Catering Frequently Asked Questions
Are tastings free?
Tastings are $200 and serve 4 people. If you select Vivere Catering for your event, we will credit back $100 on the final invoice.
How much should I order for my event?
Order as accurately as possible. 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! Once the final guest count is provided to us we begin to order the food. We can always add on, but we can't reduce!
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.
May I keep the left-over food?
Any left-overs are the property of Vivere Catering. Our liability insurance prohibits us from leaving food behind: we are still liable for the food, even if it is out of our control.
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, setup, 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 the catering staff? 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. Once we receive your deposit we are in contract to provide the food and services that are detailed in the Menu Proposal document. If you are booking an event during "wedding season" it is best to book as far ahead as possible so that you have the option to choose between vendors. Booking too late will limit your options and often mean higher prices.
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!
What are expense fees?
Expense fees are non-food related costs of the event. These may include things like china, silveware and glasses or equipment and propane. Travel costs, insurance and linens can be charged here. This fee is an industry standard and we charge at the rate of 18-20%.
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