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 is $500. On Friday & Saturday evenings, the minimum is $750.
Do I need to secure a parking spot for the truck?
Yes, 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, and we cannot park in the French Quarter or CBD (bounded by the river on the east, Claiborne Avenue on the west, Esplanade Avenue on the north, and Howard Avenue on the south).
Our truck dimensions are: Height: 14′, Length: 22′, Width: 8′
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. 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; after that, there is a small fee per mile to help cover gas costs.
Does the customer have to provide a permit for the truck to cater the event?
Additional permits are not required in New Orleans or in Jefferson Parish. 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. We do not offer plates and flatware for sit-down service, however.
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.
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.
**Our prices & minimums are subject to change at any time.