How long have you been in business?
Smokey Jay’s BBQ was established in 2008. We started catering small to mid-sized events for business associates, family, and friends. Business began to grow at a great pace, which allowed us to expand into large-scale, corporate events at venues such as: Walt Disney World, Harley Davidson, Bank of America, Chase Bank, and the Orlando Police Department.
How many weddings do you cater per year?
We typically cater at least 10 weddings per year. With our recent expansion into the weddings market, we have catered up to 10 weddings in one year.
Are you fully licensed and insured?
Smokey Jay’s BBQ is a fully licensed and insured company. We can also adjust our insurance coverage based upon the requirements of the venue.
Are you licensed to serve alcohol?
Unfortunately, we are not licensed to serve alcohol; however, we have a list of bar vendors that are licensed and provide impeccable service with competitive pricing.
What cities and surrounding areas do you cover?
Smokey Jay’s BBQ is based in the Central Florida area; however, we are more than willing to travel where you need our services.
Do you require a minimum or maximum number of guests?
We do require a minimum of 75 guests to provide full-service, but we do not have a maximum amount of guests.
Are there any extra fees for setup, breakdown, and travel?
Because we do offer delivery and full-service options, there is a small service fee added into the price per person. A delivery fee is charged at $3.50 per mile outside of a 15-mile radius.
How is pricing established?
Because we allow our Clients to create their own menu, pricing is based upon menu items selected by the Client. Cost is on a per person basis plus tax.
How far in advance should your services be secured?
We suggest that you secure your date as soon as you are able. We have secured dates as far as a year in advance.
Do you have menu options for those with special dietary restrictions?
Yes, we are more than capable of providing menu options for those with dietary restrictions. We offer some vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options.
Will you provide a catering manager to remain onsite for the duration of the event?
Catering Managers do remain onsite for full-service options only.
Can you assist with other aspects of the wedding, such as event design, equipment rental, and vendor selection?
Yes, our event planning department, Sapphire Elegance Events, is available to assist with these services; however, additional fees do apply.
Do we have to work from a preset menu or can you create a custom menu for our event? If I have a special dish I'd like served, would you accommodate that?
We do have a preset menu; however, we will try to accommodate your needs and requests for special dishes.
If we use an outside cake designer, do you charge a cake-cutting fee?
Yes, we do charge a cake-cutting fee at $0.25 per person. This is available for full-service catering only.
Do you offer menu tastings and is there an extra charge for this?
Yes, we do offer menu tastings at $12 per person.
What is your policy on cleanup?
Smokey Jay’s BBQ is responsible for cleaning up the catering items and area only. We also clean up the onsite kitchen if there is one available. Please note, Smokey Jay’s BBQ is not responsible for cleanup or damages to the event space, venue, or its property—that is the responsibility of the Client(s). We do not remain onsite for the entirety of the event. Catering area is broken down once dinner service is complete.
How much time do you require for setting up and breaking down my event?
Please allow at least two hours for setup, and at least one hour for breakdown and cleanup.
What is the last date by which I can give you a final guaranteed guest count?
The final guest count must be received no later than seven (7) days prior to the event date.
What is your payment policy? Do you accept credit cards?
We require a 40% non-refundable deposit to secure your event date; 30% is required three (3) months prior to the event date; and the final balance is due no later than seven (7) days prior to the event date. Yes, we do accept credit cards.