How do you manage events during Covid?
Lucky us! We work outside, in open spaces – so Covid is not a big impediment to our usual operational plan. Our written “Department of Health Covid Plan” includes additions and modifications, such as, making sure all staff and guests follow masks and distancing requirements, a dedicated ServSafe Covid-safety manager, plenty of sanitizing stations and signage, distancing at serving tables, single-serve plating, among other measures. We have always maintained a stellar food safety record, and we are most committed to you, your family and friends’ safety, as well as that of our remarkable staff.
How far do you travel?
Being mobile, we have the ability to travel quite far, depending on the road and weather conditions. We charge an additional fee if we travel beyond our standard radius. This is measured from our location in Rehoboth, MA. and based on Google map directions. Our adventures have included MA, RI, NH, VT, ME and CT. Our tag line…”Wheelie great pizza!”
Can you set up anywhere?
The ground has to be solid; hard-packed stone, soil or asphalt. Parking on a lawn may leave ruts. We will do a site review to determine accessibility and plan-out our configuration. Circling in and then heading straight out is ideal for the van or truck hauling the oven. The oven rotates 360-degrees which gives us plenty of flexibility with our staging plan.
What are your minimum size parties?
We have a minimum price to cover our basic costs of bringing our restaurant to your place and fully staffing our team. This is based on 25 – 50 guests, however, feel free to have a smaller, more intimate gathering. Please understand that the fee remains the same, and is not decreased below our necessary base.
What are your maximum size parties?
Having two ovens (“Gatsby” and “Gilda”), we can accommodate a very large group with two full cooking crews. Some of our private events have served 400-plus guests. All day festivals have serve many more.
What is your fee structure?
Our pricing is based on location, date/time, length and type of event, guest count, and menu selection. We always encourage having a conversation with us so that we can help guide and suggest ideas based on your vision and budget. To give you an idea, our typical non-wedding Covid-compliant events run between $65 and up. Weddings, which are longer events, average between $80-$130 per person. Take note! Our fee includes: menu for a FULL DINNER (Amuse Bouche, Appetizer, Savory Pizza, Artisan Salad, Dessert Pizzas to compliment the wedding cake), oven rental, our tent and full kitchen set-up, full staff (fire-master, chefs and servers) during the food service, insurance, licenses and permits (if applicable), and travel within a 25-mile radius (additional charge if over). You will receive a break-down before we send out your contract. Transparency: You might find that our inclusive pricing differs from other caterers who have separate line items. Additional fees could include extra travel or length of the event, additional wait-staff/over-time, added/upgraded menu items, etc.. Added to your invoice will be the applicable State taxes (7.25% MA and 8% RI) and industry standard service charge of 20%.
Can you accommodate vegans or gluten-free/nut-free dietary needs*?
For vegans and vegetarians, we can easily meet your dietary requests, in fact, we have done events that are exclusively vegetarian. For those who are gluten-free (non-Celiac), we will make wood-fired portobello mushrooms pizzas. We ask for a head count one-week prior to your event for gluten-free accommodations. We cannot guarantee a nut-free environment – our dessert pizzas contain nuts. We are never totally gluten-free – we cook in the presence of gluten.
Allergy Information as required by the Board of Health:
FOOD ALLERGY NOTICE: PLEASE BE ADVISED FOOD MAY CONTAIN DAIRY, EGGS, WHEAT, SOYBEAN, PEANUTS, AND/OR TREE NUTS. BEFORE PLACING YOUR ORDER, PLEASE INFORM YOUR SERVER IF ANYONE IN YOUR PARTY HAS AN ALLERGY.
Can our guests watch you cook?
Absolutely! One of the exciting parts of live-fire cooking is that it is “culinary entertainment” for your guests – a great ice-breaker! We are happy to answer questions at convenient intervals. You will find our staff personable, professional and accommodating.
How long will you be at our event?
We arrive roughly 2.0 – 3.0 hours before the scheduled serve time to fire up the oven, set-up, and do prep cooking. The meal is served over the course of two hours, and then we clean, pack and load-up our area which will take approximately one-hour. Your event is scheduled for a five-hour block. Please invite your guests for the beginning of the service time. If you choose to have a more casual drop-in event, we can absolutely accommodate your plans by extending the contractual hours for an additional fee. Once we begin to serve dessert pizzas, we are unable to go back to making savory pizzas. However, we can put a few savory pizzas to the side for late-comers.
What if it rains?
We can manage most weather conditions, with the exception of lightning, severe storms and hurricanes. We request that your tent/venue will have adequate protected space for us (catering tent), in the event of inclement weather. This will be reviewed at your site visit. During your site visit (which will be scheduled after we receive contract and payment), we will run through Plan-A, Plan-B, and even a Plan-C in order to create a seamless, stress-less event.
Do you do children’s parties?
Yes – with great delight! We can create a special kid-friendly menu and including a special set up with child-size tools. Children, donning paper chefs hats, work in teams to create a dessert pizza which they can watch being cooked before their eyes. This can be included at your wedding event. A perfect “photo op” for friends and family!
How far in advance should we book?
We are generally booked well in advance – so please don’t hesitate to start the inquiry process. If you are being spontaneous, by all means give us a call, we may have an opening!
The signed contract and payment hold your date. Your contract will fully outline our arrangement. Two copies must be signed and returned with your check payable to, “Gilded Tomato Company” at 2 Peckham Street Rehoboth, MA 02769. One signed copy will be returned to you. No date is held without signed contract and full payment.
Do you do tastings?
Our ovens are fired up and kept going through much of the night – this means they must be tended. It isn’t practical for us to do private tastings. However, do come to a public event and try our “festival” menu which is different (simpler) than a wedding menu. Please read our review page, check out our galleries (many photos pre-Covid) and ask people who have hired us. We are very much a “word-of-mouth” business.
How do I book my event?
Give us a call – and let’s see if your date is free. If you have flexibility on the date, this is helpful. Call us before you send out “save the date” e-vites.
What is your season?
Our season starts in April, and ends when the weather turned abysmally cold, wintry, and blustery – sometime in October/early November.
Are Saturday’s available for events?
Saturday is our busiest day; we hold this day for large events and weddings. You are welcome to ask – we may be available with one of the two ovens. Discounted days are sometimes available during our slowest periods and weekdays.
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