Catering Service

Our favorite subject—Food!

Our Barn Lights Catering Co. would love to prepare your reception meal, hors d’oeuvres (appetizers) and even lunch and breakfast. 
 
Food catering is a separate budget from the venue rental packages. Whether you would like a brunch, lunch or dinner (or all three), Barn Lights Catering can provide a range of affordable to gourmet meals.
 
We also include all tableware/glassware in our catering packages!
 
If you choose us 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 can design the menu to match your desired per-plate price — 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'd love to create your wedding meal — choose us, and the tableware and lines are all included at no extra cost!

Hire Barn Lights for Catering

We’d love to create your wedding meal — choose us, and the tableware and lines are all included at no extra cost!
All 3 of our Packages are perfect for a cocktail hour and reception dinner. You can choose the start time for your cocktail hour and reception.

Evening Dinner

All 3 of our Packages are perfect for a cocktail hour and reception dinner. You can choose the start time for your cocktail hour and reception.
Every wedding includes an overnight stay for 10 guests, so you may want to offer a cold or hot breakfast bar as well. And, with Venue Package 3, your guests can arrive for brunch in the morning, and stay until dinner that evening.

Brunch

Every wedding includes an overnight stay for 10 guests, so you may want to offer a cold or hot breakfast bar as well. And, 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 the venue the day before your wedding, to host your dinner, rehearsal and a party. And up to 10 of your friends or family can enjoy the 2 cottages for a sleepover!

Rehearsal Dinner

Our Package 3 includes the venue the day before your wedding, to host your dinner, rehearsal and a party. And up to 10 of your friends or family can enjoy the 2 cottages for 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.
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. To help ease your planning, our tableware can be rented for $5 per guest, and includes cleaning!

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. To help ease your planning, our tableware can be rented for $5 per guest, and includes cleaning!

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.