What styles of service does Saffron offer?
Most Saffron events begin with passed or stationary hors d'oeuvres, followed by a main meal served on a buffet, via a variety of stations throughout the event space, or family style (to tables).
Do you offer dessert? Will you help cut my cake or serve other desserts?
We recommend our favorite local baker, Melissa Gray of Cakes by Gray,
for all your dessert needs.
Dessert service for a single item (e.g. a wedding cake) is $50 for up to 100 guests, $75 for 101-200 guests and $100 for 201 or more guests. Service of additional items — like a dessert/candy bar or a variety of homemade pies — is more involved and will be quoted once we know more about your plans.
Keep in mind additional rentals are also often required for dessert service, like plates, forks, napkins, platters or other staging pieces.
How far will Saffron travel for my event? Are there travel fees?
We will typically travel up to 1.5 hours from Asheville, with some exceptions.
Travel fees may apply to any event more than 10 miles from HomeGrown, or venues that are challenging to access (regardless of distance).
Our rate is $0.25 per mile, per staff member. For example, a wedding that’s 60 miles away (120 miles round trip) and has six staff members would incur a fee of $180. FYI, the federal mileage rate for 2016 is $0.54/mile.
Please note — to ensure fresh and delicious food, we require an on-site kitchen or rented kitchen equipment for events more than an hour away.
Do you offer bar service and custom cocktails?
Yes! We are happy to pour beer and wine you purchase from us (ask about our great local options!), as well as offer up to two signature cocktails. If you prefer a more extensive bar -- or to purchase your own beer & wine -- we recommend working with Cordial & Craft
, a professional bar & staffing company also based in Asheville.
Do you offer tastings?
Yes! Once you review an initial proposal – to be sure we’re in the appropriate ballpark for your budget, and get a sense of your taste – we’d love to host you for a tasting.
Do you offer rentals? Can you coordinate additional rentals?
Yes, and yes! We provide many buffet & staging items
at no cost. We’ve curated these pieces over the years to bring a unique aesthetic to your event.
We’ll coordinate any additional rentals you might need with our preferred local vendor, Classic Event Rentals
. Most clients will need to rent china, flatware, glassware and linens. Many venues also require tables, chairs, tenting & lighting.
We encourage you to review Classic Event Rentals’ site to select patters that suit your style, or let us know if you’d like to make an appointment to visit their Asheville showroom. Then let us take care of the details!
We also love vintage table settings, accessories and furniture from East West Vintage Rentals
Is gratuity included in your rates?
Our hourly labor rates may not be the lowest in WNC, but they provide our caring & talented staff with a living wage and are inclusive of gratuity. Additional gratuity is left entirely to the discretion of our clients and is not required.
Who works at your events?
Our staff is composed of seasoned event pros who are passionate to make your celebration everything you desire, and more. Some work at HomeGrown during the week, or at local schools and non-profits. They have years of experience and a deep commitment to excellent service and beautiful events.
Are kids’ meals free? Do we need to feed our photographer?
Kids three and under are on the house, while children ages four to 10 are half price. We’re happy to feed your photographer and any other vendors (band, wedding coordinator, etc.) for $10 each.
Do I need to hire a day-of or event coordinator?
It really depends on the complexity of your event. Many wedding clients find they do need a coordinator, but some don’t. We focus on food & beverage service, including developing your service timeline & floor plan, coordinating rentals, and overseeing foodservice setup & breakdown. We do not provide support for: event design or lighting, guest transportation, decorations, vendor coordination, flowers or music.
What is the process to plan an event with you? Where do we start?
There are several phases to the Saffron Fine Foods event-planning process:
1. Exploration: We’ll learn a little about each other, and you’ll provide initial details about
your event and desired menu. We’ll then provide you with a unique seasonal menu & estimate
2. Contract & Booking Fee: If you decide you’d like to work with us, we’ll provide you with a contract
to review & sign. We also request a non-refundable $500 booking fee, which will hold your event
date. This fee will be applied to your final balance.
3. Menu Confirmation & Deposit: Once your menu is finalized, we’ll request your signature on the final
menu, and pre-payment of 50% of the estimated total cost (less any booking fee already received).
Final menu confirmation is required no less than 6 weeks prior to the event.
4. Site Check/Walk Through: As the event approaches, we’ll meet at the venue to finalize your
timeline and rental needs together. Site checks can be conducted any time after signing a
contract, ideally about 1-3 months before the event. (Don’t worry, we are very familiar with most
venues in the area, and this can be done remotely if you’re not local!)
5. Finalization: Two weeks before your event we’ll touch base to confirm final plans and
any outstanding items. We’ll also update you on any menu updates based on the freshest
The guaranteed guest count for your event is due no less than 14 days prior. Your final payment is due 7 days prior to the event.
What is the schedule of payment & deposits for your services?
• To secure your date, we require a non-refundable booking fee of $500 per event & signature
of a contract
• Final menu confirmation is required no less than 6 weeks prior to the event. Upon finalizing,
we request a pre-payment of 50% of the estimated total cost (less any booking fee already
• Your guaranteed guest count is due 14 days prior to the event
• Final payment is due 7 days prior to the event
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept payment via check, cash and credit cards. All credit card payments are subject to a 2.5% processing fee.
Checks should be made payable to “Saffron Fine Foods” and mailed or dropped off at the address below:
Saffron Fine Foods
371 Merrimon Ave.
Asheville NC 28801
How is the cost of an event determined?
The total event cost is comprised of:
• Agreed upon per guest food & beverage costs, multiplied by your guest count
• An itemized rental & supplies order
• Staffing, which is based on the duration of your event and actual staffing plans
• A travel fee, if applicable
This subtotal is then subject to a 15% production fee and 7% NC sales tax.
What is the 15% production fee?
The production fee covers a variety of work outside of the event itself, including coordination, calls & planning, menu development, a site visit, rental coordination, and really anything else that comes up that might require our support. The hourly labor charges are strictly for the event itself, so this helps defer the cost of the time and care that goes into your event in the days, weeks and months prior.
What’s the difference between HomeGrown & Saffron Fine Foods?
Saffron and HomeGrown share a common ethos of supporting local agriculture and operating under a sustainable business model.
We work under the same roof and support the same wonderful local farms that share our values of sustainability, community and good taste. But, we are distinct companies with different specialties. Here’s how you can tell us apart:
Saffron Fine Foods
• Our full-service catering & events company. Providing locally crafted food, excellent service
and beautiful events to clients throughout WNC since 2007
• Customized and elegant “100 mile” menus for each season and every occasion
• All the logistical, staffing, and culinary planning support needed for a seamless, low-stress
and eco-friendly full-service event
• Our local eatery at 371 Merrimon Ave. in North Asheville. We opened HomeGrown in 2010 out
of a desire to see our wonderful clients on a regular basis (and we mean it, we’re
open 8am – 9pm, seven days a week!)
• Our catering menu is reflective of the current restaurant menu, with a few special offerings
& holiday treats in the same home-cooking style
• HomeGrown catering service is limited to pickup, deliveries and deliveries with basic buffet service
• HomeGrown does not offer broader event support like:
- Staffing (besides buffet attendants)
- Setup, rentals or clearing beyond the buffet itself
- Bar service
- Logistical, planning & event services
• We do provide re-usable wire chaffing dishes, serving utensils, compostable plates,
flatware & cups, and are happy to recommend local vendors who can help with additional
staffing & rentals
• Visit the
page to learn more and to place a no-frills order
for “Slow Food Right Quick.”
I love HomeGrown food but also need full-service catering.
Which is right for my event?
If you desire all the support, event expertise and stellar service of Saffron – but also want buttermilk fried chicken and mashed taters on the menu – we are pleased to offer “HomeGrown by Saffron.” Contact us for a quote for Saffron service featuring HomeGrown dishes, the makings of a wonderful down-home event!