Frequently Asked Questions
- Why can’t I find any detailed prices on the website?
John Marshall Catering (JMC) works with the daily market prices and various companies to find the best values on all food items for our company and ultimately for you, our loyal clients.
- How do I secure the date for my event?
We want to make sure we have all the correct information for your event. Please fill out our contact form, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or leave at message at 724-444-1384 requesting service for a specific date. If possible, please also include start time and approximate number of guests. No date is guaranteed until speaking with the office manager. Upon confirmation of availability, a non-refundable $150 deposit is required on all events to reserve the date.
- Is there a minimum number of people required to have an event catered?
No, no party is too large or too small for JMC.
- What is included in the price per person estimate?
The estimate we provide includes the food items you requested. All dinnerware is available at a small charge.
- What additional charges will be applied?
There is a $35 chaffer rental fee for pickup and delivery. A sales tax of 7% is applied to all events as well as labor charge for full service events. A delivery charge, based on mileage, is applied to drop off events only. If your event requires the use of a grill, a $50 fee will also be applied.
- Can you please describe the labor charge?
This is an additional charge applied to all full service events only – a server(s) will set-up the food items and will remain at your event for as long as their service is requested. They will replenish the food, gather the trash, serve dessert, and help in any way so you can enjoy your event.
- Is gratuity included in my balance?
Just as a restaurant, a tip is an optional and additional cost. Any amount is appropriate and appreciated.
- When and how can I pay the balance of my event?
The remaining balance, after the deposit is applied, can be paid on or before the day of the event. The deposit can be paid by cash, check, or credit card (John Marshall Catering does not accept American Express at this time and apologizes for the inconvenience).
- How much does a bartender cost to have at my event?
A certified bartender is available upon request at the rate of $20 per hour with a 5 hour minimum.
- What is “Masterpiece” dinnerware?
Masterpiece is an alternative dinnerware option – though it resembles china in look, it is a less expensive, hard plastic option that many clients use for weddings, rehearsals, graduation, and more. Masterpiece comes in two color schemes: white with silver trim or ivory with gold trim. This dinnerware option can be paired with plastic utensils for an additional $1.50/person.
- How do I acquire rental items for my event, including china and linens?
JMC works directly with rental companies to acquire any and all items you request. A full ensemble of china, silverware, and stemware costs approximately $5.00/person, while table linens run between $12.00 – $18.00 each depending on length.