1. I have an allergy/dietary restrictions; can you adjust your recipes to accommodate me?
Absolutely! Our recipes can be adjusted to accommodate any food restrictions, including allergies and dietary styles such as raw, vegan, and vegetarian. Just inform the chefs when you choose your menu items during your personal consultation.
2. What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept cash, checks*, VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and PayPal. Checks must clear for balance in full at least one week before scheduled date of service.
3. How many people can I have in my Chef Party/Cooking Class?
A smaller group ensures a more personalized and artistic plating experience, so groups of 20 or smaller are preferred. However, special arrangements can be made for larger parties.
4. I really had my heart set on a particular dish, but I don’t see it on your menus.
If there is a dish you prefer but it is not on our menu, let us know. We are more than happy to prepare it for you. While we generally price based on a single item chosen from each of the appetizer, entree, and dessert menus, more items can be chosen for additional cost.
5. How can I learn to prepare such wonderful things for myself?
Occasionally ICA, in cooperation with NKWA, Inc, hosts Healthy Living Cooking Classes. These classes are designed to give people who are interested in learning how to live healthier a hands on experience in how to select and prepare great tasting healthy food under the direction of a chef. An example of how this type of program works was covered in a scene from Will Smith’s movie, Hitch. All students are given their own work station from which they will prepare all of their meals under Chef Ameerah’s direction. Many different cuisines will be covered over the course of the series with categories for meat eaters, vegetarian, vegan and raw. Any diet can be accommodated. Click here to join our email distribution list and receive information on our next Healthy Living Cooking Class and other specials offered by the Intimate Chef of Atlanta.
You may also consider hosting your own Chef Party. Let us know what you’d like to learn to prepare, gather a few of your friends, and we’ll come to you.
6. What types of gathering do you cater?
Intimate Chef of Atlanta caters to a wide variety of gatherings including office parties, wedding receptions, private plated parties, dinners for two, cooking class, chef parties, birthday parties, etc. Submit a Request for Quote for more information about we can help you with your next event.
7. Do you provide tastings?
Yes, our Executive Chef is happy to prepare a selection of menu items for your enjoyment. Since we do not keep premium or non-seasonal ingredients on-hand for tastings, we must usually shop locally for ingredients at retail stores. To off-set some of our out-of-pocket expenses, we charge $45 per person for tastings. If you sign a contract with us, we will deduct 100% of the tasting charges from your balance due.
8. Can I make up my own menu or make changes in your menus?
Absolutely! We love to help you create a special menu just for your party! All of the menus on this website are completely customizeable, you are welcome to make any additions or changes you prefer.
9. How far in advance should I reserve my date?
Wedding receptions typically book 4 – 12 months in advance. Corporate events usually have a shorter lead time. If we’re available, we can provide corporate lunches with a 48 hour notice. We suggest reserving your date as soon as it is confirmed. Summer weekends and all dates in December fill very quickly.
10. Do you have children’s prices?
Yes. Children 5 to 10 years old are 50% of the adult price. Children 4 and under are 25% of the adult price, but are counted for seating; additional restrictions and minimums apply.
11. Can you provide rental items for my events?
Yes. Not only can we arrange for the rental of the usual party items such as tables, chairs, linens, china, glassware and silverware, but we also have access to fine china, crystal, and specialty linens. We can also arrange for larger items such as canopies, stages and dance floors.
12. Do your servers wear uniforms?
Our trained, professional staff are attired either the traditional in black and white or all black uniforms, or in a easily identifiable ICA uniform. They are professional, neat, and always ready to help.
13. Do you charge extra to cut the wedding cake?
We do not charge extra for cake cutting services on cakes provided by ICA. We do charge a flat rate of $25 for cakes that serve up to 50 people for cakes not provided by or purchased through ICA. Additional costs apply for larger parties.
14. Do you setup and cleanup?
We will dress and set the food service tables, clear the tables, and clean the service/kitchen area, leaving it as we found it. If you wish for us to set up and breakdown other tables and/or chairs, there is an additional fee.
15. How many servers will be needed at my event?
As a general rule, we provide one server for every 25 people at the buffet. We provide one server for every 20 people at a sit down dinner. However, the server ration depends on how formal or complicated the event is and may be reduced or increased, depending on these factors. A lavish six course, sit down dinner may require one server per 10-12 guests or a very simple buffet may only require 1 server for 25 people. Using your event details, we will recommend the minimum number of servers required based on our experience. Our goal is to make your event run smoothly, therefore we have a two server minimum for events. You also have the option to have your meal dropped off for self service which will not require any servers; see FAQ #20 below for more details.
16. Besides the cost of food, what charges can I expect for a catered event?
When we provide your customized menu, we list all of our estimated charges in order to provide you with a complete proposal. In addition to the per person price for food, we include the following in each proposal: catering fee, cost of rentals (that we obtain on your behalf), cost of dishes and flatware (if applicable) labor charges for service staff, and sales tax. Gratuity is separate.
17. What does the catering fee cover?
The catering fee offsets administrative costs and pre/post event prep work such as dish washing, packing for your event, shopping for food, clean up, site visits, working with rental companies, etc. The catering fee is not a gratuity and is subject to state and local tax laws.
18. Is a gratuity included in your bill?
Gratuities are not itemized in the bill (unless directed to do so by the client), nor are they required. They are, however, graciously accepted by our staff for a job well done. A gratuity of 18%-25% of the total is customary. We do not put tip jars on bars for private parties and weddings.
19. What is your “Drop Off” service?
We bring a buffet to you, set it up and return later to pick up non-disposable serving items, if applicable. There are no servers. A delivery and pick-up fee is charged. This option works best for informal corporate events and informal parties of less than 30 people. Delivery/pick-up charges without staff begin at $40 for Metro Atlanta. Please call for areas outside of Metro Atlanta or after hours.
20. Can you provide paper goods, china, linens, or chafing dishes for drop offs?
For drop offs, we can include non-decorative, quality paper plates and plastic eating utensils. If you prefer china, silverware and chaffing dishes, we will be happy to make arrangements, however, these items require that our staff be present at your event; see FAQ #15 for more details.
21. Do you have a price list?
Some of our corporate menus include prices. However, most of our event menus are custom designed for specific events and a particular client. After a brief conversation with a client or an event coordinator, we will prepare a personalized proposal for your budget. The factors that affect the price of an event include the number and kind of menu items, number of guests, length of the event as well as number of servers required. We try our best to accommodate your budget. Our goal is to give you the fairest price based on your specific needs.
22. How do I compare quotes from two different caterers?
In the catering industry, there are a variety of ways to present a bid to a client. For example, some caterers include only the price of food per person cost, others include food and service, others include linens and/or china in the per person charge. It is important when comparing bids from two or more companies that pricing for all of the necessary items are included in both quotes for an accurate comparison.
23. How do you charge for labor?
We charge for our staff by the hour, based on a four hour minimum per staff person. We do our best to estimate the amount of time that our staff will be needed for your event. However, since many variables exist, the final cost is based on the actual time worked. For large full service events, we require an Event manager to oversee staff and ensure the coordination of a successful event.