Wedding Catering Frequently Asked Questions

9 FAQs for Bay Area Wedding Catering

Guests at your wedding may forgive a DJ stuck in the ’80s, or forget what you had for centerpieces, but you won’t get away with below par catering services. It’s essential that you pick a San Jose event catering service provider who will work within your budget to provide outstanding food and service. We’ve put together some of the most pertinent questions you should absolutely ask your potential caterer.

1. When should I reserve my wedding catering services?

Ideally, you should reserve your caterer 4-12 months prior to your wedding date. You will need to book your caterer earlier if your wedding is scheduled to take place during the summer or December as these times of year book-up quickly.

2. Which cities or areas do you serve?

Handheld Catering is a full-service event catering company based in San Jose, CA, serving the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Simply give us a call to inquire about your wedding location to see if it’s within our reach.

3. Is your menu flexible? Can I customize it?

Yes! We love working with our clients to create a menu that suits their specific needs–even dietary restrictions.

4. Do you cater for special dietary needs?

Yes, and any professional caterer should. Apart from the wide variety of vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and other special dietary needs we offer, we’ll be happy to discuss and customize the menu to accommodate all of your guests. Please be sure you inform us of any food allergies well in advance–during the menu creation stage is best.

5. What does your wedding catering package include?

Handheld Catering is a full-service catering company, which means we will decorate and set the tables, create and serve the food, and cleanup afterwards. Our charges are per guest and include production, site visits, labor, administrative fees, and clean up. However, the fee is subject to federal and local tax laws.

6. Is the wedding cake included in your catering package?

No. The wedding cake is charged separately.

7. Do you offer tastings? Are they charged?

Yes, we do. Once you receive our catering quote, feel free to request a tasting. As we have to source for the menu items for the scheduled tasting locally, we charge $100 per person for tastings. However, the charges will be deducted from your catering balance should you choose to book with us.

8. Will I incur a corkage fee?

No. Our servers will open and serve your preferred beverages at no additional cost.

9. How many servers do I need for my event?
Normally, a single server attends to 10-12 people if your event will have a sit-down plated service. For a buffet style set up, one server attends to 25 people. Nevertheless, we can reduce or increase the number of servers depending on how simple or complicated your event will be.

Contact Handheld Catering Today for Your Bay Area Wedding Catering Needs

Give us the chance to answer more of your wedding catering questions by giving us a call at 1 (408) 692-4782. We’re happy to discuss the details of your event and our full-service catering services so you can rest assured, stress-free, on your big day.