Highest Standard of Service
We are in the business of hospitality and service and want your event at Vennebu Hill to be the most memorable. With that said, Vennebu Hill wants to be remembered for great service and a wonderful catering experience. In order to maintain a high level of service at Vennebu Hill, we require that meal service in the dining area follow a set of specified policies that include limitations on food service style (i.e. buffet, family-style, or plated) based on your guest size. We want you to pick your preferred cuisine, however, we require licensed & professional catering companies to do that for you, thus we will provide you with a list of ‘trusted & approved’ caterers from which to choose. We ask that you work with your caterer to provide an appropriate number of servers hired based on guest size and meal service choice to assist with bussing tables and preparing dishware for cleaning. While your package includes place settings, we ask that caterers assist in bussing and cleaning all items used.
Vennebu Hill can comfortably seat 350 people in its dining area. While a standard rectangular 8 ft. table is usually 30″ wide and only seats 8, with 36″ wide tables we are able to seat 10. While it is a little tight on those tables, the added width helps a great deal. With all that said, there are guidelines to how meal service can be organized at maximum capacity. In order to maintain a high level of service, Vennebu Hill limits the type of dining service based on guest size.
- Guest sizes under 300: Family-style, plated, stations or buffet are all recommended. For guest sizes over 175, two 2-sided buffet tables are recommended.
- Guest sizes 300-325: Family-style or plated are recommended. Two 2-sided buffet tables are required and are allowed, however, space is VERY limited.
- Guest sizes 325-350: Family-style or plated are recommended. Buffet style is NOT allowed inside. There are some buffet table options outside in either the West patio or the courtyard. Caterers must feel comfortable with this option. All buffet setups outside the dining area must be approved by and coordinated with the Vennebu Hill manager.
Below is table layout for 300 people demonstrating the tight flow associated with having a 300-person dinner buffet-style (with two 2-sided buffet lines).
Below is a table layout for 250-person dinner with a buffet line. As you can see, flow is better.
Read a great article called “A Quick Guide to the Reception Meal: Pros & Cons of Each Style” outlining the different styles of meal service customary at receptions. It provides a snapshot description of different types of meal services and some of the logistical and financial pros and cons associated with each.
Please contact us for our preferred caterers.