Catering FAQs

There are a lot of details that go into planning a big event. We are guessing this is probably your first time, and you have a few questions – here are a few answers to get you started! 

How does the menu pricing work?
All stated menu pricing is per person, with the exception of hors d’oeuvres, which are per dozen. Pricing does not include staffing, rentals, tax or service charge. You will be able to see your total estimated catering costs once you send more information regarding your event to Megan de Farcy, your personal event specialist. If you missed her initial email with the menus and questionnaire, be sure to check your spam! Sometimes it can land there when it’s your first time chatting. Feel free to give her a ring or shoot her an email as well: 
Email: mdfarcy@foodbeyondthebox.com, Phone: 469-687-2889

What are the bar options and pricing?
Open Bar: You are charged per person – simply choose the bar package and number of hours and we take it from there! During open bar, guests will enjoy endless beer, wine and cocktails (if included in package). The price per person applies to guests 21 years+ ONLY. We offer endless sodas and juices for guests under 21 years old. 
Consumption Bar: You are charged per drink, with the option of pre-paying as much or as little as you want! This is a great option if you are expecting a lighter drinking crowd, or if you want to host some drinks before offering a cash bar. It is the perfect late night option too, if you want an open bar vibe all night, but don’t want to pay per person the entire night (let’s be real – not everyone makes it to midnight!). Any unpaid consumption balance is charged to the card on file following the event; if you pre-pay too much and it isn’t all consumed, we will refund you the difference! 
Cash Bar: Your guests pay for their own drinks. We bring all that you will need for the bar – the only cost to you is the bartender(s) and glassware! Be sure to check with your venue about this style bar; some venues do not allow cash bar. 
Bartender Only: Our experienced, TABC licensed bartenders pour alcohol provided by you! This is another style of bar that your venue will need to approve – not all allow this approach. 

Are there tastings available?
All booked full service events receive a complimentary tasting closer to wedding day. We recommend 45 – 60 days prior for buffet/stations, and 90 days prior for multi-course plated. This is a private tasting with a custom menu chosen by you! 
If you would like to try our food before booking, we must start with a catering quote to make sure we fit your vision and budget. From there, you have a few options:
A paid tasting with limited items: you try only a few items to get an idea of our food, and then get a full complimentary tasting closer to wedding day, after booking.
A paid tasting with full menu: you try all items, and upon booking will be credited the amount for the tasting towards your final balance due. You forfeit the second complimentary tasting that comes with booking in this scenario. (I don’t recommend this for any events more than 3 months away!)
**Paid and complimentary tastings are available Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. Due to events, we are unable to offer tastings on weekends.
Join us for one of our complimentary private tasting events or public open houses! These are offered seasonally – please ask Megan about upcoming dates! 

How much will catering cost for 100 people?
Event costs will vary depending on your event details. Along with the style of the meal itself, additional details such as the bar, guest count, event times, location, and more all contribute to the catering costs. We build custom proposals for all events to ensure all costs are quoted and covered upfront in order to assist with budgeting. The best way to get an accurate estimate for your event would be to send Megan a completed catering questionnaire. This is sent in the body of the introductory email containing our catering menus and other information. If you are unable to find that email, please contact Megan and she would be happy to resend it!
Email: mdfarcy@foodbeyondthebox.com, Phone: 469-687-2889 

Are there custom menu options available?
Yes! If you are not seeing quite what you had in mind, please share your vision with Megan. She and the BTB culinary team would be happy to create a custom menu and bring your dreams to life.

Will staff assist with cake cutting?
Included with our services, free of charge! If you are using our china/glassware/silverware rental, it will include the cake plates and forks. 

Are there any additional rentals available?
Along with full service catering, we offer a wide range of table, chair and linen rentals. We bring everything with us day of, so you don’t have to worry about scheduling any deliveries! 

What does it mean to have full service catering?
Full service catering means you have staff on site from setup to breakdown, assisting you will your entire event needs. We setup any rentals provided by us upon arrival. During the event, servers will be bussing tables, replenishing food and beverage stations, assisting with cake cutting, and more! Cleanup requirements vary from venue to venue, and we make sure to get all details from them to ensure we are leaving the venue according to their wishes. 

Is there an option for delivery catering?
If you are looking for something a bit more casual, we offer delivery catering! With this style catering, we will setup all food and rentals provided by us at delivery. You will not have staff on site for additional setup, bussing, replenishments, cake cutting, cleanup, etc. – this would be up to your friends and family.

How do I secure my event with Beyond the Box?
In order to secure your event, we ask for a signed contract and 25% of the estimated event charges are deposit. A second payment of 25% is due 60 days prior to event day, and final payment is due two weeks prior to event day. If booking less than 60 days prior, 50% of event charges will be due as deposit.

What forms of payments are accepted?
We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, personal check, money order and cashier’s check. The only exception to this is final payment – if you wish to make final payment with personal check, payment must be provided at least 14 days prior to event date. 

Does the menu finalize at the time of contract?
You are welcome to make changes to your event after signing a contract. We don’t expect you to know every detail 6 – 12 months before wedding day... A lot can change, and that’s okay! Throughout the planning process, Megan will work with you to slowly finalize details. Typically the menu will finalize at your complimentary tasting (approx. 60 days prior to event day), and rentals will finalize after the walk-through and final headcount. Final headcount is due two weeks before event day – it is at that time that all details finalize.

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