When you want your reception to be absolutely perfect and just like the ideas you have for it, you are going to need outside catering. Villa Ragusa is rare by allowing the bride and groom to have any professional caterer they choose. There are some guidelines that need to be followed, however.
Villa Ragusa offers both in-house catering and outside catering choices. We’d love to cater your wedding right on site, however we completely understand if you have your heart set on a particular caterer for your wedding reception. And we are happy to help you to do that.
In the interest of safety and a smooth catering operation, we do have some guidelines that must be followed. This will ensure your guests have the very best experience and your caterer is familiar with the facilities at Villa Ragusa ahead of time to plan for your event.
While we allow the food to be catered by any cater you choose, all beverages must be handled by Villa Ragusa. So, plan to have all soft drinks, beer, wine and liquor to be served by the Villa Ragusa staff.
When you choose a caterer for your wedding reception, you must use one that has a valid business license and a current health certificate. You should verify this information well ahead of time to avoid any very unpleasant, last minute surprises.
There are number of guest minimums to meet for outside catering. These are the minimum number of guests broken down by which room is rented:
East Gallery –150 guests
Campbell Gallery –100 guests
West Gallery –100 guests
East Gallery Combination –350 guests
West Gallery Combination –250 guests
Grand Gallery –450 guests
If you’re thinking of using outside catering, take a look at our guidelines now. We’re happy to help you plan a successful event and provide many helpful suggestions to make this easier. Call us to make an appointment to discuss your plans. We hope to see you soon.
As you might have discovered, most venues will not allow outside catering. This can cause a real problem for weddings, corporate events and private parties when you have a special diet that needs to be followed for your group. But sometimes a party has a theme and the in-house catering might not do a nice job with the types of food that fits the theme, making the event awkward. But luckily, there is a simple solution for this.
There is one event center that allows you to use outside catering. Your favorite caterer can come to the venue and do all the cooking to your specifications. This is possible at Villa Ragusa, a gorgeous venue that is often used for wedding receptions, corporate meetings and private parties. This venue completely understands that you might need to use your caterer instead of their in-house caterer.
Special Guidelines for Outside Caterers
Of course, there are some guidelines that must be followed when you use an outside caterer. This ensures food safety and makes sure your caterer can work inside our kitchen to get what they need to get done.
You can download our guidelines for using an outside caterer by clicking this link to bring up the pdf file then use the download link in the upper right corner of the document. Alternatively, you can right click on it and use “save as” to save to your computer.
At Villa Ragusa, we are happy to accommodate your menu needs and allow you to use the caterer of your choice. We want to make certain your event is a very special one and has all the perfect finishing touches you need to have your dream wedding or put on an amazing party. Give us a call and we will answer any questions you have about caterers using our venue.
There are so many beautiful wedding venues in The Bay Area that it is difficult to choose which one to use for your wedding. A word of warning, though. If you’re just starting to shop venues, soon you’ll find out they won’t let you use the caterer you have your heart set on.
Wedding Venues in The Bay Area
Nearly all wedding venues in The Bay Area will require you to use their in-house catering. This means you won’t get the menu you wanted to have at your wedding. Sometimes they will insist on making your cake, as well.
At Villa Ragusa, we feel that policy is wrong. We want to make sure your wedding is just the way you want it to be. Of course, we allow you to have any caterer you’d like to use and have the menu you dreamed of having at your wedding reception.
We also allow you to have a band for dancing at your celebration. We will even provide a dance floor!
For those wedding receptions where the bride and groom are not interested in fussing over food and menu choices, we have a wonderful in-house catering staff. We have several menus to choose from that give a nice variety of popular entrée choices for your guests. Your wedding reception meal can be breakfast, lunch or dinner, as a buffet or a served meal while guests are seated.
While many couples choose us specifically for our friendly outside catering policy, some choose us because of the beauty of our building. We encourage you to make an appointment for a tour of our facility as soon as you start looking at wedding venues in The Bay Area. Give us a call soon. We want to hear all about what you have planned for your big day.
If you’ve been shopping around for a banquet hall, likely you have discovered that you will be required to use the hall’s catering for your event. This is the case whether you enjoy their food selections or not. The good news is that there is one facility that will let you use whatever caterer you’d like the best!
Banquet Halls and Outside Catering
Villa Ragusa is a banquet hall that wants to make sure you have your wedding reception or other events exactly the way you want it. The big factor there is the food. We understand that sometimes you will have your heart set on a certain menu or you’ll need a specialized food cooked due to special dietary needs. We want to make sure you have that.
There are some guidelines to be followed when bringing in an outside caterer to Villa Ragusa, but your caterer will be accustomed to these sorts of requirements. Of course, for the safety of everyone at your event, the caterer you choose must be a licensed food handler in the state of California and be a professional caterer.
If you plan to use your own caterer instead of the Villa Ragusa on-site caterer, you will need to let us know when you book the event. It is required that the cater show their business license and current health certificate right away. Additionally, they will need to do a walk-through of our facility at least 30 days prior to your event. And they will be required to provide an on-site manager for the event.
Planning Your Event
Please ask for all the requirements for catering when you discuss your event with our event coordinator. We want to make sure your event is wonderful and exactly as you expect it to be. Give us a call today to discuss your wedding reception, party or corporate events.
Finding a venue that allows outside catering for your wedding reception is difficult. But! You are in luck. The gorgeous venue Villa Ragusa allows outside catering for any event. So, if you are keeping kosher, halal, vegan or if you just want to use your favorite caterer, you’ve found your venue.
Venue Allows Outside Caterer
Villa Ragusa knows that you have enough on your plate when planning your wedding without having to struggle over catering issues. We want to make sure your event is perfect and provides the exact dining experience you want for your wedding reception. Using an outside caterer is not too much to ask!
For the health and safety of all guests, we do have guidelines for using an outside caterer that must be followed. When you book your event, please ask us about our outside catering guidelines.
Uncle Pete Catering
We know you think your Uncle Pete is the best cook ever! And we’re sure he creates some tasty dishes that everyone would enjoy. Unfortunately, in order for your friend or relative to cook for your event at Villa Ragusa they need a current catering business license and a current health certificate. This is the only way we can be sure that your friend or family member has all of the food safety knowledge and practices required by law.
Please allow adequate time for Villa Ragusa to approve your catering choice. The caterer needs to do a walk-though at least a month before the event. Both the caterer and their staffing agency need to sign our contract.
All beverages must be purchased from Villa Ragusa, even when using an outside caterer. Barware will be provided by Villa Ragusa unless provided by the client.
Villa Ragusa is a venue that knows the food served at your wedding is so very important to you. We do everything we can to help make your choices happen.