Questions, questions, do you have a question?
Everyone has questions – whether this is your first event or your thirty first. We are always available by phone, (415) 453-3710,or email to answer your questions. Here are some FAQs to get you started.
Introducing Delicious! Catering
What types of events does Delicious! Catering cater?
All, any, & every type! Weddings, corporate, fundraisers, family events – we have done them all! Our talented staff can help you with any and all needs. We do have minimum orders during our busier seasons.
What makes you a “green” company?
We are the first and only certified green catering company in Marin County. (Our initial certification was in 2007.) We value our environment and are working hard to reduce, reuse, and recycle as much as current Environmental Health Standards will allow us to do.
How long have you been in business?
Delicious! Catering was founded in 1975. We have office staff who has been with us for over 30 years. Many of our core in-house and event staff have been with us for over 12 years. That’s something very special in this industry and something we are very proud of!
Why is there sales tax on everything?
The California Board of Equalization requires sales tax on all catering services. There are some exceptions, i.e. boxed lunches or cold foods sold in bulk.
Are you hiring?
We are always looking for energetic and experienced people to join our team! Check our employment page
for current opportunities.
Are you insured?
Delicious! Catering is fully licensed and insured. Our staff are covered by workers compensation insurance and are certified in California food safety handling.
I’m planning a party. . .
How far in advance should I reserve my date?
It is always hard to predict what dates will fill up the fastest. With the quantity of staff we employ, we are able to cater multiple functions in a day. We do suggest that you reserve your date as soon as possible. Reservations are taken on a first come basis.
How do I get a quote for my event?
Call us! Our event planners are available to talk to you Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm. We also have a Get A Quote form on our website. Once we receive your information, one of our event planning team will call or email you to gather the rest of the necessary details before sending you a customized proposal.
How far do you travel to cater an event?
We are centrally located in San Rafael, with easy access to all areas of Marin County, San Francisco and the peninsula, the East Bay and the North Bay. If an event is over 30 miles from our home base, there will be supplemental travel costs for the event staff.
Do you offer just delivery or drop-off?
Yes we do! We do have a delivery charge that covers fuel and staff time expenses. The amount is calculated based on the distance to your event, the logistics of unloading (double park, go down the long hallway, up the elevator. . .), the amount of set up requested and whether or not we have to return to pick up equipment.
How does your event staff dress for events?
Our trained and professional staff are attired in black slacks, white button down shirts, straight black ties with long, black bistro aprons.
Can I make up my own menu or make changes in the menu you gave me?
Absolutely! The menus in your proposal are samples based on our conversation and they are just a place to start. We love to help you create a menu specifically for your event that includes the foods you and your guests will love.
Can Delicious! Catering accommodate guests with dietary restrictions?
We are happy to work with you to accommodate any special dietary needs. Gluten-free, vegan, lactose-free, Kosher style – just let us know and we will create the perfect menu for your event. Please tell us if we need to consider any food allergies.
Can I provide a family recipe to be used at my event?
Of course! We know that family traditions are important. Our Chef will be happy to review the recipe to make sure it can be executed for your event.
What happens to the leftovers?
The leftovers are yours to enjoy! It is your responsibility to provide proper storage and proper temperatures for these foods. We bring disposable containers to pack these foods for you. All of our staff is trained and maintains California Serve Safe Certification and will make the final decision on what is safe to be given to you at the end of the event. Any food items not deemed suitable or not in safe temperature ranges will be disposed of. If you do not want to take the leftovers, we can donate them to a shelter for you.
I have a last minute order, can you help me?
While we prefer all events to be confirmed 2 weeks in advance, we will do our best to accommodate last minute orders, especially for Memorials and Celebrations of Life. Please call us ASAP and give us a many details as possible and we will check the schedule to see how we can help you.
Do you offer tastings?
We offer tastings Tuesday, Wednesdays, and Thursdays starting no later than 4:00 pm. We also offer tastings on some Saturdays and Sundays. Weekend appointments are not as readily available as we do have to work around our event schedule.
We have two levels of tastings. The first is a complimentary tasting that includes 3 hors d'oeuvres of your choice. The second is a fuller tasting with 3 hors d'oeuvres, a salad, protein, vegetable and starch. The cost for this level is $25 per person. If you decide to book with us, the cost of the tasting will be applied towards your event. For either option, the Chef will sit down with us and go over your menu and answer any questions. When you have selected Delicious! to be the caterer for your event, we will schedule a final tasting of the complete menu closer to your date. (There is no charge for this final tasting.)
Do you provide wine or liquor?
While Delicious Catering is not licensed to sell alcohol, we are able to order it for you and you reimburse us for the exact cost. There is a 20% convenience fee for our time to make the arrangements for you.
When do I need to get a final guest count to you?
Final guest count is due ten days prior to your event. After that date, we can accommodate increases but not decreases.
What is your cancellation policy?
Our cancellation policy is stated in our contract. If you wish to see it, please ask!
What does it cost?
Another caterer charges less that you. Why should I choose Delicious! Catering?
Delicious! Catering has built a solid reputation for over 40 years by offering an exception level of quality cuisine and service to each of our clients. We are fully licensed and insured. Our foods are prepared in a brand new state of the art commercial kitchen. Our employees are all covered by workers compensation insurance. Doing business the right way has a certain level of overhead. And we would not have it any other way. You deserve the best and that is what we will do for you.
Is a served meal the same price as a buffet?
The per person menu cost for a plated meal is usually less expensive than a buffet as there is portion control. However, the service cost for a plated meal is usually more expensive than a buffet as it requires more labor to serve your guests.
Why is catering more expensive than going to a restaurant?
Essentially we are creating a restaurant for you, for one meal, one time. We have to deliver everything to you (vehicles to maintain, travel time), set up the room (many times setting up and breaking down all tables and chairs), bring in all linens, dishes, glassware, etc., and chefs and wait staff – all just for you and your guests, and return everything to where it started. None of these costs are part of the restaurant scene.
Do you have a cake cutting fee?
No. Cutting the cake is what our staff is there to do!
Do you have a corkage fee?
No. Our staff will open and serve beverages you supply at no additional charge.
Do you offer any discounts?
Yes, we do! (minimum orders may apply):
-Early Booking – for clients who sign contracts a minimum of six months in advance.
-Pay by Check – for clients who make all deposit and final payments by check.
-Non-Profit – we support our local non-profits and the work they do!
Do you have children’s prices?
Yes! If the children are eating the same meal as the adults, the children’s price is based on smaller portions. We are also happy to provide a special kid-friendly alternative menu for the little ones!
Am I supposed to tip the event staff?
Gratuities are not included in your bill (unless you direct us to do so), nor are they required. They are, however, graciously accepted by our staff for a job well done. We suggest 18 – 20% of the food and beverage portions of your invoice, which can be included in your final payment and we will be more than happy to pass it along to the staff. It is against our company policy to have tip jars on bars for any events.