What is your dress code/uniform?
Tuxedo/Black & White
What is your minimum head count?
From 5 to 5,000. Please contact us with your specific details, and we will accommodate you in style!
Can you help us find a location, rentals, a florist, musician(s), and a photographer?
Absolutely Delicious has event planners and coordinators on staff that are very organized, creative and able to work with you to achieve your vision on this very special day.
What are your prices for a buffet reception compared to a sit down?
All of our menus are fully unique. At Absolutely Delicious we start out with a simple well-designed data sheet from which we build your custom menu. A buffet comprises of more choices in the sides and salads, is more casual allowing guests to mingle easier and is more reasonably priced due to less labor. A sit down is a more formal affair, with a per head price that is slightly higher and uses more staff.
How can I save money?
We offer everything from bag lunches to black-tie, full-service theme parties. There's almost always catering for your budget. We have some unbreakable standards: 1) if we're staffing the event, we will not under-staff it, 2) we will not under-portion. (Nothing is worse than running out of food) 3) We will not use frozen, tasteless or otherwise low-quality food. Other than that, you control nearly every cost variable including the caliber of the linens, the length of the event, the types of beverages at the bar and of course, the menu. Solid-color linens are less expensive than textured linens. Some stationary hors d'oeuvres are more economical than passed hors d'oeuvres. An event that requires our staff to be onsite eight hours or less will enable you to avoid overtime charges. As for rentals, Absolutely Delicious Catering fortunately owns many things that other caterers are forced to rent. We can provide china, water glasses, wine glasses, champagne flutes, martini glasses, stainless flatware and truly upscale buffet equipment at a more economical price than other caterers.
How many staff will be working?
Every event has its nuances and challenges, so we believe that boiler-plate staffing formulas don't work. Based on what we learn about your needs relative to service caliber and budget, our detailed catering proposal will show you exactly how many supervisors, chefs, bartenders and wait staff you'll need. If you would like "extra" staff on hand, we're happy to help. We also believe that sometimes a high number of inexperienced staff is not as wise as a lower number of incredibly experienced staff that have worked in your venue on hundreds of events. As with our event supervisors, many of our wait staff have been with us a decade or more.
Do you charge a cake cutting fee?
No. No matter what the occasion (wedding, corporate grand opening, birthday celebration, etc.), we do not charge a fee for cutting your cake when we are providing the meal for the event. (However, if you are renting specialty china and flatware, remember that cake service means extra plates and forks.) Can we supply our own alcoholic beverages? Absolutely! We are happy to supply you with a separate quote for bartenders, glassware, ice, and bar equipment. You can have the liquor delivered directly to your venue or deliver it to us the week before and incur a nominal transport fee for us to store and transport it the day of your event.
What do you do to accommodate vegetarians?
We offer a wide variety of vegetarian options. For a sit-down dinner: you should have a vegetarian option available on your response card. For a buffet: we incorporate a vegetarian entrée into the menu. Since our vegetarian meals are so delicious, most guests take a sample, so we portion accordingly. If you know that you will have a very limited number of vegetarian guests and do not want to provide that option to everyone, we will have a vegetarian plate available in the kitchen by request. This requires some advance knowledge (or your approximation) of the number of vegetarians you expect.
Is there a discount for children?
Children require the same amount of linens, stainless, china and staffing as any other guest However, in an effort to make it possible for you to have young guests at your event, we offer a 50% discount on the food price for children between the ages of three and ten. Children under the age of three generally do not have their own place setting, and they typically eat a bite or two from mom or dad's plate. If you have a separate area with supervision for children, and if you have 12 or more child guests, we can offer a child-friendly boxed lunch instead.