SHOBI’S TABLE From-Scratch, Meal for Meal Catering
You can help raise funds for Shobi’s Table by hiring us for your catering needs. Every meal you order pays not only for your meals, but also for another person’s lunch at the truck. It’s a meal-for-meal match!
MENU: Ordering from Shobi’s Table isn’t quite like ordering from a regular restaurant, food truck or catering business. Our menu changes each week, due to whatever comes in our weekly donated deliveries from Twin Cities Food Justice. We will match our weekly café menus with any catering menus we have so to be good stewards of both ingredients and preparation time. When you initially order, we will give you a general idea of what could be served (such as Soup and Bread OR Wrap Sandwich Meals OR Baked Pasta and Salad). The week of the event, we will know more specifically what will be made (such as Tomato Soup, Garlic Bread Sticks, Curried Chicken Wraps, Burritos/Tacos, OR Rustic Pepper and Zucchini Baked Pasta). If you have any requests, we will do our best to take them into consideration, but cannot make any promises ahead of time.
PRICING: Depending on the weekly menu, each meal will cost $10-$15/person, and we will send an initial invoice which serves as a guaranteed minimum of what you will pay. You (or your organization) can either pay the total up front, or you can ask for our donation box to put put out during the event. If you choose to do this, any donations made will be subtracted from your final total, and you will pay the remainder afterward. A minimum order total for a staffed catering (with or without the truck) is $750 and $300 for an unstaffed (drop off) catering.
GROUP SIZE: Shobi’s Table can currently serve up to 250 people. If you’re not sure exactly how many people will be at your event, we suggest you think of similar events you’ve been to at a faith or community organization and compare there. Give us a general idea (e.g. 60-75), and we’ll work with you.
FOOD TRUCK: If you would like the food truck to come out, we charge $150 for bringing it out to location within a 10 mile radius of our kitchen, and for 2 hour serving window. For locations past a 10 mile radius and up to a 25 mile radius, we charge $200. (We are located at 105 University W, St Paul, MN 55103).
SCHEDULING: Please fill out a request form as soon as possible before your event! It is best to get at least 4-6 weeks advance notice, but sometimes we get events on our calendar as far as 6-8 months in advance.
CANCELLATIONS: We know that there are times that you need to cancel – such as weather (we wouldn’t want folks standing outside in line in a storm!) For last minute weather cancellations, we will charge 40% of the initial invoice. For all other cancellations, we ask that you let us know at least 3 days ahead of time, and no charge will be made. For cancellation made 1-2 days before, we will charge 25% of the initial invoice. For our cold weather policy, please see HERE.
Fill out our inquiry form to let us know about your event. We will email you back with our availability* and put together an initial invoice.
*Our catering services are available on a limited basis. Please inquire at least 3 weeks ahead of your event.
PREPARING FOR YOUR EVENT: If you are planning an event for which you are estimating the total amount of guests, it is best if you do some advertising in advance – such as creating a Facebook events, email invites, newspaper ads, and REALLY GOOD signage. Feel free to let folks know that we’ll be there!
Examples of menus: (Each menu will include meat and vegetarian options for the main courses. Please let us know if you need gluten free and dairy free options as well.)
- Menu #1: Two soup options, salad, bread and dessert.
- Example Soups: Chili, Tomato Soup, Creamy Winter Soup, Tortilla Soup, etc.
- Menu #2: Wrap sandwich (1 or 2 options), chips, salad and dessert.
- Example Wraps: Burritos, Roasted Veggie and Chicken Wrap, Asian Chicken Wrap, Americana Ranch Wrap, etc.
- Menu #3: Handpies (usually only available in the colder months), chips, salad and dessert.
- Example Handpies: Indian Curry, Holiday Handpies, Calzones, etc.
- Menu #3: Baked Pasta, chips, salad and dessert.
- Examples: Marinara Base, Mac n’ Cheese, Creamy Alfredo Base, etc.