FORK + FARM LOVES WEDDINGS!
Weddings are the ultimate special event. After all it is the celebration of your lifetime!
Our passionate team of event professionals are dedicated to turning your vision into the day of your dreams.
Using only the very best local and seasonal ingredients paired with our unique presentation and attention to detail help to make your celebration truly memorable.
Our reliable and flexible wedding coordinator will guide you through the process to ensure that no detail will be overlooked. We listen carefully and are always focused on creating a celebration that is uniquely yours!
Whether we are retained to be your full-service caterer or to work with your existing wedding planner, we will make sure that every detail is taken care of so you can finally relax.
WHAT DOES A CATERING BUDGET INCLUDE?
Understanding the many components that make up your catering cost is the first step in building an effective event budget. We understand this can be an overwhelming process, especially when your first event planning experience may be for something as personal as your wedding. That’s why our team of seasoned Special Event Planners are here to help! Explore our Budget considerations below, and Contact Us with your questions. Every event is unique and receives special attention from our team.
Your primary considerations include how many courses and options you’d like to offer your guests, as well as the style of the meal. Your menu selections, including Canapés, Multi Course Dinner and Late Night Snacks, often make up the largest piece of the budget pie. Fork + Farm's cuisine is often recognized as the best in our area. We think you’ll agree!
Determining the type of beverages you would like to serve is the next step in the budgeting process. Common offerings include a Full Bar, Beer + Wine, Specialty Cocktail Station or Non-alcoholic selections only. You may also consider Coffee or Tea service, depending on the style of your event. Naturally, including alcoholic beverages on your menu will increase this portion of your budget.
SERVICE STYLE & STAFF RATIO
Our reputation is built on providing outstanding service to your and your guests, especially on your special event day. Your event is executed by a varied team of event professionals including chefs who prep your menu in our commissary, operations staff who manage your event logistics and deliver and set-up your event, as well as the event chefs and service team who personally serve your guests during the event and clean up after a successful event. The type of service style you select will impact your budget by determining the staff-to-guest ratio required to successfully produce your event; the more complex your menu is, the more staff it requires. For some full-service events, labor costs may compose up to half of your catering budget.
Your event duration has a direct impact on your budget. Wedding receptions are typically 4-5 hours in length, so choosing to party later into the night will increase your hourly service costs and extend your food and beverage service.
At Fork + Farm, many serviceware items including china, stainless flatware, bread baskets and chaffing dishes (if needed) are included in your menu price. In addition to basic serviceware, we have a wide selection of tables, chairs and linens available for your event at competitive rental pricing. Coordinating these items through your Special Event Planner streamlines your experience and saves you hours of planning and set-up on your event day.
The kitchen facilities at your event location may limit the food selections or service styles we can offer, or require the set-up of a mobile kitchen space. Fork + Farm Catered Events is well-equipped to cater from any location, however rental fees may apply depending on the type of set-up you desire.
WEDDING CONSULTATION PROCESS
Consultation: One of our event specialists will contact you to gather all of the necessary information we require. We want to understand your visions, what you love to eat, if your family has any allergies or special dietary requirements and much more. We recommend that you have a budget in mind for your reception so that we can begin working on menu ideas right away.
Proposal: We take a good look at your event requirements, and consult as a team to create the best proposal possible for your wedding day. We understand there are many decisions to make for your wedding day, and we are always very transparent with our proposals, to make sure you aren’t surprised with extra costs closer to your special day. A comprehensive proposal is sent over to you and your family to review.
Revisions: The same event specialist will follow up with a meeting or phone call to go over all of the proposal details with you. Any questions can and will be answered. At this point we create a revised event proposal for you.
The Tasting: We feel this is the most important part. We invite you and your family to our kitchen to taste some of the menu items that were included and recommended in your event proposal. We talk about your wedding in more detail, and share our love of food with you.
Booking Confirmation: By now you understand the Fork + Farm difference, and contract us to cater your most special day. A signed contract and deposit is obtained. From that point forward the date in our calendar is reserved for your wedding. We are thrilled!
Month-Out Meeting: During the time leading up to your wedding we welcome emails and calls to ensure all of the elements of your event are lining up correctly – as well as keeping us up to date with your RSVPs. At the one-month-out point, we schedule an intensive meeting at our office to go over all of our guest service questions and to help give you and your family peace of mind leading up to your big day.