The catering company that you choose for your event, whether a birthday party, a wedding or just a get together, can either make it a success or a failure. There are many catering services and before you hire any of them there are important considerations that you should make. Remember, not only are they responsible for great food, they should also be able to present it well and ensure that it is hygienically prepared.
Many people go with the first catering service that they can find. This is simply wrong and it increases the risk of things going wrong at your event. It is very important to compare caterers before you hire. You may find that they create the same exact dish very differently. You should not hesitate to ask questions to find out as much about the caterer as possible. You need to have all the information that will make the catering go flawlessly during your event.
The first thing that you should do when you want to hire a caterer is prepare a budget. Think about the kind of food that you want to serve and how much you want to spend on it. Having a budget means that you don’t waste time negotiating with caterers that you cannot afford. It also keeps you in charge – you know what you want. When you are interviewing caterers ask them what kind of menus they can serve for the amount that you have in mind. You will eventually find someone who has a menu that you like.
Ask caterers if they can come to your event or whether they cater on their premises. Although many people assume that caterers will come to them, there are some who work from their own premises. If you hire someone who works in a hotel, for example, they are more likely to cater from there that to come to your venue. You should also find out what kind of equipment they have and whether it can serve the number of guests that you have. You will be surprised at how often caterers run out of things like plates and cutlery.
You need to agree on a timeline as to when things will be ready for you to inspect. Even professional caterers get things wrong sometimes. You should not entrust them with the job and then walk away completely – check up on what is going on from time to time just to be sure that you don’t get nasty surprises on the day of the event. On the day of, you should call them up in the morning just to confirm that everything is ready and they will arrive on time.