Service Styles


A convenient bite passed to your guests by our butlers.  Perfect for warm hors d’oeuvre and detailed presentations, this style of service works well at mingling events.  Tray-passing is a nice way to welcome guests, or to thank them with a sweet send-off.

Stationary Display
Typically presented on a centrally located table, the stationary display is an attractive culinary arrangement for your guests to choose from at their leisure.  Unobtrusive and simple, it works well for a small group, or combined with tray-passed, for a larger group or extended cocktail event.

Steward-attended food stations prepare plates to order and present them to your guests.  This versatile style affords a personalized service while maximizing the social energy and movement of the group.  Additionally, the station setup allows us to control food quantity and presentation in a comfortable way.

Club Plates
A unique style of culinary service designed by Waters, club plates combine the strengths of both tray-passing and station service.  Plates are created in the kitchen and butler-passed, requiring no set-up in the event space and allowing guests to enjoy a plated nosh wherever they are sitting, lounging or standing.

Classic and elegant, this is the most labor-driven style of culinary service.  Courses are prepared and plated in the kitchen, then delivered to each of your seated guests by a coordinated team of butlers.  Seated service is very personal, making it a favorite for more formal affairs.

Best of both worlds… possibly? This style of service combines a served first course, then station service, which offers the guests more variety of culinary creations and then completes with a served dessert or a cheese course and then dessert.

The simplest style of service, a single buffet works best for a small, casual gathering.  The buffet is a simple and attractive display.  However, we would caution that this style of service tends to require more food than needed to assure a bountiful look.  Consider a station or club plate approach instead.

Tasting Bars
Modeled after Spanish tapas bars, this unique style of interactive service is a crowd pleaser.  Pull up a stool at the Tasting Bar and be greeted by one of our culinary bartenders, who will bring you a glass of champagne and a tasting menu.  Each plate is paired with the perfect wine complement.  The bonus: you get to watch each plate prepared to order by our culinary team! This upbeat and social style of entertaining combines the winning variety of the Club Plate style, but with wine pairings, and you get to be entertained while sitting with your friends.

Back to the table with family entertaining.  Waiters bring platters of hot from the oven foods and place on the table for the guests to share.  This is perfect choice for a more casual and familiar get to know you style of interactive “Family” style entertaining.