Frequently Asked Questions about Spotlight Catering & our Services

General Questions

We provide our catering & bar services all across the greater Tampa Bay region: north to Brooksville, east to Lakeland, south to Venice, west to the Gulf cities & everywhere in between! We do cater outside these regions, though, so simply let us know where your event is being held & we can tell you if it's an area we can service.
Yes we can! In addition to what we can prepare at our kitchen, we also have a mobile kitchen which allows us to cook some of your food right on-site. Please let us know where your event is being held when you give us your event details so we can address the logistics and any possible issues.
Absolutely! We will work with you to create the catering menu that suits you best. You can mix dishes from different menu packages, choose action stations, opt to select hors d'oeuvres only - basically you can pretty much create any assortment of items you'd like for your menu. We can also customize your package by adding bar services, rentals you need, and even entertainment & activities.
Yes. A 7% sales tax will be added to all package sub totals, & there is a 3% charge for payments made by credit or debit card. Staffing, gratuity, & travel fees also apply, based on the size of your event, your subtotal & where the event is being held. These additional charges or fees will be noted on & calculated into your catering quote & contract. Important Note: Some venues charge their own, separate usage fee; please ask us about your venue, or inquire with them to find out if they charge an additional fee, and if so, how much it is.
Yes, any catering menu you choose will include the basics: disposable plates, flatware, napkins, & buffet tables with linens. If you would like china & glass water goblets, or glassware for your bar package, those are an additional cost, but we do have all-inclusive packages that include these items. Rentals such as tables, chairs, & tents are also available for an additional cost.
Yes, we are happy to offer our clients one complimentary private tasting for two, once you have received your catering quote. Additional guests (up to 5 total) are $20 + tax each. All tasting charges will be applied to your catering balance if you book with us. After you have received your catering quote, please request a tasting if you are interested & our sales manager will work with you to schedule it. Tastings are offered on Wednesdays between 2pm & 8pm, and are held at our office, located at: 8414 Camden St., Tampa, FL 33614.
Yes. For weddings we require an initial 10% non-refundable deposit at contract signing, 40% no later than 45 days prior to your event date & the final contract balance is due 7 days prior to your event. For all other events, we require a 50% deposit to hold your date & the remaining balance is due no later than 14 days prior to your event.
You may bring your cash or check payment to our office, located at 8414 Camden St., Tampa 33604, or you may mail checks to P.O. Box 15481, Tampa, FL 33684. For credit card payments, we can email you a credit card authorization form for you to complete & either fax or email back to us. You may also make your credit card payment by phone: (813) 888-8995 (subject to a 3% processing fee).
We accept cash, personal checks, money orders, cashiers checks, debit cards & credit cards: American Express, MasterCard, & Visa. Sorry, we do not accept Discover cards. There is a 3% processing fee for all credit card transactions.
We require your final guest count at least 14 days prior to your event so we can prepare accordingly.
Menus must be finalized no less than 14 days prior to your event so we can prepare accordingly.
If you know your event date, we always recommend you book to save your date as soon as possible. Particular months fill up quickly, & weekend days any time of year are especially likely to fill up. Once you have signed your contract & paid your initial deposit, your date is locked in & on our calendar.
We strive to cater any event, 24/7/365. There may be exceptions such as the size of the event (under 50 guests), its location, or if the date is already fully-booked.
We generally do not book events of less than 50 people, but we often make exceptions & try to cater to everyone. When you complete our online inquiry form, please note the number of guests you anticipate & we will let you know if we can accommodate your event.
If you cancel your event, your deposit(s) will be applied toward the cost of any new event contracted with Spotlight Catering within 90 days of your cancellation. Cancellations must be made no later than 30 calendar days prior to your event for this policy to be valid. Any deposits made are non-refundable if your event cancellation is made less than 29 days prior to your event.
Our bar service is 4 hours. Hours of food service vary depending on the menu & event. Your Spotlight Catering sales manager will discuss with you the service hours of your specific event during your consultation.
Absolutely! We are a one-stop-shop, so we are happy to arrange event rentals you need such as guest tables, seating, linens, chair covers, china, tents - almost everything you can think of! We can also arrange entertainment services like a DJ, Emcee, & bounce houses. Just let us know what you need & we will include those items in your catering package quote.
Some event venues & locations (like public spaces) do not allow outside bar services or do not permit alcohol on the premises. Please inquire with your event venue or ask us. We have worked nearly everywhere & likely know which places allow outside alcohol or don't. If permitted, we can provide the venue with a copy of our Liquor Liability Insurance & Alcohol Permit.
For liability reasons, our staff can only serve alcohol if our company is providing it. If you are providing the alcohol, you can hire someone to bartend or allow guests to serve themselves.
Yes. Our staff maintains all food stations throughout the event to ensure cleanliness & will bus tables during the event. Our staff is also responsible for cleaning their prep & kitchen area, removing trash, & breaking down & collecting most items rented through us such as china, chairs, tables, tents, etc. Please note that Spotlight Catering staff is not responsible for mopping, vacuuming, or cleaning restrooms.
Yes, we have all licenses, permits & insurances that are required to prepare & serve food & beverages. And unlike most other catering companies, we also possess a Quota License, issued by the state of Florida, which allows us to provide alcoholic beverages state-wide. We can provide you &/or your event space or company with a copy of these if they are not already on file.
Our servers, bartenders & captains wear black pants, black, long sleeve, button-down collared shirts, a black tie, black belt & black non-slip shoes. Our Chefs & culinary staff wear white or black Spotlight Catering-embroidered chef jackets. The jackets may be long or short sleeve, depending on whether they are cooking inside or outside & the season.
We have plenty of menu items that are parve, & that do not contain pork or shellfish. Unfortunately, we do not serve kosher meats or Rabbinically prohibited foods.
Yes we do. Your catering sales manager will be able to identify the vegetarian- & vegan-friendly menu items we offer.
No, cake cutting is included in all of our wedding packages & wedding catering quotes.

Corporate Catering Questions

Disposable plates, utensils, napkins & disposable tablecloths. Hot items also come with chafers & sternos to keep food hot. Included or added beverages come with disposable cups & beverage napkins (& ice, creamers, sweeteners, as applicable). Our professional staff will deliver & set up your order, as well as return to clean up (unless you prefer drop-off only).
We require all corporate catering orders be placed a minimum of 24 hours in advance of the requested delivery time.
Our corporate catering menu is available for delivery/setup Mondays - Fridays, 6am to 8pm. Days & times are subject to schedule availability. Online orders for corporate catering can be placed 24/7/365 (as long as the requested delivery time is at least 24 hours away).
You must call our office at 813.888.8995 to change or cancel you order. Cancellations or changes must be made at least 24 hours prior to your delivery time. We may not be able to accommodate order changes without 24 hours notice, and orders cancelled without 24 hours notice are subject to a cancellation fee or may be non-refundable.
Tax, delivery charges & a 12% gratuity, as applicable, will be added to each order before checkout.
From our location: 0 - 9 miles = $30 10 - 25 miles = $45 26 - 50 miles = $65
You may be unable to complete your online order if there are schedule conflicts: requested delivery time is in less than 24 hours; minimum order amount has not been met; delivery is for a day/time we are closed or fully scheduled; or there is incomplete order or payment information. Please review your order &/or delivery time/day to see if any of these apply. If you believe there is an issue with our online ordering system, please call us at 813.888.8995 to speak with or place your order with a representative .

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