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Roberta's Catering incorporates the unique flavors of our famed Bushwick restaurant with detailed planning to create one of a kind events, either in our Garden or off-site at the venue of your choice. Our menus feature the finest locally sourced ingredients and highlight the best of what is in season, creating one of a kind private dining experiences. From book launches and company parties, to weddings and rehearsal dinners, our working on-site Garden is transformed to create an intimate and festive space for each and every occasion. Our Garden holds up to 120 guests for sit down dinners and up to 180 guests for reception style events.
Roberta's also offers full service, off-site event catering. Whether for 40 people or 400, in your home or an empty parking lot, our team of talented chefs and planners will work with you to create an epic, well-coordinated experience for you and your guests.
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1. Do you provide full-service catering?
Yes, we are a full-scale events and catering service. Along with our seasonal food and drink menus, we provide staffing and coordinate necessary rentals. To ensure restaurant-quality food, whether in our Garden or at your venue, our team of chefs cook everything on-site right before serving, forgoing the use of chafing dishes and warming lamps common amongst caterers serving to large groups.
Our menus are custom-tailored to each event and are completely seasonal, even up to the week of your party. They are priced per person, and you can select any of the base packages listed in our menus, adjust by adding a la carte options, or we can help you create your own package from the ground up.
2. Where do you cater events? Does your range extend outside of NYC?
We cater events here in our Garden at Roberta’s and to off-site venues within the five boroughs. We do also cater events further afield outside of the city and even out-of-state.
3. Can you bring your pizza food truck to our event?
We do not have a pizza food truck, however, we do have a mobile, wood-fired pizza oven - literally, a pizza oven on wheels. Please see below for more details.
4. Can you cater pizza off-site for my wedding/birthday party/company event? What are your venue requirements for pizza catering?
Yes, we can! For off-site events, we can bring our mobile wood-fired pizza oven to cook our pies directly at your venue. Again, please note: we do not have a food truck, but rather, we tow our mobile wood-fired pizza oven (it is quite literally a pizza oven on wheels) using a van to your venue and set up a pizza kitchen outside.
We require a 100-pie minimum for any off-site pizza catering in addition to any applicable food and drink spending minimums, and there are a few venue, parking, and logistical considerations to keep in mind. We’ve had great success catering pizza with our mobile wood-fired oven at venues including 501 Union, the Green Building and 26 Bridge, but are not limited to those locations.
Let us know more information and our event planners will help you figure out if pizza is possible for your event.
5. What is your on-site Garden space like? How do Garden events work and during what times of year is it available?
The Garden is a constantly evolving, working space full of growing herbs, greenery, vegetables, fruit, and flowers, and is the only area on-site that can accommodate large, private events.
Events in the Garden run separately from the inside main restaurant and Tiki Bar, with a dedicated service staff, kitchen team, and separate, customizable Catering Menus and Packages.
We are unique in that the Garden gets transformed and set up entirely from scratch for each and every party, as the space is not always in use for events. Our team will take care of renting and setting up tents to cover the entire area, all necessary furniture, dinnerware, serviceware, glassware, and bar.
The Garden is available for private events from late April through the end of October/November, contingent on weather. The Garden is closed from December through late April for the winter season.
6. What is the capacity for private events in the Garden?
Our Garden holds up to 120 guests for events with a cocktail hour, fully seated dinner and dancing. The same applies for weddings with a ceremony, cocktail hour, fully seated family-style or buffet-style dinner, and dancing.
For fully standing parties, the Garden can accommodate up to 180 guests.
7. What if I hold my event in the Garden and it rains? If it’s chilly? If it’s too hot? Do you have tent coverage options?
We do require the rental of a tent for a portion of the space to plan for any inclement weather. If rain is expected tent sides can be added on. A secondary tent rental is often required to cover the entire space for large parties. Depending on the weather, we can add on heaters if it’ll be chilly, or pedestal fans to keep your guests cool.
8. What costs are involved for a Garden event? Off-site? Outside of NYC? Do you have any minimum spending requirements?
There is a food and drink spending minimum for any event, whether in the Garden, off-site, or further afield. All minimums are applied towards food and beverage only, and are before necessary rentals, fees - including items such as transportation or a garden rental fee as applicable, front of house labor, and tax. Food and beverage minimums are based on day of the week and season (for garden use). Please email us for more information.
9. What is included in the Garden rental fee?
Included in the Garden rental fee, we offer the space for 12 hours, within which all setup, deliveries, and breakdown must occur. It also includes wooden dinner tables, wooden benches for dinner seating, a dedicated PA system with speakers for amplified sound, cleaning of the entire Garden before and after the event, standard space lighting, customized floor plan design, and basic menu printing.
10. Can you provide staffing for my event? What kind of staff do you provide?
We work with a team of dedicated service industry professionals who are trained in our restaurants, are incredibly knowledgeable about our food, beverage and style of service, and who are committed to providing a seamless experience for you and your guests.
For on-site events, we provide a full front-of-house service team to take care of setup, food and beverage service, and breakdown.
For off-site events with full-service catering, we will always provide a front-of-house service team to take care of setup, food service, and breakdown. We can also include our beer & wine or cocktail bartenders if you select one of our beverage packages, or if you opt to have us coordinate your bar for our bar setup & service coordination fee.
11. Do you provide tables, chairs, linens, glassware, etc.? Can you do this for off-site events as well as on-site events?
Wooden tables and wooden benches are included in the Garden rental fee for on-site events. For everything else at both on- and off-site events, we can handle rentals from our main rental company, Broadway Party Rentals. We have a list of standard items we typically rent, though you are always welcome to upgrade any of these items, given that the sizes and styles still make sense for our food and beverage service.
You are also welcome to coordinate all rentals or any specialty pieces on your own, with the exception of tents. Since the Garden is so unique, we do require tent rentals to be handled through us.
12. Can I provide my own alcohol for my event?
For all events in the Garden, parties must purchase a food and drink package for all guests.
For off-site events, you may stock your own bar that we will coordinate for a bar setup & service coordination fee. This includes the required SLA Caterer’s Permit, coordination of a good plan for setup and service, and assistance with figuring out quantities of product, ice, any needed equipment and glassware rentals. We can also hire our bar staff to serve. For any ice, mixers, garnishes, and other non-alcoholic beverages you'd need based on your bar menu and cocktail choices, we can coordinate and would pass along the cost to you.
13. Do you have a dessert menu? Can I bring my own desserts?
We have a range of options for dessert, from seasonal gelatos, plated cakes, and more.
You can also bring your own dessert to either an event in the Garden or an off-site event for a $2/person dessert service fee. We can rent the necessary china and silverware to serve for you as well.
14. What about guests who are vegetarian/vegan/lactose intolerant/allergic to gluten. What can they eat?
We have a lot of flexibility and experience in tailoring menus to a range of food allergies and dietary restrictions. While we do not offer gluten-free pizza, we can easily develop gluten-free, non-pizza menus. Our planners and chefs will guide you through the process of determining a menu that fits your needs.
15. Do I need to have a Day-Of or Month-Of Coordinator for my wedding?
While we do not require you to have a coordinator for a wedding in the Garden or off-site, we often find it helpful to have someone assist you in pulling together all the nitty gritty details in the last several weeks leading to your wedding, and take the pressure off you to run the show on the day of your wedding.
16. How far in advance do you book events?
For events in the Garden and off-site, but especially on-site since the Garden is a constantly evolving, working space, we usually book events no more than 12-13 months out to reflect the most up-to-date offerings, menus and pricing.