What’s the process to organising my wedding catering?
With lots of different suppliers to work with they all have different processes and ways of working. We try to keep things as simple and as flexible as possible, but as a typical example; we’d start with a blank piece of paper. Drop us a line or give us a call and let us know a little about your plans. We’d then arrange a catch up about your plans and ideas and talk through the food and drink that you enjoy. We’d then brief our chefs and they’d get to work on crafting your bespoke wedding menu. We’d send this across to you and if we’re on the right lines then we can start working out some guide prices. We’d then start refining your menu and work towards a menu tasting. For large events and weddings we often plan in a menu tasting so you can try everything before booking with us. The menu tasting is an experience in itself with a chef and host coming to your home and preparing your menu for you much like a dinner party. Try your menu and ask lots of questions and we’re sure you’ll love the food and the experience. It’s a really exciting part of the planning process. When you’ve finalised your menu then we arrange a deposit and confirm your date. You’re then all booked. It’s not until a month before your date that we then look at final guest numbers, dietary requirements and finalise timings. We then arrange your balance invoice and look forward to your big day. We keep in touch as much as you need and can help and advise on as much or as little as you need.
How far in advance should we book our catering?
We are normally booked anywhere from 9 to 18 months in advance for weddings and 4 to 6 months in advance for private parties and corporate events. In some cases we are able to organise catering with short notice and this is easier for mid-week events. The months of April through to October and around Christmas / New Year / Bank Holiday weekends are our busiest. Weekend dates around these times tend to book up quickly. We really don’t like disappointing people and having to turn customers away so if you're interested in booking us, particularly around these key times of the year, please reach out to us via our contact form as soon as possible so we can let you know our availability. *UPDATE* We are currently booked for approximately 80% of our availability in 2021, so have just a few dates left.
What venues do you provide catering at?
We provide wedding and event catering across the UK. Our production kitchen is in Sutton Coldfield near Birmingham and so we have a lot of partner venues around the Midlands region and counties. But being so central, it’s quick and easy for us to travel. We’ve also have catered weddings and events as far as London, Exeter, Norfolk, North Yorkshire and the North West. The venues we have worked at are as diverse as tipis and yurts in woodlands and barns and stately homes. If your venue needs a kitchen then we can bring one. We always arrange a venue visit and we work closely with venues to ensure that everything we do together is seamless and you can just enjoy your day. Take a look at our venues page to find out more about the venues we regularly work at and how we can provide full service catering for you.
We don’t know what food we want at our wedding, can you help?
Not everyone knows what they want for an event or wedding menu, it’s our job to help you find what will work for you, your location, budget and guests. First up, why not take a look at our menu page for some inspiration, or have a look over our real wedding stories to see if inspires you. If you’re still unsure on what you’d like, then please fill in our enquiry form and let us know your wedding date, venue, approximate guest numbers and any other details you have such as ‘we don’t want a formal sit down’ and we can go from there. If you'd like even more ideas and suggestions then you can download our menu brochure. We've put together some example menus, three-courses, canapes, sharing food, evening food and drinks. Hopefully this give you a good start to work from!
What do you do to ensure you’re an ethical and sustainable business?
We do a lot to make sure that we are an ethical and sustainable business and we take this really seriously. For our team we have a very open and supportive environment where we take care of our team with their mental health, physical health and personal development. We are always looking at ways to support the wellbeing of everyone that works at Caviar & Chips and being better together is one of our key values. We are also very conscious about our waste and recycling and we put in measures to ensure we minimise the amount of waste that goes to landfill. We separate our recycling and have separate collections for cardboard, glass, food and non-recyclable materials. We ensure we source as much of our ingredients from local suppliers who follow similar principles to us to ensure we have a sustainable supply chain. We advise our clients on not over-ordering and manage the quantity of ingredients we use to detailed recipes so that we incur as little waste as possible. We also prepare a huge amount of dishes and sauces ourselves and so most of our menus are made from individual ingredients which means we reduce the amount of pre-packaged food that simply gets heated as we prepare everything from scratch. We minimise single use plastics and only use things like paper straws, glass bottles for water and use compostable boxes and cutlery for street-food style catering. We’re conscious of our travel and carbon footprint and encourage our teams to travel together to events or use public transport where possible. We also work with several charities in and around our community as well as international ones such as WaterAid. We work with universities and colleges to create opportunities and jobs for young people coming into the hospitality sector and we also mentor students and young people on various programmes as well as our leadership team giving guest lectures on ethical leadership.
How should we budget for our catering – what are the costs?
A good starting point is to come to us with what you need and how much budget you have and we’ll see if we can work something out for you. Pricing for our menus varies depending on your number of guests, what options you pick, if your venue has any kitchen facilities, if you want to give your guests the choice of dish and many other things. We don’t do one size fits all menus, all the elements of our menus are flexible and that can affect price. However, we know that planning big elements of your day can be hard when you don’t have an idea of what to budget for, so a basic example of our pricing levels*: For our private events and catering for small numbers we tend to have a minimum spend of £1,000 which helps cover our consultation, preparation and delivery costs. Often these can be private dinners at home for small guest numbers. A set three course menu with dietary alternatives such as this would start from around £50 per person for 100 guests. See an example of this style of menu here. A three course menu with paired wine, champagne toasts and three options of mains for your guests would start at around £85 per person for 100 guests. Our evening and street-food style options start from around £7.50 per person for 75 guests. All our menus include crockery, cutlery, tableware, linen, serving team, chefs, set-up and clear away. For a detailed quote please fill in our enquiry form. *Starting prices listed are correct as of DATE.
Caviar & Chips made us & all of our guests feel like royalty all day! They made us feel like anything was possible - and they delivered! Caviar & Chips made our wedding perfect, you’ll feel like you want them there just as guests!
**WOW** 10/10 - 5*. We feel words cannot describe how perfectly amazing Caviar & Chips have been. Feedback from our guests has been nothing but great. We will be recommending them to anyone we can as often as we can.
When we met Caviar & Chips we knew we had found the caterers for our wedding. They understood what we were aiming for and offered great advice. They made our special day something magical. I cannot recommend them highly enough.
We can't describe how much we enjoyed our day. Everyone got up the next morning and the first thing they spoke about was the amazing food and service. Some guests had never tried foods on their menu and loved it and we had friends asking us how we found such amazing caterers!
Thank you so much for all your help, the absolutely amazing food (which I've had about 100 messages about this morning!) the amazing service, calming influence, the fabulous gin & tonics (!!) & the late night dancing!!! Ben & I had an absolute blast with everyone we love the most. We're completely shattered but grinning like Cheshire Cats. You guys knocked it out of the park, but I never expected any less! Lots of love
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