Catering Service

Our favorite subject—Food!

Food catering is a separate budget from the venue rental packages. Whether you would like a brunch, lunch or dinner, Barn Lights Catering can provide affordable, gourmet meals for up to 160 guests. We welcome outside vendors as well.
 
If you opt for our all-inclusive service, we’re happy to create fun, themed menus for your wedding or event (beyond the stalwarts of fish, chicken or beef). Whatever you have in mind!  We’ll be posting example menus soon for 2019. The per-plate price will vary with what is being served, but all of our prices are reasonable.
 
For your wedding cake we can recommend a local specialty baker to prepare the most amazing creations!
 
Contact us for menu and pricing information. 

Catering Options

We welcome outside vendors to serve your catering needs. We know of many excellent caterers in Southern Maine and New Hampshire, and we don't require you to use our own service.

Hire your own Vendor

We welcome outside vendors to serve your catering needs. We know of many excellent caterers in Southern Maine and New Hampshire, and we don’t require you to use our own service.
All 3 of our Packages are perfect for a cocktail hour and reception dinner. You can choose the start time, usually 4pm or later.

Evening Dinner

All 3 of our Packages are perfect for a cocktail hour and reception dinner. You can choose the start time, usually 4pm or later.
With Venue Package 3, your guests can arrive for brunch in the morning, and stay until dinner that evening.

Brunch

With Venue Package 3, your guests can arrive for brunch in the morning, and stay until dinner that evening.
If you choose our Package 2 or 3, the venue is yours during lunch time as well as dinner, perfect for offering an afternoon meal to everyone after a day of recreation. Lunch can start after 12pm.

Afternoon Lunch

If you choose our Package 2 or 3, the venue is yours during lunch time as well as dinner, perfect for offering an afternoon meal to everyone after a day of recreation. Lunch can start after 12pm.
Our Package 3 includes a 5 hour evening dinner and party the night before your wedding day. Guests arrive at 5pm and depart at 10pm. (While up to 10 of your friends or family can have a sleepover!)

Rehearsal Dinner

Our Package 3 includes a 5 hour evening dinner and party the night before your wedding day. Guests arrive at 5pm and depart at 10pm. (While up to 10 of your friends or family can have a sleepover!)
The traditional "drinks and apps" hour is an occasion for guests to mingle and socialize. We offer many tasty bites to whet appetites until the big moment arrives—after the ceremony and before the reception.

Cocktails & Hors d'oeuvres

The traditional “drinks and apps” hour is an occasion for guests to mingle and socialize. We offer many tasty bites to whet appetites until the big moment arrives—after the ceremony and before the reception.

About Maine Food & Alcohol Taxes

Many of our wedding couples ask about Maine taxes: there are just two taxes that apply to event venues: (1) prepared food & beverage sales tax (catering, bartending) and (2) lodging tax. To quote a Maine.gov source:

The tax rate is 8% on sales of prepared food and alcoholic drinks sold in establishments that are licensed for on-premises consumption of liquor. The tax rate is 9% on certain rentals of living quarters.

For the catering and bartending the 8% prepared food sales tax would be calculated on these service costs (not the venue rental price). Let’s do an example for catering: the typical food cost per plate range is $30–$100 (depending on how fancy the menu offerings), so let’s say $30 x 100 guests = $3,000. So the sales tax of 8% = $216.

There is no Maine sales tax on venue rentals as of 2019.