Frequently Asked Questions
Events at VBS
What is the VBS Maintenance fee?
It covers the maintenance costs and clean up after your event.
What is the VBS Security fee?
The VBS security fee helps to difray the costs to provide a safe and secure venue.
Is a dance floor available?
VBS offers a wood parkay dance floor up to 30'x30' at no charge.
Are tables and chairs provided?
Valley Beth Shalom has a large inventory of tables & chairs for you to use.
60 inch rounds that seat 8-10 people
72 inch rounds that seat 10-12 people
6ft and 8ft banquet tables
High & low cocktail tables
Over 500 banquet chairs.
When can my event coordinator/rental company start setting up?
Valley Beth Shalom has multiple events happening everyday. We are happy to work with your event coordinator/rental company to facilitate a mutually agreed upon time for set up.
Who creates the room layout?
LA Kosher will work with you and/or your event coordinateor to create your room layout.
Planning My Event
Is a deposit required?
To guarentee your date and/or a room at Valley Beth Shalom, a non-refundable deposit is required.
What is the Event Production Fee?
The event production fee is not a gratuity for staff. It covers all of the back-end costs that go into the event aside from the food and the servers. We do not charge for tastings, walk-throughs, room diagrams, insurance certificates, standard table linen, linen napkins, china, silverware or glassware rental, station props, etc.
As far as actual gratuities go, we pay our staff very well! Our staff’s motto is that gratuities are “never necessary, never expected, and always appreciated.”
Do you have pre-set package options to select from?
LA Kosher is proud of its personal service to all our clients. While we have a few sample menu options, we create a custom proposal for every event.
Is there a different price for children?
Depending on the menus selcted, LA Kosher offers a child-friendly lunch/dinner buffet at a special rate. We consider children to be ages 5-13.
Am I able to bring in my own fruit, nuts and pastries for a traditional Persian sweet table?
LA Kosher Catering has been designing traditional Persian sweet tables for many years. However, we are also happy to partner with an outside company to provide a sweet table during your event.
Do I need to rent linen?
LA Kosher provides standard 85" square poly cotton table linen and napkins in a variety of colors. For different linen sizes and fabrics, we are happy to recommend a linen rental company for you to contact.
Do I need to rent china, glassware and silverware?
As a kosher caterer, LA Kosher provides all your china, glassware and silverware. The usages of our equipment is included with the Event Production fee.
What are my options for beverages?
LA Kosher Catering offers iced flat water, coffee, and hot teas at every event. Clients have two options for other beverages:
Clients may provide their own sodas, wine, beer, and/or alcohol and LA Kosher will arrange for bartenders.
LA Kosher recommends the services of Liquid Catering that will supply everything necessary for your event.
When do you need my guest count?
Your minimum guest count guarantee is due 14 days prior to your event. If you need to increase your guest count from this guaranteed number, you may do so until 3 days prior.
What happens to leftover food?
Due to health regulations, food not consumed during the event remains the property of LA Kosher Catering and may not be removed by the client or guests. Since food is extremely perishable, LA Kosher holds the responsibility for maintaining food temperatures for the safety of the client and guests.
What is a Banquet Captain/Manager?
A Banquet Captain/Manager facilitates the smooth execution of your event. He/She coorindates with your event coordinator, DJ, and vendors to ensure a perfect event.
Do I need to tip the servers?
Our staff’s motto is that gratuities are “never necessary, never expected, and always appreciated.”
About LA Kosher
What level of Kashrut is observed?
LA Kosher Catering is a department of Valley Beth Shalom, a conservative synagogue. The Rabbinic staff of VBS, under the leadership of Rabbi Ed Feinstein, supervise our kitchens.
What forms of payment do you accept?
LA Kosher accepts all major credit cards and checks.
Does LA Kosher provide tastings?
LA Kosher is happy to host you for a tasting of our plated meals once your event is booked. We unforuntately do not offer tastings of our station menus and hors d'oeuvres.
Does LA Kosher cater outside of VBS?
ABSOLUTELY!!! We cater in a variety of locations & settings from Santa Barbara to San Diego!