Goodies & Bits LLC

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25 reviews
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Customers rated this pro highly for responsiveness, punctuality, and work quality.
  • Willie C.

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    I use marvin for a family reunion the food was great he was a gentleman and very professional, went out his way to serve,will use again (great bar-b-que)

    Feb 8, 2018
    Marvin E.'s reply

    Thanks, we always thrive for perfection.

  • Sarah F.

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    We tried to resolve with this vendor. He wanted full payment on a date without us tasting first, I think this was approached from our end by offering to pay in full but he refused and imitated the cancellation of his truck 3 Days from the event dates. And he still refused. So we said ok and found someone else locally. This vendor here then followed up via our personal Email in a drunken state of mind with charged and personal attacks. Not professional and moving on. We are a women-progressive group and engaging an ANGRY MALE is not my idea of a fun event. No thanks.

    Feb 8, 2018Verified
    Marvin E.'s reply

    We are sorry this booking did not work out for you. Thanks for the opportunity. Here is a sample of our communication: Bid: Food Truck or Cart Services Customer role (Sarah) Party host Number of guests 101 - 125 guests Emails between GOODIES 7 BITS AND Sarah • Tue Jan 2 • We just need job confirmation and the address of your party. We will show up about 2 hours early for prep time, and that's it. • Mon Jan 29 GOODIES & BITS: I am getting job requests on your Special Event date. I need a Job Confirmation Deposit and I will need the final balance paid by Feb. 5th. Please send me your email address, so I can send you an invoice. Thanks! Sarah: Right now only 10 have pre-purchased lunch. But we are already over 20 ppl saying they’re interested in buying lunch themselves. This is typical of girls though, they wait to the last minute to purchase. We are expecting to be packed because we’ve already sold out all the rooms. GOODIES & BITS: The catering number of 10 is a long way from the 100 you first mentioned and the 50 you mentioned at our meeting. Since all funds are due no later than 5 days before your event. I am sending you an invoice for 20 guests. The reason I decided to cater this event, was the 100 guests at $10 per person menu we talked about, and now it's 10. FINAL PAYMENT Final Payment will be due and demandable five (5) days prior to the event date. Payment terms are available upon request. Thanks, Sarah: So yo do t want the job?

About this pro

Goodies & Bits LLC is owned and operated by award-winning cook Marvin Elam and his wife Estella Elam, a retired educational administrator from the Austin Independent School District. We offer a wide range of catering options. Our goal is to provide the freshest authentic Spanish paella, soul food and down-home seasoned barbecue in Austin, Texas, and surrounding areas. The food is made from scratch without taking any short cuts on cooking techniques, ingredients or quality of bought food. The food is fantastic with a one and only unique taste. Addie Broyles, food writer for the Austin Statesman, was one of the judges at an Austin Paella Lovers United Cook-off when Marvin won first place in the non-traditional category. She got a taste of the unique flavor that goes into Mr. Elam's food. Here is an e-mail to Mr. Elam from Addie Broyles: Hello, Marvin! It's Addie Broyles, the food writer for the Statesman. I met you at the Paella Lovers United Cook-off last year (I was one of the judges), and I still haven't forgotten your amazing entry. It was so different than every other paella I tried, and I loved you and your team's enthusiasm for cooking competitions. In the past few months, I've been wondering if you've been competing and in what kind of contests. You mention (almost in passing) that you guys just really like to enter contests and have gotten pretty good at them over the years. That planted a seed for a story that I think I'd like to write, if you were feeling up to it and were in contest mode this year. Anyway, let me know what you think! Maybe I could tag along on one of your competitions. Have a great rest of your week! Addie When it comes to cooking Soul Food, Barbecue or Paella, Mr. Elam pulls no punches as he creates his own unique signature taste. After making a food purchase from Goodies & Bits, a little girl who is about 8 years old told her dad, "When I get to heaven, I hope they cook food just like this." This typifies what you get when you taste this one-of-a-kind cooking. In addition to our fine food and friendly, experienced staff, we will work with you to ensure that your event reflects your own taste and personal touches. Our goal is to relieve you of the many details that go along with hosting a successful party so that you, as well as your guests, can thoroughly enjoy your special event. Book our Live Paella Party, where we make paella in large 3-feet paella pans, while you and your guests can watch a homemade sofrito being made. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, suggestions or would like to inquire about any additional ways we may be of service. Thank you for your interest in our catering services. We look forward to working with you to make your special event a success in every possible way. Very best regards, Goodies & Bits LLC Marvin Elam Managing Officer Goodies & Bits is as good as it gets.

Years in business

5

Times hired on Thumbtack

24

Number of employees

4

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    Q & A

    • What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
      You can be a good writer, and create a beautiful pamphlet describing great food, but it takes a lot more to actually cook it.” What should really seal the deal is an initial meeting with the caterer. Why is this important? It isn’t until you get face (or phone) time with the caterer that you can really know what he or she is all about, and vice-versa. In short, don’t allow yourself to be wooed by glossy brochures and an attractive website. What matters is how you feel when you actually speak to the caterer.
    • What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
      Food will be one of your major wedding costs — typically, the catering bill accounts for 45 to 50 percent of the total wedding budget. The first big choice you'll make as you plan your dinner is how to serve your guests. Back in the day, couples pretty much had two choices: a sit-down dinner or a buffet. But nowadays, there are so many more options to explore when deciding how to serve your reception meal. To help you figure out the best serving style for your celebration, we've outlined the five most popular meal options, along with the pros and cons for each. Style #1: Plated Dinner What it is: A plated, sit-down dinner is considered the most traditional and formal option as each guest is individually served a plated meal. Typically, guests are served three courses: appetizer, entrée, and dessert (sometimes a fourth course is added before the entrée). Caterers will usually give guests a choice of two (or three) entrées, which they select beforehand; another option is to serve each guest two proteins, such as meat and fish, on one plate (sometimes called a "duet" plate). Pros: Everyone at the table gets their food at the same time. Also, your caterer will know exactly how much food to purchase since each meal is pre-selected, so your food costs will be lower than a buffet or family-style meal. You can spread out activities (like dances and toasts) in between each course to keep guests engaged and maintain a nice energy throughout the meal service. Cons: A sit-down meal requires more servers, both due to the plating in the kitchen and to serve the meal to guests. So the staffing portion of your catering bill will be higher. Also, the food options are limited to what you picked during your tasting, so if you have a lot of picky eaters in attendance, there's a chance they may not eat everything on their plate. Style #2: Buffet What it is: Food stations are set up on long tables where guests can walk along and serve themselves. Another option is to have servers stationed behind the buffet table serving each dish. A buffet-style reception is usually considered the most casual style of meal service. Pros: Fewer servers are needed with a buffet reception, which means you may save some money on your catering-staff charges (though you still need staffers to tend to the buffet). Buffets make it easier and more cost effective to provide guests with a variety of choices, which is helpful since many people have so many types of allergies and dietary restrictions. This service style also promotes mingling and interacting among guests. Cons: Since each table will have to wait their turn to head to the buffet, it may take a while for all guests to receive their food; lines may also form. You also might have to rent linens, chaffing dishes, and serving pieces if your caterer does not provide them. Guests have to serve themselves and carry their own plates, which may not be as elegant as you would like. Buffets also require larger quantities of food since people tend to eat more when they serve themselves, which will add to your food costs. Style #3: Food Stations What it is: A station-style reception is one where the food is spread out among different "stations" throughout the reception space. For example, there may be one area that is a carving station, a raw bar, a tapas station, a dessert station, and so forth. The portions served at each station are typically on the smaller side, usually requiring just two or three bites to finish. Pros: Creative food stations and presentations are crowd pleasers; guests will also appreciate the wide variety of dishes and the interactive element. Since the stations are spread out throughout the space, guests won't likely have to wait in line (for very long, at least). At cook-to-order stations, guests can request exactly how they would like their dish prepared. This meal style also promotes a lot of interaction among guests. Cons: Your reception site will need ample room to accommodate the extra space food stations require. You will also need more chefs if you have interactive stations (i.e. pasta, carving stations, etc.), adding to your catering bill Style #4: Family-Style What it is: Similar to a sit-down dinner, a family-style reception has guests assigned to specific dinner tables and waiters to bring the food to the table. Large portions of the dinner offerings are placed on each table on serving platters for guests to fill their own plates (it's just like sitting down for dinner at home with your family!). Pros: Guests can help themselves to as much food as they'd like. The mealtime will be very efficient since guests can begin eating immediately after serving themselves. Cons: Family-style dining requires ample space on your dinner tables for the various platters and dishes. You may need to increase your budget for rental items to account for additional platters and serving pieces. You may have increased food costs because your caterer will need to make extra food to ensure nothing runs out. Style #5: Cocktail-Style Reception What it is: A more recent trend, a cocktail-style reception features hors d'oeuvres and other small bites offered all evening long in lieu of a sit-down meal. The hors d'oeuvres are usually one- or two-bite portions and can be a combination of hot and cold options. The hors d'oeuvres can be passed by servers or stationary for guests to get themselves. This reception style is a good choice for couples wanting a more casual atmosphere and for their guests to really mingle and meet each other. Pros: If your venue is small, cocktail receptions allow you to have more people since you won't need dinner tables and chairs for every guest. They're also typically shorter than a sit-down meal, and they allow you to easily circulate throughout the room and chat with everyone. Also, since you're not serving a main entrée, your food costs could potentially be more affordable. Cons: Some guests may not have attended a cocktail wedding reception, so there may be some confusion if they are expecting a full meal (which is why it's important to word your invitation clearly, like this: "Please join us for a cocktail reception ").

    Business hours

    Central Time Zone
    Sunday10:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight
    Monday10:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight
    Tuesday10:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight
    Wednesday10:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight
    Thursday10:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight
    Friday10:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight
    Saturday10:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight
    Coverage Area for Goodies & Bits LLC is about 60+ miles of Dale, TX.