details: questions and answers

What is Little Nelly Catering Co?

Little Nelly is a company born from the common refrain of, “we just want our wedding to feel like a really great party.” We know there are a lot of people out there who just want really delicious food without breaking the bank, and that’s our time to shine. We’re not a “bargain” caterer, that’s not the goal. The goal is providing the very best value for clients looking for delicious, seasonally driven menus.

How is Little Nelly different from Whoa Nelly Catering?

From the start, Whoa Nelly was designed to be a way for clients to have highly customized, farm-to-table catering for their wedding or special event. Little Nelly is a riff on that, but offers the farm-to-table feel, in a slightly more streamlined package. With Little Nelly, one of the main ways we’re keeping things simple is that we offer package-pricing — $70 per person for food and dinner service (bar services, desserts, and tax are not included)

The main difference being that we don’t allow any customizations in the Little Nelly menus. If you want 6 appetizers and late night snacks, we’re totally happy to refer you to the team at Whoa Nelly Catering, who will be happy to put together that custom menu for you.

What styles of service do you offer?

Little Nelly offers both Buffet and Family-Style Service. We love plated dinners, but if you do too, we’ll be happy to recommend that you check out Whoa Nelly Catering.

As another aspect of our streamlined services, we are a company dedicated exclusively to wedding catering, and our pricing package is based on a minimum guest count of 75 people. We are able to provide an estimate for guest counts less than 75, but it will involve adjusting our price per person above the starting package of $70 per person.

Do you offer more options than what’s listed here on the online menu?

Little Nelly is designed to embrace the spirit of seasonal menus, and to that end, we leave a lot of room for our chef to be inspired by the best ingredients available at the time. We do not guarantee or specify any ingredients more than a week in advance of the event, but trust that our “chefs choice” will always be the very best of what’s around.

What about vegetarians/vegan/gluten-free folk?

We will provide up to 12 vegetarian/vegan/special diet meals included in your dinner price. These are served as a plated dish to guests who are identified in advance. We will also do our best to accommodate other special dietary considerations, if alerted in advance.

When can we schedule a tasting?

Little Nelly holds group tastings (with a maximum of 8 guests per tasting) at our place in Burbank, every 2-3 weeks, depending on demand. These will alternate between weeknights and weekends, to try and best accommodate various schedules. Please email us for a calendar of upcoming tasting dates and times.

What about service staff? Will your team help set up and clean up?

Absolutely. Our pricing includes service staff on site for 10 hours, and can include everything from setting the tables to taking out the trash. Should your event require more of our time on site, we will be happy to add the additional labor hours to your estimate as needed. Staffing varies based on the duration/location/ needs of your wedding, and we will handle making sure that we are appropriately staffed to provide excellent service.

What’s the “Beverage Service Package” All About?

Little Nelly Catering is all about keeping things simple and cost effective. We know that a lot of clients prefer to bring in their own alcohol, and let our team supply the mixers and bartenders. As such, we offer both a non-alcoholic beverage service package and our bartenders at a simple per-person rates, which can be hired together, or independently, depending on your specific needs.

If, however, you’re looking for a full bar package, we can definitely help coordinate that. Just let us know as we’re working on the details of your proposal, and we’d be happy to offer a way to get everything taken care of with our coordinating services.

That being said, it’s also pretty convenient to have us provide everything but the booze, which is what our Beverage Service Package provides. It very specifically includes:

  • Sodas: Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Ginger Ale
  • Fresh Juices and Mixers: Cranberry, Grapefruit, Orange, Lemon, Lime
  • Garnishes: Lemons, Limes, Oranges, and Cherries -Still water
  • Sparkling Water
  • Ice
  • Cocktail napkins and Straws

Does your pricing include bartenders?

Our price does not include bartenders, but we’re happy to provide them for an additional cost. We recommend one bartender for roughly every 50 guests, and as such our pricing for bartenders is $8 per guest. We can also recommend a number of excellent outside beverage service companies, should you be looking for a more bespoke cocktail program.

Can you tell me how much alcohol to buy?

We can offer recommended guidelines, based on our typical experience with this type of thing, but you know your crowd much better than we do! Do you have a ton of fraternity brothers in attendance, or is it mostly your grandma’s white wine spritzer drinking friends? We make our recommendations, but it’s always a good idea to check them against the recommendations of the person you’re actually buying the booze from.

What rentals do you provide?

There are no rentals included in our $70 per person menu price. We do have an optional platter rental package, which would include all of the platters and serving utensils needed to serve the dinner at the table or at the buffet. The cost for this package will ultimately depend on the number of tables, but we’ll be happy to send you and estimate if you’re interested. However, we don’t don’t coordinate any other rentals through Little nelly Catering Co.

We do know that this is one of the trickiest elements of the event planning, so we have two rental options that we highly recommend. One option is that clients can contact Premiere Party rents and inquire about the “Little nelly rental Package”, which is a great place to start. Another option is for clients to take our Standard event rental Guidelines as a starting point for their own rental planning, and work from there. The rental guideline will be available to clients once they sign the contract and decide to move forward with our services.