Planning Rules of Thumb to Consider
1. Start with cheese and meat plates – two or three selections of each, and one serving per four people. The marcona almonds, house marinated olives, and stuffed dates are excellent starters to accompany cheese and meat plates.
2. Order three to six different tapa. Two is not a diverse enough offering and more than six typically leads to dishes running out before everyone could try everything.
3. In general, order one serving of a tapa per three guests. You will see quantities listed next to the tapas on the menu- most come in multiples of three, so ordering one serving per three guests allows for everyone to get one or two of that tapa (one date or fig, two stuffed mushrooms or shrimp, etc). Some tapas don’t have a fixed quantity (salad, brussels sprouts, patatas bravas) – stick with the serving per three rule on those. Notice that chicken pincho skewers and lamb sliders are two per order, so order accordingly. And while planning quantities to order, consider vegetarians/vegans, attendees who will have eaten already, and other circumstances that will have a bearing on the quantity of food your party will need.
4. For wine, you can offer a full selection – white, rosé, red, and bubbly- but at least offer a red and white! We budget one bottle per three people for social functions; one bottle per four people for professional functions.
We pour 5oz wine pours, which yields five glasses per bottle. You know your guests better than we do – if you have a group of enthusiastic wine lovers you might need to order more wine! We don’t want to run out. We keep a larger inventory on hand of our wines on the Glass menu, so go to our Menus page and check that menu out if you want to make selections that we will have extras of in case your party is thirstier than you planned! You will only be charged for what is opened; any unfinished bottles can be resealed by your server (to comply with open container laws) and taken home.
5. Non-wine: You can select beers to have available to your group, as well as liquor drinks to be included- or you can give your guests a price cap on beers or liquor drinks and they can order on the party’s check.
If separate checks for guests is desired (after the party has consumed all preselected items, or if guests want items not included on the party’s ticket), this will have to be discussed in advance- it is typically possible for smaller groups. Enoteca reserves the right to enforce our policy of no separate checks for parties over 12 people- but we will do everything in our power to be accommodating.