Please think of A Sharper Palate as your personal catering event coordinator. Whether you are having an intimate gathering or a large reception, A Sharper Palate can assist with servicing your event needs. To begin planning for your event, please review the following pages for menu options.

Please don’t feel limited by what you see listed, as our menus are meant to be a starting point for your perfect event. Our experienced coordinators are happy to assist you with any changes or adjustments you would like to make based on taste or budget.

Once you have selected your preferences, please call A Sharper Palate Catering & Events 804-553-0495 or email us at [email protected] so that we can provide a customized proposal.

Getting Started

To best serve your needs, we suggest considering the following points before contacting:

  • Determine your wedding date and anticipate the times for your reception.
  • Choose a venue.
  • Estimate your guest count.
  • Determine the service style that best fits your event.
  • Decide on a budget.


Dietary Restrictions

Please advise us of any special dietary needs when planning your menu. We have extensive experience accommodating gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan needs; along with various other food allergies.

Let us travel the journey with you to help make your wedding day exceptional, stress-free, and above all, memorable.

Keep in mind that menus are typically made custom for each client and are subject to change.

Spring/Summer Buffet PDF

Spring/Summer Heavy Hors D’oeuvres PDF

Autumn/Winter Buffet PDF

Autumn/Winter Heavy Hors D’oeuvres PDF

Plated & Served Dinner PDF

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well if one has not dined well.”

– Virginia Woolf


Labor is dependent on many variables such as final menu selection, logistics, event format and size. Labor is calculated based on total event time (set up, event duration, break down, clean up and travel time) and on the number of staff members needed for a successful event. When we put together a customized proposal with your selected menu, we will include labor costs based on your menu.

Rentals and Service Equipment:
Delivering a successful event often entails providing a great deal of equipment or rental items. Often these items are tables, chairs, linens, china, glassware, flatware, chafing dishes, and portable cooking units. These rental costs will depend on the specific menu selection, the number of guests, and the event location, and will be calculated in your customized proposal for your convenience.

Customized Proposal:
Following your initial inquiry via telephone, email, or in-person, your coordinator will customize your event proposal based on your selected menu and the items above.

Event Review:
Upon receiving your proposal, your event coordinator will be available to make any necessary updates and ensure that our understanding of your event truly reflects your needs and vision. During our time with you, we will accomplish the following:

  • Finalize the menu
  • Discuss the logistics of the event
  • Devise a floor plan to ensure a smooth flow
  • Come up with a rain plan (if applicable)
  • Determine an approximate timeline
  • Choose colors and linens
  • Discuss possible décor enhancements
  • Review the kitchen and intended prep area needs
  • Discuss special requests
  • Determine rental needs i.e. china, tables, chairs, tents, etc.
  • Decide on any outside services i.e. valet, flowers, entertainment, etc.


Once all the details are specified, we will secure your event date upon return of a signed contract and a $500.00 deposit. Your initial deposit is for reserving your date only and does not lock you into a guest count or final menu. Event and menu updates can continue to be made along the way. We request a second deposit, 50 percent of the total fee, no later than 30 days prior to your event. Final balances are due 14 days prior to your scheduled event.