Frequently Asked Questions
Catering Options and Payment
Plates, Napkins and Silverware are included in the cost of your menu for buffets, plated dinner and family style. Station style menus we always give a choice between fun disposable plates or china. Because we are a full service company, Taste! is happy to put together a rental package for tables, chairs and anything else your event may need. We can also offer assistance with décor, event coordinating, and design.
Service is what sets us apart from the others. The number of servers can fluctuate based on the service style and menu.
Buffet: 1 per 30
Plated: 1 per 18
Family Style: 1 per 25
Cocktail: ranges depending upon the menu
Stations: 1 per 30 plus station attendants
Absolutely! Just let us know ahead of time so we can be sure to take care of any of your needs.
Usually the difference in pricing comes down to quality/presentation of the food, food quantities, and service. Taste! will always provide great service from beginning to the end. We will review your event to be sure you have every aspect of the event covered. We also prepare nearly everything from scratch so the quality is unmatched.
This is a very important question. Many “caterers” offer food only or very minimal service. While we do offer drop off service for events when it is appropriate, most of our events are full service. This means we provide staff to set up, serve and care for your guests throughout the event, and clean up upon conclusion. Attentive service is key to a successful event!
Weddings require a $1000 non refundable booking fee to hold the date. 50% payment is due 3 months prior to your reception and final payment is due 2 weeks prior to your event.
Corporate Events may require a deposit and credit card on file. However can be paid by invoicing or credit card.
Taste! To Go accepts check, Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, and Discover.
Our deposit to reserve the date for a wedding is $1000 along with a signed contract. For weekday events, a $250 deposit and a signed contract is required.
Full Service events with Taste! to Go will have an operations fee included on the invoice. This fee represents the overhead costs associated with off-site catering, such as, equipment, vehicles, fuel, etc. Gratuity is not required for events with Taste! to Go, but is recommended and greatly appreciated.
Food and Presentation
For weddings, we always display our food with your design in mind. Is your style elegant, modern, rustic or simple? We can use silver or gold displays, fun colors, wood & slate, etc. We want the food to look like it is part of your event too!
For in home or corporate events- we also want to carry out the style of your home, office or brand with the food display.
Absolutely. We are able to mark our food with menu noting vegetarian/gluten free upon request and offer special menu items when needed. We can arrange a separate kids menu and pricing.
The majority of your menu will be prepared at our kitchen. Some active stations or passed hors d’oevres, however, will be prepared on-site. Quality is of utmost importance to us and we also bring grills, burners & skilllets, toaster ovens, large cooking ovens when needed. We always coordinate this with the venue and/or client when necessary.
If there are quite a bit of leftovers, we donate the leftovers to Central Iowa Shelters & Services or to the Drake Recovery Program. If there is a refrigerator on site or at your home we are able to leave some leftovers if they have been kept at safe temperatures through the evening.
Every event is unique, but most events require our staff to have access to the site at least 2 hours before guests arrive. If the venue is new or if it is a unique tented event we will also do a site visit with you to confirm all logistics.
For weddings, the menu and guest count must be set two weeks in advance of your event.
We will go above and beyond to make sure your event is a success, event with last minute requests. It is important to ask for dietary requests ahead of time, and plan as well as you can so that you are not stressed on the day of your event.
Taste! to Go staff wears all black uniforms and aprons.