Planning Labor Day picnic, family reunion, NFL home openers, or business conference can be time consuming with getting quotes, touring venues, or trying to prepare your home for the festivities.
It’s your party, and you should have fun if you want to (and you’ll likely want to). Let Teddy Jack’s Hub City Grill take care of all your catering needs. To make your party planning as stress-free as possible, here are some questions to consider before your event.
Q: I’ve set a date for my event. How soon is too soon to place my catering order?
A: It’s never too soon to place your order, especially when it comes to a big party or event. We do ask that you place your order at least 24 hours in advance for in-house catering, and 72 hours for off-site events. However,the event date is set and the guest list is confirmed, place your order. Preparation is key to a low-stress event planning experience, for both party planner and caterer.
Q: 25 people are coming to my party. How can I be sure I order enough food?
A: On average, a regular sized catering platter (from most restaurants that offer catering) serves around 10 people. For a catered lunch, offer a main entree (around 5 oz. or 1-2 sandwiches) with 2-3 sides and a dessert. If you’re catering a dinner, plan on offering a main entree (around 7 oz.) and 2-3 sides, maybe a bread of some sort, and a dessert. To get an idea of what to order, view our catering menu. Our catering menu is priced per person to ensure that parties of all sizes can order the right amount of food.
Q: How do I meet dietary needs of guests with food allergies and still ensure the food is good for everyone?
A: Having friends who are vegetarian, gluten free, or just watching what they eat is a common occurrence and something that should be considered in the planning process. If you aren’t sure which guest require a special needs menu, the easiest way to accommodate guests is to have one or two vegetarian and gluten free options. The easiest way to do this, if you aren’t sure who exactly on your list needs a special menu, is to have at least one or two options that can be deemed both vegetarian and gluten free. Suggestions: Greek Salad or Spinach Salad, with proteins on the side.
Q: What about the kids in attendance? Or adults that can also be picky eaters?
A: There’s always one or two picky eaters in a crowd, While pizzas and chips & salsa are good alternatives, there are other options. Our Nacho Bar or BYOBurgers allows each guest to create their own meal. And for a healthier option, offer cups of fresh fruit.
Q: Do I have to supply tableware and other things like that when I have an event catered? Or do most restaurants supply these for catering orders?
A: Tableware is including in all of our catering packages. In fact, Teddy Jack’s takes care of everything – preparation, delivery, presentation, consumption, and cleanup – to make your events as hassle-free as possible.
Q: Are there special this I should considered when deciding where I will place my catering order?
A: Aside from the dietary needs previously covered, finding a restaurant with other catering benefits, such as delivery, is a bonus. At Teddy Jack’s, we handle the cooking, setting up, and cleaning up meal stations at the location of your choice. THis means no prepping or post-event cleanup for you.
Q: I tip my server when dining at a restaurant. Should I leave a tip for a catering order, too?
A: How much you decided to tip is a personal preference. A good rule of thumb is tipping 15-20% of the total bill, similar to dining in a restaurant.
Hopefully we helped to answer all your catering questions for your next event. If there’s a question we didn’t answer, give us a call at 806-698-6997 and our friendly staff can help you out.
Teddy Jack’s Hub City Grill is located at 7205 Milwaukee Avenue in Lubbock and 5080 S. Coulter in Amarillo (opening soon). Visit our website to find out more, and stay updated on our current events by liking us on Facebook!