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CATERING FAQ’S:
Do you have a license / Insurance?  Absolutely! Ludger’s Catering & Events is fully licensed and insured for your event.  We also carry a $1,000,000 Liquor Liability Insurance Policy on your event if we are providing the bar service for you.  Can you provide references? We are happy to provide you with references from any of our past clients.  We also have many online reviews and references that we encourage you to research.   How many events will you book on my event day? We definitely limit the number of events that we will book on a single day.  The number of the events that we will allow depends on how involved, how many guests and type of service that we are providing.  Once we book up what we know we can execute well, we will close down our calendar and not book anything else.  We do this to  ensure the best quality of food and service for our clients. Do you specialize in any type of food?  Can you accommodate any food allergies? We offer a variety of food styles.  Our culinary trained chefs come from many different backgrounds and can please any palate.  The items that we have on our menus are all items that have been tried and true. However, we are happy to discuss custom menus as well.  For your guests with allergies, we will accommodate those without you having to plan your entire menu around a handful of guests.  I will tell you that our chefs hand-pick all of our produce prior to your event.   As often as possible, we buy from local farms and businesses to keep the quality as fresh as possible. What type of service do you offer? The service provided is based on the menu and our clients needs and budgets.  We will discuss this with you to see what your vision is for your event.  We can accommodate Hand-Passed Items, Buffet, Stations and/or Plated or Family Style Meals.  Although we can certainly “drop- off” catering items, we highly recommend for larger events you allow us to quote service staff for you.  With our staff, we include all of our nice equipment to set-up and serve at no additional cost. What’s the average price for a catered event? This is the hardest question that we get asked because there is such a wide range of products and services that we can include for you.  For food and staff, you are looking at having a starting point of about $15.00 per person (less, if you’re doing “light” hors d’oeuvres).  Additional services that we offer are rental coordination (tables, chairs, linens, china, etc.) bar and/or bartenders, centerpieces/décor, floorplan design and just about anything else that you many need. When do you need our choices finalized? You do not have to finalize anything with us until 7 days prior to your event.  We schedule a final appointment about 7—10 days before the event and we will lock in all of your choices and take care of the remaining balance at this time. Will you provide us with a food tasting? We are happy to provide you with a complimentary food tasting for your catered event of over 100 guests either before or after you decide to book us as your caterer.  Additional tastings or tastings for events of less than 100 guests can be provided for a small fee. Please feel free to contact us for details. Do you provide wedding or decorated cakes, as well? Ludger’s Catering & Events and Ludger’s Bavarian Cakery are owned and operated separately.  We love their cakes and highly recommend them, however, we are happy to cut and serve cake from wherever you decide to purchase it from.  Do you provide dinnerware, glassware & flatware for our event? We are happy to provide you with a nice disposable ware for a flat rate of $2.00 per person.  We are also happy to rent in real dinnerware, glassware & flatware for your event.  We have a variety of styles for real plates, flatware and glassware that we can rent to you (prices vary dependent on style), or we can coordinate a rental order for you with Party Pro rentals. You get to pick from their entire selection and you just pay their price + our 10% set-up & coordination fee.  Do you provide bar and/or bar service? Absolutely!  We are licensed to handle your bar needs in several different ways.  We can provide the bartenders and you all are welcome to purchase your own alcohol. We can provide you with a price per person and provide the alcohol for you. Or, we can set up a cash bar.  We can also do a combination of these, if needed.   Whichever direction you decide to go with our bartenders, you get all of our equipment to set-up and serve from the bar (including nice beverage tubs, ice chests, bar tools, etc.).