The "Charlene Experience"
Flowers? Check. Design? Check. Food? Double-Check!
Tired of calling multiple vendors to pull one event together? You don't have to! Charlene doesn't only cook - she does it ALL, from putting together a delicious menu, creating beautiful & creative flower arrangements, to designing the overall look and function of your event from start to finish! Indulging in the Charlene Experience starts at $1,000.
Staff are $36 per hour, plus a 20% gratuity. There is a four hour minimum. Staff will arrive two hours ahead of time to set up and will handle all clean-up. Clients are required to pay for hours stated in contract; even if event ends earlier than scheduled.
Note on Cancellations: Staff requests are accommodated as requested, and require no less than 7 days notice in the event of a cancellation. All cancellations made 7 days or less prior to event require full staff rate to be compensated by the client via check.
Combining and/or Requesting Staff:
CK staff does not work events that are not being fully catered by Charlene’s Kitchen. Staff is also not to be held responsible for stations they are not contractually assigned to. (for example, if a client hires their own bartender, CK staff will not be responsible for anything regarding that bar.)
For first time catering clients, I always advise having a site visit. It puts everyone more at ease and makes the event go more smoothly. This entails walking through the client’s home to determine the placement of bars, buffets, and cooking equipment. I require a site visit for weddings. Site visits usually last an hour, although it can take longer depending on the venue, and cost $225 per hour.
Note on Site Visits: Whether or not you select Charlene's Kitchen, this fee must still be paid at the end of the site visit.
We are licensed to serve alcohol and can provide a bartender, but we are not licensed to purchase alcohol, so the client must provide.
Take a look at specialty cocktail ideas and bar quantity suggestions on our Bar Page.
Menus are custom-designed according to the event and budget. Menus can be designed on a piecewise or per-person basis. Events shorter than two hours are better suited to piecewise menus; events longer than two hours and full dinners are usually done per-person. The minimum price per person is $55. for most events; weddings start at $75.
All service equipment, props, decor, lighting, and furniture seen in our work are specialty items from Charlene's coveted Vault, unless specified otherwise. Specialty items are available when using the Charlene Experience only.
Menu items for all catered events, both with and without staff, are provided in disposables, to be plated at destination, unless otherwise arranged. The platter fee when bringing in your own platters is $15 per platter.
Select items, such as our breakfast casseroles, require client to provide their own dish for preparation. In the event that client can not provide the appropriate dish and opts to rent from Charlene, there is a $10. non-refundable rental fee.
Note on Dish Rentals: A credit card will be taken with every rental, and a return date provided. In the event that the dish is not returned by the provided date, there will be an additional charge of $15. then, and every two days thereafter. In the event that the dish is either not returned or damaged, client is responsible for the retail value of the dish rented.
Upon confirmation of event date and menu, a deposit of 20% of the food total is due to hold your date. This is a non-refundable deposit under any cancellation.
Note on Deposits: All remaining balances are to be paid via Check only. Credit cards are strictly for deposits. In the event that the remaining balance needs to be charged on a credit card, there will be an additional fee of 5% of the total being charged.
Do We Deliver?
Yes! We now offer a delivery service starting at $25 and up based on distance. Upon delivery, Charlene can set-up your party for an additional $300.