Lancaster County Magazine
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, founder/owner
2048 Zeager Road
Elizabethtown, PA 17022
* Partner, Lancaster Buy Fresh Buy Local
* LGH Smart Health for Women, preferred vendor
* Wedding Wire’s Bride’s Choice Award, 5 star rated
Base price includes the following:
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 as listed below:
Butlered hors d’oeuvres are recommended and very well received, (they create nice movement and
dimension to a party). Guests can walk around/explore, and our staff can ‘cater’ to them.
Ideas for your consideration but we can discuss many other ideas. These are some popular choices.
Butlered hors d’oeuvres ideas
Many of the above can be served as a stationary sampling…but here are more ideas:
Entrées and accompaniments (think seasonal/local). Many items are served warm/hot but can also be served room temp. ‘Mediterranean style’! Hors d’oeuvres can be substituted for sides.
When choosing your final menu items, please keep mind that you can choose a variety of side dishes to pair with your entrees. We can help you plan the perfect menu.
Dessert sampler selections:
Base price (refer to first page for what is included)
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.
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
$4.00 per person for disposable service-ware
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.
$6.00 per person for rental service-ware
Rental service-ware including real china plates, real flatware and real glassware
$5.00 per person for mixed service-ware
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
Additional labor costs vary, depending on number of rentals and guest count
$2.00 per person
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.
$3.00 per person, choose three
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). 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.
Cash, checks or credit cards are accepted for payment.
3.75% fee will be applied to credit card payments as of December 1, 2018.
*A 50% deposit is due to secure an event date with Food for Thought Catering. This is considered the ‘contract date’. This deposit locks in a date, guarantees current food rates, allows for the reservation and confirmation of food ingredients, staff, rentals, linens and/or any other service person or item(s) needed to execute an event. 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. Once the costs have been determined, the balance of the 50% deposit will be due. Deposit payments are non-refundable. Deposits are considered the binding contract. If an event is cancelled, a credit/voucher, in the form of a gift certificate, for any monies paid over and above the deposit amount, less a processing/cancellation fee of $500.00, will be issued.
*A second (progress) payment of one half of the remaining balance will be due midway between the contract date and the actual date of the event.
*A final payment of the remaining balance will be due no later than one week prior to the event date.
*6% PA sales tax will apply, where applicable. If you are tax exempt, please submit a tax exemption certificate.
*The final count is due one week prior to the event with ONLY additions up to the day before an event allowed. As count changes, prices will change accordingly. Labor is included in the per person base price. Reducing the guest count does not necessarily reduce labor costs so the per person base price may increase but the overall balance is less. Fixed costs remain so they get divided by the new guest count.
*Overtime charges often occur if event hours are extended. Rates vary, depending on how many staff members are required to stay on site, until the guests leave and clean-up is complete. Overtime charges are calculated and charged to client following the event. Payment in full for the overtime charges is due upon receipt.
*Gratuity is appreciated, and at client’s discretion.
*Leftover liability waiver must be signed to take leftovers at the conclusion of an event.
*All payments can be made payable to Food for Thought Catering or Gina D’Ambrosio
More menu options are available upon request.
We encourage you to meet with an FFTC event planner for help with menu planning and to discuss details and costs.
If you have any questions please feel free to click here to contact us.
"Thanks so much for all you've done to accommodate us! Thanks for bearing with all our questions and phone calls. This was certainly a dream come true for us. We just love your place!"
—Mark and Melanie S.