Your Questions Answered – Business Events
By sharing the valuable experiences gained over many years of event catering we can workensure your occasion is a success. We hope you find some of these frequently asked questions useful and we look forward to chatting about future possibilities.
Can we provide our own drinks and is there a charge for serving them?
This depends on the venue. If you are providing your own drinks we will work with you to ensure a smooth service. We provide a Drinks Management Service which we would recommend for a smooth service.
How long have you been in business?
PJ taste was formed in 2006 and became PJ taste LLP in 2012. However, all five partners have many years catering and hospitality management experience (over 125 years combined!)
Have you received testimonials from previous clients?
We would be happy to supply contact details for any of our previous clients (where they have granted their consent to this). We try to keep our web site up to date with all recent customer feedback under our Testimonials page. (Link)
What do you specialise in?
Seasonally inspired local food. We cater for business and private clients for all types of occasions in Sheffield and surrounding areas.
What are your qualifications? Do you have Health and Hygiene certificates?
Our staff all have considerable customer service experience and many have porofessional College/University qualifications. We have up to date Health & Hygiene certification and the top 'Scores on the Doors' star rating in our area. In addition we carry full employers, employees and product liability insurance.
Have you won any awards?
In 2014 we won a category award for our work with the master Cutlers Challenge. In the 2014 Eat Sheffield Awards we won the award for Best Event. We were the first Sheffield business to achieve the Healthy Choices Award.
What organisations do you belong to?
We are members of the federation of Small Business and Sheffield Chamber of Commerce. We are corporate members of Sheffield Wildlife Trust and take an active part in Sheffield networking groups such as Andy Hanselman's Minds of Many.
What number of guests have you catered for before?
We have catered for over three hundred guests on occasions.
Do you have pictures or examples of your work?
Please see our web site, twitter/pjtaste, facebook/pjtaste and pinterest/pjtaste
Do you work at different venues?
We have a list of venues on our website where we regularly provide catering, although we are happy to add new venues to our list. Before catering at a new venue we carry out a site visit and meet the venue owners to ensure we can deliver to our high standards.
How many weddings can you cater for on a single weekend?
We have four vans and a great team of chefs and service staff along with a purpose built production kitchen. This enables us to cater for more than one function a day. However, we are carefull not to over-stretch our staff.
Are the menus flexible?
We like to create menus together with our clients, this creates individuality for each wedding and also incorporates favourite food, seasonality and your specific themes.
What vegetarian or special dietary options do you provide?
We make a point of ensuring all guests with special diets enjoy a specially created menu with their dietary needs in mind.
Can I sample the menus?
We would be delighted to arrange a tasting session at one of our venues.
Can you make recommendations on wine?
Our wine merchant Barry Starmore will if required match your wine to your menu to complement your meal.
Can you provide a bar as well?
We are fully licensed, and would be pleased to set up a bar for your guests to purchase their own drinks.
Do you provide crockery, cutlery?
Yes we do and it’s included in the price.
Do you set up tables, clear away and wash up?
We do and it is included in the price.
Where will you do the washing up?
We always take the washing up away and do it on our own premises.
Do you have any examples of how the tables will be set up?
There are many ways to set up the tables. This might depend on the size and shape of the tables. We have lazy susans available to hire which are ideal for sharing menus. We will discuss this with you and suggest the most appropriate layout. We also have photographs on our website.
Can I specify exactly how I would like the tables to be set up?
Yes, we like to work together to create your desired look and theme.
Do you provide staff?
Our 'with service' prices include all appropriate production, service and management staff.
What do the staff wear?
Black Shirt. Trousers, and Apron.
How do you store the food?
We have temperature controlled refrigerated vans and use high quality insulated boxes to keep food at the correct chilled temperature. Hot food is cooked as close to the point of service usally at the site of the event. Our prices include for any kitchen equipment which is required at the venue.
Do you need an area to set up, prepare or store the food?
Dependent on the menu you choose. We can discuss this when creating the menu.
Do you need cooking facilities? And if so, what?
We supply all our own kitchen equipment, which is included in the quote.
When do you clear away?
We take everything away with us, usually by the end of the day.
Can we save leftover food for later?
Our statutory health & safety policy states that all foodstuffs that have been removed from refrigeration for four hours must not be offered for consumption.
What is the deposit?
We require a 25% deposit to secure your date. Please see our terms and conditions.
What are your payment terms?
A further 50% is required 1 month prior to your event and the balance is due 1 week before the date of your event. You can pay by BACS, Credit Card (fees apply), Debit Card or Cheque. Further Details will be supplied with your quote.