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. We are also attentive to special dietary needs, such as gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, and/or allergy-related issues.

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.

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Our Order Policy

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 your order pick-up.

Just Delivery

We offer delivery service for our A la Cart Catering menu. The delivery fee is $50.00 - up to 10 miles from the Restaurant; $75.00 - up to 20 miles from the Restaurant; and $100 - up to 35 miles from the Restaurant. Deliveries beyond 35 miles are shipped via USPS overnight express only. Please refer to the "Shipping" section for additional information.

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 $2.00 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 $15.00 each.

A $50.00 service fee will be added to delivery services outside of business hours or on holidays.

Delivery & Set-up

We offer delivery and set-up services for our A la Cart Catering menu - up to 35 miles from the Restaurant. There is a food and beverage order minimum of $500.00 (pre-tax). A 20% service fee is applied to all delivery and set-up services. Delivery and set-up services beyond 35 miles are only offered for Full Service Catering. No delivery and set-up services are offered outside of business hours or on holidays.

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 $2.00 per person. Goods include plastic fork, knife, spoon, dinner plate, and napkin. Disposable wire chafer warmer kits are also available for an additional charge of $15.00 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 your 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 to request a copy of the menu packages available, as well as the detailed Catering Contract, which includes the "Buy-Out" rates. Or, if you prefer, you may email or call to schedule a consultation to discuss your event. A complimentary tasting, for up to 2 people, is included with the signed contract. Tasting for larger groups (3+) is available for an additional charge of $20.00 per person.

A deposit equaling 50 % of the total value of the contract is required upon signing the contract. The remaining balance is due on the day of the event. The deposit will be fully refundable if written cancellation is received at least 30 days prior to the event. Cancellations received less than 30 days will incur a 25% charge to cover our investment, cancellations received less than 2 weeks will incur a 50% charge to cover our investment.  No money will be returned if the cancellation is received less than 10 days from the event.

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. All of our catering services outside of the Esencias Panamenas Restaurant & Catering include high quality disposable serviceware, for a charge of $2.00 per person. Goods include plastic fork, knife, spoon, dinner and dessert plates, and napkin. However, we are able to provide china (e.g. plates, cups, glassware), silverware and linen napkins for a nominal fee of $6.00 per person.

Servers and Bartenders are available for an additional fee. Please email or call to schedule a consultation to discuss your event and any questions or concerns you may have. A complimentary tasting, for up to 2 people, is included with the signed contract. Tasting for larger groups (3+) is available for an additional charge of $20.00 per person.

A deposit equaling 50 % of the total value of the contract is required upon signing the contract. The remaining 50% is required 2 weeks prior to the event. The deposit will be fully refundable if written cancellation is received at least 30 days prior to the event. Cancellations received less than 30 days will incur a 25% charge to cover our investment, cancellations received less than 2 weeks will incur a 50% charge to cover our investment.  No money will be returned if the cancellation is received less than 10 days from the event.

Place an Order

To place an order, click the "Place Your Order" button below. 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 2 weeks from the day needed. Small catering orders (less than 30 people) must be placed 5 days from the day needed. While we cannot guarantee our availability for orders placed within 3 business days of the event, we will do our best to accommodate you! If we are able to accommodate the order, a $50 rush fee will be added onto your final bill.

Payment method: Cash, Credit Card, PayPal, and Cashier bank check; no personal checks accepted.

Pricing shown on this website is only applicable to offsite catering and not to catered events at the restaurant. Pricing is also subject to change without notice.

*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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