THE BASIC BAR & EVENT SERVICE                     -  BOSTON,  MA
BASIC REMINDERS (You may need)
  • Location/Site/Venue
  • Food: cater or self provide
  • Beverages- beer, wine, liquor, soda, mixers, water, juice
  • Tables, chairs, bar, breakdown area
  • Serving dishes, chaffing dishes, serving utensils
  • Utensils- forks, knives, spoons etc
  • Plates, glassware, coffee cups, serving trays
  • Linen, flowers, candles, napkins
  • Ice, ice bowl, scoop, bins to ice beverages, fruit for garnish
  • Music/Media
  • Trash and recycle cans/bags
  • Cleaning products, mop, broom, rags, sponges, gloves etc
  • Extra Help: bartenders, servers, cooks, hosts, doorpersons
  • Misc: all necessary paperwork/permits/licenses/approvals/insurance/ordinances, contact info, directions, parking, invitations, nametags, products, favors or gifts
  • Table/Bar
  • Tablecloth/Linen
  • Ice-chilling and serving guests
  • Ice Bowl/Scoop
  • Chilling tubs
  • Soft drinks/mixers/water 
  • Beer/wine/spirits
  • Glassware/plastic cups (5 per guest)
  • Napkins (cocktail or similar) 
  • Trash can

Bold=recommended if limited to or prefer one choice
White Wine Varietals-Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Sav Blanc
Red Wine Varietals-Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sav
Beer Brands-Sam Adams, Amstel, Heineken, Stella Artois, Bud & Bud Light
Vodka-Grey Goose, Absolute, Kettle One
Rum-Bacardi Silver, Myer's Dark, Captain Morgan Spiced
Gin-Tanqueray, Bombay Sapphire, Beefeater's
Scotch-Johnny Walker Black, Dewars, Macallan 12(single malt)
Bourbon/Sour Mash-Maker's Mark, Bullitt, Jack Daniels
Whiskey-Seagram's 7, Crown Royal, Seagram's VO
Irish Whiskey-Jameson's, Bushmills, Black Bush
Tequila-Sauza Hornitos, 1800, Patron
Vermouth-Any brand
Soda-coke, diet coke, ginger ale, sprite,
Water-plain/flat, sparkling/soda, tonic
Juice-cranberry, orange, grapefruit, pineapple
Special Drink Ideas 

Home cooking is the ultimate if you have the time and talent. There are thousands of ideas and recipes online but make sure you choose wisely and early. Respectable frozen appetizers and entres are available in many supermarkets. Just warm them up and serve.
Delivery/take out cater services are the next best thing. They cook, you set it up. Just about every place that sells food does this. Many specialize and offer advice. Choose what you like and contact at least two days ahead.
Full service caterers (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR WEDDINGS!) will do almost everything and then some. It can be the easiest, most creative and delicious but maybe not always the most budget conscious.

Need a great caterer?
Ross Dakin-Owner/Chef
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