Salt & Pepper Events is a young and enthusiastic London-based catering and event staffing agency, specialising in supplying high-calibre, personable staff for private parties, corporate events and corporate hospitality.
All our staff have a minimum of 2 years of experience in hospitality and have been working for top catering and events companies, restaurants, bars and hotels. We only employ people who have a can-do attitude and great attention to detail, work with a smile and speak fluent English.
Quality Catering and Hospitality Staff
We think our staff are our most valuable asset and pay good money to ensure we select and retain the best people in the catering business. Nevertheless we charge our clients industry standard rates! We believe that by giving you and our staff a fair deal, in the long run, we will be more successful than our competitors.
Over 15 years of experience
Hospitality is our passion and we have been working in this industry, in one way or the other, for over 15 years. Five star hotels and prestigious catering agencies both in the UK and abroad have been our training ground.
We see ourselves as an extension of your business
We will provide catering staff that reflect the characteristics and requirements of your company. We do not just send anyone but instead try to match the staff to the assignment. As we are a family-run business we can provide more flexibility and bespoke solutions.
Friendly and Reliable Core Team
Unlike some other agencies, we have a small core team, valuing quality rather than quantity. This means our event staff work together very often, hence creating that team feeling rarely seen in larger groups. Our clients are very likely to see the same faces again and again, working with catering staff that know how their business is run.
Excellent Customer Reviews
Our average review score is 4.9/5. We are so confident you will be satisfied with our waiting staff that after each assignment we will send you a link to our Freeindex.co.uk and Google page where you will be able to write a genuine, independent, unedited review.
We are happy to talk to you at a time which is most convenient to you, be it early in the morning, late in the evening or at the weekend.
…We had a guest with special needs and these were anticipated and met with kindness and consideration I would not hesitate to employ them again as I know I could leave everything to them and just enjoy myself with no worries at all.
People work for and buy from people, that’s why whether you are thinking of hiring us or joining us, we’d like you to find out a bit more about who we are and what we do.
Alan Calzari is the Director of Salt&Pepper. After honing his catering skills in Italy Alan decided to further his career in London where he has resided for the past 9 years. Before setting up Salt&Pepper Events Alan worked for 3 years at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, including their Michelin star restaurant, Foliage and the Mandarin Bar, and a further 4 years at Swissotel The Howard where at the time of leaving he was in charge of Food and Beverage operations. This experience gave him a strong background in F&B in particular in fine dining and banqueting. Alan possesses a WSET advanced certificate and is a personal licence holder.
We feel that our catering staffingservices in London are best matched with small to medium size catering companies; businesses organising events such as staff parties, client events, charity events and corporate dinners; house parties and fine dining. Being a family-run business we understand the challenges SMEs face and we are happy to offer advice on staffing levels, equipment needed and general planning. We like to think and feel that we are working “with” our clients rather than “for” them.
We operate mainly in London, but we don’t mind traveling around. Essex, Sussex, Surrey, Kent are few of the areas where we have clients
We set up the company because we felt there was a gap in the market for high quality waiting and hospitality staff for hire.
Why is the company called Salt&Pepper? Well.. meet Alan and you’ll soon find out!
The event was a memorial service so required some sensitivity. The team was excellent: punctual, beautifully turned out, helpful, sensitive, friendly and highly professional.
You can pay by bank transfer, cheque or card. Please note that credit card and debit card payments incur, respectively, a 3% and 1.5% processing fee. We do not accept American Express. If you have an account then your payment is in 7 day payment terms. Otherwise full payment will be due before your event.
Do we have to book staff for a minimum period?
Yes we have a 4-hour minimum booking period within zone 3 of the underground. Other areas will have longer minimum booking depending on distance from London and ease of transport.
Do we have to book the staff taxis?
No, if the event is within zone 2 of the underground. For simplicity and clients’ peace of mind after 23.30 we charge a £20+VAT late night fee per staff, allowing the staff to organise their own transport. Events outside of zone 2 will be quoted on a case by case basis
Do you charge late night or Sunday overtime?
For events taking place within zone 2 of the underground, after 23.30 we charge a £20+VAT late night fee, per staff . Events outside of zone 2 will be quoted on a case by case basis. We charge double rates on NYE, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Easter.
Do we have to give the staff food and drinks?
Staff must have access to water. Food it’s at your discretion.
Can I ask my staff to stay longer on the night?
Although this will be at their discretion, our staff know that this business requires flexibility and in most cases will be happy to stay longer.
Do we have to pay for travel time?
Within zone 2 and between 7am and 11.30pm travel is free. However outside zone 2 the costs for transport and increased travel time to staff will be charged. This will be quoted to you.
Can you recommend a company to hire equipment and to get drinks from?
Yes. We are always happy to help and once you place a booking with us can give you the details of our preferred suppliers.
Should we tip our staff?
This is up to you. Our staff will surely appreciate if you do.
Do I need to give the staff breaks?
As per law, staff have the right to a 20 minute break if they are doing a shift of over 6 hours straight and this must be during that shift, not at the beginning or the end.
What’s your staff standard uniform?
Leather black shoes (ladies may wear ballerinas), smart black trousers and long sleeve black shirt. For more formal occasions we can wear white shirt, black tie and black waistcoat.
Which areas do you cover?
We cover all areas that are reachable by either tube or overground, including Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Essex. One-way travel time and train fares will be charged.