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Wedding Catering [Monterey]

dmourati May 24, 2012 06:24 PM

I'm working with a list of caterers for a wedding 11/4/2012 in Monterey. My venue has a list of approved caterers. Prices are pretty high. Hors d'oeuvres, dinner. I'm on my own for booze and desert. (Yay for French Champagne at a huge discount!) I gave a pretty complete list of what I wanted but left a good amount of room for the chefs to express themselves on food selections. Regional fresh and go from there.

My question is how to evaluate these proposals? I know my budget and most of these proposals are above what I can spend by about 20%.

In anyone has any experience with any of the following list I'm all ears.

What's the "service fee" 19%? Is that the gratuity? Why am I paying tax on that?

What would you think for wine?

For beer, I'm going with Lagunitas IPA.

Here's the list:


Classic Catering

Michael's Catering

Pacific Coast Catering

Parasdise catering

Grapes of Wrath


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    anna r Jul 10, 2012 12:24 PM

    Can't answer your catering questions, but I just posted a review of Baum and Blume. Definitely go there to try their food. That is all the convincing you will need to hire them for the job.

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