Full Service Events: Weddings, Corporate Events and Non-Profit Functions

Q: What is a full-service event?

A: A full service event can be comprised of one or multiple of these services: passed/butlered appetizers, action stations, setting place settings, china flatware, plates and glassware over a certain number, a full bar with beer, wine and liquor, cake cutting, cooking onsite, etc.

Q: What is included in a full-service event?

A: Catering Works full-service events include all of the displayware (chafing dishes, sternos, serving utensils, bread baskets, ceramic platters in a variety of designs (passing or stationary displays), etc. to set up a buffet, appetizer display, stations, etc.

Q: What is an estimated cost for a full service event?

A: An average cost per person for a menu, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and staff range from $65 -$125 per person. (This is a rough estimate as it depends on the menu style, length of event, location, event type, alcohol, etc.)

Q: What is the process to get pricing?

A: A Catering Works Event Consultant is available most weekdays to talk through menus and create a details proposal for you with menu and beverage options, etc.

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Q: Can we provide our own alcohol?

A: Catering Works offers a variety of beer, wine and/or mixed drink packages but we can also serve your beer, wine and/or liquor (if permit is provided). This will vary by venue though.

Q: Do I need a liquor permit?

A: Catering Works has a NC ABC alcohol permit to serve liquor provided by Catering Works. We can also serve liquor purchased by you only if you have a special occasion permit through the NC ABC.

Q: What are your signature dishes?

A: Catering Works makes everything from scratch so it is homemade. Our stuffed chicken recipes are a truly amazing with a frenched/airline breast of chicken stuffed with a variety of ingredients (local cheeses, fruits, veggies, etc.). Roasted Chicken with Brie and Cherries - Airline breast of Chicken stuffed with locally made Chapel Hill Creamery Brie and fresh herbs, then finished with a tart cherry chutney.

Q: Does Catering Works have a cake cutting fee?

A: We do have an amazing Cake Decorator and pastry team here at Catering Works, but we also would be delighted to cut your wedding cake or dessert cake at no charge.

Q: Do you offer Tastings?

A: Catering Works does offer four Open House Tasting Nights a year for our prospective clients. Please contact an Event Consultant to get started on a proposal for your special event.

Q: Does Catering Works have a percentage service charge?

A: We do not!

Q: What does your staff wear to a full service event?

A: Our team wears an all black uniform: button down shirt, pants, socks and shoes and a black Catering Works apron.

Q: How many events on one given day do you serve?

A: Catering Works has the ability to do multiple full-service events in one day but we will cap the number of events on each day as a company to ensure the consistency and quality of our services for those clients that book Catering Works.

Q: Do you travel?

A: Yes! Catering Works menus and staff do travel along the East Coast. We have created events along the North Carolina and South Carolina Coast as well as West Virginia and Virginia and also in the North Carolina mountains.

Corporate Delivery/Drop Off

Q: What is the difference between drop-off delivery, helping hands and full-service events?

A: Drop off delivery includes the caterers arriving on site and setting up your ordered food. We would pickup our equipment the next day from you.  Helping Hands is a little more hands on with two caterers staying on site to assist with buffet replenishment, drink service, or bartending, etc. We will be on site for your event and remove our equipment that evening. Think service that's limited. Full-service events include full catering staff on site from start to finish - this includes setup of your linens, place settings, bar, buffet, etc. We will continue to provide service throughout the event including bartending, replenishment, drink service, bussing, keeping the space clean, cake cutting service, and full cleanup at the end of the evening. 

Q: Is it too late to deliver for tomorrow?

A: We can usually accommodate a next day order depending on the number of people, menu and time of year.

Q: What is your minimum for delivery?

A: We have a 10 people minimum for delivery.

Q: Can I get a quote?

A: To get started, please fill out our form online so we create a more detailed quote for you. 

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Q: Where are your sides listed?

A: Our yearly sides for the inclusive entrée packages are: julienne vegetables, garden vegetable medley, glazed carrots, oven roasted new potatoes, oven roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, steamed vegetable medley, sugar snap peas with lemon basil butter, rice pilaf, macaroni and cheese. (subject to change)

Q: Do you include linens?

A: Linens are not included with a delivery order. We do offer black or white table top linens or floor length in a variety of colors at a modest cost.

Q: What are your vegan entrees?

A: Some favorite vegetarian and vegan entrée are: Spinach & Mozzarella stuffed Portobello, Vegetarian Polenta Stacks, Stuffed Peppers with Indian Spices (vegan), Eggplant Ragout over Polenta, Chana Masala with Basmati (vegan), Black Bean Patty with Cheese and Vegetable Curry with Brown Rice (vegan)

Q: What are your GF entrees?

A: We are basically a gluten-free kitchen, but we do have some menu items that are not gluten free. We offer a large variety of appetizers, entrees, sides and desserts that are gluten free.   

Q: What’s included with the meal?

A: Included with the entrée packages are entrée choice, one side, salad, dessert, sweet and unsweetened iced tea, lemons, sweeteners, ice, compostable-disposable greenware plates, flatware, napkins and cups, chafing dishes, platters and servings utensils. Delivery and tax are a separate cost.

The Laurelbrook

Q: What is the capacity of the venue?

A: The seating capacity inside is 125 for a seated dinner. For space for dancing, 120 seated would be comfortable. The courtyard is 50x80 roughly which can accommodate 200 people.

Q: What is included in the rental fee?

A: The Laurelbrook Rental fee includes: set up and breakdown of tables and chairs for your event.  100 chairs included, and additional chairs may be rented. Venue Host and Parking Attendant(s) as needed will be provided at no additional charge. 12- 60” rounds, 12 standing cocktail tables, 6 – 48” round tables, 1 farm table, 14-6fts.

Q: Can we bring in outside catering?

A: No, Catering Works is a unique caterer in that we customize all our menus and our Chef has created menu distinctive ethnic recipes to accommodate a variety of flavors.

Q: How much is it to tent the courtyard?

A: The courtyard can accommodate a variety of sizes of tents which range from $700-$4500. 

Q: Do you have a virtual tour?

A: Yes! 

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Pastry Works 

Q: Can I come in and pick up a cake or dessert?

A: Pastry Works located at Catering Works does not have a storefront. Depending on the detail and timeframe, we are flexible and can usually create a beautiful dessert in a day or two. 


Photography credits: Fabiana Skubic Photography