We know that planning a private party or corporate affair, small or large, can be stressful and even intimidating. Gina's Catering can help so that you can relax and feel like a guest at your own event.
Gina’s Catering is known for putting a modern spin on classic comfort foods, and ranges in services from small family meals and hometown get-togethers to explosive events for over 900 guests. In November, Gina was the featured Chef for Preview Night of Holiday House 2013. In addition to wearing the title of “Chef,” Gina prides herself on her roles as wife, mother, and community volunteer as well.
Celebrating 5 years
Gina Simpson is the Chef and Owner of Gina’s Catering in Bryant. Gina’s culinary career blossomed out of a passion for cooking for her family and friends. With 10 years of experience in various parts of the food service industry under her belt, Gina’s dream came true when she started her company in 2011.
Thanks to our valued customers, Gina's Catering is now celebrating over 5 years of serving Bryant Arkansas and beyond. We are here and we are expanding!
Q. What types of events does Gina’s cater?
A. Gina’s Catering will cater most types of events, anything from a family dinner for 4 to a banquet for 750. We cater private, social events as well as corporate.
Q. Does Gina’s offer free consultations?
A. You bet we do! We start the process with a free consultation to get acquainted with you and see how your event planning is progressing. We like to hear about your needs and wants - what exactly it will take to make your event exactly what you envision. After a deposit is made to “book the date” a second free consultation will be set for 1 month prior to the event date to finalize all details. If other meetings, venue visits or multiple changes are needed, a $25 per hour fee will be charged. We try to work with our clients in scheduling appointments that will best work with your schedule.
Q. Can Gina’s Catering assist me with more than just food?
A. Yes we can and we would love to! We can help with as much or as little as you would like. We can provide you with a list of vendors in various professions, florist, photographer, music, rental companies, cake companies and the list goes on. On event day, Gina’s staff can be your “go to” for all vendors to make sure things run smoothly and according to the plans.
Q. Can I schedule a tasting?
A. Upon request, a tasting can be scheduled. If the tasting is scheduled prior to reserving your date, there will be a $125 fee. This will include up to 5 foods for 4 people. If the event is already reserved, a $25 credit will be applied. Cake tasting is separate and is $50 for up to 3 flavors for 4 people. Some items may require additional fees. Payment is due on the date of the tasting.
Q. Will the proposal cover everything?
A. Yes! Our proposals cover all areas in which we assist you: food, beverages, rentals and event staffing.
Food - We customize our menu to each individual event. The menu is then priced on a per serving basis. At the conclusion of your event, all left over food will be packaged for take home. There is a $25 fee for all disposable pans, plastic bags and foil that will be used. This fee also covers a “To Go” bag for the Bride and Groom to enjoy upon arrival of their destination.
Beverages - Gina’s Catering offers a variety of beverages, including several punches, teas, lemonades, soft drinks, juices, hot chocolate & coffee. We do not offer any type of alcoholic beverages.
Equipment & Rentals - There is a $50 serving piece rental fee added to all full service events to cover buffet pieces used, including chafers, chafing fuel, serving utensils, etc. that are property of Gina’s.
Staff - Staffing charges are based on an hourly fee per employee from the time they leave Gina’s until their return. Staff servers are available for $27.50 per hour and require a 4 hour minimum to work an event. A minimum of 2 staff will work an event. Gina’s Catering requires 1 staff for every 60 people and may increase that number, depending on the details of the event. As a company policy, Gina’s Catering will add a 10% service fee to the total of the invoice. This fee is added to offset a variety of expenses such as administrative costs, rising fuel cost, extra labor and equipment that is used at the event and not charged to the customer.
Q. How do I reserve a date?
A. To reserve your wedding date, a $500 non-refundable deposit is required. We try our best to accommodate all date requests, but due to limited staffing, we only allot for 2 weddings per day. To reserve your corporate or social event, a non-refundable deposit is required and amount will vary by event.
Q. What are my payment terms?
A. Gina’s accepts cash, check, credit, and debit cards. Any payment made with credit or debit card will be subject to a convenience fee of 3.5% for Discover, Mastercard or Visa and a 4.3% fee for American Express.
Weddings - Thirty days prior to your event, a guaranteed guest count must be given and one half of the balance paid. At this time, the guest count can only increase. Final payment is due the Monday before the wedding.
Corporate/Social Events - 14 days prior to the event a guaranteed guest count must be given. Final payment is due 5 days prior to the event uncles other arrangements have been made.
Q. How much will it cost for Gina’s to cater my event?
A. We do not do any initial pricing over the phone or email. We ask that you come in and meet with Gina to determine the vision for your event and the types of foods you would like to serve. Much more goes into pricing than just food. Once the consultation has occurred, the proposal will be worked up and sent.
We hope you have found our website and its information helpful. If you think we might be the perfect fit for your special occasion, please give us a call to set up an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you.