Buffet & Cocktail Events

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Buffet dinners are a great way to host larger gatherings.  Buffet party service typically includes two starters, an entree buffet with a protein, salad, starch, side, bread, and two desserts, and is a great service for corporate events, engagement parties, birthdays, and other large gatherings.  Pricing is simple and depends on the number of guests and number of food items chosen.  You’ll reimburse for groceries for your chosen menu, so we’ll always focus on delivering top quality ingredients. Our service includes chefs and servers as needed for your crowd. We will be happy to suggest a list of bartenders you may contract with directly for your bar service. While we are happy to suggest some wonderful buffet dinner menus, you are free to customize the perfect menu for your event.  We focus on fresh, high-quality ingredients without sacrificing on quantity or service. Please, ask us more about our buffet dinner and cocktail event services!

Cocktail reception plated food table for in-home private parties with finger foods
Buffet Parties Sample Menus

Appetizers
(Choose Two)

GOURMET CHEESE PLATTER

CHARCUTERIE PLATTER

EDAMAME HUMMUS Crispy Soy Mushrooms, Rice Cracker, Thai Basil

BAKED BRIE CROSTINI Raspberry Compote, Toasted Almonds

STUFFED MUSHROOMS Roasted Artichoke, Spinach, Mascarpone

“DRUNKEN” GRAPES & GOAT CHEESE White Wine-Braised Grapes, Grilled Crostini, Thyme

TAJIN-SPICED MELON Prosciutto, Feta, Balsamic, Mint

SMOKED SALMON CUCUMBER BITES Lemon-Dill Cream Cheese, Salmon Roe

CRAB CAKE BITES Mango Serrano Aioli, Herb Salad

TEQUILA-POACHED SHRIMP Mojo Marinade, Tajin-Spiced Mango, Cilantro Crema

CRISPY PORK BELLY “AL PASTOR” Grilled Pineapple, Pickled Red Onion

HARISSA-SPICED LAMB MEATBALLS Tzatziki, Grilled Zucchini

PEPPERCORN PRIME RIB Crostini, Blue Cheese Mousse, Caramelized Shallot

Salads
(Choose One)

CHICKPEA & SPINACH SALAD Cucumber, Shaved Red Onion, Feta, Lemon-Herb Vinaigrette

PEACH & ARUGULA SALAD Pistachios, Goat Chevre, Balsamic Reduction, Olive Oil, Maldon Sea Salt

SPRING GARDEN SALAD Baby Kale, Carrot Ribbons, Heirloom Tomato, Sourdough Croutons, Chive-Buttermilk Dressing

Proteins
(Choose One)

SEARED SALMON Pineapple Chutney

ROSEMARY-PESTO GRILLED CHICKEN BREAST Tomato-Red Pepper Peperonata

CHILI-RUBBED PORK TENDERLOIN Orange Blossom and Golden Raisin Syrup

GARLIC-CRUSTED PRIME RIB Mushroom Hunter’s Sauce

HERB-ROASTED BEEF TENDERLOIN Chimichurri

Starches
(Choose One)

RUSSET POTATO & LEEK GRATIN Gruyère

MASHED SWEET POTATOES Ancho Chili, Maple-Roasted Pepitas

WARM FARRO SALAD Heirloom Tomato, Spring Onion, Kale, Charred-Lemon Vinaigrette

FREGOLA & ARTICHOKE PILAF Green Chili Sauce, Fresh Herbs

PAPRIKA-ROASTED GOLDEN POTATOES Lemon-Herb Pesto

Sides
(Choose One)

SWEET CORN SUCCOTASH Cherry Tomato, Red Onion, Okra

CHARRED SPRING ONIONS Red-Pepper Romesco

GREEN BEANS Freekeh & Tahini

ROASTED BABY CARROTS Herbed Crème Fraîche, Sunflower Seeds

GARLIC ROASTED BROCCOLI & EDAMAME Caper Salsa Verde

Breads
(Choose One)

CHIVE & BUTTER CRESCENT ROLLS

SWEET RICOTTA CORNBREAD MUFFINS

SUNDRIED TOMATO & OLIVE OIL FOCACCIA

Mini Desserts
(Choose TWO)

CHOCOLATE CRÉMEUX Espresso Cream, Pistachio Biscotti

RASPBERRY PAVLOVA TARTS Ginger-Mint Cream, Cinnamon

DARK CHOCOLATE BROWNIE Peanut Butter, Concord Swirl, Grapes, Sea Salt

MEYER LEMON TART Chantilly Cream, Candied Lemon Peel

YOGURT PANNA COTTA Basil, Strawberries

FETA CHEESECAKE Orange Blossom Peaches


For more menu ideas and culinary inspiration view some of our past seasonal and regional menus.

Chef Jacob prepping hors d'oeuvre for pre-dinner reception
Table set for a backyard buffet dinner in Buckhead
Reception buffet table consisting of an upscale cheeseboard and shrimp cocktail
Buffet style dinner set up with chafing dishes, white tablecloths, tealight candles and floral arrangements
Cocktail Parties

Cocktail parties are great for larger gatherings when a filling dinner isn’t the main focus. These are great for gatherings for the holidays, engagement parties, corporate entertaining, and even tea parties. We’ve found that five savory food selections and two dessert bite selections make the perfect amount of food for most groups. We’ll take care of all the food prep, table set up, and clean up during and after the event. We will be happy to suggest a list of bartenders you may contract with directly for bar service.

Check out our cocktail party sample menus below!

Cocktail Party Sample Menus

Savory Bites
(Choose Five)

GOURMET CHEESE PLATTER

CHARCUTERIE PLATTER

WHIPPED GOAT CHEESE MOUSSE Stuffed Peppadews, Basil

EDAMAME HUMMUS Crispy Soy Mushrooms, Rice Cracker, Thai Basil

BAKED BRIE CROSTINI Raspberry Compote, Toasted Almonds

STUFFED MUSHROOMS Roasted Artichoke, Spinach, Mascarpone

“DRUNKEN” GRAPES & GOAT CHEESE White Wine-Braised Grapes, Grilled Crostini, Thyme

TAJIN-SPICED MELON Prosciutto, Feta, Balsamic, Mint

SMOKED SALMON CUCUMBER BITES Lemon-Dill Cream Cheese, Salmon Roe

TEQUILA-POACHED SHRIMP SKEWER Mojo Marinade, Tajin-Spiced Mango, Cilantro Crema

CRAB CAKE BITES Mango Serrano Aioli, Herb Salad

COCONUT CHICKEN KEBABS Bell Pepper, Zucchini

CHICKEN TINGA TOSTADA Chipotle, Sweet Corn Salsa

CRISPY PORK BELLY “AL PASTOR” Grilled Pineapple, Pickled Red Onion

PEPPERCORN PRIME RIB Crostini, Blue Cheese Mousse, Caramelized Shallot

HARISSA-SPICED LAMB MEATBALLS Tzatziki, Grilled Zucchini

PEKING DUCK BAO BUNS Hoisin Glaze and Pickled Vegetables (+$30)**

CRISPY BEEF SPRING ROLLS Homemade Duck Sauce (+$30)**

SPICY CHORIZO EMPANADAS Herb Crema, Cilantro (+$30)**

Sweet Bites
(Choose Two)

CHOCOLATE CRÉMEUX Espresso Cream, Pistachio Biscotti

RASPBERRY PAVLOVA TARTS Ginger-Mint Cream, Cinnamon

DARK CHOCOLATE BROWNIE Peanut Butter, Concord Swirl, Grapes, Sea Salt

MEYER LEMON TART Chantilly Cream, Candied Lemon Peel

YOGURT PANNA COTTA Basil, Strawberries

FETA CHEESECAKE Orange Blossom Peaches


For more menu ideas and culinary inspiration view some of our past seasonal and regional menus.

Elevated reception food consisting of chicken tinga tostadas with cilantro crema and custom printed menu description cards
Executive personal chef Tai holding a platter of reception style desserts consisting of strawberry shortcake and fudge brownie bites
Three tiers of our popular beef and chorizo "bahn mi" sliders
Black slate dish with our signature multigrain crositini, pimento cheese and charred okra
For pricing information on our various types of catering, dinner parties and special events, please click here.
Atlanta Personal Chef Service's signature cheese and charcuterie board
Buffet style dinner with crab cake appetizers and roasted grape salad and confetti vegetable salad
Personal chefs smile for a quick photo during an in-home dinner party

Buffet & Cocktail Events Pricing

We are happy to make your event easy to host and memorable.  The cost of food is not included in the prices offered. Some of our more popular types of events and pricing is listed below, but please call to check availability and for a detailed quote. A 20% production fee applies to the service charge for all events (production does not apply to the grocery costs).

Buffet Pricing (excludes grocery costs)
Service Price
Base Service (up to 20 guests) $1,300 + groceries
Additional guests $60 per person + groceries
60+ guests $50 per person + groceries
Production Cost 20% of service fee
Add-on Price
Additional Food Item Selection (per item) $60
Premium Menu Option Selection (per item) $30
Additional Hour of Service $200+
Passed Hors D’oeuvres and dessert service $220/server
Estimated Groceries Cost Per Guest* $15-25
Cocktail Party Pricing (excludes grocery costs)
Service Price
Service Cost (up to 25 guests) $1,200 + groceries
Additional guests, per person $40
Production Cost 20% of service fee
Estimated Food Cost* (Per Guest) $12-$20
Addon Price
Premium Food Item Selection (Per Item) $30
Additional Food Item Selection (Per Item) $60
Additional Hour of Service $200+
Passed Hors D’oeuvres Service $220/server
SERVICE COST

Includes pre-party planning, shopping, prepping, cooking, 2.5 hours of guest service, and clean up. Your party will be served by two chefs and a server (according to party size) to ensure excellent service.

PRODUCTION COST
Covers chafing dishes and serving platters for the serving table disposable cocktail and dinner plates, cocktail and dinner napkins, and forks and knives (or assistance in placement of rental order if real (non-disposable) service ware is desired) and all equipment set up, take down, and transportation. The production cost also includes menu consult and customization with a dedicated event planner, custom printed menu tent cards, and votive candles for the buffet table
FOOD COST*

Food cost listed above is an estimate only, and will vary depending upon chosen selections. Client is responsible for all food costs for the event, and will be provided with copies of receipts. We maintain a priority on quality and freshness.

BEVERAGES

All ​alcohol and beverages will be provided by the client. ​A​ bartender is highly recommended for parties over twenty guests to assist in setting up the bar, serving clients drinks, bussing used beverage glasses, keeping the bar clean, disposing of empty bottles, and bar break down after your event. We will be happy to suggest a list of bartenders you may contract with directly.

PAYMENT

A 50% deposit is required to reserve your party date. The remaining 50% is due seven days prior to your event. Any last minute overages due to menu adjustments, guest counts, grocery costs, etc will be due on the first business day following your event.

TRAVEL FEE

Travel to locations outside the Perimeter or below I-20 will be calculated based on the standard IRS mileage rates of round-trip travel to and from our licensed catering kitchen at 3300 Marjan Dr, Atlanta GA 30340 for each chef or staff member travelling to your location. Availability to travel outside the Perimeter will vary based on schedules and location and may not be able to be accommodated. Hotel valet or parking fees will be charged as incurred.

GRATUITY

If you feel your chefs went above and beyond to provide excellent service, feel free to tip them directly, or as a part of your final payment. Typical gratuity is around 15-20% of the service fee.

Payments for Buffet & Cocktail Events

Atlanta Personal Chef Service requires a 50% deposit to reserve your date for a catered event. The remaining 50% of the service cost is due seven days prior to your event. The cost of the groceries and any remaining service charge is due on the first business day following your event. Payments can be made via credit card, which will be stored securely on file and charged for final payment following your event.

Atlanta Personal Chef Service is the preeminent resource for prepared family dinners and in-home event catering. We are a relationship company that recognizes the power of culinary experiences to bring people together. Our team of professionally-trained chefs attends to the dietary values and dining preferences of each client. Discerning clients trust us for the best quality food, delivered with the highest degree of passion and reliability.