What Style of Food Service Do I Want at My Wedding?
- Hors d’Oeuvres: Hors d’oeuvres are a great way to let your guests enjoy different types of food before the wedding reception begins. Sometimes we are approached by couples who inquire about only having hors d’oeuvres for the entire reception because they feel it will save money. This isn’t always true. If your reception is held in the evening during the dinner hour, your guests’ appetites will reflect that. Creating hors d’oeuvres is generally more labor-intensive than food presented as a plated dinner or at food stations and might cost even more because we must supply a greater quantity. Hors d’oeuvres-only receptions or events are, however, a great option for early evening, prior to the dinner hour.
- Buffet: A buffet reception is the simplest type of service. It allows for a well-rounded menu to be presented and is the most familiar to guests. When choosing a buffet, the price for the menu will be higher because the guests (not the culinary team) determine the portion size. However, the price for service staff is lower than a plated dinner service since fewer staff are required.
- Stations: Food stations are becoming more and more popular and have even pushed standard buffets to the wayside. Generally, three to five food stations are set up around the venue, allowing guests to move around the room and sample a large variety of foods at once. Stations are ideal for relaxed receptions and events with flexible timelines, as they encourage guests to mingle. Additional rentals (e.g., plates/flatware) are generally required to ensure that guests can experience food from each of the stations.
- Plated/Sit-Down Service: Plated and sit-down services are the most formal type of service. Typically, plated meals are more expensive, since there is a greater number of service staff required to ensure guests are served food in a timely manner and accommodated throughout the reception.
- Family-Style: Family-style is another great interactive type of service. Large platters of food are presented to each table, and guests help themselves to the food and pass it along. While this type of service requires more staff than food stations, fewer staff members are required than for a plated meal.
What Kind of Staff Does Tastebuds Custom Catering Provide?
The goal of our staff is to cater to you and your guests in every way. Our staff is there to ensure that everyone is satisfied and happy as well as to accommodate any special requests you may have. We generally arrive two hours prior to the event to set up and stay at least one hour after the event for full clean-up. Larger events we cater have a captain who is in charge of the team for the evening and is a point of contact for any adjustments or requests that need to be made.
What Kind of Bar Services Can We Have at Our Wedding?
From full-liquor, premium bar service to custom craft beer selections, Tastebuds Custom Catering holds a full liquor license and carries the appropriate and required insurance coverage to accommodate alcohol at your reception. If you would like to incorporate alcohol into your wedding, we would be happy to provide you with our bar menu information.
What Rentals Do I Want?
Rentals exist to enhance your celebration and make it exactly the way you’ve dreamed. We work with exceptional vendors we have used over the years who are as reliable and professional as we pride ourselves on being. From china and chairs to linens and photo booths, we are happy to coordinate all of your vendors on your big day.
How Are Staff Hours Calculated?
We thoughtfully plan out our service and propose accurate staff hours at the beginning of the proposal process so there will be no surprises on your wedding day and no unwarranted charges. Over the years, we have gotten very precise at estimating costs upfront—we rarely have to bill after your reception (unless you made any last-minute changes).
Staff hours are measured from when the staff leave our catering facility to the time they leave the venue. On average, a wedding reception will require eight hours of service for each staff member, including at least three hours combined for setup and clean-up.
If your event runs beyond the scheduled and contracted timeline, we are happy to stay and serve your guests—at your request. We will bill you the following day for any additional labor charges. Should additional service time be requested, a form will be available for the client to approve during the event. Additional billing time is rounded in 30-minute increments.
Do You Provide Tastings?
We welcome tastings in our kitchen hosted by our culinary team for all confirmed clients.
Is Gratuity Included in the Proposal?
Gratuities are never necessary—nor are they expected— but our staff is always very appreciative if you do choose to tip. We have a payment structure that gives staff a fair wage well above the average server’s wage and minimum wage. This means gratuities are a bonus for a job well done. If you feel that the staff has gone above and beyond your expectations, we just ask that you give them a gratuity at the end of the evening or include it in your final payment. If you choose the latter, we will distribute accordingly to all staff members involved in your event (including front- and back-of-house staff).
What is the Sales Tax?
Sales tax is additional and is calculated at the rate of where the event is held. The local sales tax is 6%.
Cake Cutting Fees
Cake cutting requires a skilled chef and is available for a fee. If you plan to have wedding cake, please be sure to inform us so that we may include the rental of the cake plate and cake fork on your rental schedule. We ask that whoever creates your wedding cake leave care and cutting instructions on-site for us to utilize, as all cakes are meant to be cut and served in different ways.