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What is a service charge? Is that a gratuity for the staff?

A service charge is an industry standard fee that covers all of the “behind the scenes” preparation and time incurred planning your event. Once you book with Farmhouse Group Events, we help  you plan from beginning to end, so we take our time to attend meetings, site visits and vendor meet-ups specific to your event and the service charge covers the miles and time. The event staff hired for your event is paid hourly. You’ll see a flat rate per staff member listed on your quote. There is not an automatic gratuity listed on your quote or invoice. Gratuity for staff is never expected, but always appreciated.

Can you accommodate special diets like vegan and/or gluten free?

Yes, absolutely! We are happy to work with you to accommodate the dietary needs of you and your guests. We are not a nut-free, gluten-free or kosher kitchen, so those ingredients are present in our kitchen, but we are happy to create meals without gluten or other allergens for you to enjoy.

How many guests do your private dining rooms hold?

As listed in the private dining guides, guest maximums are as follows (minimums may be subject to minimum food and beverage purchases):

Farmhouse Tap & Grill: Max 75 guests (accommodates cocktail style events only)
Guild Tavern: Max 50 for seated dinners // 75 for cocktail style
Pascolo: Max 40 guests (accommodates seated meals only)

We want to supply our own alcohol, can you provide bartenders?

The short answer: no, we can not. Given the stringent liquor laws in Vermont, a licensed bar service must supply and serve the alcohol.
If you are holding the event at a private residence, such as your own home, the homeowner is liable for any accidents that happen as a result of consumption. Be sure to check with your homeowner’s insurance for coverage.
We provide a fully licensed, full service bar catering for your event and are happy to serve you.

Do you have a reduced rate for children?

Yes, we have a reduced rate for children 10 years of age and younger. We are able to supply children’s meal options as well.

Do you have a reduced rate for vendor meals?

The rate of a vendor meal is the same as the entree rate on your quote. You are typically required to provide vendor meals for your photographer, videographer, DJ/band, bartenders, etc. We provide a meal for our own staff that you are not obliged to pay for.

Do you provide your own cooking equipment, plates, glassware, tables, chairs etc?

We provide display items and passing trays/cutting boards, cocktail napkins for cocktail hour and a few other small wares such as a cake cutting set, cake stands, wooden crates and more.

We do not provide flatware, glassware, china, ovens, stoves, tables or chairs. These items would need to be rented from a party rental company. See our list of recommended vendors for suggestions.

Once you set up your rental order, we are happy to manage it for you, so as your guest count fluctuates, we adjust the amount of items accordingly.

What do your require to be rented if there is no on-site kitchen?

Sometimes it is dependent on your menu and type of event you’re having, but a typical kitchen rental order would consist of the following:

20×30 Cook Tent (varies)
Tent lighting
10 36” high prep tables
25 Kitchen rags
4 trash cans with liners
10 large waiter’s trays
10 cocktail trays
8 tray stands
Double Door Convection Oven
Crescor warming unit
6-Burner stove
25 extra napkins for service
3 bus tubs
5 water pitchers

Do you provide Dessert?

We have a limited amount of items we provide for dessert, including chocolate stout cake, seasonal cheesecakes and pies and a few others for on-site and off-site events. For other desserts and wedding cakes we outsource from some of our favorite local bakeries. For a list of bakeries and recommended dessert vendors see our recommended vendor page. 

Do you charge a cake cutting fee?

Not for off-site events. We will cut and serve any dessert you provide.
For on-site private dining, there is a cake cutting fee of $2 per person.

Does the menu need to be final when we put down a deposit?

No. A deposit secures our services for the date. The menu can be a work in progress up to two months before the event date.

What is your refund or cancellation policy?

For off-site events, deposits are non-refundable. For on-site events, deposits are refundable up to 14 days prior.

Do you offer tastings?

We offer tastings for wedding clients. Tastings are held at 5:00 pm at Guild Tavern at a mutually convenient date during the months of November – April. Tastings are $50 per person + alcoholic beverages. This amount is applied to your event deposit if you book your event with us after your tasting. If you book your event with us prior to your tasting, a tasting for two is complimentary. Additional tasting guests are $50 per person + alcoholic beverages.

What is your payment policy?

We require a deposit to book the event date. Payment for food catering and service must be paid by the date of the event. Consumption based bars are totaled and paid the week following the event.
We accept, cash, check and all major credit cards.

When must I give you a final guest count? What else is required of me?

We require a final guest count for off-site events 14 days prior.
For on-site events we require 48 hours.

For off-site events/weddings we require you to complete our Wedding & Event Checklist.

For on-site events, we require a deposit, a final guest count 48 hours prior, a timeline of your event, and arrangement for payment day-of.

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