I Need a Butler

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Butler service is one of my favorite things in catering.  There are so many advantages to it, but there are also some things you should keep in mind.  Check out my tips below. 

Want to know more about butler service and it's advantages?  Read this post: No Thanks, I'll Pass

Keep in Mind:

§  Any item can be tray passed, however items that especially benefit from this type of service are ones that are fairly expensive. 

§  Food items should be 1-2 bites.  Butler service allows guests to socialize so the food should only be a couple of bites.

§  Waitstaff needs to provide napkins with each hors d’oeuvre served.

§  Trashcans or covered trayjacks should be provided for guests once they’re finished eating a particular appetizer.  There should be an area where guests can place their dirty dishes and/or dispose napkins.

§  Presentation is super important.  Tray passed menu items can be served in so many different ways.  Chefs can utilize nontraditional options for trays and for how the food is presented.

§  Provide signs to identify the food.  Of course the waitstaff will be knowledgeable about what they are serving but if loud music is playing it’s great to have signs identifying the food.

§  Fees for butler service can vary, but typically the price is determined by guest count.  That means the price is usually per person.  Another way the price can be charged to clients is by providing a flat fee plus an additional charge for servers.
Take a look at the some foods that would benefit from butler service.

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Happy Planning & God Bless!

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