Catering Frequently Asked Questions
Are tastings free?
Yes. The tasting is our gift to you and an investment in obtaining your business!
How much should I order for my event?
When we start to plan your catering order, you will be presented with meal options and packages that are divided per person. This will make it easier for you to determine just how much food to order! Options include per plate, or larger buffet amounts that will feed multiple guests per tray of food.
How much is catering per person?
This is very dependent on the event and the number of guests. Be prepared to spend between $30 - $100 per head; at the higher end if it is for a wedding. Quantity discounts may apply.
What is the difference between corporate and special events catering?
Weddings, anniversaries and general parties fall into the category of special events, whereas corporate events include meetings, conventions and summits. Clients hosting special events will have more of an emotional connection to what we create for them.
Why is wedding catering so expensive?
When you hire a caterer, you are not only getting food, but service as well. Fees rolled into this include wait staff, set-up, vehicle costs and more. Especially if you are having a large wedding, labor expenses will be large due to volume of staff and schedule of food service.
What is included in wedding catering?
This is dependent on what catering package you purchase. A full service one means in addition to food preparation, we will handle everything. This includes table settings, wait staff and clean up. Picture what would be required at a restaurant, and that is what will be needed at your wedding.
Should I tip a caterer? How much?
Many contracts will have gratuity written in. If that is not the case, yes, you should tip 15-20% of the total bill. If you prefer, you can also tip specifically to the chef(s) and server(s) how you see fit.
Why hire a caterer?
The short answer is: because caterers know what they’re doing. Caterers have experience. They know how to please your guests and can even suggest great venues for you to host your event at. When looking at your price estimate, keep in mind that a caterer will save you money in the long run by providing invaluable advice and keeping everything together so that you don’t have to. Save your own sanity and hire a caterer!
How far in advance do I have to book wedding catering?
The sooner in better. Many couples book as early as a year in advance! When you know who you want, do not hesitate to book them.
Can you accommodate allergies?
Yes, and any good caterer can. That is the beauty of catering—you meet with us and together we create the perfect meal for your function or event!
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