Will you wash up?
Definitely, it’s one of our biggest selling points! We will agree what you would like to happen at the end of the evening as guests often stay later, but we will clear the table as much as possible and the kitchen will be left spotless, in fact, we often leave customers’ kitchens cleaner than we find them!
Will you be able to work in our kitchen? It’s a bit on the small side!
Yes! We have cooked in several kitchens over the years, of varying shapes & sizes so don’t worry, you’d be surprised what can be achieved in a small space with careful organisation and years of experience.
Do you mind if we are still feeding the kids when you arrive?
Absolutely no problem, we will just slot in and get on with our work, we’re very adaptable.
What time will your team be at my house/venue on the day?
For a private dinner, we aim to arrive about one hour before you want to eat, so if you are planning on sitting down at 8.00pm, we will be with you by 7.00pm. Arrival times vary for larger events, depending on the planning but this can all be discussed beforehand.
Can we meet you in person to discuss our event?
Yes of course. It’s a great idea to meet at the venue, be that your home or a hired venue, by arrangement, to see the set up and layout and discuss how you would like things to happen on the day. We will come to you, there is no charge for this service.
What happens then?
After our meeting, we will send you a thorough email with prices, agreed menu and recap of everything we discussed, then we’ll get a firm date in the diary and take it from there.
When do we need to confirm final numbers and menu choices?
We work on initial numbers after a meeting/discussion and we’ll need confirmed numbers no later than 2 weeks prior to the event. Please note that numbers can go up after this point, but not down and we cannot refund if guests drop out after this point.
Can we tweak the menu if we don’t like some garnishes, or accompaniments, etc.?
Yes, of course. Our menus are just a guide/pointer to whet your appetite and get things started. However, we do cook seasonally, with ingredients that are at their best, so no asparagus from Peru in mid-January! If you have a special theme or style of food in mind, we are only too happy to help.
Do you cater for dietary requirements and allergies?
Yes, we are very happy to cater for diverse dietary requirements and we provide full allergen information with our food deliveries. We make all the food from scratch so rest assured, we know exactly what is in everything.
What will happen to my leftovers after the event?
We aim for there to be minimal leftovers but this does sometimes happen at bigger events and you are welcome to take them home with you afterwards, we are more than happy to pack them up for you in this case. If you don’t want to take them, many of our waiting staff are students and therefore, happy recipients of good food!
We want to order from your Private Chef menu, can everyone choose a different dish?
We are delighted to cater for various dietary requirements. As our Private Chef Service differs from a restaurant setting and the food is made from scratch, it’s not always practical to make very small portions of each dish. This depends on the number of guests and we can discuss options. In our experience, many customers choose the same menu for everyone.
Do you charge for delivery?
No, there is no delivery charge, but we do charge mileage at 45p per mile for journeys that are outside a 15 mile radius of Bristol.
What do your waiting staff wear?
Our waiting staff are always clean and smart. They wear black trousers and a black or white shirt with a Tara’s Table apron.
What if we don’t have enough crockery, cutlery, etc?
For a private dinner held in your home, we normally use your crockery, cutlery, etc. On occasion, people also borrow from neighbours or friends to fill gaps.
For larger events, we can hire from our third party supplier who deliver and collect the equipment dirty after the event. In this case, our staff will stack it all and put it to one side at the end of your event.
Can we taste your food before we book you?
No, we do not offer tastings or samples. We have been in business since 2010 and we have plenty of wonderful testimonials from very satisfied customers, which we think speak for themselves. We encourage you to take a few moments to read these if you have any doubts about booking us.
How far will you travel?
We work within a 30 mile radius of Bristol. We charge mileage at 45p per mile for journeys that are outside a 15 mile radius of Bristol.
Do you provide wine?
Yes, we work with a reputable wine merchant to provide wines & beers on sale or return basis for your event: we only charge for the bottles that are opened. For tea, coffee & soft drinks, we charge a fixed price per head for unlimited refills.
We have good wine knowledge so are also very happy to recommend wines to accompany your food choices, at no extra charge.