Ordering catering can be a difficult task. There is a lot to consider when providing a meal for a large group. Our goal is to help ensure everything goes as smooth as possible, so we have provided some basic tips to assist you in planning your catered event.
Delivery, set-up, serving, and eating all take time. When planning your event consider the following:
Each order takes at least 20 minutes once the delivery driver arrives to set up the bar. Depending on the size of the order, it may take longer. For large orders of 100 or more, you may want to set up more than one buffet line to reduce serving time. This will increase the set up time as well.
If your event has a strict time frame for lunch, we suggest 30 minutes for everyone to sit down and enjoy the meal.
This can be the most complicated part of the planning process. There are a lot of components to your serving and dining space that are important to plan for.
- Tables: We recommend having at least 1 – 6 to 8 ft table for serving on orders under 30 people, and 2 tables for orders between 30 and 100. It will vary depending on the size of the order. Also make sure you have enough table space to seat all of your guests. You can always double check with our catering consultants to determine the amount of table space needed.
Is there a good spot for our delivery drivers to park and unload your order? Are we delivering to a secured building that may require extra time for us to get to your location? We will need access to water to set up your chafing racks. If there is no water source, let us know and we can provide our own.
Would you like our staff to serve your guests or simply stay and help keep the service line stocked? We offer full service for larger events, just ask us about staffing and pricing when placing the order.
Everything we bring with your bar is disposable for a convenient clean up. Even the chafing racks are disposable! However, you can return the chafing racks to your nearest location and receive a free entree card for each rack you return.
Every group is different. Age, gender, group size, appetite, and dietary needs are all things that can effect what you order and how much.
Our representatives are great resources for helping to determine how much to order and which bar is the best fit. Don’t hesitate to call us with questions, we are always happy to help!
It is best to order for as many people as you are expecting. Keep in mind that our portion size is very large so there may be enough for a few unexpected guests. After all, our naked burrito bar allots over a pound of food per person and our taco bar comes with 3 tacos per person. That doesn’t even include the chips! Now that’s what we call a full meeting!
When ordering for a graduation party, most people tend to order too much. Most guests will not be eating an entire meal and, depending on when it is scheduled, many guests will be going to other parties as well. Most grad parties order a cake and other appetizers, so there is more than just the main meal to snack on. We strongly suggest you order less than your expected guest count, which will also help control costs.
Birthday parties can be difficult to plan as the guests tend to vary in age, gender, and appetite. Keep in mind that our portions are quite large and there is usually birthday cake too! Our options are great for kids, teens and adults alike!
- Looking to feed the team? Our box lunches are a great option for meals both at home and on the road.
- End of the season Banquet? Our buffet style bars are a wonderful option for the team and their families. We also have formal wares available for your event.
- Raising money for the team? Qdoba can provide premade mini burritos for your booster club or concessions stand!
Our buffet style bars are a great option for your company picnic or staff appreciation lunch. Qdoba provides a full and flavorful meal for any group size that’s sure to please everyone. We can even provide staff for your event or set up outdoors for a summer picnic.
Qdoba offers catering for any size wedding or rehearsal dinner; whether it’s a small, private gathering indoors or a large outdoor celebration, we can help. Our Naked Burrito Bar is a perfect fit for weddings as it automatically includes 2 meat options, a vegetarian option and gluten free options. Plus our Handmade Chips and Salsa make a wonderful appetizer. We even offer formal wares and staffing for your event. Planning the big day can put a lot on your plate, let us take care of everyone else’s!