How much will my event cost?

There are many factors that go into determining the cost of an event. Since every Clean Plate Club event is built from the ground up, there are many important variables to be considered including size, location, type of service (plated, buffet, family style, etc), season, budget and time of day. Once we have some basic information we can give you a complete picture of what your event will look like along with an estimate of the costs.

How does CPC charge?

After discussing your vision and defining the direction of your event, we will provide sample menus that reflect the things we’ve discussed. The food portion of each menu will be priced on a per person basis. All other charges (rentals, staff, liquor, valet, etc.) will be estimated separately and itemized on invoices to clearly show how all charges are broken down. Sales tax will be added to the final bill as applicable by state law. We accept cash, check and most major credit cards.

What about deposits?

To secure our services for your event, we ask for an initial deposit ($1,500). Thirty days before the event, we ask for a 50% payment of your event’s estimated balance. We also ask that you provide your final head count 1 week prior to the event date, and your final payment 5 days before the event.

How far in advance should I book a caterer?

No matter which caterer you select, the more notice you can provide, the better. Schedules fill up fast and planning an event takes time to do properly. Generally, most larger event menus and details are finalized 2 months in advance.

When do I need to provide a final count for my event?

Final head counts are due 1 week prior to your event. This allows us to ensure we have enough time to source ingredients specific to your event. After you’ve given us a final count we can generally add people to your list, but decreasing the size of your party is not possible as your final count serves as a guarantee.

What about liquor?

According to state law, a liquor license is required for the resale of liquor. Like most caterers who do not also own a restaurant, the Clean Plate Club does not have a liquor license, which means that we can not sell liquor to you for your event. This however, is something that works in your favor if you can find a venue that allows you to bring in your own alcoholic beverages. We are also able to connect you with bartenders that we have a good working relationship with, should you need any help in finding one.


We work with top wine experts in Nashville to help pair wines of various price levels for your event. We are also happy to work directly with your preferred wine and liquor store. Clean Plate Club will prepare the liquor order and we will even pick it up in time for the event, provided you have already paid the store.

Do you provide a tasting prior to the event?

Yes, we are able to provide tastings prior to your event.

We offer Bi-Monthly complimentary tastings that highlight a sampling of a Chef’s Choice Menu. These tasting events typically feature seasonal options or popular menu items that returning clients often request. Please inquire about our next tasting event and we will be happy to add you to our guest list.

Private Tastings: Generally private tastings can include four people, Tues -Thurs from 11-4. Our Chef will prepare a sampling of the menu specific to your event and you will have the opportunity to discuss presentation preferences and any menu adjustments during that time. Tasting fees do apply, however large scale events can qualify for your tasting fee to be credited towards your event cost should you book your event with us. Please inquire for pricing.