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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the minimum number of guests I can have at a party catered by you? Monday through Thursday 30. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 50.
  2. Do you customize your menus? What if I don’t see something but I really want it at my event? Yes! We encourage you to spend time perusing our menus which we’ve provided to spur your appetite, however, give us a call or fill out the Contact Us page with your favorites, and we will do our best to accommodate your request.
  3. How far away will you cater? This depends on the type of event, number of guests, the venue, and how many parties we have reserved that same day. We’ve catered as far as Pleasanton for events. This question is best answered on a case by case basis. Please fill out our Contact Us page.
  4. Can you provide tables, chairs, and linens for my event? We own all of our own tables, chairs, china & glassware. We also stock a large selection of linens. If we don't have exactly what you are looking for, we can definitely get it for you.
  5. Do you provide wedding planning and coordination? Yes. Someone needs to orchestrate the timing of your grand entrance after photos announcing the newly married bride and groom, moving a buffet line, making sure the event is timed for toasts, first dance, cake cutting, music, announcements and much more. Be sure to click on the Catering by Dana weddings page to see all the coordination we offer.
  6. Do you offer vegetarian fare? Yes.
  7. Can I have a tasting at Catering by Dana and Absolute Barbecue Company? Yes, please call us for more details or fill out our Contact Us page. There is a fee for the tasting.
  8. How far in advance shall I reserve my event? A lot depends on the type of catering you desire (i.e. wedding, Holiday party), but we suggest the earlier the better. A good guestimate is one to two months or more for Holidays and weddings. We have been known to do last minute, but forward planning helps us to help you.
  9. Do you accept Mastercard, Visa, American Express and personal checks? Yes. We will charge customary convenience fees.
  10. What is included with your barbecues? Biodegradable plateware, utensils and napkins, all serving tables and equipment.
  11. How much set up and break down time do you need to plan for an event? 2 hours for set up and one hour for break down.
  12. How much space do you need when catering my event? We arrive in a fourteen foot box truck. We need somewhere to park our trucks – preferably off the street and about a 20 by 20 foot space next to truck(s) to set up our preparation area. We will discuss this with you when you book an event.
  13. Are your companies licensed and insured? Yes.
  14. Can I have a environmentally friendly/green event? Yes.

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What We Are

Absolute Barbecue Company is one of the Bay Area's largest off-premise caterers for both private parties and corporate events. Catering and event planning is not just part of what we do, it's all we do. That's what sets us apart from other barbecue companies. Our chefs cook on site at your event, providing the most tantalizing aromas and authentic barbecue atmosphere. All you need to do is show up and enjoy yourselves! We feature a true Texas style barbecue, using only the finest choice meat seasoned with hand-rubbed spices or specialty marinades and slow smoked with hickory logs. We then grill over mesquite to ensure that 'fall off the bone melt in your mouth' fresh taste that we are renowned for. We are a barbecue caterer with the wide range of bbq menues.

Catering By Dana, our fine dining and corporate division, specializes in non-barbecue menus. If your needs are greater than just barbecue you won't have to go anywhere else. We can customize any menu to fit your needs whether it's a breakfast meeting, an afternoon picnic, an evening wedding or nighttime cocktail party. We invite you to view our custom menus for a sample of what we can provide, or call us at 650-299-8370 for more information. An event coordinator is available to help you organize a spectacular event that's within your budget and appropriate for the occasion."

What We Do
Barbecue Catering Services
Catering Rentals
Event Planning / Event Catering / Party Planning
Wedding Catering
Themed Designed Parties
Catering Venues and Locations
BBQ Express Bus
Catering and Entertainment
What We Cater
Absolute Barbecue Company
Pre-set Barbecue menus
Ala Carte Barbecue menus
Barbecue Add ons
Beverage Service
Drop Off Menu
Catering By Dana
Hot Appetizers
Vegetarian & Cold Appetizers
Stationary Displays
Chef Presentations
Buffet Salads
Entree Salads
Beef, Lamb & Poultry
Pork & Seafood
Vegetarian Entries
Side Dishes
Basic Box Lunch
Gourmet Box Lunch
Beverage Options
Where We Do It
Alviso, Atherton, Belmont, Brisbane, Burlingame
Campbell, Colma, Cupertino, Daly City, East Palo Alto
El Granada, Emeryville, Foster City, Fremont, Hayward
Hillsborough, La Honda, Los Altos, Los Gatos, Menlo Park
Millbrae, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill , Mountain View
Newark, Oakland, Pacifica, Palo Alto, Portola Valley
Redwood City, San Bruno, San Carlos, San Francisco, San Jose
San Leandro, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Saratoga,
South San Francisco, Sunnyvale, Union City, Willow Glen, Woodside