Kansas City Vegetarian Restaurant

{ closed Sunday thru Tuesday }






current menusaturday brunch


816.561.5415 carryout + reservations | catering information 816.561.7595



KANSAS CITY CATERING...other services and a catering cost breakdown


Catering services we offer for your event:

  • PICK-UP - Any of our services, from lunch boxes to beautiful, fully-plattered and ready to serve catering meals, are available for you to conveniently pick-up at our restaurant. Deposit fees will be charged on our platters, but you are always welcome to bring your own platters for use, thus requiring no deposit or return.

  • DROP-OFF - We can provide you with lunch boxes, small and elaborate buffets, whatever you desire...at your location. Delivery and Deposit fees will apply. We can come back and pick-up our platters, etc. for an additional fee.

  • RENTALS - Any additional items needed for your event such as fancy tableware, plates, napkins, table cloths, buffet linens, real flowers for buffet, wine glasses, chafing dishes, etc. are "rentals", all of which we can order and coordinate for you at cost.

  • FULL-SERVICE CATERING - We can provide a service staff for your event; the staff is guaranteed at least 5 hours of work.  Off premise events usually entail more set-up time, break down and all staff members return to the cafe, unload, clean-up and go home. 

    • BUFFET STYLE: We hire one server for every 20 guests you have to ensure a perfect event.
    • TABLE SERVICE: We hire one server for every 12 guests, plus additional kitchen staff are needed.
  • OFF-SITE CATERING - We can cater at your favorite space. We've been doing amazing events since the early 90's, all around the Kansas City Metro area. Buffet or Full-Service. We can do whatever you dream.


    lunch box

  • BOX LUNCHES - Pretty much any meal we offer can be individually boxed up and ready to go with biodegradable tableware and napkins. You can pick from the list below, or our buffet menu and/or our restaurant menu and we'll take care of the rest. We can even modify many of our meals into sandwiches or roll-ups...different versions of popular meals re-thought for the box. 20 box minimum per item / 48 hour advance notice. We also offer drinks and desserts as well. All prices are per person and subject to change due to current market value.


  • EVENT OR WORKSHOP IN THE CHURCH - We offer a wonderful way for everyone to eat quick, healthy and affordable! Your guests can pre-order their meals which include water, biodegradable tableware and napkins. We can customize our offerings and will work with you to offer exactly what you prefer. Check out our sample page.

Here is a sample cost breakdown for a 100 person, 3 hour reception:
Keep in mind that there will usually be a 2 hour set-up and 2 hour clean-up, before and after your event.
This makes 7 hours of actual catering time for our staff to ensure your event is perfect.

  • Food
  • Room or Hall rental (if applicable)
  • Rentals - your choice of extra tables, chairs, linens, wine glasses, etc., if needed
  • Service $2695.00
    • Chef - $525 ($75.00 per hour)
    • Kitchen Staff - $420 (2 staff at $30 per hour - Works with chef in food preparation)
    • Coordinator - $280 ($40.00 per hour - This person is in charge of the staff and responsible for making your event flawless)
    • Servers - $1050 (5 servers, $30 per hour, 1 server per 20 people - This ensures your guests get optimal service)
    • Bartender - $210 ($30 per hour), if needed
    • Dishwasher - $210 ($30 per hour)
  • Van Rental: may apply for off-premise catering. (last check was $90 per day)


Setting your budget, and staying within it:
We suggest determining the total amount you wish to spend on your event.

  • now subtract any hard costs:
    • such as labor, rentals, room fees, bands, dj, etc...

  • this leaves you with an estimated amount you have for food purchase
    • multiply that amount by 10.85% to determine how much tax will charged on your purchase
    • subtract this number from your budget because the government always gets theirs

  • the remaining money is your maximum food budget
    • divide this number by the amount of guests you expect
    • now you know the maximum you can spend per person on food to stay within your budget


Frequently Asked Questions:

If we at least spend your minimum for food, is there still a fee for closing on a Saturday evening?

    Yes, currently the church charges a $300 fee for hall rental.

If we go with another caterer, what is the fee for the hall on Friday evening?

    If we are not the caterer, currently, our fee for closing would be our minimum. The church would then also charge a room rental fee. Christine Garvey is in charge of that, her email is christine@unitytemple.com

Are there any restrictions on music or beverages?

    Beer and wine are allowed. Dj's or bands have been used in the past.

Is there a time limit on renting the hall?

    The hall is rented in 6 hour blocks, either daytime or night.

Are there restrictions on decorations?

    The church does not allow any tape to be used, and of course, no damage of any kind could occur.

Does the price cover clean up?

    The food prices on the website are for food only. Clean up and service are listed above on our sample cost breakdown.

Do we have to provide servers or are they available?

    We have experienced staff ready to work. We require 1 server per 20 guests for buffets and 1 server per 12 guests for sit-down service, to ensure proper service for you and your guests.

What is the deposit?

    $200 books us for your specified event date and goes toward your total bill.

What happens if we have to cancel our event?

    Depends on when cancellation occurs:

    • Cancellation up to 22 days before event without any fees.
    • Cancellation within 21 days of event forfeits client's deposit.
    • Cancellation within 1 week of event requires payment of half food quote.
      • We will have already purchased ingredients for your event.
    • Cancellation less than 1 week of event requires full payment of food quote.
      • We will have already purchased & started preparing food for your event.


Do you require security guards?

    The plaza already has security.

Does the price of food include tax?

    Tax is not included and currently is 10.85% for the plaza.

Do we have to rent tables, chairs, linens, plateware, and silverware if you do the catering?

    We have tables and chairs, plates and silverware for 100 people, which we use in our restaurant. This comes free of charge. If you wish table cloths or china...that would have to be rented...as well as champagne or wine glasses.

    Many of our clients have used bio-ware for plates, glasses, etc., that is made from corn or potato starch. These products are very sturdy and biodegrade. We can show you if your interested.


If you are the caterer, can we bring in our own cake? Is there a fee for that?

You can bring your own traditional wedding cake with no additional fee.


Do we do all the clean up?

Our staff would do the clean up. Clean up and service are listed above on our sample cost breakdown.


How soon could we come in to decorate?

For an evening event, we would be open for regular business until 4pm...so you could come at that time.


Can we bring in our own food?

No outside food is permitted. We make exceptions for specialty cakes from a bakery only - no homemade cakes. We also make an occasional exception for those who want to bring in ethnic desserts. However, you must sign a waiver of liability if you are bringing in these items.


If someone becomes ill from the food, we don't know whose food caused the illness. We work out of health certified kitchen, have taken food handling safety courses and are certified, we know how to prepare and hold food safely. We live in such a litigious society, our insurance company is opposed to taking the chance.


Do you do any kind of taste testing on the foods we are considering for the buffet?

We typically don't do tastings. Once you decide on your menu, we can put vegetarian or vegan items on our restaurant menu and email you when they will be on, so you can come try them...but we do not offer this for meat or fish dishes since we are a vegetarian restaurant.


If you want a tasting, we can do that, but you will need pay for all the costs associated with that: chef, food, and other employees that would be necessary.


Do you make wedding cakes?

We do non-traditional wedding cakes. You can view some samples at: http://www.edenalley.com/catering_desserts.html



If you are interested in learning more about catering at Eden Alley, or wish to book us for your event, please give us a call at 816.561.7595 or e-mail us at catering@edenalley.com or fill out our Catering Information Form.


Our initial consultation is free; subsequent meetings are subject to charge. We require a $200 deposit to "book" a date, which goes towards your final bill. Cancellation within 21 days of event forfeits client's deposit. Cancellation within 1 week of event requires payment of half food quote, because we will have already purchased ingredients for your event. Cancellation less than 1 week of event requires full payment of food quote, as we will have already purchased and started preparing food for your event. Estimate Payment due 7 days prior to event. Any remaining charges will be due within 1 week after your event.


Kansas City Catering



816.561.5415 carryout & reservations | catering information 816.561.7595



Eden Alley Café vegetarian restaurant dining on the Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri featuring
divine flavors for the conscious eater: vegan, gluten + soy free, local + organic, healthy food.

six-story parking garage with covered access

wheelchair accessability from Jefferson Street
streetside garden patio • nine-space bike rack




EDEN ALLEY CAFE + CATERING, 707 W 47 St., lower level of Unity Temple on the Country Club Plaza, Kansas City, Missouri 64112




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