When it's time to plan an event, the first question is "How much money can I spend?"
Think about the type of service you will need.
Small groups that eat on a tight schedule, like a lunch meeting, will be fine with drop-off service. The food is set up on your table with disposable serving pieces.
Larger groups or groups requiring the food to be available over a longer period of time will prefer chafer service. The food will stay hot for a longer period of time, and the sauces are served in glass bowls.
To assist you in budgeting appropriately for your event, here are some service options to consider.
When you get your first proposal you will notice no line item for a mandatory tip. Can you imagine having to pay out a tip when the delivery person forgot the BBQ sauce and did not bring enough forks? If you feel the server did a great job or the personal chef did something over the top, a tip will be appreciated. Keep in mind that the server keeps all the tips and none goes to the owner.