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Mavericks Catering Established 1995

Faq


What is possible?

Almost anything. Just ask. Our event specialists regularly accommodate all types of special requests and we’ll do everything we can to accommodate your individual request.



Do you staff events? 

Yes. We can staff any occasion to suit your needs, whether with our talented bartenders, attentive wait staff, exceptional on-site cooks, chefs or detail-oriented event captains.



Will you work with me to put together the right menu within my budget?

Yes! All the time, big or small - we're here to make your occasion the very best it can be.



What kinds of ingredients do you put in your foods?

We make everything fresh daily using only the freshest herbs and spices and ingredients.



Do you offer low-fat alternatives?

Yes. We accommodate all types of menu and nutritional requests whether for food allergies, or diet restrictions. We will work with you to define those selections.



Do you offer tastings so I can sample before purchasing?

Yes.



Will you do set-up?

Absolutely! Do I have to pay for the cutlery or basic table linens?We always include cutlery and basic table coverings for the buffet table(s). Upgrades are also available for an additional charge. Ask our event specialists for details.



Do you bring tables?

Yes. We own tables and rent some. We do not provide tables for Deliver & Set Up Service.



What happens if you're late?

Luckily, this almost never happens. In the unlikely event that it occurs, your order is FREE! 



Will I receive a confirmation if I order services over the phone?

You bet. We always confirm all orders in writing via e mail.



Selecting a Caterer

When selecting a Caterer for your event, you may wish to inquire if they will provide the following:

  • Health Department Permit to Operate
  • Business License and Sales Tax number
  • Liability Insurance
  • List of References
  • Detailed and thorough proposals
  • Compliance to your requests and budget
  • Promptness in returning e-mails, calls and sending Information
  • Reputation (Will they still be in business on the day of your event?)


How far in advance do I need to place my catering order? 

For a weekday corporate event, 11:00 am one business day prior to the event date. For all other levels of service, we require a final minimum guest count guarantee 7 business days prior to the event date. We can accommodate last minute event orders if you are flexible on menu items. Holiday dates are filled very quickly and. Wedding receptions are best reserved well in advance. We suggest reserving your date as soon as you have made your decision to use us. We don’t require the final guest count until the week prior to your full service event. Corporate deliveries accepted.



Do you have children’s menu and special pricing?

Yes. We offer special menu options and pricing for children. Our event specialists can help with any special requests.



Are you licensed and insured? 

Our product and services are fully insured with an A+ insurance rating. All our delivery vehicles carry a commercial automobile insurance. Our staff is covered by California state workers compensation. We can provide and name additional certificate of insurance for liability to companies or individuals at no additional charge. Additional insurance is available which may incur an additional cost. 



Can I make up my own menu or make changes in your menus? 

Absolutely! Just ask and we will do everything we can to accommodate your request. However, every menu item we publish has been thoughtfully planned, tested and tasted through our rigorous development system. We take care to ensure each item will “travel well” and stand up to the rigors of “off premise” service. Advance notice of your request will help us put your request through that process in order to ensure that everything is perfect and lives up to our standard of excellence.



Can you provide for vegetarian and special dietary needs? 

We have wide variety of vegetarian, vegan and organic menu options. We understand the importance of making sure everyone in the group can enjoy a wonderful meal, regardless of dietary restrictions.



Beside Delivery, do you set up and clean up after the event?

We are a full service catering company and will do just about anything! From complete setup of your buffet tables with decor and linens, serving your guests, clearing and bussing the guest tables to cleaning the service/kitchen area, leaving it as we have found it.



Do you provide disposable service wares and linens for your corporate/social functions?

Our corporate/social menu pricing include the best quality paper plates and heavy duty eating utensils.  We can also provide linen for the buffet table and all portable heating equipment with serving utensils. We carry a full line of China, silverware and glassware which are available at an additional charge.



Do you have a corkage fee if we supply the beverages?

No. We will open and serve beverages you supply us at no charge if your event is held at a private home or venue. However there may be an alcohol insurance liability fee if held in a public venue.



Can you provide wine or liquor and bartenders?

Maverick’s Catering maintains the necessary liability insurance to serve alcohol beverages to our guests. We do not sell alcohol. Most of our clients are able to save considerably if they purchase the alcohol themselves for us to serve.  We are happy to accept your alcohol prior to your event, chill and bring it with us to your event. At the conclusion of the event, our staff will separate the opened bottles from the un-opened bottles for you.



How do you charge for labor?

We charge for our staff by the hour when not included in a package.  Depending on the event, our staff may need anywhere between 30 minutes to 3 hours to set up. We do our best to estimate the amount of time that our staff will be needed for your event. For large full service events, we require an Event Manager to oversee staff and ensure the coordination of a successful event. Our event specialists will determine the number of service staff required to produce a flawless event.



Besides the cost for food, what other charges can I expect for a catered event?

When we provide your customized menu, we list of all of our estimated charges in order to provide you with a complete bid. Our proposals are broken down to clearly show all charges.



How much are the rentals?

We estimate approximately $4-$8 per guest for rentals. This number will vary based on the type of linen, from sizes to materials that you choose, and the number of plates & glass wares that you may need based on the type of service you choose.



Do you offer tent rentals?

A full range of styles and sizes are available from our preferred rental vendors. Usually we have the rental company tent person come to your location to measure for tent needs. We would be happy to recommend a few quality companies should you wish to contact them directly.



What is the Service Charge?

The service charge is not a gratuity, but is an additional charge that is used to cover certain additional operation costs that are associated with each event.  The front of the house service staff that works the event does not receive any part of the service charge. The service charge covers the following cost: administrative costs such as appointments, scheduling, ordering, paperwork, banking and any possible credit card fees (if applicable).  We also have other indirect costs such as office & setup staff that work behind the scenes on every event, but aren't included in your labor fees. Liability insurance required to cover any damages or injuries caused by our staff or our equipment to any guests or property.  Vehicle insurance and costs not covered by a delivery/fuel charge.   The service charge also helps offset the costs of such as handling the rental equipment and assisting with the non-catering related elements of a party, wedding or event.  



What type of event is the most budget conscious?

Buffet meals are the most economical meals to serve. A hors d’oeuvres party is more expensive, because of the numbers of smaller items that are handcrafted.  A seated dinner would be the next step up due to the extra service and culinary staff needed to execute your event.



Will Maverick’s Catering handle renting the rentals for me? 

Yes. We take care of all the arrangements, including a delivery schedule and pick up schedule. The rental costs will be included in your final invoice.



Can we handle our own beverage service?

Absolutely! 



If I order multiple entrees for buffet service, how many do you figure per person?

We calculate to have enough of each item so that all the guest can have both. We live by the rule, “Treat all your guests equally.” To figure less would mean that you would undoubtedly run out of at least one before all your guests go through the buffet and that does not make for a successful event.



What is the usual length of time for a BBQ picnic?

Most BBQ picnics are 4-5 hours with the buffet being open for one to two hours within that time frame.  (Your labor estimate will be based on the event duration you specify.) If you are supplying alcohol, we strongly suggest that alcohol consumption be cut off approximately one hour prior to the end of the event.



What is the minimum guest count needed to book a BBQ picnic? 

We have no minimums! We have cooked on site for 10 people filming a Cadillac commercial on top of Mt Diablo!  On a per person basis, some might say it was expensive, but we will accommodate most any special request feasible. Generally we have published per person pricing for as few as 20 guests. For smaller groups, ask our Event Specialist and we’ll let you know what we can do.



What if I want you to barbecue on location but the site doesn't have any barbecue pits?

Not to worry - we don’t use them anyway. To ensure a flawless event without any chance of problems, we always us our own dependable equipment. We are fully self-contained and do everything we can not to rely on factors beyond our control.