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Full Service Catering is perfect for dinner parties, cocktail receptions, weddings, and special events. From family style to plated, buffet to interactive chef stations, you can choose the best style for the occasion and the menu. We will display and serve delicate hors d’oeuvres, dinner, or any combination to delight your guests and let you enjoy the company! We can do as much or as little as you need.
Have a question? Check out our frequently asked questions.
Our catering coordinators will work with you to design a menu to perfectly meet your vision. All of our full service events are customized with your likes, preferences, guest profile, venue and theme in mind. Due to the time required for planning and scheduling service staff, please allow a month or a minimum of 7 days for all full service events. For best results and planning for larger events, allow as much notice as possible. For weddings or larger full service events, a year in advance is recommended to secure your date.
Because no event is the same, there are a number of different factors that are considered when providing catering quotes. Venue, style of service, and number of guests are just a few examples that impact catering cost. We are happy to discuss on a per-client basis – please reach out to our catering coordinators to inquire about your specific event.
Buffet and family style menus are both quoted on a per person price. However, both styles of service require additional rentals to serve the meal to guests. Buffet menus generally require the fewest rentals, where tables, linen and chafing dishes may be needed to serve the buffet. Family style service requires rentals of platters and serving utensils, and may also require catering rentals. Our staffing charges for family style events is also higher than buffets due to the elevated level of service and additional team members needed to execute this style of service. All china, flatware, and glassware for guest use is an additional rental based on the desired table setting.
We work directly with local rental companies and are able to reach out to them on your behalf to handle ordering any dishes, tables, chairs and linens for your event. A 20% Administrative Rental Handling Fee will be added for this service. The rental equipment will be delivered to you and picked up after the event directly by the rental company. We also have our own inventory of serving dishes and utensils which is available to rent for small to medium-size events. Want to handle this on your own? We are happy to recommend our preferred rental vendors upon request.
One advantage to having an in-house butcher shop and specialty market is that we have access to many high-quality local and specialty products. Year-round we offer premium meats from Pinetree Poultry and Caldwell Farms, and have fresh seafood delivered daily from Port Clyde Fresh Catch. During our peak season, you will find crudité platters with vegetables from Beth’s Farm Market, salads with greens from 3 Bug Farm, or apples from Hope Orchards baked into our delicious pies. We strive to make everything from scratch, but if we can’t make it ourselves, we source as many locally-made products as possible. Want to know where your food came from? Just ask! We are proud to share the story of all who contributed to your delicious meal.
YES! Please let us know of any food allergies or special requests. We will be happy to specialize a meal or course for your special guest(s). While we are able to accommodate for allergies, our facility is not allergen-free and may contain traces of wheat, dairy, nuts, soy, shellfish, eggs and other allergens.
We employ a full team of professionals. We determine the number of staff members needed based on the number of guests, style of service, and type of event. Our staffing is charged by the hour, and each staffing quote is customized to meet each client’s needs. Should an event require on-site prep and setup time before the event, and then breakdown and cleanup after, we will discuss and quote per your needs.
Our staff are hired and trained by our management team. Our staff typically arrives one to two hours prior to guest arrival for event set-up, and will be there until at least one hour after guests depart to clean up. The service staff will pass hors d’oeuvres, clear glassware and plates, and help your guests with any special requests. Need help setting up or taking down tables, chairs and place settings? We can schedule additional staff time to help with whatever you need.
Our staff is happy to stay and continue to serve your guests. We will check in with you close to the time scheduled for your event to see if you need us to stay on. If so, you will be billed for those hours the following day.
NO - Although we do not provide bartending services, we are happy to recommend reputable, licensed and insured bartending services who regularly work in the area and are familiar with serving laws and venue requirements.
We offer non-alcoholic beverages like lemonade, iced tea, or infused water bars. We can also provide coffee, decaf and tea services which are a great offering for post-wedding brunches or after a delicious meal.
Yes – We cater every day, and recommend advanced booking during the holidays due to the high demand for catering. Holiday staffing charges of time and a half apply for all full service events booked on the following holidays: Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day.
Our talented team of coordinators have planned thousands of stunning Maine events. They will guide you through the process to create a memorable event. All bookings include complimentary custom menu design. Event coordination requests such as day-of event management are available for additional fees.
A deposit of 15% is required to reserve the date for our services. Deposit is fully refundable up to 30 days prior to event date with the exception of a non-refundable 50% deposit of rental cost if applicable. For all full service events we require final menu selection, final guest count, and event balance paid in full 10 days from event date. Balance may be paid by check, credit card or cash. A credit card is required for any incidental charges to be billed post event (i.e. added staffing hours, day of coordination).
Staff Gratuities are included in the proposed pricing unless otherwise requested. Our team works hard and takes great pride in ensuring your event is a success. Gratuities are shared between the service staff members who work your event as well as the chef and kitchen team who helped prepare your meal.
A 20% Business Operation fee applies to all staffed events. The Business Operation Fee is not a tip and is calculated on catering sales. The Business Operation Fee is used to supplement the wages of all of our staff, including the staff that loads and cleans the equipment, the chefs that prepare the food in the kitchen and the event staff. It also helps offset administrative and insurance costs associated with your event. An 8% Maine Food Tax is applied to all catering orders. Should you wish for assistance handling rentals for your event, a 20% Administrative Rental Handling Fee will be added for this service.
We look forward to talking with you about your event. Please take a moment to complete a short questionnaire to request a proposal. We'll then follow up with a call to discuss the details further.Request A Catering Proposal