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7 things to consider when hiring a catering company

Updated: Dec 1, 2021

Know your options: Before you can make a good decision, it is important to know all your options. Food caterers vary not only in price, but in service and in the options they offer.

Types of meals: A sit-down dinners complete with a wait staff is the most expensive method while buffet-style meals require fewer staff and also offer guests a wider variety of food choices. Family-style meals involve the caterer's staff supplying bowls of food for each table for guests to help themselves. Some events do not need a full meal, so caterers can provide hors d'oeuvres. Menu options: Ask the Caterer for ideas/pricing for Children at your event. You should also discuss your Vegetarian, Vegan and Allergy options if required for some of you guests. Special requests: If you have special requests in mind, bring your ideas up at the first meeting with the Caterer. Maybe you want a particular dish prepared that is not on their regular menu. Find out if they are willing to follow your suggestions before getting too far along in the process. Don't hesitate to ask questions. Ruling out caterers as you go will help you narrow the search. Past events: Ask the Caterer if they have any references from past events they catered. Take a close look at reviews and ask to see a portfolio of past events. This will give you a better idea of the food caterer's style and talents.

Pricing: Request a complete list of all services included in their price. You will want to know if the price included linens, All Serviceware, delivery charges if necessary and any other ocst that come to mind. Request that any sales tax and service fees are listed separately. Taste testings: Once you have narrowed down your options, you should schedule a taste testing. Some caterers host specific dates for samplings, other may do so on a case-by-case basis. If this is not a part of their regular options, find out if you can order a sample meal. This big decision is worth the extra money.


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