Esencias Panameñas, LLC
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                                                        Catering Policy

Our menu is packed with classic Panamanian dishes created from scratch using seasonal, local, and international ingredients.  Bold flavors abound.  From delicious appetizers, to inspired entrees, to decadent desserts, your meal will be one of a kind. 

Let us provide you with expertise guidance as you plan your event. Our services include personal consultation and step-by-step assistance to make sure that your event need is met.  For questions, please submit your information in the "Contact Information" box below or call us at (202) 688-7250.

Please read the "ORDER POLICY" below before placing an order.

 ORDER POLICY:


To place an order, click the "Place Your Order" link to the left.  Orders will not be accepted by phone, or by hand written email or by text.   Large catering orders (30+ people) must be placed at least 15 business days from the day needed.  Small catering orders (less than 30 people) must be placed 5 business days from the day needed.  Payment method: Cash, Credit Card, PayPal, and Cashier bank check; no personal checks accepted.  Tasting and menu packages are available for parties of 50 or more.

Pick-Up: Orders must be paid for before processing and pick-up. PayPal is our only method of payment online. If you do not have PayPal, then please contact us and provide us with your credit card information. Please include the date and time for pick-up.

Just Delivery: We offer delivery service for our A la Cart Catering menu - up to 20 miles from the Restaurant. The delivery fee is 20% of the food items total. A service charge of $10.00 is also added for all deliveries. Deliveries beyond 20 miles are shipped via USPS overnight express only.  Please refer to the "Shipping" section for additional information.


Delivery & Set-up: We offer delivery and set-up services for our A la Cart Catering menu as well - up to 20 miles from the Restaurant. The delivery fee is 20% of the food items total.  We offer set-up services for the items delivered for an additional charge of $50.00.  Delivery & Set-up services beyond 20 miles are only offered for Full Service Catering.

Food items may be delivered in disposable foil pans, bakery boxes, or plastic containers. Paper/plastic goods may be provided for an additional charge of $1.50 per person.  Goods include plastic fork, knife, spoon, dinner plate, and napkin. Disposable serving utensils are available for an additional charge of $2.00 each.  Disposable wire chafer warmer kits are also available for an additional charge of $10.00 each.

Shipping & Handling: We ship food items from our A la Cart Catering menu throughout the 50 United States. Non-perishable food items (e.g. Easter bun, Christmas fruit cake) may be shipped via USPS priority mail.  However, perishable food items (e.g. carimanolas, tamales) are shipped via FedEx or USPS overnight only, and at the customer's expense. Please email us to request an estimate for shipping at info@esenciaspanamenas.com (please include the shipping zip code, along with the items to be shipped).

Full Service Catering here at the Restaurant: You may rent the Restaurant for you private event. Catering services would include setup, serving of the contracted menu, and cleanup after the event. Bartenders are available for an additional fee.  Please email or call us to request a copy of the menu packages available, as well as the detailed "Private Event at Restaurant" contract.

Full Service Catering at your location: Full service catering includes set up and break down of the contracted menu, service equipment, and cleanup of the service area. Service also includes chafing dishes with heating components, décor, serving vessels, and serving utensils. Servers and Bartenders are available for an additional fee.  Please email or call us to request a copy of the detailed "Full Service Catering" contract.

If the event is more than 6 months away, then a deposit equaling 25 % of the total value of the contract will be due upon signing the contract.  An additional 25% will be due no later than 90 days prior to event.  For events 2-6 months from the signing of the contract, then the lock-in fee will be 50% of the total value of the contract.  In both cases the deposit will be fully refundable if written cancellation is received at least 45 days prior to the event.  Cancellations received less than 45 days will incur a 25% charge to cover our investment, cancellations received less than 30 days will incur a 50% charge to cover our investment.

For smaller events scheduled within a month of the event, 50 % of the total value of the contract is required upon signing the contract. The remaining 50% is required 10 days prior to the event.  Cancellation received in writing 10 days prior to event will incur no penalty and the deposit will be fully reimbursed. Cancellations received less than 10 days will incur a 50% charge to cover our investment.

Pricing shown on this website are subject to change without notice.

Appetizers

  • Empanada de harina de Carne, Pavo, o Vegetariano (Flour patties with beef, turkey, codfish, or veggie* filling)
    • Regular size: beef or turkey - $28/dozen; $110/50; $200/100. codfish or veggie - $30/dozen; $115/50; $215/100
    • Cocktail size: beef or turkey – $18/dozen; $65/50; $125/100. codfish or veggie – $20/dozen; $75/50; $140/100
  • Empanada de maiz de Carne, Pavo, o Vegetariano (fresh ground corn patties with beef, turkey, or veggie* filling) – uncooked
    • Regular size: beef or turkey - $30/dozen; veggie - $33/dozen
  • Pastelitos de Carne, Pavo, o Vegetariano (Puff pastries with beef, turkey or veggie*)
    • Beef or turkey - $18/dozen; veggie - $20/dozen
  • Hojaldres (fried dough) – prepared dough (uncooked) - $10/pound
  • Carimanolas de Carne, Pavo, o Vegetariano (fresh ground yucca stuffed with ground beef, turkey, or veggie* filling) – uncooked (2.5oz)
    • Beef or turkey - $27/dozen; veggie - $30/dozen
  • Bacalaitos (codfish cakes) 3oz – $42/dozen; $165/50; $300/100 
  • Tortillas (fresh ground corn fritters) – prepared (uncooked) - $24/dozen
  • Ceviche de Corvina (Panama Corvina fish cooked in lime juice, hot peppers, cilantro and red onions) – $60/Quart; $85/Half Gallon; $150/Gallon
  • Tamal de Hoja de Pollo o Vegetariano (ground corn wrapped in banana leaves with chicken or veggie**) 
    • Regular size (5 oz) – $90/dozen; veggie - $100/dozen - 1 dozen minimum order (except during Christmas)
    • Cocktail size (2.5 oz) – $48/dozen; veggie - $60/dozen - 1 dozen minimum order

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Dessert

  • Helado Casero  (homemade ice cream)
    • grape nut, rum raisin, coconut, ginger, sour sop (guanabana), cherry, Panamanian 'Duran' coffee, papaya - $12/quart
  • Cocadas con raspadura (candied shredded coconut in pastry shells) - $24/dozen; $90/50; $160/100
  • Orejitas (Elephant ears or Palmiers) - $22/dozen
  • Plantain tarts (puff pastry with sweet plantain filling)
    • Regular size (5") - $40/dozen
    • Cocktail size (3") - $25/dozen
  • Volteado de Piña (pineapple upside down cake) - $27/9”; $80/half sheet
  • Dulce de Ron Abuelo (Panamanian 'Ron Abuelo' rum cake) - $28/9”; $100 half sheet
  • Flan Casero (homemade caramel custard – cream cheese, coconut, guava) - $26/9"
  • Dulce de Fruta Navideno (Panamanian Christmas fruit cake – Christmas) - $30/9”

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Other

  • Easter Buns Seasonal - $8/6”
  • Picante chombo (Panamanian Pepper Sauce) -$10/8oz 

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Entree

  • Arroz con pollo (saffron rice with olives, capers, peas, carrots and chicken)
    • Full Tray: $150 (serves 30-35 people)  
    • Half tray: $85 (serves 15-20 people)
    • Quarter tray: $45 (serves 6-8 people)
  • Arroz "sin" pollo vegetariano (saffron rice with olives, capers, peas, carrots and veggie chick'n**)
    • Full Tray: $175 (serves 30-35 people)
    • Half tray: $100 (serves 15-20 people)
    • Quarter tray: $55 (serves 6-8 people)
  • Ensalada de feria, ensalada de papa con remolacha (Potato salad with beets)
    • Full  tray $100 (serves 35-40 people)
    • Half tray $60 (serves 20-25 people)
    • Quart $40 (serves 8-10 people)
  • Pescado relleno a la escabeche (Snapper stuffed with veggies in escobeche sauce)
    • Full  tray (20 lb) $250 (serves 30-35 people)
    • Half tray (10 lb) $150 (serves 20-25 people)
  • Pescado relleno frito (Snapper stuffed with veggies, fried)
    • Full  tray (20 lb) $200 (serves 30-35 people)
    • Half tray (10 lb) $125 (serves 20-25 people)
  • Arroz con guandu y coco (Pigeon peas and rice cooked in coconut milk) – half tray serves 20-25 people; full tray serves 40-45 people
    • Full tray: $125
    • Half tray: $75
  • Arroz con Azafran (saffron rice) – half tray servers 20-25 people; full tray serves 45-50 people)
    • Full tray: $100
    • Half tray: $65
  • Bolitas de Macarron con Queso (Mac & Cheese balls) - 50 (2 oz) balls/full tray; 25 (2 oz) balls/half tray
    • Full tray: $125
    • Half tray: $75
  • Pollo en salsa criolla (Spanish chicken, baked in tomato sauce with olives and capers – legs/thighs/breast
    • Full tray: $150 (50 pieces)
    • Half tray: $80 (25 pieces)
  • Bistec Picao' (Sirloin beef strips with garlic, onions, peppers in a tomato sauce)
    • Full tray: $160
    • Half tray: $85
  • Platano Frito (Sweet Plantains - fried) 
    • Full  tray $50 (120 pieces)
    • Half tray $30 (60 pieces)
    • Quarter tray $20 (30 pieces)
  • Platano en Tentacion (Candied Plantains - baked)
    • Full  tray $75 (serves 35-40 people)
    • Half tray $45 (serves 20-25  people)         
  • Ensalada mixta (House Salad) – bChoice of Ranch or Vinaigrette salad dressing
    • Full tray $75 (serves 35-40 people)
    • Half tray $40 (serves 20-25 people)
  • Vegetales mixtos en mantequilla (Vegetable medley, steamed, in butter sauce)
    • Full tray $95 (serves 30-35 people)
    • Half tray $50 (serves 15-20 people)
  • Albondigas agri-dulce de carne o vegetariana (Sweet & sour meatballs or veggie* balls) - 150 (1 oz) balls/full tray; 75 (1 oz) balls/half tray
    • Full tray: beef or turkey - $150; veggie - $200
    • Half tray: beef or turkey - $80; veggie – $125  
  • Alitas de pollo en salsa barbacoa con mango  (Mango Barbecue Wings)
    • Full tray $125 (10 lb)
    • Half tray $75 (5 lb)

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Drinks

  • Sorrell con jengibre (Hibiscus flower drink with ginger) - $25/gal
  • Infusion de te frio con jengibre y limon (Ginger and lime Ice Tea) - $25/gal
  • Chicha de raspadura con naranja (Orange and brown sugar drink) - $25/gal
  • Chicheme (Hominy Corn drink) - $35/gal
  • Chicha de tamarindo (Tamarind drink) - $30/gal

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*veggie (i.e, empanadas, pastelitos, carimañolas, veggie-balls): soy protein
**veggie (i.e., tamal and arroz "sin" pollo): meat-free chick'n 

 


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