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What types of food do caterers provide?
Different caterers provide all different types of food, and indeed one of the first variables to consider when looking for a caterer is their specialty and menu choices. Caterers almost always provide some type of canapé or passed hot appetizers menu, as this is a standard for most evening functions. Other standards include cheese/charcuterie displays, international small plates/tapas, sandwiches and wraps, raw seafood bar and classic champagne brunch with sweet and savory options. They also offer classic plated dinner menu with different preparations of steak/roast, chicken and fish. And many offer gourmet box lunches for a variety of settings and situations. If you are looking for a sweet table, make sure to find out out they employ a pastry chef or use a third-party vendor.
Typical international cuisine options include Italian, pan-Asian, French and Latin fusion. Many caterers will create offerings to accommodate culinary trends--for example, offering a slider bar, a make-your-own taco bar, a specialty bacon station, or a vegetarian buffet menu. It’s important to know that, while restaurants usually specialize in just one or two cuisines, caterers will often do a range, since they can adjust according to the client’s order and needs.
How much do catering services usually cost?
Catering services don’t have a “usual” cost, since the cost of getting a simple boxed meal for 10 people carries an entirely different average charge than the cost of getting a wedding catered. Here are a few standard ranges for common types of catering. Taxes and service fees not included, but are typically built into the bill:
Lunch, customer picks up:
Passed hors d’oeuvres for 20 people, 2 hours:
- Low: $150 for meat + cheese tray and grilled vegetable platter for 24 persons.
- Medium: $240 for boxed lunches for 24 persons + cutlery packs, no beverages.
- High: $400 for sushi and Asian appetizers for 24 persons, includes soft drinks.
Outdoor daytime social event for 30:
- $300 (light canapés and cash bar)
- $700 (heavy hors d’oeuvres, 10 items per person + beer/wine)
Banquet service for 30 for corporate function:
- Low: $330 for burgers and hotdogs with three sides
- Medium: $650 for Western-style BBQ with pork and chicken, sides
- High: $900 for fully catered pig roast with sides and serviceware.
- Low: $600 for Mexican or Italian-style buffet service including salad and choice of two entrees.
- Medium: $1,200 for plated three-course classic menu , choice of chicken/ribeye, including beer/wine.
- High: $2,800 for full-service multi-course plated dinner, including setup, beer/wine, tabletop and dinnerware rental.
What is residential catering?
Residential catering is the category of caterers who provide food in people’s dwelling places. These services specialize in providing restaurant-quality food, service and experience for private functions in spaces that don’t have residential kitchens or servingware and furniture for a large group.
Food service for hospitals and students who live on university campuses are non-commercial residential catering, but this is on the opposite end of the spectrum in scope, since these non-commercial services specialize in high-volume meal service for hundreds or thousands of people daily, and they usually do not provide off-site catering.
What is commercial catering?
Commercial catering, also known as corporate catering, is for-profit food service, mainly for business functions and companies. Commercial catering services might provide lunch service to businesses, all-day food service for corporate functions, or specialize in craft services on film sets or any other type of non-residential establishment. Restaurants and takeaway food outlets fall into the commercial catering category, since they have commercial kitchen space.
What is usually included in catering services?
Catering service always provides food, and usually some type of beverage, but the service inclusions can vary beyond that. Some catering services include setup, decoration and service within their basic offering, while others will simply drop off the food in the kitchen of the event venue. Sometimes catering will include plated service, while, in other cases it might be buffet style. The simplest and least-expensive catering service provides boxed meals with cutlery packs to eat on the go.
“Beverage” is also a flexible term, since it can mean full bar service, only includes beer and wine, or just means bottled soft drinks.
How can you remove a vanity top?
To remove a vanity top, first shut off the water supply and disconnect the P-trap. You might need to remove some fixtures next. Then, use a utility knife to cut through the sealant (also known as caulk) that binds the vanity countertop to the wall. Next, go under the sink and disconnect all the hoses and valves for the sink plumbing, including the P-trap. After these are all disconnected, you should be able to lift the countertop, including built-in sinks, off the base of the vanity.
What is the difference between an undermount and overmount sink?
The difference between an undermount and overmount sink is that with an undermount, the sink is installed beneath a solid surface counter, with no raised lip between counter and sink; whereas with an overmount, the sink’s edge lip rests on top of the counter. Overmounts are also called drop-in sinks because that’s how they are installed.
Undermount sinks are generally more expensive than overmounts, but more people are switching to them because of the “seamless” look and the ease of keeping counters clean when you can just wipe into the sink without dealing with a raised edge.
Is it possible to only replace the bathroom vanity top?
Yes, it is possible to replace only the bathroom vanity top and sink without touching the cabinets beneath. This option can save money if you want to give your bathroom a facelift.
What is involved in replacing a bathroom vanity?
Replacing a bathroom vanity involves several steps. It can be DIY, but some people might prefer to contact a plumber and/or a general contractor.Start with shutting off the water supply and disconnecting the P-trap, which traps debris that have drained from the sink and prevents it from creating a clog in the plumbing system. Next, remove the faucet and other fixtures. After that, separate the sealant that affixes the countertop of the vanity to the wall by using a utility knife to loosen it. Then, remove all the screws that join the main base of the vanity to the wall. After that, you can carry away the old vanity.
You’ll go through similar steps in reverse to put in the new vanity. First, find the wall studs, to which you will be attaching your vanity. There is a tool called a “stud finder” for this. Next, mark where to set your vanity to coordinate it with the wall studs Move the base flush against the wall. If you have a new faucet, experts recommend you install it prior to conjoining the vanity’s base and its countertop. After the faucet, attach the vanity to the wall with screws.
What different types of bathroom vanities are available?
Bathroom vanities come in a few basic types, the most popular being free-standing vanities and vanity cabinets. Wall-mounted and under-mounts are two less common types of vanities. For small spaces, either a corner vanity or a pedestal sink with separate wall-mounted cabinets can be the most space-efficient options.