Frequently Asked Questions


What kind of dishware do you provide?

Standard disposable plates, silverware and paper napkins are included in your catering fee. The following options are available if you would like to select an upgradable option:

  1. Eco-disposables and disposable flatware are included in our prices as standard.

  2. Upgraded disposables, with plates made of high-weight clear plastic and high-end and “Reflection” metal-imitation flatware, are available for $1.20 per guest.

  3. Full porcelain plates (one plate per guest) and silver knives and forks are also available to rent at $2.00 per person. If you require smaller side plates for the cake service, please add $0.50 per guest.


Do you provide glasses for beverages?

We do not currently supply glasses, but we would be happy to rent those or purchase disposables for you. Please contact us about additional pricing in regard to glassware.

Do you provide linens and cloth napkins? How many do you have and what are the sizes? Does the cost include a cleaning fee?

We can provide simple white linens for $10 per linen (this includes the cleaning fee). We have 30-90”x132” linens (for 6’ banquet tables) and 15-132” diameter (which fit 72” rounds). We can also provide 16”x16” white cloth napkins for $0.60 per piece (this includes the cleaning fee).

What will my buffet look like? Is there any additional décor?

The style of the buffet has a standard white linen, with some burlap incorporated into the buffet, as well as rustic pieces of wood logs if it suits the theme of the event. We will certainly work with you to customize the look based on the style of your wedding. We encourage you to order additional florals/hanging decorations to add to the look of your buffet!

Do you print menus or have food cards?

We use chalkboards or white paper cards to describe the menu items.

How many staff will be onsite during my wedding/event?

If you are having a standard buffet for up to 150 guests, 1-2 staff members will be onsite depending on menu selections.  Staff and service fees are included in the catering prices for such events. If you are tray passing canapés, or have more than 150 guests, at least one additional staff member is recommended.

When do you arrive to set up for my event?

We will arrive at least 2 hours prior to your meal service.

Do you have licensed bartenders?

Yes, each bartender is $75 per hour. Our bartenders can pick up ice on their way to the venue should you require that service. Additional gratuity is optional.

What is included in your fees (tax, service charges, travel fees)?

Our fees include service charges for up to 150 guests and travel within the King County region (additional fees may apply outside of this region and for more than 150 guests). Tax is in addition to your catering total as required by Washington State law.

How do my items stay hot/cold?

We have chafers that keep your items warm on the buffet and travel with a professional grill/smoker, deep fryer and portable burners to cook necessary items right before your meal service. Cold items are stored in the venue fridge/freezers as well as in commercial grade coolers.

Do you make wedding cakes/cupcakes?

Yes, we can certainly make cakes or cupcakes for your event, however, we are not a cake specialists, so our cake styles are much more about taste and flavor!

What is the deposit? When is the remaining amount due?

We require a 30% deposit to hold your date. The remaining amount of your total is due 14 days prior to your wedding/event.

When do you need my final guest count?

We require your guest count two weeks (14 days) prior to your wedding/event.

Do you have special meals for dietary requirements?

We can certainly provide special meals for dietary requirements and we can discuss this in detail when we confirm your menu. We are also happy to cater the entire menu around specific dietary requirements.

How do you handle clean up? Garbage, dirty dishes, etc.?

Cleanliness is very important to the Tall Chef! We leave the catering area cleaner than we found it, and dispose of all trash in the proper receptables. Cleaning of dirty dishes will be included in your upgraded dish selection, should you choose to go that route. Because we keep our service costs low for the standard meal service, we ask that guests dispose of their own plates when they are finished. We can hire hostesses if you would like them to help with cleaning ($75 per hour).

What do you do with leftovers?

If you bring to-go containers, we can certainly box leftover items up for you, otherwise we are required by law to dispose of them after your event.

What are your cancellation and date change policies?

In the event of a cancellation, less than 90 days prior to the event, the deposit becomes non-refundable to the Tall Chef.  In the event of a cancellation less than 14 days prior to the event, the full balance will be due.  In the event of a cancellation of the special event greater than 90 days prior to the event date, the deposit may be reimbursed by The Tall Chef minus any costs already incurred.  

In the event of a date change, we will do everything possible to accommodate your new date at no additional cost. Extra charges may be incurred if perishable ingredients for the previous date were already purchased.

Do you conduct tastings? If so, how much are they and where do you have them?

Absolutely! We conduct tastings at Trinity Tree Farm. They are $15 per person to taste 3-4 items, but this will be applied as a credit to your final bill should you decide to move forward with the Tall Chef. Additional tastings of menu items are $5 per person, per item.