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Catering

El Tiempo Catering Services

The Laurenzo Family has been serving the Houston area since 1949. We work very hard to provide the best quality in food and service. Call us 713.807.8100.

Delivery & Set-Up Service:

We deliver your favorite Tex-Mex Fajitas & Italian Food to your Residence, Place of Business or wherever you may be hosting your next function or event. All orders include foam plates & bowls, packaged utensils, plastic serving utensils and tongs.

*All deliver orders require a minimum of $200. Orders under $200 may be picked up at any of our restaurant locations.

  • $20 delivery charge inside the loop
  • $38 Delivery Charge Outside the Loop
  • $68 Delivery Charge Outside the Beltway
  • $95 Delivery Charge Outside Houston
  • $75 Set-Up Fee (Includes Disposable Chaffers)
  • $45 Disposable Chaffers (With Out Set Up)

Full Catering Services:

  • Full service catering includes stainless steel chaffing dishes, serving utensils, foam plates and packaged utensils for food service
  • Does not include glassware, chinaware or silverware
  • $500 Minimum for Full Catering Service
  • $125 per Server (Minimum of 5 Serving Hours)
  • There will be an extra charge of $25 per hour per server for service provided after the 3 hour minimum
  • An 18% Gratuity is included with parties of 30 or more for outside catering events

Bartending Services:

  • Our bartenders can serve Margaritas (Frozen or On the Rocks), a variety of Imported and Domestic Beer, Wine, and Mixed Cocktails
  • All bartended catering must be scheduled and confirmed 7 days in advance to obtain a TABC permit
  • $125 per Bartender (Minimum of 5 Serving Hours)
  • Margarita Machine Rental depends on availability of machine

Contact Us or Call Us at 713.807.8100 to Schedule you Delivery, Set-Up, or Catering Event!

  • Delivery and Set-Up Catering to be confirmed at least 24 hours in advance to the date requesting service
  • All Full Service Catering to be confirmed 48 hours in advance to the date of service
  • Weekend and Holidays must be confirmed 72 hours in advance to the date of service
  • Changes to the party should be allowed at least 24 hours in advance
  • All Catering Proposals will receive an email of the agreement within 40 minutes of your order being placed
  • Form of Payment is required along with your full name and signature to confirm and schedule your event
  • We accept all Major Credit Cards

 

How do I get started planning my event?

Call us! (713.807.8100) Tell us about your event. Consider a few choices that you will make. Do you have a particular menu in mind? What is your budget? Specifics like the reason for the celebration and the setting or location of the event will allow us to suggest the menu and services that best fit the group you are entertaining.

How far in advance should I book my event?

Although two or three weeks is often sufficient to plan a successful event, weekend dates and dates near holidays fill up much more quickly. For us to serve you best, we suggest confirming your event date as soon as possible. In some instances, we have last-minute openings for event dates.

Do you provide alcoholic beverages?

Yes! Bar and beverage service is something we can do. We can even suggest a themed or signature drink for your event! El Tiempo is fully licensed by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission to serve and transport alcoholic beverages and is covered by full liquor liability insurance.

Do you provide catering staff, and how many catering staffers will I need for my event?

The amount of catering staff required for your event depends on details such as Guest count, menu, length of event, and whether you use disposables or china. Various stations require different staff position, which will be determined by our catering manager and included in your estimate.

Is there an extra service charge for gratuity?

Laurenzo’s Catering does not add any service charge or gratuity to your event total. If a Guest chooses to show appreciation for excellent service, gratuities may be added at their own discretion.

Is there a minimum cost or minimum guest count?

El Tiempo Catering can accommodate parties of any size provided a minimum purchase of $500 in food and beverage. Our Event Coordinators can customize a package based on menu, staff, and other details. Please call with details.

Can you help me with centerpieces, tents, tables, chairs, heaters, or with finding a DJ/mariachi/band?

Yes! We work with the most reliable vendors in town arranging these and other services. The additional cost for these services will be included in the total estimate, saving you the hassle of coordinating with multiple vendors. Just contact us and share your ideas.

Is there an extra service charge for gratuity?

Laurenzo’s Catering does not add any service charge or gratuity to your event total. If a Guest chooses to show appreciation for excellent service, gratuities may be added at their own discretion.

What is the price for using rental china instead of disposables?

Rental china is available in a variety of styles, so the prices can vary. Prices can start as low as $3.00 per Guest. Our Event Coordinators will give you a customized estimate, including the additional staff required, based on your event details and the china style you select. Delivery and pick up fees will also be added.

If I don't need a buffet set up or service staff, can I just pick up food from your kitchen or have it dropped off?

Yes, we can make other arrangements. See the next question for a run-down of our various service options.

What is the difference between Pick-Up, Delivery, Set-Up, and Catering?

Pick-Up:

All regular menu items can be picked up at any of our restaurant locations. It is best to call and place your order directly with the location nearest you. Just say you need to place an “Order-to-Go.” Items from the Catering menu are available for pick-up at specific locations, depending on the order. Please inquire with an Event Coordinator.

Delivery:

Orders greater than $200 are eligible for delivery. We deliver everywhere in the Greater Houston Vicinity, with fees starting at $20 for orders inside 610. Included with each order are plates, pre-packaged cutlery, and serving utensils.

Set-Up:

If your event doesn’t call for a full serving staff, then Set-Up is your best choice. We bring the order to your site and arrange the food for your guests to serve themselves. Set-Up fees start at $75 and include disposable chaffers, plates, prepackaged cutlery, and serving utensils. We provide enough sternos for meals to remain hot for approximately 4 hours.

Catering:

With this option, all hands are on deck to ensure your special event runs effortlessly. Our staff will set-up, serve, buss and clean-up from start to finish. The rate for each server/bartender is $125 for 4 hours on premise, and $35 for each additional hour. Included are stainless steal chaffing dishes and serving utensils, disposable plates and cutlery, buffet tables and lines. Serapes available upon request for additional cost. Ice-cold Margarita machines are available to rent for $150 per event. It does not include our Margarita Mix, which is available for $110 per gallon, which serves approximately 20 people.

Do you assist with decorations?

Yes, for an additional fee depending on the size and scope of the event. Please inquire. Examples would include piñatas, serapes, holiday decorations, and traditional paper flowers.

Do you have bar packages available?

Yes, our specially trained and gifted Event Coordinators will put together a customized bar package for your specific needs. They can include refreshing margaritas, ice-cold beer, chilled wines, and full bar. Depending upon which rate is best for you, pricing can be based on per consumption or per person. Please inquire!

What are your payment terms?

A deposit of up to 50% of the event estimate (total cost of food, beverage, staff and equipment) may be required to reserve an event date. The remaining balance is due on day of the event. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and personal, company and certified checks.

What is your cancellation policy?

In the event you need to change or cancel an event, please notify us immediately. For orders cancelled within 48 hours, we reserve the right to charge up to 50% of the total estimate for costs incurred.

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