Off Site Catering

All About Catering

The Winking Lizard has been catering off premise events for over 30 years, which include company events, golf outings, graduations, rehearsal dinners, anniversaries, weddings, bar mitzvahs, bat mitzvahs, birthdays, and much more. We take pride in our quality of food, service and timeliness to make your special event a success!

The BBQ & Picnic Buffet are all you can eat buffets. These are the typical buffets that we offer. If you are looking for options that are not listed, please check with the catering manager to help customize a menu to fit your event needs.

Parties Include:

Heavy Duty Plastic Plates & Silverware, Napkins & Wetnaps

Food cooked right at your site on our charcoal grills

On Site cooking staff

Buffet set-up & serving staff

Clean up of table trash after the meal has been served

A guarantee that we won't run out of food

Party Minimums

Off-Site catering is available for parties with a minimum of 50 guests.

Your final guest count is due one week prior to the event.


We can arrange party rentals for you through Party Safari.

Rental orders should be placed as soon as possible to guarantee supply and delivery. We recommend at least 3 weeks in advance.

For parties in NE Ohio, we are able to coordinate your rental orders for you through Party Safari. Also feel free to contact them directly or view their options available at

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Get More Info

Please call Courtney Ridenour for pricing, reservations and date availability at 216.831.0022 or e-mail at, or fill-out this simple form below.


All food will be served buffet style. The BBQ, Picnic, & The 19th Hole Buffets are all you can eat buffets. The Steak Buffet & Clambakes are cooked for your specified guest count. We request your final menu selections are placed a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the event date. Please contact the catering department if you need to customize a menu that will better suit your event needs.


We can supply cans of soda, bottled water, beer and wine for an additional charge. Cans of soda & bottled water are charged by the quantity taken by each guest. Bottled beer is charged by the case (24 bottles/case). You are charged for each opened case of beer. You will be left all open cases. Bottles of wine are charged by the bottle. You are charged for each opened bottle. Prior to the crew departure you can review with our crew which items you would like to stay and what items you might need us to take back. Kegs of beer are charged for each tapped keg. You are free to keep the keg after our crew departs. You will be required to return the empty keg, tap handle and any additional supplies left
to your closest Winking Lizard location within 2 days of your event. The return location can be confirmed with our staff prior to their departure.

Guest Count

We will cater parties with a minimum of 50 guests. There is no maximum number of guests. Your final guest count is due 7 days prior to the


No sales tax is charged for any food purchased. A sales tax of 8.0% will be charged for all beverages purchased.


No gratuity will be added onto the final bill. Gratuity is at your own discretion. If you choose to provide a gratuity for the cooking and
serving staff, you may give it to them at the event or include it with your final payment.


A $100 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a date. This deposit will be applied to the final bill as a credit.

Final Payment

Final payment will be due within 15 days from the date of the event. An invoice will be mailed to you after the event. Please be sure to verify
your billing address if it is different from the party location. We accept cash, check, Visa, MasterCard and American Express.

Crew Arrival Time

We typically arrive 2 hours prior to the time you would like to begin serving the buffet.

Buffet Serving Time

You set the time you would like us to begin serving the buffet. The buffet will be open for approximately 1 hour. Additional time can be allotted for parties over 150 guests. Buffet Set Up We will supply the buffet tables. The typical buffet set up will require a 14' buffet serving line. Please provide enough room for the buffet and room for the guests to form a line.

Cooking Set Up

We will need to park our 15' catering truck as close to the cooking area as possible. We will cook all items on our 8' charcoal grill. We prefer to have the cooking area set up as close to the buffet as possible to allow for quick replenishing of the buffet.

Paper Products

We supply heavy duty black plastic plates, black plastic silverware, white dinner napkins, wet naps, and table coverings for our buffet table. You are required to provide the table coverings for your guests' tables. Specialty plates can be ordered for an additional charge. If you will be supplying your own paper products, there will be no discount available on the buffet pricing.

Electric Requirements

We will need a standard electric outlet to plug in our truck refrigerator. Please let us know in advance if one is not available at the site, so we can bring a generator. We prefer to plug into a dedicated line. If a generator is required, there will be an additional charge.

Clean Up

We will bring our own trash bags for our cooking area. We do not supply trash cans for the disposal of your guests trash. We can take our cooking area trash with us if there is not a dumpster available at the site.


For events in Northeast Ohio, we can order party rentals through Party Safari. Any rentals ordered will be added to your final bill with us. They do charge a delivery/pick-up fee on every order. Pricing is available upon request.

Inclement Weather

We are able to cook rain or shine. We have supplies to cover our cooking area during inclement weather, but we will need you to provide a sheltered area to serve the buffet. We do not bring tents for shelter.


We have had the Winking Lizard cater our golf outing since 2004. They are great to work with and our golfers LOVE the delicious food! – Ohio Landscape Assoc.

Our faculty & staff look forward to this picnic every year and I know a big reason is the great food! - Pat

Winking lizard has been catering our company picnics for 10+ years! The food is consistently AWESOME along with their friendly, professional
staff! We invite them back every year because of it! – Kaufman Container

The Winking Lizard staff was exceptional. They were prompt, friendly and professional. Our event was catered perfectly. – Julie

We have been long time patrons of the Winking Lizard but this was our first experience with the catering side. Our daughter & her fiancé
wanted a more “relaxed” rehearsal dinner representing Cleveland cuisine. Everything was perfect-staffing, food, etc. It made the event so easy
for us! – Michael & Kelly

The Winking Lizard catering was beyond what we expected. Staffing on site along with the event coordinator were beyond amazing. This was perfect
for our reception and we would definitely use Winking Lizard in the future! – Kayla

The entire process from booking to selecting menus is straight forward & convenient. Plus the food is absolutely delicious! – Ports Petroleum

The food was delicious! Many compliments from our employees. We will definitely use Winking Lizard in the future & recommend them to other
companies. – Sierra Lobo Inc.

We were thrilled with the event & quality of food & service of the staff! – KB Bioenergy

Outstanding as usual! I can always trust the food & service to be exceptional from the Lizard! – Brooklyn FOP

The food was absolutely delicious! The staff served my guests so friendly, very efficient, cleaned up everything & were so easy to work
with. We got so many comments on how good the food was and how delightful the staff was. It exceeded our expectations! – Chris & Dana

I would highly recommend to anyone & everyone. The whole event was smooth & seamless. The food was hot & delicious. I can’t think
of one negative. Great food, service, they were happy, & didn’t need a think from me! Totally Satisfied! – Jeff & Joyce