Esencias Panamenas Full Service Catering Policy

Our menu is packed with classic Latin American and Caribbean 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.

Full service catering includes a Catering coordinator to oversee the 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, tablecloth, serving vessels, and serving utensils. We offer high quality disposable utensils, plates, cups, and napkins for a charge of $6.00 per person. However, we are also able to provide 3-piece white China place setting, glassware, silverware and cloth napkins for a nominal fee of $15.00 per person.

The event date is not secured until the signed contract and the deposit are received. A deposit equaling 50% of the total value of the contract (of which $350 is non-refundable), is required upon signing the contract. A complimentary tasting, for up to 2 people, is included with the signed contract and deposit. Tasting is also offered for larger groups (3+) OR for potential customers with no signed contract, for an additional charge of $27.50 per person. The remaining 50% is required 2 weeks prior to the event. Servers and Bartenders are available for an additional fee. Tablecloths for guests' tables are also available for an additional fee.

The deposit (minus $350) will be fully refundable if written cancellation is received at least 21 days prior to the event. Cancellations received less than 21 days will incur a 25% charge to cover our investment, cancellations received less than 14 days will incur a 50% charge to cover our investment. No money will be returned if the cancellation is received less than 7 days from the event.

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 we exceed your highest expectations.

You may schedule a 30-minute complimentary consultation, using the calendar below, to discuss your event and any questions or concerns you may have. 

Please read the "Catering Policy" and contact us for pricing.

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Catering by Esencias Panamenas

Bar Service

Start your event off with a variety of drink packages for your guests. Choose from refreshing non-alcoholic drinks, to a beer, to a wine, to an open bar. The selection is matched by the service selected.

Appetizers

How about a tasty Hors D'oeuvre to go along with your drink? Select from an assortment of either server-passed or stationary-buffet appetizers, guaranteed to set the culinary tone for your event.

Main Course

Whether your event is small or large, and you desire to serve a light lunch, or a dinner buffet, or a 3-course seated dinner, Esencias Panamenas is able to provide a custom package to suit your taste and budget.

Sweet Treats

We all tend to save room for dessert! Enjoy a sweet selection of cakes and pastries for your event.

Esencias Panamenas Catering Sample Packages

Below are some sample packages of the great food that we have to offer for your corporate event or your special day

Sample Seated Menu

Sample Seated Package #1 – Panamanian Plato Tipico

Appetizer

Assorted baked cocktail empanadas (beef, chicken, vegetarian)

Assorted fried cocktail carimanolas (beef, turkey, vegan) accompanied with tamarind sauce

Fish ceviche with plantain chips

Main course

Cucumber salad

Rolls with butter rosettes

Arroz con pollo (rice and chicken with peas & carrots and olives & capers)

Vegan Arroz “sin” pollo (made with plant-based chick’n)

Potato salad with beets

Cocktail assorted Tamal (chicken, vegetarian)

Candied sweet plantains

Dessert

Rum cake

Cocadas

Sample Seated Package #2 – Panamanian Delight

Appetizer

Assorted baked empanadas (beef, chicken, vegetarian)

Assorted cocktail meatballs (beef, plant-based) tossed in a sweet & sour sauce

Spicy Caribbean fried codfish cakes with avocado aioli

Main course

House salad with arugula, mixed greens, onions, cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes, with ranch or balsamic vinaigrette

Rolls with butter rosettes

Pigeon peas and rice cooked in coconut milk

Pollo a la criolla (Spanish chicken in tomato-based sauce with olives and capers)

Grilled snapper filet in lime and culantro with a tropical pineapple and mango salsa

Fried sweet plantains

Dessert

Coconut flan

Sample Seated Package #3 – DC Elegance

Appetizer

Miniature beef wellington with pesto sauce

Cucumber rounds topped with grilled salmon, cream cheese, and caviar

Bruschetta with roasted tomatoes and shaved asiago

Main course – Choose Two Entrees

Greens salad and bell pepper gathered by a cucumber ribbon with champagne vinaigrette dressing

Rolls with butter rosettes

Tenderloin of beef medallions with cognac sauce

Chicken breast with old bay beurre Blanc sauce

Oven-roasted salmon with tarragon butter sauce

Potatoes au gratin

Sauteed asparagus

Dessert

Lemon cake with raspberry coulis

Sample Seated Package #4 – Caribbean Bliss

Appetizer

Spicy Caribbean fried codfish cakes with avocado aioli

Tropical shrimp kabobs with pineapple and peppers

Array of fresh Caribbean fruits in season, such as mango, passion fruit, strawberries, honeydew

Main Course

Mixed field greens with tomatoes, cucumbers, and carrots, with ginger-soy dressing

Caribbean jerk chicken with mango relish with rice and peas

Tropical curry beef with potatoes

Fried sweet plantains

Desserts

Guava and cream cheese pastelitos

Passion fruit flan

Sample Seated Package #5 – Southern Charm

Appetizer

Mac & cheese balls with marinara sauce

Tomato bisque soup shooters

Assorted veggies in a cup accompanied with roasted peppers dip

Main Course

Green salad with heirloom tomatoes with olive oil and balsamic vinegar

Jalapeno cornbread with butter rosettes

Pecan crusted chicken bread with bourbon pan jus

Fingerling roasted potatoes

Vegetable medley in garlic butter sauce

Desserts

Red velvet cake with cream cheese icing

Sample Buffet Menu

Sample Buffet Menu #1 – ALL Hors D’oeuvres (Server-Passed or Stationary-Buffet)

Hors D’oeuvres – Choose Seven

Assorted baked cocktail empanadas (ground beef, ground chicken, plant-based crumbles)

Assorted fried cocktail carimanolas (yuca balls stuffed with ground beef, ground turkey, plant-based crumbles)

Assorted cocktail meatballs (beef, plant-based) tossed in a sweet & sour sauce

Crispy baked chicken wings tossed in a mango BBQ sauce

Spicy Caribbean fried codfish cakes with avocado aioli

Fried fish bites accompanied with mini cornbread

Fish ceviche accompanied with plantain chips

Seasonal fruit display

Assorted cheeses accompanied with assorted mustards and gourmet crackers

Assorted veggies in a cup accompanied with roasted peppers dip

Spinach and carrots dip accompanied with assorted tortilla chips

Fried sweet plantains

Desserts

Assorted mini desserts display (cheesecake, brownies, flan, cake)

Sample Buffet Menu #2 – Taco Bar

Appetizer

Soft tortillas

Ice burg lettuce

Shredded chicken

Shredded beef

Black and Green olives

Guacamole

Sour cream

Pico de Gallo

Assorted shredded cheese (cheddar,

Dessert – Choose One

Tres Leches Cake

Vanilla flan

Red velvet cake

Rum cake

Cocadas

Sample Buffet Menu #3 – Light Lunch

Appetizer – Choose Four

Tossed salad with crisp lettuces, tomatoes, shredded carrots, cucumbers with choice of ranch or zesty Italian dressing

Assorted baked cocktail empanadas (ground beef, ground chicken, plant-based crumbles)

BBQ chicken skewers

Fried fish bites accompanied with mini cornbread

Assorted veggies crudité accompanied with gourmet crackers

Charcuterie board with assorted cheeses, deli meats, kalamata olives, and mixed nuts accompanied with flatbread pieces

Spinach and carrots dip accompanied with assorted tortilla chips

Desserts

Seasonal fruits display

Sample Buffet Menu #4 – Custom

Appetizer – Choose Three

Assorted baked cocktail empanadas (ground beef, ground chicken, plant-based crumbles)

Assorted fried cocktail carimanolas (yuca balls stuffed with ground beef, ground turkey, plant-based crumbles)

Assorted cocktail meatballs (beef, plant-based) tossed in a sweet & sour sauce

Crispy baked chicken wings tossed in a mango BBQ sauce

Spicy Caribbean fried codfish cakes with avocado aioli

Fried fish bites accompanied with mini cornbread

Fish ceviche accompanied with plantain chips

Seasonal fruit display

Assorted cheeses accompanied with assorted mustards and gourmet crackers

Assorted veggies in a cup accompanied

Spinach and carrots dip accompanied with assorted tortilla chips

Fried sweet plantains

Main course

Tossed salad with crisp lettuces, tomatoes, shredded carrots, cucumbers with choice of ranch or zesty Italian dressing

Dinner rolls with butter rosettes

Entree – Choose Two

Arroz con pollo (rice and chicken with peas & carrots and olives & capers)

Vegan Arroz “sin” pollo (made with plant-based chick’n)

Tenderloin of beef strips in red wine sauce

Oxtail in V8 gravy

Pollo a la Criolla (Spanish chicken with olive & capers in tomato sauce)

Grilled chicken breast smothered in bourbon sauce

Jerk chicken with fresh pineapple salsa

Blackened snapper filet with lemon dill sauce

Oven-roasted salmon with tarragon butter sauce

Starch – Choose Two

Saffron Rice

Rice and pigeon peas cooked in coconut milk

4-cheeses Mac & Cheese

Rosemary roasted fingerling potatoes

Fried sweet plantains

Vegetables – Choose One

Sauteed asparagus

Vegetable Medley in garlic butter sauce

Steamed Broccoli

Green beans topped with sliced almonds

Dessert – Choose One

Tres Leches Cake

Vanilla flan

Red velvet cake

Rum cake

Cocadas

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

Catering Consultation

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To place an order, please schedule a consultation. Orders will not be accepted 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.

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