Finding the Right Caterer
At one point or another, you will find yourself in search of a catering service. This might be for a wedding reception, a corporate event or your high school reunion. Whatever the occasion, here are 5 tips to help you choose the right caterer:In any case, the following are tips that can help you find a good caterer:Whatever the party, these 5 tips can help you pick a good caterer:
First off, know if the caterer is full-service. There’s no point hiring a catering service if you still have to do the work. You need to get serving staff with per-head charge. Some caterers only drop off the food and leave the rest of the tasks to you. Full-service means they will be in-charge of everything, from setup all the way to cleanup. The staff must not just be professional, but nice and sincere as well in helping your event become successful. This is why you have the caterer first before booking them. Just by talking to them, you can get a feel of their vibe and personality, and how this can possibly affect your experience with them.
Before paying a caterer, check how they prepare their food. Of course, you’ll want to keep it whole, fresh and clean. So go ahead and ask your caterer how they source their food from and what their usual preparation techniques are. You might prefer a caterer that patronizes local suppliers as a way to support the local economy.
Talking about their food, ask them if you can taste some samples of their food BEFORE you book.
You can think of it as test driving a vehicle. Avoid caterers that want to lock you in before you’ve even tried their food. After all, it’s the food that really matters. If possible, have them bring the tasting to you instead of the opposite. This way, you can experience first-hand how they deliver their food and how the food is after traveling in warmers and coolers.
Before picking a caterer, check their experience in the catering industry. How long is their experience so far? What types of events have they handled before? There is more to catering than cooking delicious food. Choose a caterer that has proven their ability to manage event food requirements smoothly – an ability that is only honed by experience. An experienced caterer is someone who has been exposed to a wide variety of issues that may arise during catered events; therefore, they will have prepared the solutions too.
Sometimes, the best way to know more about a caterer is by speaking to their previous customers. If your prospective caterer seems hesitant to give references, be careful. Most probably, they’re hiding something, and you don’t want a secretive caterer.