Catering Frequently Asked Questions
Do you offer free food tasting prior to booking?
Yes. With adequate advance notice we can arrange for you to taste items before you decide to order.
Do I have to meet you in person to make my catering arrangements?
Most of the arrangements can be made on the phone or by email, if you prefer. We welcome meetings as it gives you the opportunity to discuss your requirements in detail. An appointment at the event venue can also be very useful in helping to plan the logistics and familiarizing us with the space available. Please note that meetings outside of our office have to be scheduled at least three days prior.
How early do I need to contact you prior to my event?
We usually require at least two (2) weeks' notice for orders. During particularly busy seasons, more lead time is required. We always recommend booking a date as soon as your event is confirmed. There is no such thing as "too early" for us.
In the case of an unanticipated event, we try our best to respond quickly. Call us and we will accommodate you if possible.
Can you adjust to food allergies and other dietary restrictions?
Yes. Please provide specific details of your needs so that we can address them properly.
Can you create custom menus?
Yes. We will be happy to work with you in creating a menu that perfectly fits the needs of your event. Please note that we require several weeks of advance notice for custom menus. Contact us as soon as possible if you have special catering needs.
Do you offer vegetarian entrees?
Yes. We have a variety of delicious vegetarian options that can be built into your catering package on request.
Where do you cater?
We mainly serve Metro Manila clients, but have had the distinct pleasure of catering for events in Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, and even Ilocos Norte.
How do I decide on a menu for my event?
Our service packages are a good starting point, since these provide samplers of our food and drink offerings. Once you've examined the samplers, please contact us by telephone, email, or our online contact form to discuss the full range of options. Let us address any questions you may have and advise you on your specific catering needs.
Can the guests bring outside food/beverage for serving?
Yes. However, in the very slight possibility of food poisoning, the caterer will not be held liable as the caterer no longer becomes the sole food provider for the event.
Also, we might charge a corkage fee should the additional items require additional manpower and serving equipment complement (ie. extra glasses for outside drinks or an additional butcher and serving plates for lechon and/or other viands).
Is there a buffer for the food?
Yes. A 10% food buffer is industry standard. This, however, is not meant to encourage the client to intentionally increase the number of guests by 10% or more.
Should the number of guests look to exceed 110%, our food attendants will portion the food in such a way that will accommodate the extra number of guests.
The caterer will not be held accountable should there be a food shortage if the number of guests exceed that of what is stated on the contract.
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, bar service, 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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