ROQUETTE is a boutique events company owned by Leisah Swenson & Monica Byrne in Red Hook Brooklyn.
We combine Monica’s years of experience first as a floral designer and stylist, and later as a chef, with Leisah’s
extensive background in theatre and live performance production to create extraordinary events that are elegant,
beautiful, warm and inviting.
Together we are:
Home/Made food & wine: a Red Hook, Brooklyn pioneer, serving wonderful food in a setting more living room than
Atelier Roquette: our Red Hook warehouse loft, available for special events, weddings, photo shoots, and other
Roquette Catering & Special Event Design is our boutique full service catering and event design company, creating
everything from intimate dinners for 10 to weddings for 250, or benefits for more!
Monica grew up in Tribeca, before there was a grocery store, so her mother, Dona, used the Union Sq Farmer’s
Market as her place to stock the refrigerator. Before the grocery stores came, wonderful restaurants opened up,
so it was either fresh market food and cooking at home for guests, or wonderful samplings of local restaurants to
eat at on a regular basis. Eating this way growing up informed Monica’s sensibilities about food, and helps to
explain why she’s incapable of making a simple dinner for 2!
Our food is rustic and elegant, inspired by the European traditions of fresh markets, and seasonal foods served
simply in bright vivid flavorful combinations. We are lucky to live in a time when there is such an emphasis on
fresh and local food, and wild creativity.
ROQUETTE CATERING & special event design:
Each of our events is custom designed. As such we create our quotes in an itemized manner for maximum
transparency and clarity about what an event costs, and why.
Each quote consists of the following separate elements:
Food, Bar & Bar Mixers, Labor, Rentals, Flowers & Décor.
When planning a menu, our process is collaborative. We ask our clients to create a list of foods they love, and
foods they hate. We take the list, combine it with what we know about the occasion, venue (cooking facilities),
time of year, what’s lovely in the market, what translates well to serve a crowd, as well as budget information. We
throw it all in the hopper and come up with a suggested menu. We send it to our client for feedback, and between
us make the changes needed to create the perfect personal menu for our client’s event.
Full Service off premises food costs start at 60.00/person.
Plattered events for delivery or pick up start at 35.00/person.
In House events start at:
40.00/person for Brunch, 45.00/person for Cocktail parties, Seated Dinners start at 75.00.
Weddings start at 60.00 for cocktail style, and 85.00 for seated dinner. (weddings are 5-6 hours long, and thus
require quite a bit more in food & labor.)
Bar can be handled many different ways. Please contact us for more information and options.
We always provide the mixers, soft drinks, and ice for our bars. We pride ourselves on fresh squeezed juices, fruits and garnishes,
beautifully presented. (For off premises, and events at Atelier Roquette).
Clients supplying their own liquor must secure a day permit from NYSLA, in addition to Liquor Liability insurance.
For our full service events we have a wonderful group of talent we draw on, some have been with us for years,
others for months, we are constantly adding people as others move on to their chosen professions. Some we are
lucky to say keep coming back whenever they find themselves in NY. Most of our team come through the
recommendation of one another, and as a result we have a warm tight knit group who work really well with one
another, and truly enjoy being your hosts, making your guests feel warmly welcome and comfortable.
Events require a good deal of labor. We are in most cases, building a space from scratch for the day, doing the
actual event, and then taking it all apart again at the end. So our day is often much longer than clients imagine it
might be. Our average day is between 10-14 hours long for most our staff. The average wedding is 5-6 hours long,
so even at 12 hours, that’s still only 4 hours to set it all up, and 2 to take it apart, clean up and load out again.
Our labor rate is 35.00/hour per team member, and 50.00/hour Front of House Captain, and Executive Chef.
We generally use a ratio of approximately ratio of 1 staff member to 10 guests. (Usually 15 for 150 person event,
12 for a 100 person event, 10 for up to 75 guests, adjusted depending on the exact needs of the event.) Labor
fees cover labor used on the day of the event only. Labor before and after the event are covered by our
For most empty venue events, (which is to say most of the interesting and eclectic spaces we end up working!)
every item from chairs to spoons and forks need to be brought in from a rental company. Depending on the venue,
that list may also include kitchen equipment. We’ve worked places where we’ve brought in everything from
electricity to running water….
Rentals are probably the biggest hidden expense in creating a special event from scratch, but they are also what
allow you to create something unique and individual, not cookie cutter or generic.
Each item on it’s own is not necessarily cost prohibitive, the challenge comes in adding it all up. For example,
glassware: For a 100 person event you don’t need 100 glasses, you need approximately one glass per guest per
hour of the event. So in a wedding, you need at least 600 glasses, more if you want a full bar with a variety of
different glasses, then it can be up to 900 or 1,000 glasses to guarantee you have enough on hand. So a glass
that rents for .80-1.20/piece means around 750-1500. in glassware alone.
We work with several reputable NY rental companies, primarily Broadway Party Rentals.
In addition, we have a smaller collection of in house rentals we have accumulated over the years, which is also
available: Glassware, Dishes, Platters, Slate & Wood Boards, Vases, Props, Lounge & Living Room Furniture, Linens
and one of a kind items, other random artful objects!
Rentals Pricing varies from event to event depending on the specific needs, however, we have prepared a matrix of
the basic (tasteful) needed rentals to produce a cocktail, family style or plated dinner reception to give you a
realistic estimate of rental needs and costs.
FLOWERS & DESIGN:
Monica started her career as a floral designer, which led to photo styling, which led to culinary school. We are vey
happy to offer design and floral services to our clients. Our design aesthetic is rustic elegance, lush abundance,
with touches of whimsy, but never overly fussy. Our approach is a holistic one, we love every detail of our events to
flow together seamlessly, the food, the flowers, the design and overall ambience. We can provide every detail from
bouquets to vintage props, linens & candles.
Pricing for design services varies widely depending on needs, but our average design budgets start at 2,500.00.
We charge a 20% Administative fee to cover our planning costs, administrative costs, pre and post event labor.
This fee covers all of the planning that goes into creating your event, including correspondence, meetings, event
design and menu creation, staff training, checklists, sourcing of product, specialty items, calculating rentals,
placing orders, liaising with venue and other vendors as needed, literally everything except the actual day of event
labor & food cost. Events like these require a lot of advance planning and work. Trust us, you don’t want us to just
start working on your event the day of, and see how it turns out, you want us working in advance to make sure it
all comes together beautifully. You also don’t want to be billed hourly for the team’s efforts leading up to the
event, that would become very expensive quickly!
We do not assess a gratuity, nor is our administrative fee a gratuity. We believe in making sure the team is paid a
fair rate, and that any additional gratuity is at the sole discretion of the client. However, if a client does decide to
thank the team with an extra acknowledgement, we will happily make certain it is fairly distributed amongst the
entire team, allowing us to include the “behind the scenes” staff, who work hard to produce your event, handling
everything from moving furniture to hauling garbage and washing dishes. These people are the unsung heroes of
special events who make it all possible, even if they never meet the client.
Food: From 60.00/ person for off premises full service events
From 35.00/ person for plattered and to go (food only) events
From 40.00/ person for in house Brunch
From 45.00 /person for in house Cocktail Parties*
From 65.00/ person for Seated Dinner Events*
From 65.00/ person for Cocktail Style Weddings
From 85.00/ person for Seated Dinner Weddings
*Not weddings, limited to 3 hour maximum events, average wedding is 5-6 hours.
Mixers / Ice / Soft Drinks: 8.00/ person
For alcohol options please contact us.
Labor: 35.00/ hour per staff member
Rentals: Varies, see attached matrix for estimates
Flowers & Design: Average 2,500.00 – 5,500.00 for Weddings
Smaller events depend on specific needs.
Service Fee: 20%
Every event is different, with different choices and components, so we do not do flat per person quotes, but on
average, most of our custom designed weddings end up costing between 200.00 – 250.00/ person when
including all the elements, from food to labor to rentals etc. We have also created a special package for clients
who love our style and want something a little simpler.
See our images on instagram: @homemadebklyn & #AtelierRoquette