(Closed) Please Help! Need Catering Advice!

posted 8 years ago in Food
  • poll: Which caterer should I choose?
    Caterer #1: Go with the most staff and hours so everything will run smoothly. : (1 votes)
    17 %
    Caterer #2: Go with the food you like the most. The rest will work out. : (4 votes)
    67 %
    Caterer #3: Go with the middle option: not so many staff, but a more realistic time estimate. : (1 votes)
    17 %
  • Post # 3
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I think that caterer #2 has about what we had at our wedding. 

    I think we had the Chef/Owner, his wife, then somewhere between 3-6 servers/busser (I really can’t remember though but this seems about right).  Additionally the venue provided 2 bartenders, 1 bar-back, and 1 site coordinator. 

    We were planning about 180 people with a buffet dinner. 

    We did a mix of passed and station food for the cocktail hour. 

    I think #1 sounds like a bit much on the bartending side.  I can’t imagine why you would need 3 beverage attendants just to replace bottles of wine.  How are you handling water?  Are you having goblets on the tables that will need to be refilled or will guests get this from the bar? 

    Post # 4
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    Another note:

    Make sure there is a bar-back available to the bar-tenders (responsible for re-filling etc).  At our event we had some really heavy beer drinkers plus it was really hot.  They had trouble cooling the beer down fast enough to keep up with the demand.  You don’t want your bartenders to have to stop serving people so that they can refill their ice buckets, etc. 

    Post # 6
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    I’m not quite sure what to recommend to you, but this is how our staff breaks down:

    8 staff with One Captain/Event Coordinator, Two Bartenders, and 4
    servers for event. Two additional staff added to help with food service times only.
    Event Estimate from 7pm to 12:15am-bar service until midnight.

    This is based on an approximate guest count of 130, with passed appetizers and a buffet.

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