Below are some frequently asked questions and their answers, we hope they help make your next event a success!
- Q: Why don’t you update your pricing?
A: Current events are changing so rapidly it is impossible to predict prices and availability. Until things return to normal, please call for current prices.
- Q: Why do some events cost more?
A: The size of your party, the menu selected, the location of your party, and any special requests will determine the price. Unlike our competitors, we do offer on-site BBQ service for smaller events with a custom menu.
- * A note on pricing; Our clients find that our prices are more than comparable to what other local caterers offer, and our food, service, and attention to detail is unsurpassed. Thank you for your understanding; we do appreciate your business.
- Q: Speaking of costs, what can I get for $2.00 to $4.00?
A: Not much! We truly strive to keep our prices competitive, and offer only the best foods that we can obtain. We don`t cut corners like “the other guys”, and a great many of our clients are repeat customers.
I do occasionally get the request for menus priced below what it costs to provide! While we do joke about it, the truth is that on average you can`t get out of McDonalds for $5.00 per person. Of course they don`t deliver or cook your burgers fresh on site either!
Food is a highly competitive business, and we invite you to comparison shop our meal prices. Not only are our prices right, but we also deliver great service too! We buy our meats from licensed, inspected vendors, quality is very important to us. If you get a quote that’s really cheap, beware.
- Q: How soon will you get here?
A: We arrive at most jobs 1 1/2 hours prior to your selected serving time. This allows us ample time to set up our equipment, and cook your meal fresh. For out of town adventures, we always leave early enough to avoid traffic and other problems. We are well known for a prompt response and on-time service. Please allow us a 10-15 minute serving window for larger parties.
- Q: How long will you be here?
A: For most parties we will stay on site until all your guests have been served. We normally feed groups of 200 in under an hour. For pig roasts, we always make sure your pig has been carved, and any mess is removed before we leave. Our goal is to provide excellent service for your event! If you need servers or cleanup crew to stay for an extended visit, we can arrange for that too!
- Q: How many crew members will you have at our event?
A: For most parties of up to 200 guests, we bring a crew of 2-3 experienced BBQ crew members. For larger events, we always bring enough extra help to ensure your event goes smoothly. Servers are included in the price we quote you for your event. There are no hidden “chef`s” charges. If you do require extra help, we can provide it at an additional fee to cover labor expenses.
- Q: How much space do you need for your trailer?
A: We cook off of a custom 20` trailer. With the truck included we need a 40` x 10` footprint, we do need enough space to safely park at your event, and to back in and pull out safely too! It is also important that we have ample room to leave after your guests are fed and happy! If you have any questions, please ask us when you book your event. Please don`t ask us to back into areas that are hard to access, or areas such as lawns where our equipment will do damage. We always treat your property like it was our own!
- Q: What about entertainment?
A: We work with a number of entertainment professionals. Contact us for suggestions. Let us help make your next event special!
- Q: How far in advance can I book my special day?
A: Please feel free to book as early as possible. We often participate at weddings that have been booked a year or more in advance! As a family business, we can`t be in two places at the same time! Our competitors take a 50% deposit to reserve a date. We require a $200.00 deposit, and a signed contract. Holidays and certain times of the year are very popular.
- Q: Why does that meat look undercooked?
A: What you are seeing is the smoke ring. Our slow smoked pig roasts are always so well done and tender the meat just falls apart. Most smoked foods will have a pink to light red tint. This shows that the food was cooked “low and slow” and not rushed like some commercial operations do. For health reasons, we always make sure our meats are properly cooked through. This is the same reason we do not offer rare hamburgers- the choice is done, or well done only!
- Q: Do you provide beer and alcohol for your parties?
A: No, we do not! We are happy to recommend a beer and wine server, or a bartender to compliment your event. We often participate at weddings and other functions that require drink service. All licensing and applicable laws are to be observed by the event host. Under no circumstances will we provide alcohol to minors or impaired individuals.
- Q: We are a registered non or not for profit organization. Do you offer special rates for us?
A: Yes we do! We often work with churches, hospitals, and groups like the Wendy`s Dave Thomas Foundation. We always try to give a discounted rate to these organizations as a “thank you” to the community. Ask us about ways to help out at your next fundraiser or other special benefit event! Please provide 501 documentation when we book your party.
- Note: Please also be aware that a Florida re-sale tax number is NOT valid as an exemption for sales tax on services. Without a copy of your 501, we will have to charge state sales tax for your event.
- Q: What about bad weather?
A: M-N-M BBQ is a rain or shine operation! For outdoor events, please make alternate arrangements for an indoor serving and eating area. This being Florida, we often participate at outdoor events. The weather can be unpredictable, especially during the summer months. If it rains don`t worry- we will still provide you with fresh food in a timely manner.
- Q: How about Insurance?
A: We carry a $500,000 dollar liability policy. Our insurance also gives you the option of having your event at a local or state park. Pinellas County has my information on file as an approved vendor.
- Q: Speaking of location, where can we have our party?
A: Just about anywhere our mobile BBQ can travel to. We have done events on the beach, at hospitals, at many local parks, and corporate locations. You also have the opportunity to reserve special locations such as the Lions Club on Sunset Beach and the Museum of Fine Art in Tampa.
- Q: Can I change my menu or guest count?
A: If you would like to change your menu or the guest count, we will try our best to accommodate your needs. Certain foods such as pig roasts are hard to prepare for. We will try to make menu changes with a two-week notice, and adjust your guest count with a one-week notice.
- Q: Speaking of guest count, what happens if my event draws fewer guests than planned for?
A: We are happy to provide great foods for smaller events. The price for our most popular menu selection is good for parties of 75 or more. Smaller parties cost more per person because the labor, fuel and other expenses do not change. If you book an event for 75 or more and the total falls below 75, there is an additional surcharge to cover expenses.
- Q: Can I change my date?
A: Generally, the answer would be no. All of our dates are important to us. When we reserve your special day, it gives you the confidence to know we will be there for your event. It also prevents us from booking another party on that day, and loosing other business opportunities.
- Q: Why did I arrive at mnmbbq.com when I followed the URL to tampapigroast.com?
A: mnmbbq.com is also tampapigroast.com, we have become better known in the Greater Tampa area for our pig roast Theme Partys!
For some the name TampaPigRoast.com is easier to remember. Both bring you to the same webpage.
- Q: Where are your customer testimonials?
A: We don’t list them. Obviously, (since we manage our own web site), we can say anything about our food and service! References are available by request.
- Q: How about vegetarian or vegan foods?
A: We offer a number of meatless dishes to keep your vegetarian or vegan friends happy! Let us know what your needs are, and we can prepare something tasty they are sure to enjoy!
Please contact us via email or phone if you have any questions not covered here!