For the main dinner menu there are quite strict guidelines to follow.
When looking at the appetizer, soup, salad or dessert menus you want to remember that for these courses you will be ordering the same item for everyone. Of course if someone has allergies that must be considered, we are always happy to make a special dish.
With the main course we can do up to two choices, generally meat vs. fish or meat vs. vegetarian, though this can vary. For the meat/chicken/fish dishes the type of starch (potato or rice) and vegetable must be the same for everyone. Depending on the vegetarian choice selected the vegetables may also be added to this option. If you are looking at offering two meats (chicken and beef) or a meat and a fish, but know you have just one or two vegetarians, it MAY be possible to add a vegetarian option. As well, if there is someone with a particular allergy that can only be accommodated by offering that person a modified or special meal, that is always something we are open to.
Finally, it is very important to verify your menu and its options with us before sending out RSVPs or confirming the menu with any of the attendees, just to make sure we are all on the same page in terms of what we are offering.
We offer a selection of both stationary tray items, as well as passed hors d’oeuvres.
When offering passed hors d’oeuvres there is a very easy general rule to follow: Order at least one of each type of hors d’oeuvre you want to offer, for each guest. For example, if you are expecting 60 guests and want to offer 5 types of hors d’oeuvres you would want to order 5 doz. of each type, for a total of 300 pieces. When looking at our menus and it’s prices, keep in mind the prices for hors d’oeuvres are per dozen pieces.
When offering a stationary tray buffet, you do not need to be as exact with your numbers. You do still want to order enough so everyone can try everything, but as all of our trays (with the exception of our standard Sandwich Tray) are designed to offer several pieces per person, and our tray prices are per person, you do not need to order each tray to the exact number of people you expect. As well, the more selection you offer, the less of each tray you can offer, to an extent, and still achieve the goal of having some of everything for everyone. For example, if you are expecting 60 guests, and you want to offer 6 types of trays, you could easily order each tray for 45-50 people and have plenty for a good snack. Of course depending on the time of day for your event, and whether you are doing something before or after, perhaps having the cocktail as a precursor to a dinner, all play into determining how much you want to offer. If the tray buffet is to replace a lunch or dinner, you would want to alter your quantities accordingly.