Moonstone Manor


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I grew up in Philadelphia in a traditional Italian household with my father the bread winner and my mother the bread maker. It was in my home that I learned the importance of food, not just as a means of sustenance but as something to share with others and incorporate into celebrations of every kind. Our city garden was the perfect ‘fresh’ start but I longed for more ‘fresh’, for farms and quaint markets where local, raw ingredients would be readily available. I dreamed of owning my own business where I could incorporate such ingredients into dishes that would soothe the soul, nourish the body, and stimulate the mind.

My journey for “fresh” started in Lancaster County when I became the proprietor of an authentic bed and breakfast located in the heart of Amish country, where I learned that ‘local’ really was everything. Travelers came to ‘see and meet the locals’ and to buy home grown corn and other land favorites, and the locals sang their praises of their roots and why Lancaster county was the place to be, to raise a family, and enjoy the simple gifts that life and the land had to offer.

Now a resident of Lancaster County (for 28 years), surrounded by all that is scenic and natural, the mother of a beautiful daughter, and the proud founder and owner of Food For Thought Catering and Moonstone Manor, I am grateful for having conquered my quest for ‘fresh’. Food For Thought Catering offers innovative cuisine, using local and pure ingredients which yield earthy, rustic and mind-smart fare.

I’m excited to be able to obtain useful and fresh resources to share with my clients and to support an effort that is essential in healthful living. I look forward to making a wholesome difference.

Gina Dambrosio,

What’s Included

The base price includes food, non-alcoholic beverages, ice, staff, equipment/supplies for food and beverage service, leftovers, greens and t-lights for food and beverage stations, and planning guidance.

Included in Base Price(PDF)


Menu Considerations (PDF)

More menu options are available upon request.

We encourage you to meet with a Food for Thought Catering event planner for help with menu planning and to discuss details and costs.


You may inquire directly to: for base price cost and more details on costs.

Estimates are based on menu choices and guest count.

You can add additional butlered hors d’oeuvres, stationary hors d’oeuvres, and/or entrees if you desire.

Cash, checks or credit cards are accepted for payment. 

If the costs have not been determined, a deposit of $500.00 is required to hold a date for two weeks to give you time to answer the questions needed for us to prepare the costs specific to your event.

Add on/options:

  • Bartending staff is handled separately. We can provide/recommend a professional bartending service which carries liability insurance and provides RAMP/TIP certified bartenders. Cost varies depending on alcohol being offered (partial or full bar), guest count, and choice of cups/glassware (disposable or rental).
  • Hot beverages including regular and decaf coffee, assorted tea, cream, sugar, Splenda, and lemons
  • Assorted regular and diet soda to add to your non-alcoholic beverage offerings
  • Disposable service-ware including all plates, forks, knives, beverage cups, cocktail and dinner napkins, “hot cups”, to include enough for guests to go back for seconds, thirds, etc.
  • Rental service-ware including real china plates, real flatware and real glassware
  • Mixed service-ware including china plates and rental flatware for dinner, and disposable beverage cups, cocktail napkins, and plates and forks needed for hors d’oeuvres and/or dessert, and hot cups
  • Bar set ups, including tonic, club, sodas, juices, bar fruit and condiments (needed with full bars only). If you choose your own bartending service, they may provide this service for you.
  • Dessert sampler (see descriptions on menu page)
  • Linens-we handle through our vendors with our professional discount extended, or you can source them on your own with our guidance (table/linen list).

Additional labor costs vary, depending on number of rentals and guest count

Food for Thought Catering will be happy to help with your linen order to ensure you have what you need when you place your order with the linen company of your choice.

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"On behalf of both of our families, I just wanted to take a moment to thank your entire staff for the great job you all did for our wedding on Saturday!! It couldn't have gone any better in my opinion!! I felt like I was living a Fairy Tale that day . . . it just seemed too good to be true!! I felt like royalty! You deserve an extra special thank you for giving us the unbelievable opportunity to have our wedding at your beautiful Moonstone Manor and for coordinating things to make sure everything ran smoothly!! I have no doubt that it was a lot of work for all of you. Because of your generosity we had a wedding that was so much better than anything I ever could have imagined . . . your grounds and mansion are amazing and beautiful . . . every course of the meal was impeccable . . . the service provided by your staff was superb . . . we had so much fun from the time we arrived Friday evening until the time we rolled out of there on Saturday afternoon . . . I will never forget your kindness and generosity Penny!! By far, absolutely the best and happiest day of my life!! I hope the kindness you bestowed upon us comes back to you many times over!! Again, thank you so very much for everything!!!!"