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)

CHEESE AND CHARCUTERIE PLATTER 

BAKED BRIE CROSTINI cranberry compote, pecans

FIG & MASCARPONE PHYLLO CUP  balsamic reduction

MUSHROOM PALMIERS puff pastry, herbed goat cheese

SMOKED GOUDA & PANCETTA PUFFS baked gougere

RICOTTA & BACON JAM grilled crostini, scallion

BACON WRAPPED DATE almond-blue cheese filling

BLACKENED SHRIMP grit cake, sundried tomato relish

PONZU TUNA TARTARE tobiko, wasabi crema, rice crisps

CRISPY PORK BELLY grain honey mustard and pickled red onion

DIJON PRIME RIB crostini, horseradish cream 

CRAB CAKE BITES harissa aioli, herb salad (+$30)

Salads
(Choose One)

BABY KALE CAESAR garlic croutons, parm crisps

ROASTED BUTTERNUT & ARUGULA SALAD shaved parmesan, toasted walnuts, cranberry dressing 

APPLE & PEAR SALAD crispy bacon, blue cheese, cider vinaigrette

Proteins
(Choose One)

RED WINE BRAISED SHORT RIB caramelized onion jus

HERB ROASTED BEEF TENDERLOIN mushroom-cognac demi glace

SEARED SALMON sun dried tomato caponata 

BROWN SUGAR & THYME  PORK TENDERLOIN grain mustard glaze 

HARISSA GRILLED CHICKEN BREAST zoug, labneh

Starches
(Choose One)

SWEET POTATO & LEEK GRATIN gruyere   

TRUFFLE MAC & CHEESE  

WARM FARRO SALAD roasted red pepper, charred onion, kale, lemon vinaigrette 

WILD RICE & QUINOA PILAF almonds, fresh herbs

 HERB ROASTED RED BLISS POTATOES

Sides
(Choose One)

GARLIC ROASTED BRUSSELS SPROUTS balsamic glaze

SPICE ROASTED BUTTERNUT sage gremolata 

  GREEN BEAN ALMONDINE  garlic butter, crispy onions

HONEY GLAZED CARROTS hazelnut-carrot top pesto

PARMESAN ROASTED CAULIFLOWER caper salsa verde

Breads
(Choose One)

HONEY BUTTER DINNER ROLLS

SOUR CREAM CORN MUFFINS  

GARLIC & OLIVE OIL FOCACCIA

Desserts
(Choose TWO)

S’MORES TRIFLE chocolate cake & ganache, graham, marshmallow

SPICED RUM CAKE apple & raisin compote, rum caramel

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE BROWNIE BITE luxardo cherry

PUMPKIN MOUSSE chantilly, candied pepitas 

BOURBON PECAN PIE salted caramel (+$30)

CARAMEL APPLE TARTLET pecan streusel  (+$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 

WHIPPED GOAT CHEESE MOUSSE stuffed peppadews, basil  

BAKED BRIE CROSTINI cranberry compote, pecans

FIG & MASCARPONE PHYLLO CUP  balsamic reduction

MUSHROOM PALMIERS puff pastry, herbed goat cheese

SMOKED GOUDA & PANCETTA PUFFS baked gougere

RICOTTA & BACON JAM grilled crostini, scallion

BACON WRAPPED DATE almond-blue cheese filling

PONZU TUNA TARTARE tobiko, wasabi crema, rice crisps

BLACKENED SHRIMP grit cake, sundried tomato relish

CRISPY PORK BELLY grain honey mustard and pickled red onion

DIJON PRIME RIB crostini, horseradish cream 

SPICY CHORIZO EMPANADAS herb crema, cilantro (+$30)

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

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

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

BEEF BULGOGI WONTONS scallion-kimchi crema (+$30)

CRAB CAKE BITES harissa aioli, herb salad (+$30)

Sweet Bites
(Choose Two)

S’MORES TRIFLE chocolate cake & ganache, graham,  marshmallow

SPICED RUM CAKE apple & raisin compote, rum caramel

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE BROWNIE BITE luxardo cherry

PUMPKIN MOUSSE chantilly, candied pepitas  

BOURBON PECAN PIE salted caramel (+$30)

CARAMEL APPLE TARTLET pecan streusel  (+$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) $1,300 + 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.

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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