Frequently Asked Questions
How far in advance do I need to reserve my date?
Wedding receptions typically book 6-12 months in advance. Corporate events usually have a shorter lead time. We suggest reserving your date as soon as it is confirmed. Summer weekends and all dates in December fill very quickly.
Do you require a deposit?
We ask for a $2,000.00 initial payment for wedding receptions. This guarantees your placement on our calendar. Deposits for corporate and social events vary according to the type and size of event.
When do you need a final guest count?
We ask for your final guest count two weeks in advance. This gives us time to finalize your rental orders, communicate with your venue to check on details and prepare your invoice for payment. Final payment is due one week prior to your wedding reception.
Are you insured?
We are fully licensed and insured for product and liquor liability up to $2 Million. Our staff are covered by Washington state workers compensation. This means that if one of our staff should injure themselves while working your event, their injuries would be fully covered and you would not be liable.
Do you provide tastings?
Yes. Our Executive Chef is happy to prepare a selection of our most popular appetizers for your enjoyment when you come in to plan your event. In addition, we host several FREE Buffet Tastings throughout the year. Call us for the next scheduled Tasting Open House.
Can I make up my own menu or make changes in your menus?
Absolutely! We love to help you create a special menu just for your party! If you choose one of the menus on this website, you are welcome to make any additions or changes you prefer.
Can you provide for vegetarian and special dietary needs?
We have wide variety of vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and other special needs menu items. When you come in to plan your event, we will discuss your dietary needs and suggest a menu that will be suitable for you and your guests. Please tell us if we need to consider food allergies.
We can accommodate lactose intolerance and gluten intolerance in our custom menus.
Is there a charge for cutting the cake?
Absolutely not! We include complimentary cake cutting services, along with a “goodies-to-go” basket for the couple.
Can I buy my own alcoholic beverages?
Certainly, we’ll be happy to help you with quantities and selections in various price ranges. We do not charge a corkage fee.
Can you provide bartenders for my party?
Yes. Our bartenders are trained, professional, and just plain nice! We carry full liability insurance for both food and alcohol service. As a general rule, you need to allow one bartender per 100 guests for beer and wine bars and one bartender per 75 guests for full bar service.
How many staff will be at my event?
The number of staff needed depends on the menu chosen, how many guests you are expecting and whether you choose china or disposable products. When we prepare your proposal, estimated hours and costs for staff will be included.
How will I know what my total event cost will be?
After meeting with one of our professional event planners and discussing your needs for the event, we will prepare an itemized estimate for you. There will be separate line items for food, staff, rental equipment, china, linens – whatever you need us to provide or coordinate for you.
Do your servers wear uniforms?
Our trained, professional staff are attired in black and white uniforms with long, black bistro aprons. They are crisp, neat, and always ready to help with a smile! Click on Photo Gallery or Videos to see pictures of our staff in action.
Can you take care of china, glassware and linens for me?
We have many patterns of china, flatware and glassware available, as well as a full color range of linens. We also work with several specialty linen companies for very special occasions. Ask your event coordinator to see our sample fabrics. Once you make your choices, we will order and arrange for delivery of rental items. We also coordinate the set up the day of your event.
How about tents, tables and chairs?
A full range of styles and sizes are available from our rental vendors. Usually we have the rental company tent person come to your location to measure for tent needs.
What about leftover food?
Menu items that have been held at proper temperatures, may, at the discretion on the party supervisor, be packaged for you should you desire. Foods that have been out on a buffet (exposed to possible contamination) must be discarded.
Do you require a contract?
Yes. E-mail us at email@example.com if you would like a copy.
Do you charge a gratuity on your bill?
We do not put gratuities on our invoices unless directed to do so by the client. We believe gratuities are given for excellent service and are left to your discretion. A gratuity of $60.00 to $75.00 per staff member or a percentage of the total is customary. We do not put tip jars on bars for private parties and weddings.
Can you recommend other vendors for our event?
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