What Wedding Workshop has to say about this Partner:
When you think about catering in St. Louis, Russo’s is one of the first that comes to mind. Their family owned and operated business has grown to mogul status and they are the preferred caterer at so many venues because their service and food are of the highest level. We adore Mark Russo and his team and can’t say enough great things about this business.
What makes you different?
We are a family owned and operated company that has been around St. Louis for over 55 years. We have great service, delicious food, and can customize your menu to work within your budget. We are a one stop shot for both food & dessert. We are an Italian family, but we can also make all different types of ethnic foods. We have no hidden fees are very upfront about our pricing. We also work with you throughout the entire planning process to make sure your event runs seamlessly.
What would be your “Walking Up to Home Plate” song that gets you pumped up?
“Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey or anything by Nelly (STL represent!)
Below is an extensive Q&A we hope you find valuable and gives you an insight into the quality of work you can expect from this vendor.
Yes, all of the above plus family style and stations buffets
All menus are on our website (pricing listed). https://russosgourmet.com/event-catering/menus/
** We also have price estimators you can fill out to get an instant price quote based on your venue and menu of interest
We offer a complimentary tasting for 2 to come to one of our menu sampling (we host 5 per year). These are more buffet style driven and include apps, dinner buffet and wedding cake samples. We can offer a private tasting starting at $25/person, depending on which menu they are interested in.
Per person fee based on a menu of interest
We have a 21% labor fee for the staff to be there. We do not charge a gratuity or require a tip.
We offer all the above. We are not a kosher kitchen so we will outsource from Kohns if someone wants a kosher meal.
It depends on what the change is, for example our final counts are due one week prior. If a count changes we typically can make the change the week of, but it it’s within 48 hours of the event we will charge a late fee. We try to accommodate our guests as much a possible.
Yes! We have an in-house bakery that makes our wedding cakes, cookies, mini desserts, pies, cupcakes, etc.
No, it’s included in our package. If someone wants to bring in their own cake, we charge $.50/ person to cut and plate (when they are not using our bridal package)
We oversee managing the food. We always connect with the DJ/band to make sure we are on the same timeline, who’s dismissing tables, is cake cutting first, when are toasts etc. We discuss the timeline with our clients beforehand and the contracts reads the timeline
Yes, we outsource using different rental companies, but yes we can provide any rentals needed.
Yes, depends on the venue access on when they are delivered and picked up. We are not always on site during the drop off and pick up (unless timed delivery).
Yes we can. We typically are in charge of setting the place settings (fork, knife, napkin, water glass, party favor, etc). When it comes to extra décor as in centerpieces and place cards, we advise the client to have someone help with those extra decorations.
We have a 21% labor fee on all full-service catered events. We have a minimum of $350 and each menu has a minimum labor fee listed on them.
We bring our own oven and warmers on site to heat food/keep it hot. We also have separate food runs close to serve time.
We do both. Some venues handle the bar but other venues we do. We have a liquor license that allows us to provide alcohol.
They are included with the open bar pricing.
The open bar price includes a per person price upfront, which gives the client unlimited consumption of alcohol for their event.
We charge a corkage fee for host bars or if a client brings in donated product.
Yes, we offer a box lunch (sandwich, side, dessert) for $10 or hot meal for $25.
We offer a complimentary champagne toast for the head table. A toast for all guests is $3.75 /person (includes champagne and glass).
We bill in 4-hour periods, additional time depends on each event but typically $150/additional hour.
One week prior to the event (if it’s a wedding on a Saturday, it’s due the Friday beforehand).
We typically require 2-3 hours prior for set up and 1-2 hours take down. We do not charge the client for these hours. Of course it depends on venue access too!
$750 to secure the date (or 10% if the event is less than $750) non-refundable.
72 hours prior via cashier’s check, money order or credit card (2.5% fee with cards)
Prepayments and deposits will be returned in full (less security deposit) if the event is cancelled by client 120 days or more prior to the event date. If the event is cancelled by client less than 120 days prior to the event, all deposits are subject to forfeiture