Things to Consider When Choosing a Caterer

We’ve been catering since 1995. We know it can be overwhelming to find a caterer that fits exactly what you want for your party or event. It’s not an easy task, so we put together some things to think about when hiring a caterer.

How is the food presented? Are we talking china & silverware or disposable plates and utensils? Make sure both parties understand completely the level of presentation provided. Do you want servers present at your event or do you just need the food dropped off?

Quantity vs. Quality?  For many cuisines, freshness is everything. How much food do you need for your event? Will your guests be starving or just need a light snack. (Tip: If you are serving alcohol at your event, you may want to consider going heavy on the food.) Many restaurants will offer very inexpensive menus. That usually means you are sacrificing either quality or quantity. Be aware of both.

Will you need bar service for your event? If so, what are the fees associated with bar service? Many places will charge extra for bar service, sometimes they will even charge you for ice. Make sure you ask very specifically about any charges associated with a catered bar. (Tip: Many venues will require a copy of TABC license for bars. Make sure you are certain your caterer can provide the pertinent documents.)

Have you read the contract? THOROUGHLY? Many caterers ask that you sign a long, sometimes involved, contract. Make sure you read every line of anything that you sign. If something is not clear, ask about it. (Tip: Make sure your caterer has liability insurance, for example.)

Do they cater only to limited occasions? Some caterers specialize in specific meals or times of day. Make sure they can deliver for your event at your time, and your meal.

Do they clearly state the costs up front? Catering costs should be clearly defined, and any additional costs should be made clear and agreed upon. For example, not every caterer will provide utensils, napkins, cups, etc. free of charge. Make sure you communicate your expectations clearly and receive a detailed estimate of how much everything costs.

Your event should be unforgettable for both you and your guests. Iron Cactus delivers a wide range of distinctly flavored, freshly served and beautifully presented catered events that include our unmatched tequila offerings. To learn more about how to make your catered event truly memorable, contact us.

11 Things You’ll Likely See at This Year’s Tequila Tour in North Austin

We’re counting down the hours until it’s time for the 17th Annual Tequila Tour at the Iron Cactus in North Austin located at 10001 Stonelake Blvd. Map it here.

If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, you better buy them now because it is more expensive at the door by $5. Click here to purchase tickets. Now, that you’ve bought your tickets, here are 11 things you’ll likely see at this year’s Tequila Tour.

 

11) Tables with tequila bottles for you to sample.

 

Tequila tables

 

 

10) A crowd of tequila afficionados inside…

 

Crowd Inside 

 

9) …and outside.

Crowd shot outside

 

 

8) Jesse, our head bartender who comes up with unique margarita recipes.

 

Jesse, Iron Cactus Head Bartender

 

 

7) Happy guests.

 

Happy Guests at Tequila Tour

 

6) More happy guests…

 

More happy guests

 

 

 

5) Guests sniffing their dates after sniffing tequila. 

 

Snifter literally or Kiss cam

 

 

 

4) Iron Cactus Snifters. (They’re called Snifters not Sniffers).

 
Iron Cactus Snifters

 

 

3) Our smart, lovely and creative events team members, Meredith and Rhyann. Call them to plan your private, corporate onsite or off-site catering events. The number to call is: 512-692-8059

 

 

Meredith and Rhyann

 

 

2) A guy caught enjoying tequila samples.

 

Photobomb

 

 

1) Folks lining up to get in, you’ll think the iPhone 7 has arrived…

 

Lining up to get in

 

We’ve been known to run out of tickets, but never tequila, so buy your tickets now. See y’all this Thursday for the Tequila Tour 2014 for another unforgettable evening of tequila, food, entertainment and a ton of swag you can bring home. Drink moderately and tour responsibly.

 

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11 of the Funniest High School Senior Yearbook Quotes

In recent weeks, Iron Cactus in Stonelake and Hill Country Galleria have been speaking with a few parents who are active with their Project Graduation. So we decided to launch a program that will help local Austin high school Project Graduation groups raise much needed funds throughout the year. Therefore, we have declared ourselves as the Official Sponsor of Project Graduation for the graduating class of high schools in Austin. [Note: If you’re Project Graduation would like to be considered for a fundraising effort, please email projectgraduation@ironcactus.com . Open to Austin-area high schools only for now.]

From October 26 to October 30, we are donating 10% of food sales after 5 p.m. at Iron Cactus North Austin (10001 Stonelake Blvd.) to Westwood High School’s Project Graduation. Log in to Facebook and see details here.

Since we’re talking high school graduation, we thought it fitting to compile 11 of the funniest high school senior yearbook quotes we found on the interwebs. [Editor’s note: Hopefully, none of these are your kids.]

1. Kevin Chang

Kevin Chang Yearbook Quote

 

 

2. Jason Avina

Jason Avina

 

 

3. Donnie Vaught

Donni Vaught

 

 

4. Joanna Clark

Joanna Clark

 

 

5. Amanda Taggert

Amanda Taggert

 

 

6. Katia Perez

Katia Perez

 

 

 

7. The O’Keefe Brothers

OKeefe Brothers

 

 

8. Diane Cuyno

Diane Cuyno

 

 

9. Raza

Raza

 

 

10. Lucas

Lucas

 

 

 

11. Sean and Stephanie

Sean and Stephanie

 

 

If you’re planning a graduation party for your high school senior, please contact our catering and events director, Rhyann Bull, at (512-692-8059).