Q1) Do you provide tastings for food and cakes?

A1) Yes. Tastings are $135 for the happy couple & $25 each additional guest. Complimentary tastings are offered after the retainer has been made. Tastings are offered by appointment Monday to Friday from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, based on availability. Tastings should be held 6-8 weeks before the event, based on the seasonal availability of selected menus and your wedding date. Tasting selections can include two starters (i.e., appetizer, soup or salad), and two entrées, and for cakes, any four flavors. Tastings are limited to four people (including the Wedding Coordinator).

Q2) What do I need to provide for my guests?

A2) It depends on the services you choose. Pick and choose ala carte style or elect our all-inclusive packages complete with all the dinner ware. Packages include appetizers, main course, in most cases, desserts & beverages. Our alcohol packages include plastic cups, ice, garnishes, mixers and water. We also offer entrance and specialty bars, water stations, and  NEW Kombucha Bar and Kombucha on tap. We have rental equipment and many more services to make your event the most remembered. You can choose to provide items or we can take care of everything. Just ask us.

Q3) Can I provide my own food or alcohol? If so, how much do I need if I decide to provide it?

A3) Yes you can. We will also provide the service for the food you want to serve and take care of your guests. We offer complimentary consultation to help you estimate exactly how much food and/or alcohol you will need for your guests count. Or let us take care of everything so you don't have to stress.

Q4) How many servers or bartenders do I need?

A4) The industry standard is minimum 1 bartender for every 75 guests. However, we have cultivated a higher standard to ensure the highest quality in the exceptional service we provide your guests. This standard requires us to provide you with 1 Bartender for every 50 guests. You may also request the industry minimum.

A4b) Service staff: additional staff is provided upon request and is $95 for up to five hours. However, all of our buffet packages are accompanied by buffet attendants.

Q5) What does Essential Catering Solutions provide for delivery?

A5) Your food delivery includes warming or cooling pans, racks, heating fuel & condiments. Service ware are provided upon request.

Q6) What will the servers or bartenders wear?

A6) Our Servers, Buffet Attendants & Bartenders are dressed in a standard black or white collared tops & black dress slacks with black or white beanie caps to cover the head. However, based upon the formality of your event, our servers and bartenders will be dressed according to specifications. This can be discussed during our consultation, and attire upgrades are priced accordingly.

Q7) Do you require a deposit?

A7) Yes. After your free consultation, require a non-refundable $500 retainer. To secure our services for your event day, a 50% deposit is required. We require $375 minimum service fee for all bar services & “provide your own alcohol” bar options. Includes set up & Bar Tenders.

Q8) Do you have time blocks or hourly minimums?

A8) All of our packages include a standard 5 hours for service (charges apply to four (5) hour increments), as we have included time for a cocktail hour. $125 overage fee charged to each hour after unless otherwise outlined in your agreement.

Q9) What about gratuity? How do I tip the servers or bartenders of stations or butler passed service?

A9) You are welcomed to express your gratuity by allowing our bartenders to utilize a tip jar in the bar area - OR - you may provide a cash gratuity directly to our servers and bartenders at the end of the event. 

Q10) Bar Service: What will the bartenders bring?

A10) All basic bar supplies and tools including (shakers, ice, bottle/wine opener, drink stirrers, napkins, fruit garnishment, mixers and supplies).

Q11) Which forms of payments are accepted?

A11) We accept payment in the form of Debit, Credit, Cash, Check or Money Order. Acceptable forms of payment for Cash Bars are; Debit, Credit or Cash Only

Q12) Female or Male Staff?

A12) We will take requests, but can guarantee a preference only with advanced booking (additional charges may apply to special wait staff requests)

Q13.) Are you insured and licensed?

A.13) Yes. We are licensed & insured. All of our chefs and kitchen staff are ServSafe certified. All of our bartenders are certified and covered under liquor liability insurance. 

Q.14.) Why should I hire professionals from your network or your bartenders?

A14.) Top 3 and other reasons to choose Essential Catering Solutions 

Reason #1. Our food naturally tastes better.

Reason #2 We're your one-stop-shop. All you services in one place for one price. 

Reason #3 2nd to none personalized service and follow up. 

We have some of the best chefs, photographers, videographers, decorators, florists, bakers and so many others to create a "One-stop-Shop" experience with the best quality. With over 70 combined years of experience, our team of event experts have honed their crafts to be able to provide you the best possible experience you could have imagined receiving. 

Our bartenders can serve as life to your party or solace in times of sadness. 

You definitely want someone with experience, that can make create a most memorable event with elegant, classy presentation, wonderful drinks, and ensure you and your guests have a good time or are comforted. It will also relieve your stress. 

We make sure that everything is taken care of so you can have time for more important things. So hire us. You will be glad you did.

Q15.) Do you have any customer testimonials?

A15.) Yes, please see our Reviews Page to see what others think of us or visit google or our facebook and instagram and weddingwire pages to see what others think of us!

Q16.) Can I leave a review and where?

A16.) Yes you Can! We welcome your feedback and word of mouth. Write us a review here on our website.

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