Frequently Asked Questions
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"How do I set my budget?"
The advantage of having Simply Black & White cater your dinner party is that you can enjoy a customized menu of gourmet food in the privacy and luxury of your own home.
Let's imagine that instead of hosting the event at your home, you'd take your guests out to dinner. Figure out what kind of restaurant you'd choose, and then estimate the average cost per person for an appetizer, salad, entrée and dessert. Dinner out can cost anywhere between $20- $60 per person. Now add tax, and a tip, and you have a very good estimate of what you should budget for your caterer.
What if I want to have a large party?
If you'd like a buffet, the Chef will provide chafing dishes, platters, and serving utensils to create an elegant and sophisticated arrangement that will pique your guests' appetites. If you'd like a seated dinner, Chef Ralph will arrange for staff to serve your guests and clear the table when you're finished.
How do I choose the menu? How shall I select which wines to serve?
Chef Ralph will work with you to create a menu that suits your tastes, as well as make suggestions for the foods best suited for your event. He will make sure that your kitchen can accommodate what you'd like served.
You can tell the Chef which wines you'd like to pour and he will create a menu that compliments them, or you can select the best wines from your collection to pair with the foods you'd like to serve. Either way, the best part of enjoying your own wines with the menu you've designed is that there's never a corkage fee!
Do you Offer Bartending Services?
Yes, Chef Ralph's wife Amy owns and operates her own bartending company named Mixology. She can customize a cocktail menu that suits your event. She has been a bartender for over 6 years and can create some unique cocktails, as well as a blend of the old bar standards.