez said. “We had decided we wanted to start a cookie company, got all the marketing and branding, and then realized — wait, how are we going to juggle this when it’s the busy season? We decided to wait until the perfect time came along to get it going.”
In March, when COVID-19 started causing event cancellations and postponements, the team had the time to dedicate to getting the cookie company off the ground.
“We can do delivery, we can do pickup, we can do nationwide shipping,” Maynard-Perez said. “At the beginning, we had a friend who wanted to send out 18 care packages across the country, so we did that. It’s been going great, and it’s definitely been keeping us busy.”
The cookies offered by Bell’s Cookie Co. — named after the couple’s 1-year-old daughter Isabella — aren’t your typical finds, either. Maynard-Perez, who has graduated from culinary school, has managed restaurants, and has worked in both kitchens and bakeries, said she aims to infuse nostalgia into the flavors she whips up.
“I want something to remind you of your childhood,” she said. “We have 10 different types of cookies, some classics, but they’re all pretty different. We have cookies like The Bells, which has potato chips and chocolate chips and toffee and pecans. And then there’s the Columbian Corn cookie — Thomas is Columbian — and that’s made with masa flour and two different types of yellow corn flour. We’re doing a s’mores cookie for the Fourth of July and we’re planning on having an edible cookie dough soon.”
The company does delivery on Tuesdays and Thursdays around the Seattle area, including to Bellevue, Kirkland, Newcastle, and Mercer Island. Orders also are available via Grubhub. Moving forward, Maynard Perez said she’d love to have a brick-and-mortar located on the Eastside, as well.