Do you cover our area?
Yes, we cover all of Ireland and have worked in some very remote places over the years from Sherkin island to Donegal.
What does a hog roast cost?
It depends what you want us to do, how many people you want us to feed and what menu you have in mind, also when and where. If you can tell me those things I can give you a price.
Do you cater house parties?
Yes, a large part of my business is parties at home for people celebrating significant birthdays and other milestones at home.
Do you do barbeques and “normal” food? I’m not saying the pig isn’t normal, I just don’t think I have a big enough crowd coming to make it worthwhile.
Yes you need a pretty big group to make the hog-roast cost effective, but we can offer more standard fare. We can offer a traditional barbeque, but we also do standard buffet with very tasty beef stroganoff or chicken curry if that is the kind of thing you have in mind? We usually do a lot of that around communion time each year.
What about venues? Do you work with any hotels in our area?
I have worked at a lot of hotels and continue to work with quite a few. The fact is that hotels do have significant overheads, which means that they have to charge a price that gives them a margin – that’s what they have to do to stay in business. But there are other options I have also worked in rugby clubs, tennis clubs, sailing clubs, rowing clubs, GAA clubs , Golf clubs, community centres, Youth Hostels, and at numerous An Taisce sites. There are other options
A lot of clubs around the country have benefited from refurbishment f not complete redevelopment over the past few years, are really well maintained, and have all the facilities.
I expect to have 100 people at our event, how many pigs do we need?
For 100 guests 1 pig will be enough; I think 100 people is a very good number, we can roast a pig for 60 or 70 people, but once we get to around 100 guests it becomes that bit more cost effective. Actually the largest pig I ever cooked in the oven was 79KG and we served 200 people that day.
How long will it take to cook the pig? Do you arrive with it partially cooked?
It usually takes between 4 and 6 hours too cook the pig and we always cook from fresh on site – unless the client asks us not to, because it’s a surprise party and in that case we would arrive with it fully cooked.
How much space do you need?
Usually we can operate in a 3m x 3 m space (10ft x 10ft if you prefer).
What do you do if it rains?
We do have our own little gazebo to cover us and keep the rain off the pig.
Is there anything you need from us?
Just a place to plug in my extension lead the oven uses gas to cook the pig, but the motor that turns it is a small 40 watt (less than a normal light bulb).
Is there anything else we have to do?
Yes, enjoy yourselves!!!
You normally operate buffet style service, so the guests get up from their seats and are served by your staff?
Yes that is how it works, not every event is formal where guests are all seated, but sometimes they are.
Can you do table service for our event?
Yes we can, but it impacts our staffing levels and is not reflected in the pricing quoted on the website. I would have to discuss your requirements with you and assess the staffing level required.
If we want canapés how does that work?
Normally we serve the canapés on trays and hog roast catering staff will circulate amongst the guests with trays of the tasty morsels.
What kind of canapés do you have?
Generally they are small bite size pieces that people can pick up and pop in; I think that works best rather than having a plate in one had a glass in the other. We don’t really have a lot of the deep fried finger food options. Most of our offering would be detailed in the wedding menus listed on the weddings page of the website, but I email you a list if you like.
Do you supply salads or vegetables with the meat of our main course?
Yes, we usually provide potatoes and a selection of salads. Baby new potatoes in butter are most popular but we can offer roast potatoes or potato dapinoise. As the seasons change we adjust our menu and offer roasted root vegetables in place of salads.
I see from the website that you can offer desserts, what kind of desserts do you have?
We can offer a selection, like Banoffi, Bailey’s cheesecake and apple pie. Or we can offer petit fours …. Which is French for those fancy little desserts, that look wonderful and taste even better. But we can offer profiteroles with chocolate sauce and other options. What would you like?
You can offer tea and coffee I read, do you supply proper cups and saucers?
Yes we have a coffee maker that we take with us and we have proper cups and saucers.
Your prices include proper crockery and cutlery for each course you serve, is that correct?
Yes that is correct, and we use a hot cupboard to pre-warm the plates for the main course. Our service is buffet style and staffing for buffet style service is also included in the price we quote.
I just want to check, you take the washing up with you?
Yes, we take the washing up with us. I have a commercial dishwasher and I’ll happily put everything through it the next day (it’s usually pretty late when we get home).