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

GOUGERES choux pastry cheese puff

BRIE & PEAR PHYLLO CUPS spiced walnuts

WHIPPED GOAT CHEESE MOUSSE stuffed peppadews, basil

SEARED SKIRT STEAK, Kettle chip, salsa verde

SHRIMP TOAST rolled and fried, chive

TARTELETTE mushroom, leek, goat cheese

PICKLED SHRIMP CROSTINI fresno pepper

CRAB PIMENTO CHEESE cracker, pickled okra

PONZU TUNA TARTARE tobiko, wasabi aioli, rice cracker

CRISPY PORK BELLY peach-honey mustard and radish

BEEF BULGOGI bibb lettuce, kimchi scallion (+$30)

Salads
(Choose One)

STRAWBERRY & GOAT CHEESE SALAD candied pecans, citrus vinaigrette

KALE CAESAR puff pastry crouton

AVOCADO & GRAPEFRUIT SALAD watercress, shaved fennel, chives, pink peppercorn vinaigrette

Proteins
(Choose One)

GRILLED LAMB CHOPS mint pistachio pesto

WHOLE ROASTED BEEF TENDERLOIN herb compound butter

PAN SEARED SALMON sauce vierge

ANCHO CHILE RUBBED PORK TENDERLOIN pineapple chutney

MARINATED GRILLED CHICKEN BREAST caper salsa verde

Starches
(Choose One)

GARLIC HERB POTATO SOUFFLE

TRUFFLE MAC & CHEESE

FARRO VERDE toasted almonds, dried cherries, lemon vinaigrette

TOASTED ORZO & RICE PILAF fresh herbs

MASHED RED SKIN POTATOES

Sides
(Choose One)

BRUSSELS SPROUTS balsamic glazed

ROASTED CAULIFLOWER mint gremolata

GREEN BEANS garlic, red chili flakes

GRILLED SUMMER SQUASHES tarragon chimichurri

Breads
(Choose One)

HONEY BUTTER CORN MUFFINS

GARLIC-ROSEMARY FOCACCIA

Desserts
(Choose One)

S’MORES TRIFLE chocolate ganache, graham streusel, torched marshmallow

PEACH UPSIDE DOWN CAKE bourbon candied pecan

LEMON PAVLOVA citrus curd, berries

MINI PASSIONFRUIT TARTS seasonal fruit (+$30)

MACARONS chocolate ganache, strawberry jam (+$30)


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

GOUGERES choux pastry cheese puff

BRIE & PEAR PHYLLO CUPS spiced walnuts

WHIPPED GOAT CHEESE MOUSSE stuffed peppadews, basil

SEARED SKIRT STEAK, Kettle chip, salsa verde

SHRIMP TOAST rolled and fried, chive

MINI TARTLET mushroom, leek, goat cheese

PICKLED SHRIMP CROSTINI fresno pepper

CRAB PIMENTO CHEESE cracker, pickled okra

PONZU TUNA TARTARE tobiko, wasabi aioli, rice cracker

CRISPY PORK BELLY peach-honey mustard and radish

LAMB BURGER SLIDER harissa aioli, pickled cucumbers, onions (+$30)

MINI LOBSTER ROLL chive-mayo, lemon, celery leaves​ (+$30)

BEEF BULGOGI bibb lettuce, kimchi scallion (+$30)

PULLED PORK BANH MI french bread, pickled vegetables, sweet chili mayo​ (+$30)

Sweet Bites
(Choose Two)

S’MORES TRIFLE chocolate ganache, graham streusel, torched marshmallow

PEACH UPSIDE DOWN CAKE bourbon candied pecan

LEMON PAVLOVA citrus curd, berries

MINI PASSIONFRUIT TARTS seasonal fruit (+$30)

MACARONS chocolateganache, strawberry jam (+$30)


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) $1,250 + groceries
Additional guests $55 per person + groceries
60+ guests $45 per person + groceries
Add-on Price
Additional Food Item Selection (per item) $55
Additional Hour of Service $200+
Passed Hors D’oeuvres and dessert service $200/server
Cocktail Party Pricing (excludes grocery costs)
Service Price
Service Cost (up to 25 guests) $1,150 + groceries
Additional guests, per person $35
Estimated Food Cost* (Per Guest) $12-$20
Addon Price
Additional Food Item Selection (Per Item) $55
Additional Hour of Service $200+
Server (For passed service) $200/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 and all equipment set up, take down, and transportation. (If non-disposable service ware is desired, we will assist in placing the rental order) The production cost also includes menu consultation and customization with a dedicated event planner, custom printed menu tent cards, and votive candles for the buffet table. Glassware is not included.

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.

Our commitment through Covid-19

We’re still open and here to help you. We’re serving our weekly dinner clients with increased safety measures and home delivery or curbside pick-up options from our catering kitchen.

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