How To Choose The Right Caterer For Your Function
Finding a Caterer for any event is an extremely important decision. Corporate, or private, large or small, choosing the right Caterer is imperative. There are many catering companies in the market so you need to do your homework and choose carefully in order to guarantee the success of your event. This article gives you a step-by-step guide to choosing the right Caterer along with a useful checklist.
Before seeking a Caterer you need to think about your catering needs and gather together information that a Caterer will need to know:
- What is the time and date of the event?
- Do you have a budget in mind?
- Where is your event being held? (Or do you require a venue?)
- Is there a kitchen at the venue?
- How many guests are you expecting?
- Do any of your guests have special dietary requirements?
- Does your event have a theme?
- Do you desire a particular style of cuisine?
- Do you require decorations, flowers, table settings?
- Do you need to hire equipment? (Tables, chairs, linen, crockery etc)
Once you have answered these wedding pizza van questions you will have a good idea of the services you will require. A great Caterer will offer a complete service to save your running around organizing things separately. Having everything organised by one company will help your event run smoothly and cut down your workload.
After you’ve completed your preparation it’s time for some research. First you need to find some catering companies. The best way to do this is to seek recommendations. You can ask friends, family and colleagues. Or use a search engine for a list of professional caterers in the area your event will take place.
Now select a short-list of Caterers according to the needs you identified in your preparation. For example you may have identified that your venue doesn’t have a kitchen, or that your guests have particular dietary concerns or that you need to hire equipment.
Once you have a list of a few Caterers contact them with a list of questions to make sure they are reputable and are able to handle your particular requirements.
What to look for
First and foremost, does the Caterer offer a range of menu options including the particular cuisine you are after? Most good Caterers will have detailed menu listings on their website. Failing this, you can contact the company and have this information emailed or faxed to you.
What type of function are you organizing? Is it private or corporate, small or large, casual or formal, inside or outside? Whatever the case, ensure that your chosen Caterer can handle the type of function you are planning.
Make sure the Caterer is available on the day that you desire. (With no weekend or public holiday loading.) Also check that the Caterer has a 24 hour service and is contactable 7 days a week. Many events are held after hours or on weekends so it will be a great disadvantage and frustration if you can’t contact your Caterer in the evening or on a Sunday morning when you suddenly think of something you need to discuss! And you certainly don’t want to pay more for your catering just because your event isn’t in business hours.