frequently asked questions
frequently asked questions
We know you’ve got questions.
Here are some favorites.
How much will my event cost?
Every catered event is unique and requires a detailed review to determine the best way to fulfill the client’s specific request while enabling our team to deliver an excellent event. Although there is no standardized, pre-set pricing, we will pre-estimate costs, discuss budget expectations, and provide customized recommendations based on your goals and budget. Please note that our prices always include comprehensive event planning services so that no detail is overlooked and every aspect is fully coordinated. For that reason you will find that our events are generally priced at a premium level.
Do you have standard event menus or packages from which to choose?
All menus for David Ellis Events are custom designed and priced based on detailed conversations with the client. We believe every event and menu should be unique and memorable, therefore we do not offer any turn-key, fixed price packages.
What if I don't need full event planning services and just want some a la carte services such as food, staffing or decor?
A “David Ellis Event” is always a total package that includes every detail from event planning to exceptional food, decor, rentals, and staffing. However we do understand that not every event requires all of these elements. For that reason we offer some other options through our sister-companies. Are you looking for our excellent food plus some a la carte event services? Visit Addison Taylor Catering. Need food delivered for a meeting, smaller event, or a holiday gathering? Check out David Ellis Delivery. Just want gorgeous flowers and decor? Visit Bloome & Thorne Floral.
Who is David Ellis?
David Ellis is actually two people. The name combines the middle names of our founders – brothers Jonathan David Peters and Chad Ellis Peters.
May I hire your staff to serve food from a different caterer? May I use my own servers/bartenders/staff?
We do not provide staffing in the New York Metro Area for events catered by other companies unless you need staff for butlering only. We do, however, provide staffing-only services from our satellite offices in Miami Beach, Florida and Santa Monica, California.
Our insurance policy prohibits the use of client-hired staff when our team is present. As a result, our clients are not permitted to use their own servers/bartenders at our events.
When should I expect to see a proposal?
We typically send a fully customized proposal within 7 business days. However, if we are especially busy or if the scope of your event is particularly large, we might request a bit of extra time to do our homework and get back to you.
Do you offer tastings?
Tastings are offered for mitzvahs, weddings, and galas/fundraisers, however they are at an additional cost. This enables us to prepare the best range of selections and options for your needs.
What is your minimum?
We do not require a minimum number of guests, nor do we have a bottom-line minimum in terms of event cost. Whether you’re hosting an intimate dinner party for five people or a large gala for 1,000, we have the staff and resources to make your event amazing.
How much notice is needed to schedule an event?
Most clients begin the planning process 1-2 months before their event and sometimes 6-12 months in advance for larger events. That said, we have the ability to accommodate almost any request, even if it is only a day or two in advance depending upon the circumstances. In some cases an expedited process may increase costs. Please also note that planning your event more than 12 months in advance often increases the costs as well.