Buca di Beppo’s Top Asked Questions About Our Banquet Space, Answered Here Now!
Question: What sort of setting or atmosphere can I expect for my banquet?
Answer: The greatest part about having Buca di Beppo host your event is the Italian flair we add to every gathering. When you have an event with us, you get the spirit of Italian culture with dishes served family-style and portions that are ideal for sharing with family and friends. Whether you are planning a large banquet or intimate gathering, our fun and festive semi-private dining rooms are comfortable and inviting. Decorated with vintage photographs, whimsical statues and colorful artwork, the eclectic décor along with our high-energy staff and lively music guarantees guests of all ages will be entertained.
Ready to start planning your event? Reserve your banquet room here.
Question: What sort of banquet events do you accommodate?
Answer: Here at Buca, we love any reason to celebrate and have a good time! From corporate parties honoring colleagues to team-building and employee appreciation dinners, we provide a relaxed atmosphere for your next office party. We are also the top choice for school events such as sports team and club banquets as well as teacher appreciation dinners, senior parties, homecomings, and proms. We love to celebrate, so think of us for your next birthday, graduation, anniversary, retirement, holiday party, or any other event that calls for magnificent food in a fun setting.
Question: What about weddings?
Answer: Buca di Beppo is a top venue for bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, and wedding receptions. Celebrate your big day with family and friends by allowing us to host your special event. With so many decisions being made and details to fret over, we can help you worry about one less thing. Whether it is hosting a shower, feeding your bridal party before the wedding, or all of your guests after you say “I do,” we work with you to make your event exactly what you envisioned. Let us share in your special day by providing you and your guests a memorable and delicious experience.
Question: What menu options are available?
Answer: Our wonderfully diverse menu is loaded with a variety of Italian favorites to satisfy all your guests’ tastes: salads, pastas, meatballs, and desserts. Whether you want your selections to be heavy on meatballs and sausage, or prefer a fully vegetarian feast with eggplant parmesan and a variety of salads, we can make it happen. With dozens of options to choose from, you can design a menu specific to your event and needs. We also accommodate various additional dietary restrictions such as gluten-free with a choice of menu options.
Question: I’m not sure exactly what I need. Do you offer banquet planning assistance?
Answer: Absolutely! We would love to offer advice and assistance and can help you with every aspect of planning your banquet. Our skilled team is able to work with any budget and meet a wide variety of needs. Contact one of our sales managers or use the online form to reserve your banquet room and start planning today. At Buca di Beppo, we are dedicated to making your celebration perfect, from the planning stage right through to the last bite.
Ready to start planning your event? Reserve your banquet room here.
It’s Not Too Early To Plan For The Holidays
The children have started a new school year and the leaves are just starting to turn. But rather than focusing solely on the season at hand, it is necessary to begin looking ahead. Autumn may have only just begun but the holiday season is fast approaching and it’s not too early to start thinking about your holiday parties. Whether you are planning parties for your friends at our restaurant, your family at home, or your co-workers at the office, we can help you make it the event everyone will be talking about all season.
The fun, festive semi-private dining rooms at all of our restaurants are uniquely decorated, comfortable, and inviting. Guests share family-style dishes, bringing a warm, friendly vibe to the group with plates to please even the most picky eater. The great atmosphere paired with our delicious Italian cuisine and wonderful wait staff will ensure that you have a perfect party. Plus the added bonus of no clean-up!
Maybe you want to cater your party at your office, home, or event space due to size or convenience? We can meet your needs for size, diverse menu options for multiple diets, and all the details. From desserts and beverages to silverware and napkins, we can supply it all so you can spend more time with your guests.
To begin planning for your holiday events, consider a few questions about each event:
- How many people will be attending?
- What is the date and time of your party?
- Where will your party take place?
- Will you be including options for those with dietary restrictions?
- What sort of setting will your party have? Serious and formal or lighthearted and fun?
After assessing your needs, contact your local sales manager or fill out the form on our website to get started. A member of our team will make suggestions and assist you from your initial planning stage up until your party. We can accommodate any event or budget regardless of size but don’t wait until it’s too late. We are so excited to help you organize a great party but as the holidays approach (and they creep up quickly) you run a greater risk of unavailability at our locations or inability to accommodate large groups on specific days the later in the year you wait to finalize.
A little advanced preparation now will keep your party (and the days and weeks leading up to your gathering) stress-free. This year, instead of worrying about what you will cook for the holidays, partner with a member of our sales team to begin planning your perfect holiday gathering. Whether you join us at one of our restaurants or we bring our delicious dishes to you, let us handle the food so you can focus on having fun with your friends and family. Begin your holiday party planning today and as your event approaches you will be relieved to know that together you and the staff at Buca di Beppo have got it covered!
Need A Place to Host Your Business Networking Event?
Are your employees losing valuable time by commuting, ordering, and waiting for their lunches? All of that time spent procuring their meals leaves little time for them to relax and enjoy their break. This can lead to a tired staff who lags in productivity. The same can be said for when your office hosts out of town meetings. Time is lost with deciding where you should all have a meal, how you will transport everyone, waiting to be seated, etc. Boost company moral and get creative juices flowing with a delicious spread of in-office hors d’oeuvres, meals, and desserts for lunches, dinners, breaks, and snacks. Catered meals allow your colleagues and employees to refuel their body and re-energize their minds, making them happier and more productive workers. A significantly less amount of time is spent obtaining meals and more time is spent enjoying food and recharging batteries. It is easy to see how business catering benefits everyone.
Are you looking for something a little more special? Did your start-up just get its first round of funding? Are you planning your quarterly corporate meeting? Is a beloved co-worker retiring? Maybe you are just celebrating your awesome employees? Whatever the occasion, Buca di Beppo’s authentic Italian platters and Party Pans are sure to please. Whether you are feeding a small group or throwing a giant office party, we can supply a wonderful catered lunch or dinner to celebrate. Our variety of corporate catering options makes it easy to find the right fit for your office.
Order one of our suggested celebratory packages or mix and match salads, pastas, baked pastas, side dishes, desserts, and beverages from our extensive catering menu to suit your needs. Choose from a variety of Italian favorites prepared with the finest ingredients, all served family-style or in generous party pans available for pick-up or delivery. With Buca di Beppo catering, you don’t have to worry about any of the details. We always include fresh-baked house bread, plastic plates, eating and serving utensils, napkins, and condiments with our professionally packaged platters and party pans. We can even work with dietary and time restrictions. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are also available and we offer same day delivery with a three hour notice.
If you’re planning a single meeting, looking to set up a repeat delivery, or plan a big celebration, we can accommodate almost any event and budget. By orchestrating daily catered events at more than 96 restaurants nationwide, we have one of the best reputations in catering. Let the staff at Buca di Beppo make your next business lunch or party be one filled with delicious food, complete with all the necessary additions, and free of stress and lost time. Call your local sales manager today and ask about our business catering packages. Our staff will help you organize and plan your office’s lunch or dinner catering needs, so you and your staff can focus on your work, your guests, or your celebration.
Send Pasta to Your Pals
For many big occasions in people’s lives, it’s customary for their friends and family to send them food! Whether they’re recovering from an illness, taking care of a new baby or hosting a large group of overnight guests, there’s really no greater gift than a tasty tray of prepared food. And when they’re sure to be too tired to make a home-cooked meal for themselves, what could be better or more thoughtful than a gourmet Italian meal from Buca di Beppo? We have lots of to-go trays and dinner packages so you can order the right Italian favorite, and just the right portion of it. If they happen to live within 10 miles of the nearest Buca, you can even have the pasta trays delivered straight to their door! (Check our website for our delivery locations) With delivery service and online ordering available, sending a traditional Italian meal to someone in need of a little amore is a gesture that’s convenient for both the sender and the recipient.
Pasta Pans To-Go
Entrée pans can be purchased as part of a bigger order or on their own. A single full-size Buca pan contains 20 servings which makes them ideal for friends who are likely to have a lot of guests dropping in to eat with them. A half pan or a pair of half pans also makes for an exciting surprise for a smaller household. Just like the meals eaten inside our restaurants, these dishes are impressively yummy and shockingly affordable too, when one considers the price per serving. So when they can’t go out to Buca, bring the Buca to them!
Options for catering packages may vary from one location to another. You can view the menu for your particular location online. No matter which Buca restaurant you order from, your catering package should come with napkins, plastic utensils and disposable plates to make dinnertimes even easier for your busy loved one. Most deluxe package deals include a salad course which can be a godsend for a family that’s been receiving lots of hearty dishes from others. Some refreshing and always appreciated salad options include Mixed Green, tart Apple Gorgonzola and parmesan-topped Caesar. If you tell us a bit about the package recipient, we may be able to recommend the perfect pasta-salad combo to you. If you want their package to last them a good while, for instance, we may recommend a classic Lasagna pan package. For a lighter, versatile meal option, we might steer you towards the Spicy Chicken Rigatoni or the Penne alla Vodka.
Awe-Inspiring Awards Ceremonies
There are all kinds of award ceremony occasions from the end-of-season party for a minor league sports team to a star-studded event like the Oscars. Not all awards ceremonies have thousands of guests gathered or a gala atmosphere, but they all have their most valuable players and most memorable moments. Most awards presentations must be arranged ahead of time. We can help you prepare for yours whether you’d like to reserve one of our eclectic banquet rooms or pick up catered meals to bring to another menu. One thing’s for sure – a ceremony organized with some help from Buca di Beppo will certainly leave your awardees feeling recognized and your organization invigorated!
Why Hold an Awards Ceremony?
When somebody in your initiative has been doing an excellent job and you want to do more than simply congratulate that colleague for the victory, an awards ceremony may be in order. After all, this person is an example for everybody on the team. Presenting awards at a special ceremony is a good way to honor employees, customers, peers, volunteers, athletes and artists who have shown outstanding commitment. In many organizations, routine awards, such as plaques for years of service, are given out at ceremonies alongside larger awards for acts of service. Whether they’ve spearheaded a successful fundraiser, completed an innovative new project or just participated in a difficult program, an award can benefit both the recipient and the organization as a whole. Awards ceremonies make people feel recognized and appreciated. They reinforce the idea that good work is rewarded. They may act as an incentive and motivate others to always strive for excellence. A special event can be particularly motivating but if it’s more convenient or appropriate, you may choose to give an award during another event not designed specifically for this purpose such as an annual meeting.
Planning an Awards Ceremony
Depending on the size and what kind of event you have in mind, you might want to divvy up the planning of it among members of a committee or delegate an official organizer. You’ll have to decide what kind of presentation or entertainment there will be. Will you have a formal speech, a slide show or a casual picnic vibe? Will the award be a printed certificate, a plaque, a medal or a trophy? Aside from the award itself, attendants to these events may expect to receive some delicious food during the ceremony, such as any of our Italian specialties at Buca. No matter the scope of the ceremony, organizing an event from start to finish can be overwhelming. The Buca di Beppo staff can help. When it comes to food, for example, they’ll definitely have you covered. For a company-wide gathering, classic party trays that feed up to 20 a piece would be the perfect fare. For a more intimate presentation, a multi-course private meal in one of our banquet rooms may fit the bill. Keep in mind that the ceremony doesn’t have to be “formal” to be an amazing event. Book your Buca banquet room or put in your catering ordering online today!
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Frequently Asked Catering Questions
Before you make a large catering order, it’s natural to have some questions! These are the five most frequently asked questions we receive here at Buca di Beppo…
Question: “How do I put in my catering order?”
Answer: You can place your Buca catering order in person at a Buca restaurant (if you just happen to be stopping by), over the phone or online. Simply find our catering tab, select your location from the available menu and follow the instructions provided to put in any order, even a very, very large one, anytime.
Question: “Do you deliver?”
Answer: Most Buca restaurants have a 10 mile delivery radius. If you need to get your catering order to a venue outside of this range, we make curbside pick-up easy. Simply provide us with a pick-up time and our staff will be sure to have your order prepped and ready to go when you need it.
Question: “How large are your catering pans?”
Answer: Just one of our full-sized catering pans has about 20 portions of pasta when they’re filled to the top! But since they never stay full for long, we always recommend a few sides such as salad and fresh bread. Most of our pre-set catering packages include a salad pan and lots of delicious Buca bread and if that sounds like a little too much food for your group, half sizes are also available for most of the items on our catering menu.
Question: “What comes with [insert name of catering package here]?”
Answer: Catering packages may vary slightly from one location to another. One way to check what comes in a certain package is by looking online. Certain package features are consistent across all locations. All packages come with napkins, disposable plates, forks and serving utensils to make planning your gathering easier. Most deluxe package deals involve some combination of pastas and salads. Select your entrées then choose either our unique Apple Gorgonzola salad, classic Caesar or fresh Mixed Green salad. You really can’t go wrong!
Question: “What should we order?”
Answer: This part’s mostly up to you and your guests but it’s possibly the most frequently asked question in the bunch! That being said, if you tell us a bit about the meal you’re hosting we may have some smart recommendations. For example, if you’re serving lunch at an afternoon party, we typically recommend lighter fare such as our Penne alla Vodka or an elegant tray of Mozzarella Caprese. We find hearty combinations like the Lasagna Feast package just work better for dinner. Our menu is particularly well-suited for family gatherings and events where kids will be present. For those occasions, our signature spaghetti is always a welcome addition to the spread.
How to Plan the Perfect Event in 24 Hours!
Event planning doesn’t have to be a weeks-long process. Planning a special party, dinner or convention can be done in less than a day, particularly if you gather up an event planning team to work with first. The staff at Buca di Beppo may not be able to replace a boutique event planning company, but they can certainly help you out when you’ve got to put something together fast!
Here are 6 easy steps for coordinating an event that’ll exceed your guests’ expectations…
- Set a Date
One thing you’ll need to know in order to tackle the rest of the planning process is when your event will happen. Depending on the scale of your function, you may want to set a date a month or more in advance. Even if the bulk of the planning can be done in just 24 hours, your invitees should be given ample time to anticipate the event and adjust their calendars if need be. We can take reservations for our restaurant and our catering service many weeks in advance.
- Know Your Budget
A surprise bill can really make an otherwise lovely event seem like… kind of a rip-off. Setting a budget at the get-go can prevent that unfortunate feeling. Opting for more affordable features when possible can also prevent it. At Buca di Beppo, we’ve got loads of experience working with a range of budgets. Our large, shareable entrée sizes and our variety of seating options make us a budget-friendly event locale.
- Pick a Theme
Every great party has a unifying theme or objective. It might be as simple as a color scheme for a birthday or as complicated as a customized menu for a carefully branded night out. Defining the event with a theme can provide inspiration for the decorations you display, the food you serve and more.
- Find the Perfect Venue
Our banquet rooms and dining rooms are well-suited for many themes. Our wine room, for example, is the perfect spot for a wine tasting or for a romantic event and we think a Mediterranean-themed wedding would look right at home in any of our banquet spaces. Of course, if you’re going for a specific setting but still want to enjoy classic Italian eats, we also offer yummy off-premises catering.
- Plan the Menu
What makes any gathering of people festive and fun? Food, of course! Our food just naturally brings people together and puts them at ease. Gather at Buca or make selections from our catering menu for event refreshments that shine!
- Inform the Guests
Whether you want to mail out formal invites, create an e-vite or just send out a group text, letting the event attendants know about the event might be the last thing you do while planning, as well as one of the most important. Use the invitation as an opportunity to build the excitement around your big day.
We know that taste, ambience and consistent quality are all important factors that you take into account when choosing a place to dine. That’s why we make them a priority at all Buca di Beppo locations. In addition to these three critical areas, one final factor that can never be ignored is value. At Buca di Beppo you’re paying for both authentic quality and a large, meant-to-be-shared quantity. Everything on our menu from the apps to the titanic bowls of pasta should be passed around among your party – just like they would be at your own kitchen table – but they only cost a teeny bit more than some one-person entrées at other family restaurants. Ultimately, the savings that can result from this phenomenon are pretty impressive. We love sharing our tasty Italian recipes with you so much that no matter how many people you’re ordering for, trust us when we say we’re going to give you a lot of food!
Buca Entrée Size Options Explained
If you’ve never experienced Buca portion sizes, our menu may seem to be on the expensive side but the beauty of family-style dining is that each dish is designed to feed the whole table. In the end, if the prices are divided up, almost all of our entrées end up costing less than $10 per person. We have two size options listed by the majority of our dishes with the exception of desserts and most appetizers. We call our two sizes “Buca Small” and “Buca Large” but don’t let the names fool you! Our small is still large enough to feed two people and our large is designed to be split among four or more. A single large entrée could easily provide your table with enough food for everyone but if you’re looking to try a lot of different kinds of Italian cuisine, we always encourage an order of two or three Buca Smalls. Variety is the spice of life after all… and as Italians, we like things spicy!
Take into account that, even if you only want one main course, you’re probably going to have garlic bread and fresh-tossed salad at the table as well and the value you end up with is really undeniable. On top of a feeling of satisfaction, most of our customers get to walk out of the restaurant with a delicious bag of leftovers. Forget about giving those to the doggy – they make a perfect easy lunch or fast dinner! Two meals or more for the price of one? That’s just another benefit of dining family-style with Buca di Beppo!
Ditch the Deli Sandwiches….Have a Real Corporate Lunch!
Ditch the deli sandwiches and bags of chips and spring for a corporate lunch that looks more at home in a board room than a school yard playground. Often, business luncheons can become hurried, unappetizing affairs. With innovation and strategy taking a front seat, what to have for lunch can become an after-thought. We serve savory Italian lunches that are sure to bring you and your co-workers together and give you a boost for the second half of your work day. Whether your company is hosting employees from all around the country or it consists of less than 10 people, we can provide you with a corporate lunch that’s right-sized and satisfying.
Host a Banquet at Your Neighborhood Buca
Planning a workday lunch banquet can be fun – particularly at Buca di Beppo. When you work with Buca, you and your colleagues can enjoy a hearty meal in a setting that’s both laidback and memorable. With our eclectic décor and our made-for-sharing Italian menu, a business outing to Buca di Beppo can be great for networking and employee bonding. Out banquet rooms are spacious enough to accommodate any party and private enough for you to get down to business when necessary. If you plan on working late on the day of your banquet, we recommend ordering some of our most filling apps and entrées such as our garlic bread, our meatballs or our baked pasta dishes. We also offer lighter lunch options, even for large parties, including seafood and fresh Insalate.
Order-in Our Off-Site Catering
When coordinating a corporate luncheon for an entire office or convention, corporate catering will save money as well as ensure that there will be enough food for everyone involved. There are many benefits to catering a business function on company premises, For example, you won’t have to travel to lunch and all your business resources will stay available to you throughout your meal. Unfortuantely, many caterers won’t be bothered with short-notice orders or office building deliveries. Not Buca! We have extensive experience catering in-office functions and our authentic Italian offerings are always a hit. We can even deliver pasta pans to venues within a 10-mile radius of our restaurant. Each full-size catering pan we prepare can feed up to 20 plus they come with disposable serving ware, plates and utensils so it’s easy for folks to self-serve. Remember – hungry workers hurt productivity so it never hurts to order multiple pasta pans! Finally, we recommend including a dessert tray of either cookies and brownies or our authentic Cannoli along with your main entrées so that your lunch attendants can choose to end their lunch break on an extra sweet note or choose to savor something sweet later in the day.
Five Helpful Quick Facts about Buca di Beppo!
If you’ve never stepped into a neighborhood Buca di Beppo or gotten any Buca takeout, you may be wondering what it is you’d be getting yourself into if you did. With a name that sounds like the name of a jolly Italian cartoon character and portions that you should not attempt to eat all on your own, the whole Buca di Beppo experience can seem like somewhat of an enigma to the uninitiated. So we’ve compiled a list of 5 important things to know before your first visit!
- Our food’s served family-style!
The first thing you should know about us is that we’re family friendly. So family-friendly, in fact, that everything on our menu is made to be passed around. Most entrées come in two sizes – the Buca Small which feeds two or more or the Buca Large which feeds four or more. Even our appetizers, salads, sides and desserts are big enough to be split up among friends and family. We recommend starting your Buca di Beppo meal with some of our garlicky, fresh baked bread then proceeding from there.
- We deliver.
For extra gigantic catering orders, we’re happy go the extra mile and deliver your fresh, authentic pastas to your home or party venue, exactly when you need them. Delivery drop off locations must be with 10 miles of the nearest Buca di Beppo and delivery fees may apply.
- We throw great parties.
At Buca di Beppo, our first passion is food of course. Our second passion would have to be celebration! Each one of our restaurants has multiple banquet rooms for private parties of all sizes. Our walls are decked out with celebratory décor in every room and our friendly staff is always ready to help with party setup. Our special Chef’s Table and Pope Table are particularly great for birthdays. We also have a stellar catering service so you can take Buca anywhere you feel like getting festive.
- One pasta pan feeds 20.
The Buca Catering menu is designed for feeding a crowd. More specifically – an Italian-loving crowd! A single full-size pasta pan will easily feed 20 pasta fans and, for those that prefer less pasta, many of our salads and classic Italian entrées are available in catering pans too. Think eggplant or chicken parmesan, buttery cooked salmon, prosciutto-stuffed chicken breast and tangy apple gorgonzola salad!
- We have over 95 locations.
What began as a basement bistro in Minneapolis has grown out into 95 separate locations, each of them vibrantly unique. While the atmosphere and the personality of each location varies, they all have one thing in common. They all encourage family fun and togetherness! Visit the main site to find the Buca di Beppo near you.
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