What types of events do you cater?
We do Weddings, Film/Television/Commercial Sets, Festivals, Birthdays, Parties, Church Gatherings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Office Parties, Picnics, Tastings, Meetings, or Any Special Event!
What are your minimum requirements for catering events?
With limited exceptions, the minimum price for a catered event in New Orleans is $500. On Fridays & Saturdays, the minimum is $750.
For our Chicago truck, the minimum during weekday lunches is $1500; weekday evenings: $500; and weekends (Friday evening through Sunday evening): $1000.
For drop-off orders, the minimum is $350 in New Orleans, $400 in Chicago (delivery fees may apply, depending on location).
Do I need to secure a parking spot for the truck?
We require that our customers guarantee parking for the date of the event. The truck cannot be parked within 15 feet of a fire hydrant or in any illegal parking spot.
Our New Orleans truck dimensions are: Height: 14′, Length: 22′, Width: 8′
Our Chicago truck dimensions are: Height: 12′, Length: 25′, Width: 9.5′
If we are unable to park on-location the day of the event, the catering service will be canceled, and La Cocinita will keep the payment in full.
Is there a service charge? And is that separate from gratuity?
We add an 18% service charge, which covers our cooking/labor costs, as well as the cost of pulling the truck away from our typical spots. Gratuity is separate, and is at the customer’s discretion.
Do you charge a travel fee?
There is no travel fee with a ten-mile radius of our Uptown location in New Orleans or our downtown location in Chicago; after that, there is a small fee per mile to help cover gas and other transportation costs.
Does the customer have to provide a permit for the truck to cater the event?
Additional permits are not required in Orleans or Jefferson Parish in Louisiana, or in Cook County in Illinois. Other areas may require additional permits, at the customer’s cost. Please let us know the details of the event location and we will determine whether there will be any additional fees for necessary permits out of our area.
Does the customer need to provide plates, utensils, & napkins?
When serving from the truck (whether a la carte or unlimited), we provide disposable serving dishes, utensils, and napkins. When serving hors d’hoeuvres, we use disposable serving trays, which some clients choose to replace with their own serving platters.
Is the customer responsible for trash?
Yes, the customer must provide garbage cans and remove the trash for disposal at the end of the event. The truck is responsible for trash disposal within the truck only.
How far in advance do I need to book an event?
We require at least a week’s notice for catered events, though the sooner you book the better so you can secure your date.
When do you need a deposit vs. full payment?
We require a 50% deposit to secure any event. Payment in full is required 72 hours prior to the event.
If the event is canceled:
-30 days or more prior to the event date: the full deposit will be refunded
-15-29 days prior to the event date: 50% of the deposit will be refunded
-4-14 days prior to the event date: the full deposit will be retained by us
-3 days or less prior to the event: the full amount of the event will be retained/owed to us
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept cash, credit cards, checks, or PayPal. Credit card payments require a 3.5% processing fee, however.
**Our prices & minimums are subject to change at any time.