Cafe World Catering Guide

by admin

Since the release of caterinng in Cafe world, there has been a lot of confusion with regards to how it works. Combine that with several bugs and other technical issues, and the lack of a source of complete information in one place, people are asking the same questions over and over.

Click here for individual order specifics.

Here it is. At least for the time being, a complete (as possible) compendium of what we know for catering. This will be updated as new information become available and feedback is always welcome.

IF YOU ENCOUNTER SOMETHING STRANGE, IT IS MOST LIKELY A BUG. SUBMIT A TICKET. It should be really straight forwards.

Bug fixes and latest new updates regarding said fixes:
Temporary time and crew extension for Dinner order: http://forums.zynga.com/showpost.php…7&postcount=12

Catering

There are several missions involved in catering which require cafe owners to cook food for clients. Successful catering orders result in rewards ranging from cafe coins, and cafe points to unlocking new recipes, more orders, and even decorations.

How does Catering work:

Missions tell you what to serve/how many things to serve or even how many individual dishes to sell. For each of the missions, it is stated whether you need to serve, or sell your food for the mission to count. Serving food means that you have cooked it on your stove. Selling means you’ve sold plates off your counter. Requested items pertain to items you have asked your neighbors to send you. Completion of the assigned tasks gives you rewards based on your performance. 3 stars gives you more rewards than 2 etc.

Crews:

Catering crews are made up of people who have decided to help you with your orders. Food they cook counts towards your order.

Here is where it gets a little (ok, a lot) confusing – I’ll make this example as simple and general as possible.

There are 2 roles in each crew: The leader and the helper(s).
First I’ll set a few criteria.

1) We will assume helpers are not filling their own orders.

2) We will assume that leaders are not helping out on other orders.

Those 2 criteria are the fundamental basics for how crews function and things can get a lot more complicated when leaders are helping others as well, and when helpers are filling their own orders (which in turn makes them leaders of their own crew)… I digress! HOWEVER the basic premise does not change.

Leader:
The “leader” is the person requesting help; they have the order which needs to be filled and all the food they cook credits them and them only. The only way a “leader” will credit someone else is if they are also a “helper” for another crew.

Helper(s):
Helpers role is to help fill the order for the “Leader”. Food they cook credits the “Leader’s” order.
You DON’T have to be on the order to be able to help. You don’t even need to have the catering truck mission finished at all.

Note: IF you have your own order to fill, consider yourself a “leader” who needs to recruit your own crew of “helpers”. This guide has already illustrated the interactions between those two roles.Leaders can also be helpers, this is where the nebulous nature of crews can get confusing. If food cooked by a helper is needed by both them, and the “leader” they are helping, both the helper and leader get equal credit.
Food cooked by the leader does not credit anyone that is helping them, but it will credit someone they are helping.

Note: You can JOIN as many crews as you want. However you as a leader only have a limited number of spaces available on your own crew. PICK YOUR CREWS WISELY – You have been warned

I hope that makes more sense…:S

Requesting people to your crew is the same as requesting gifts or parts for other items. You can only send one request per 24 hours. If you do not see their name on the list, its because you cannot gift to them.

For more details on how to strategize your crews, Dragonsi has put together a good explanation. Here

Redoing/Cancelling Missions:

“What if I don’t get three stars! Can I redo the order?” or “Can I cancel an order and start over?”
You can redo missions to upgrade your rewards should you not get 3 stars. Which is good news for those struggling with some of the more intensive orders. However, you cannot cancel an order to restart from scratch. You must complete the order completely first and then choose to redo it from the catering missions list.

Pre-Cooking:

“Can I ‘pre-cook’ food and still have it count?”
Yes. Cooked food is credited at the moment it is served from your stove. Meaning that you can cook 22 hour food before you start the order. As long as you don’t serve the food until after accepting the order, they will still count.

Spending Cafe Cash:

Using Cafe Cash for orders does not give you servings of food. It just gives you credit for completing that section of the order. Progress only counts towards your order; it will not count towards anyone you may be helping. (Citation required)

Joining Crews:

Joining a crew will not affect your current order. You can join a crew even if you have finished the order already, or if you haven’t even unlocked that order yet. Remember from the crews section, “helpers” by strict definition are only there to assist the “leader”. It is assumed that you are not cooking for yourself. IF YOU ARE cooking for yourself, you are a “leader” and a “helper”. Roles overlap to some extent in this case, but the basic rules for each don’t change. Information about how to volunteer for a crew is covered under ‘tracking progress’.

Tracking Progress:

“How do I see how much I still have to cook?” or “How do I track my crew leader’s progress?”
If you do not have catering unlocked at all, unfortunately there is no way to monitor progress.

As a crew leader – that question is simple. There is an icon with a % on it. Clicking that icon will bring up your catering order and on that page it displays ALL the information you need as well as how to request items for certain orders that require it.

As a crew helper – the process for tracking is similar to the leader’s. Below the order popup that may or may not appear when you click on the catering icon (or if you click on your catering truck) there is a window marked “Your Catering Orders”. It shows all of your current and past orders and their highest levels of completion as well as how long they took and who helped. Clicking on the tab marked “Help Friends” brings you to a submenu which has 2 tabs marked “Current Orders” and “You’re Helping With”. The first list shows orders your friends are currently on as well as their progress and how many people are helping them. You can also offer to help them with their orders.
The offer is to help of your own volition – please be courteous and actually DO SOME WORK.

The “You’re Helping With” tab shows orders you are currently assisting. Clicking on each person in the list will bring up their progress how much time has elapsed, and who is in their crew.

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{ 16 comments }

Elisha September 18, 2010 at 2:26 pm

is there a way of sending someone a catering item like serving plates without them asking ? trying to help friends get caught up before the anniversary job

Mae Gomaa September 30, 2010 at 5:38 pm

is there a way to quit one of ur friends’ catering events???

mindy October 15, 2010 at 10:01 am

It would be nice if we could “fire” people that say that they are helping us on our catering missions that are not even helping at all so we can get people WHO WILL HELP. Alot of people say they will help but are not even on that mission yet.

Latoya October 21, 2010 at 5:39 am

if you are a helping on a crew and that leader gets 3 stars on that order, does the helpers also unlock that next item?

regina October 21, 2010 at 7:14 pm

i don’t agree that a leader only fills their own order.. i was doing a catering mission and found that i was helping other catering jobs even though i had not joined their crew and they were not showing as members of my crew. even when i had completed the mission and was removing serving from the stove, i was still helping 2 people and had no idea of who they were and the were not my cafe friends.. is this something that should be reported?

Londa October 25, 2010 at 9:43 pm

I am new to the catering and am wondering how to get serving plates and trays? thats all I have left to complete job and dont quite know how to do it. Help.

Annette Brathwaite November 8, 2010 at 6:58 pm

I have just organized a crew and would like to communicate with them all at once. Right now I have to send individual messages and its really too time consuming. I also want them to be able to respond to me and each other on the same forum so all would know whats going on and when we are starting another mission.

Craig January 15, 2011 at 7:49 pm

I am working on my first banquet, the Birthday Party. After my servings are done and I click on them and clean my ovens (at 15 coins every time), only 1 out o f 3 of my serving are going towards my banquet. Then I get a message that there was an error in the my kitchen and it shuts my cafe down and restarts it. When it restarts, the items that did not go to the banquet are back and all the empty ovens that I already cleaned are dirty and I have to do this all over again. It is very annoying and time consuming. Also, I have friends that are helping me with my banquet and when they cook anything that will go into my banquet the same thing happens to them (only with my banquet) it does not happen when they send servings to other peoples banquets. I would like this fixed as soon as possible please. Thank you

Parkay January 23, 2011 at 4:42 pm

Name Aaron in my catering list of friends helping me with a catering order in Cafe World is unrecognized and not on my friends list. I never sent them an invite to assist. I even tried typing in the name Aaron in search and via “Edit Friends” to block that person, and there is no such name in my list. Help?

diane January 23, 2011 at 5:09 pm

how do you ivite friends new one to happy hour

Jeff January 25, 2011 at 2:35 am

I agree with Mindy, but they had it set up that way for a short period of time where you could fire people that were not helping on catering orders and I also see why they changed it, I put a ton of food down helping someone on y facebook friends just for the sake of being nice and I did not even really know the person, they fired me from helping and when I served the cooked food it didn’t help toward their order and I was getting frustrated with it like why is it not counting toward that then I saw she had fired me from helping and was like ok whatever then, wish I had thought to look first since she still had an open slot and I could have finished her order for her. So I think that people like that who didn’t pay attention to what other people helping were cooking on stoves and just assumed if it said 0% helped those people were useless that is why they took away option to fire. But I would like to see it back in as an option too many people add on to orders some of them undoubtedly are using autos that accept everything without them even personally taking the time to look at the things they are accepting and it sucks when you have it full of people not helping and you can’t possibly do it on your own cuz its too big of an order. It would be nice if it informed idiots are you sure you want to remove so&so from your help although they have 0% towards your order now, they are cooking 10 of the dishes you need right now. That simple message would have sufficed not taking away the option to fire.

T Row March 2, 2011 at 7:20 pm

There needs to be a way to delete/fire/get rid of a person who has agreed to help on a catering mission yet they are NOT. I’m currently doing the same catering mission as someone else who agreed to help me but she isn’t. I’m doing all the work and she getting rewarded from me. I want to remove her from my crew…lazy azz

Georgina March 30, 2011 at 3:50 pm

I just wanted everyone to know that there is an easier way to do catering. I’ll use Company Holiday Party as an example. First, make sure that you put together a team, I currently am allowed to have 11 people in my crew, so I got a team of 11. Second, Set up a specific time to meet and start exactly at that time. Third, put your devil eggs on to cook the night before you start the order, that way when you’re ready to start the order, you’ll already have some done. It won’t spoil. Spoil time = Cook Time * 1.2. Also, do not gift anything to the people on your team. We do ours in the morning. We start cooking the day before. 4th: The day that you start, Make sure that you request for the team people to join your crew. Help them by joining their crew. 5th: Once everyone has joined each other’s crew, serve your dishes. 6th: Everyone on the team, grab any perfect servings that you each have from the feeds and serve them. 7th: Serve the dishes in the gift box. 8th: Put Sandwiches in your fridge. 9th: This is really important, sell your Devil Eggs to dale. When the dialog pops up asking if you want to gift them to your friends, give them to the people on your crew. Everyone in the crew must do this. Everyone, serve your Devil Eggs that you got from your other friends selling to Dale. The next day, Sell your clubhouse Sandwiches to Dale, gift them to your friends.Why do this, you ask? Because a crew of 11 people each serve 1 and gift servings to 11 people. That’s 121 servings. That leaves stoves free for other things like goals because each person would only have to cook either 5 or 6 sandwiches, and you could start those cooking on the day that you served the devil eggs. So, with a minute effort on your part, you could be done on time for 3 Stars and still complete goals.

Georgina March 30, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Whoops! Meant “gift to 10 people.” But, you get the idea.

Gail Ammons April 10, 2011 at 5:22 pm

I wish you could run your cursor over your neighbors stove and it would pop up to tell you what they are cooking like it does in your cafe. It’s hard to tell what’s cooking because the dishes change as they cook. It would help you know what you need to cook for them, and what they are cooking for you. Also,if the neighbors list didn’t move over one neighbor at a time you could find the neighbors that are helping you a lot easier. Wish they moved over 5 or 6 at a time like other games. And we need a way to remove neighbors we have helped and they won’t collect their items. I have some that have been on my “People I’m helping list” for 4 months and I can’t get rid of them.

Ari Marie May 4, 2011 at 2:51 pm

@ Gail…I had the same problem (ppl not finishing their catering missions)…what you have to do is remove them as a neighbor or friend if you like, (itll take a couple days)…and there wont be any hard feelings because that person isnt an active player anyway…! I mistakingly hit “accept” on a catering order, and i decided to help anyway. Long story short…he didnt cook…and i deleted a neighbor…

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