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Catering Service

Our favorite subject—Food!

Our Barn Lights Catering team would love to prepare your reception meal and hors d’oeuvres (appetizers), as well as your rehearsal dinner, breakfast, brunch, and lunch. Our executive Chef Rosa and the kitchen team are talented and extremely knowledgeable about wedding catering, so you are in good hands!
 
Food catering is a separate budget from our venue rental packages. Whether you would like a rehearsal dinner, brunch, lunch or dinner (or all three), Barn Lights Catering can provide a range of affordable to gourmet meals. See some examples here.
 
And, all tableware/glassware and cleaning is included in our catering plans. All of our rustic-elegant displayware is included, too, to create stunning food displays. And our team will set the place-settings according to your desired layout, and help with decorating the tables — all as part of our full-service catering service. You won’t find this value anywhere else in New England, we’re confident. 
 
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 and plan any menu to match your dreams. To help you estimate your catering costs, expect a minimum budget of $55 per guest @ 100 guests. This number varies with the overall guest count. (All of our prices are very reasonable, despite the recent shortages of everything!)
 
For your wedding cake we can recommend a local specialty baker to prepare the most amazing creations.  Bonus: we include cake cutting and plating for free in all our in-house catering plans! 
 
Please Contact us to start planning your menu! 

Catering Options

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

Evening Dinner

All 3 of our Packages are perfect for a cocktail hour and reception dinner. You can choose any start time for your cocktail hour and reception, in any style from traditional to your way!
Your wedding package may include an overnight stay for 10 guests, so you may want to offer a hot or cold breakfast bar as well. And, with Venue Packages 2 and 3, your wedding party and other guests can arrive as early as you like in the morning, and enjoy "brunch boxes" and other treats!

Brunch

Your wedding package may include an overnight stay for 10 guests, so you may want to offer a hot or cold breakfast bar as well. And, with Venue Packages 2 and 3, your wedding party and other guests can arrive as early as you like in the morning, and enjoy “brunch boxes” and other treats!
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/or a full-size party! And 10-12 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/or a full-size party! And 10-12 of your friends or family can enjoy the 2 cottages for a sleepover!
The traditional "drinks and apps" reception is an occasion for guests to mingle and socialize, for as long as you prefer. We offer a wide variety of tasty bites to whet appetites until the meal. From oysters to grilled-cheese sliders, oven-baked pretzels to ham and cheese croquettes, and everything in between. (Also, your bar plan can be customized in many ways!)

Cocktails & Hors d'oeuvres

The traditional “drinks and apps” reception is an occasion for guests to mingle and socialize, for as long as you prefer. We offer a wide variety of tasty bites to whet appetites until the meal. From oysters to grilled-cheese sliders, oven-baked pretzels to ham and cheese croquettes, and everything in between. (Also, your bar plan can be customized in many ways!)
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Catering Photos

See more photos of our catering displays

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 $50–$120 (depending on how fancy the menu offerings), so let’s say $50 x 100 guests = $5,000. So the sales tax of 8% = $400.

There is no Maine sales tax on venue rentals as of 2022.