Full service and Bartending Services FAQ
Does Wild Bunch Catering own a Liquor License?
No but, we are fully licensed to purchase alcohol on your behalf. The changes we made to stay in business during the pandemic required us to relocate our business therefore surrendering our previous license back to ADLLC.
How can I order Beer, Wine and Alcohol from TWB?
Call us for a conversation about what it is your needing to accomplish. Whether looking to accompany one of our food service packages or a stand alone Bar service we can work on your goals and within your budget.
How about insurance?
Very important question. We carry a $2M Liquor Liability ($1M per & $2M aggregate) policy through our long time provider as well as general liability, auto coverage and Workers Comp.
A Certificate of Liability naming you as additionally insured is not a problem!
How will I be charged?
Two charges will appear on your credit card.
First is for Wild Bunch Catering's Production fee. It encompasses all the necessary items for a successful event to include a Professional bartender, bar (for over 50 guests) all cocktail napkins, straws, bar-tools, pour spouts, bar towels and beverage garnish. Beverage pick up, delivery, set up, clean up and the all import Liquor Liability insurance.
Second charge will appear for just the alcohol ordered through our partner Cork & Bottle Liquors of Phoenix. Both charges will equal the original estimate approved by you prior to anything happening.
How much Beer, Wine, Sodas and Spirits do I need?
Tricky question as there are some variables involved. Based on industry leading providers here are some general rules used across the Country.
4-5 ounce wine & 12 ounce beer / A bottle of wine will provide 5 servings each. Figure your guests drinking two (2) drinks the First hour. One (1) additional drink for each hour after the first.
1 Hour = 2 drinks
2 Hours = 3 drinks
3 Hours =4 drinks
4 hours =5 drinks
5 hours = 6 drinks per guest
Beer & Wine: typically it’s a 60% / 40% split
50 people / 5 hour party
Beer (60%) 50 X 6 drinks = 300 x .6 = 180 bottles of beer or 7.5 cases
Wine (40%) 50 x 6 = 300 x .4 Divided by 5 (servings per bottle) = 28.8 Bottles or 2.4 cases
50 people / 2 hour party
Beer (60%) 50 x 3 drinks = 150 x .6 = 90 bottles or 3.75 cases
Wine (40%) 50 x 3 drinks = 150 x .4 Divided by 5 (servings per bottle) = 12 bottles or 1 case
If serving Beer, Wine and Cocktails it’s a 50/30/20
I know enough about wine to fill a shot glass but again, here are some professional thoughts
Events before 5PM or outdoor in warm weather: 70% White, 30% Red
Events after 5PM 40% White, 60% Red
White Wine Choices:
Hors d’oeuvre Planning
What are hors d’oeuvres?
Hors d’oeuvres are little snack foods, small 1 or 2 bite items of food served before or outside of (”hors”) the main dishes of a meal (the “oeuvres”) which are intended to stimulate the appetite. The terms hors d’oeuvres and appetizers are often used interchangeably, but there is a difference: hors d’oeuvres are the small savory bites, typically finger food, served before a meal, while appetizers appear as the first course served at the table. The name hors d’oeuvres comes from the French and is literally translated as “out of the work,” but it’s more logical to think of it as meaning “apart from (or before) the meal.”
How many hors d’oeuvres should be provided per person?
The number of hors d’oeuvres you need often depends on how long the cocktail “hour” is, the time of day, and if a meal will also be served following the cocktail hour.
For a two hour party plan for:
20 bites per person if the hors d’oeuvres replace dinner (e.g. party starts at 7:00 pm)
When hors d’oeuvres are served before a meal plan for:
5-7 bites when served before a light meal 3-4 bites when served before a full dinner meal. People eat more during the first 90 minutes. After two hours consumption picks up again, especially if hors d’oeuvres replace dinner. Young people eat more than an older crowd and guests eat more at casual parties than formal functions.
How many different kinds of hors d’oeuvres should be served for an hors d’oeuvre only party?
For 25 guests plan for 5-6 different kinds of hors d’oeuvres For 25-50 guests, plan for 9-10 different kinds of hors d’oeuvres For more than 50 guests, plan for 10 or more different kinds of hors d’oeuvres. If hors d’oeuvres take the place of dinner, include some substantial meal type foods that can be served like hors d’oeuvres (for example a carving station). Remember to provide a variety of foods to please everyone. That means something for the vegetarian as well as the meat eater. Having both hot and cold foods also helps to keep everyone nibbling happily. If hors d’oeuvres take the place of dinner, also include several bites of sweets per person.
How do you figure how many of each type of hors d’oeuvres to prepare?
A fairly standard formula is used by caterers to figure out how many pieces should be prepared for each kind of hors d’oeuvres being served:
Number of bites desired per person times the number of guests divided by the number of different hors d’oeuvres being served.
Should hors d’oeuvres be served for breakfast or lunch?
Hors d’oeuvres are not needed for breakfast or brunch. However, 2-4 light hors d’oeuvres can be served per person for lunch, if desired.
Written by Ryan Welch in: Guides
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How does Wild Bunch Catering cook your birds?
Your turkeys are hand rubbed with butter, injected with Cider and stuffed with apples, citrus and spices. Smoked using apple & hickory wood to create extremely flavorful and juicy meat.
When Pigs fly?
They don't! Ever!
Wild Bunch buys corn fed hogs usually out of IA. We butterfly the hind quarter, inject with apple cider and butter, hand rub in inside than smoke 'em. WBC does a fair amount of pig roasts every year. Average size 80 lbs. Hogs are sold by the pound and you need to figure one pound whole hog per person. Wild Bunch Bob says "aint nothing better than the flavor of an entire hog mixed together" The hams, shoulders, hocks, loins, sides, belly and back.
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I have the answers but there are so many variables we really need to talk about everything to put together a cost effective rental package plan. We are aligned for Statewide rental service from Royal restrooms to Glamping and all things in between.
This section is for general reference and not intended to be used as a hard & fast answer to life's questions. WBC uses industry standards and our Thirty + years of real life experiences of putting on successful events. So many variations can come into play that sometimes you just have to go with instinct.