Frequently Asked Questions

Are you fully insured? Do you have licenses & permits for off site catering?IMG_0540

Yes and Yes. We have a $2,000,000 liability, workman’s compensations. We also hold a catering license through the town of Edgartown.


How much staff do we need?

It depends on your event. We have a standard staff to guest ratio that we use according to the kind of service you need. For formal events such as weddings, we staff one server for every ten guests. For buffets and more casual events, we staff one server for every 20 guests. We always staff according to your needs.


We want a self service buffet. Do we still need all those servers?

Self service buffets are great! We still will have to provide you with service staff to keep and eye on the buffet and replenish the food when needed.


Does Kitchen Porch have a full liquor license? 

We  do not have a liquor license. Our clients may provide their own alcohol through a third party. We are happy to refer you to our favorite Martha’s Vineyard package stores who will order and deliver any alcohol you need. Kitchen Porch can provide you with a certified bartender and any required rentals needed to complete your bar.


What is the uniform for service staff?

Your choice!
We recommend a head to toe black attire for formal events. For more casual parties, you may choose your service staff to wear a white shirt and khaki pants.


When does Kitchen Porch arrive to set up on the day of the event?

We arrive to set up 2-3 hours prior to when food is scheduled to be served. For weddings and bigger events, we may start set up 4 hours in advance.


We need rentals! What can Kitchen Porch provide?

We can provide anything you need through one of our island rental services! We will include a rental estimate with your initial proposal. 


Is set up and clean up included on our initial proposal or does that cost extra?

This is included in your proposal.  We will come early to set up and stay late to clean up. However, if your party goes later than planned you may be charged extra for overtime hours. 


Do you require a deposit?

Yes. We require $1,000 to hold the date.


When is the final payment amount due?

The initial amount stated on your proposal is due ten days before your event. Any additional costs (overtime labor hours, extra rentals etc..) will be billed to you after your event in a final invoice.


What about cancellation fees?

You will be asked to sign a contract upon accepting Kitchen Porch as your caterer. Any cancellation fees and refund policies will be cited on the contract that you sign.


When am I required to give a final guest count?

We ask for a final head count ten days prior to the event. This should include your vendors and any children under the age of twelve.

Speaking of Vendors, how much does that run us?

We charge $20 a plate for vendor meals. This includes your band, photographer, wedding planner etc…

And what about Children Meals?

We provide children meals at $12 a plate.


We would love to have a catered dinner at our house, but there are only a few of us. Is there a minimum number of guests we can have? 

Kitchen Porch is happy to cater any party, big or small. For smaller parties of 20 or less, we will set you up with our private chef services. One of our fun and talented chefs can come to your home and prepare a meal based on a menu of your choosing.  


Can we just get the food dropped off?

Yes! We can deliver a meal ready to eat, either with a server or not. It’s up to you. We have a minimum $50 delivery fee and we ask that all Kitchen Porch rentals be returned to our kitchen clean the next day.


My party has all sorts of dietary restrictions! What can you do for us?

Vegetarians, Vegans, Gluten Free, and all food allergies are ok with us! Many of our meals are gluten free. We make outrageous vegetarian meals and we are very sensitive to dairy and nut allergies. We will work with you to make sure everyone is fed and happy despite any dietary needs.


So… How do I book an event?

Call us!









Kitchen Porch Catering | Martha's Vineyard | 508-645-5000