When do I need to reserve a date on your calendar? How do I reserve a date?
As soon as you have a date in mind, let us know – our calendar fills up fast! Our catering office hours are M, W, and Th from 9 am to 2 pm. Once you’ve got a date set with us, we’ll stay available to you for any questions or concerns you may have.
Is there a minimum party size to book a catering event?
Our Barbecue Spread is a great option for parties of 15 or more – if your get-together is smaller, take a look at our Family Combo Menu. Due to the size of the smallest whole hog, our Pig Pickin’ package is only available to parties of 75 or more.
Do you require a deposit?
Yep. We require a 50% deposit to book your event.
What do you charge for deliveries? Can you deliver outside of RTP?
A $25 charge applies for deliveries within 15 miles of Picnic, and $50 charge applies for deliveries between 15 and 30 miles. We handle delivery requests beyond RTP on a case-by-case basis, but we’ll see what we can do!
Do I need chafers and sternos for my event?
Our food arrives piping hot, so if you’re eating within 15-30 minutes of arrival, you may not need them. If you’re eating later, or want to keep food hot for the duration of your event, our disposable chafing sets are available for a refundable $10 each (simply bring the wire stands back to the restaurant for your refund). Our sternos are $2 each.
Can I hire a server or bartender for my event through Picnic?
We’re focused on bringing the best barbecue and fixin’s to your event, so we’ve partnered with Top Off Events to bring you the best event staff. From a few helping hands to full service, they’ve got you covered. If you’d like waitstaff or bartenders at your event, give them a ring!
Can you provide tables?
Sorry, we don’t provide tables or seating for events – just the best barbecue! For a functional and appealing buffet, our spreads require roughly 3 ft of space per item, so please help us by planning accordingly. You can check with your venue, but we also recommend American Party Rentals for tables.
Can you provide alcohol?
It’s a bummer, but we don’t provide alcohol for events.
We would just like to serve hors d’oeuvres at my event. Is that something you offer?
Absolutely. Passed hors d’oeuvres are available starting at $1.50 per serving – if you’re interested, please email us for more information!
Could you make your baked beans and collards vegetarian for my event?
We’re happy to make custom vegetarian sides for parties of 50 or more!
Can we serve a different dressing with the salad at my event?
Absolutely. We’re happy to offer our Snappy Dressing or another house-made dressing other than Ranch if you prefer.
How much chicken and barbecue should I order if I want to serve both at my event?
Our best recommendation is to add on enough fried chicken for ⅔ of your guests – trust us, our fried chicken goes fast – so at an event for 50 people, we’d recommend 50 servings of barbecue and an additional 33 servings of chicken.
I have a family recipe I would like for you to make and serve at my event. Can you do that?
Sorry, we can’t make your family recipes (because we’d never want to offend your grandma).
There will be children at my event. Do you offer kid’s prices? Do you offer kid’s food?
Many of our menu items are kid-friendly favorites – and while we don’t offer special pricing, we’ve found that ½ of an adult portion is usually just right for kids.
I want to serve another caterer’s food alongside yours at my event. Is that ok?
For dietary restrictions, picky kids, and specialty desserts, we absolutely understand, but we’d prefer to cater your event completely. Please let us know what we can do to make it everything you want it to be!
If there are leftovers at my event, can I take them home?
Absolutely. We’re happy to bring along aluminum hotel pans and a few of our take-out containers for you and your guests – but in an effort to stay green, we encourage you to bring reusable plastic containers if you know you’ll want leftovers!
When do you need a final headcount for my event?
Because we use this number to plan and coordinate the right amount of food, staff, and equipment for you, a final headcount is due two weeks (14 days) before your event. After that date, we’ll do our best to accommodate increases, but we can’t lower your final count.
When do you need my final menu selections?
Your final menu selections are due one week (7 days) before your event.
If I need to cancel my event, how much notice do you need for me to cancel? Will I get my deposit back?
Because we’re a small, independent operation, we ask for 30 day’s notice to cancel any standard catering order and 90 day’s notice to cancel Pig Pickin’s in order for you to receive your deposit back. $200 of your Pig Pickin’ deposit is non-refundable.