Catering FAQs

Are you licensed?

We are a fully licensed catering company with a licensed Douglas County Health Department approved kitchen.

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.

Can you provide for vegetarian and special dietary needs?

We have wide variety of vegetarian, vegan and other special needs menu items. When we plan your event, we will discuss your dietary needs and suggest a menu that will be suitable for you and your guests. Please tell us if we need to consider food allergies.

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.

Do you have children's prices?

Yes. Children 5 to 10 years old are 50% of the adult price. Children 4 and under are free, but are counted for seating.

Can you provide rental items for my event?

Yes, we can provide rental services for the food portion of the party such as china, glassware and silverware for an additional 20% handling fee.

Do you provide wine or liquor?

While Ring-A-Bell's Catering is not licensed to sell alcohol we have licensed bartenders on staff.

Do you provide bartenders and servers?

Yes. Our bartenders and servers are trained, professional, and just plain nice! As a general rule, you need to allow one bartender per 75 guests. The server ratio depends on how formal or complicated the event is and may be reduced or increased, depending on these factors.

Do your servers wear uniforms?

Our trained, professional staff are attired in black and white with a black apron. They are professional, neat and always ready to help.

Do you charge extra to cut the wedding cake?

No, its included in the service charge if the cake is cut within the hours servers are available.

Do you setup and cleanup?

We set up buffet table, clear the tables, clean the service kitchen area, leaving it as we found and break down buffet line when complete.

How many servers will be needed at my event?

As a general rule, we provide one server for every 25 guests at a buffet. However, the server ratio depends on how formal or complicated the event is and may be reduced or increased, depending on these factors. 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.

Besides the cost of food, what charges can I expect for a catered event?

When we provide your personalized proposal, we list all of our estimated charges in order to provide you with a complete proposal. In addition to the package per person price, we include the following in each proposal: labor charges for service staff, 18% gratuity and city sales tax.

What is your "Drop Off" service?

We bring the buffet to you, set it up and return later to pick up non disposable serving items. There are no servers. A delivery & pick up fee is charged. This option works best for informal corporate events and informal parties of less than 50 guests. We will not do a "drop off service" for most weddings.

Delivery/ pickup charges:

  • Wenatchee/East Wenatchee $50
  • Cashmere $75
  • Chelan/Lake Wenatchee/Quincy/Leavenworth $100
  • Manson $150

How can 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 in the 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.

Do you provide tastings?

We don't typically do tastings but would be happy to provide testimonials and references. If this is a "must" for you to book my catering service I can make special arrangements for a tasting. 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.

How do you charge for labor?

We charge for our staff by the hour based on a three hour minimum. We do our best to estimate the amount of time needed and the number of servers needed for your event.

What are the hourly rates of your staff?

You will be provided an "Event Food Manager" at each serviced event.

  • Bartender $25-$35 per hour (minimum 3 hours)
  • Event Staff $25 per hour (minimum 2 hours)

Do I get to keep the leftover food?

Our staff will bag up leftover food from buffet line that deems food safe. If staff feels like it is not up to health code regulations it may not be left. Leftovers will only be left if there is proper "food
safe" storage for food.