5 Tips for Choosing the Right Catering Company for Your Event
When you are selecting a catering company for any event, there are some basic things you take into consideration such as the food quality and variety, the level of service and the ability to work to your requirements during the event. It’s natural that you conduct a certain amount of research, ask for references from friends and family etc. Even when you zero-in on a potential caterer, there are certain aspects you will have to look at. Here are five tips on what to look for when choosing the right catering company for your event.
Tips for Choosing the Right Catering Company
This becomes one of the first things you should be checking with the caterer. They should be available to provide you services on the day you need them. Check what the booking & payment process is. You should be assured that the date is secure & understand when you are required to make the payments. You definitely do not want a rude shock of seeing an inflated bill just before the event
Ideally, you should be researching & meeting with different caterers well in advance. You will also have to check with the venue that you are planning to hold the event at. Most have a listing of preferred suppliers & caterers
It’s very important for you to have a clear idea about the cost involved in the catering. Check what the quoted costs include & ask about all the options they provide. In case you are working on a modest budget, inform your caterer about how much you are looking to spend. Most caterers will provide a package that matches your budget requirements.
It’s crucial that you check the inclusions and exclusions and these vary from one caterer to another. The things you need to be looking out for are whether the quote is inclusive of VAT, tableware and linen hire. This will help you understand whether you have to budget for them separately
#3 Quality of Food
When you are selecting a caterer for your event, you will want the presentation to be excellent and the food to taste good too. Don’t omit asking for a portfolio of the catering company’s work that has pictures of their food. Ideally, your caterer should have commercial facilities and skilled personnel to serve your guests on the day of the event. Check with the caterer about the sustainability & quality of the produce they use. Ask whether they use seasonal produce as this will significantly impact the taste and quality of your meal
#4 Tasting Session
Check if the catering company offers a tasting session. This will help you understand whether the style, quality & presentation are up to the mark. It will also help you decide which dishes you want added to the menus that they already serve
This is one more important aspect that you should not overlook. The caterer you select should be experienced. You should ensure that they have catered for the kind of event you need their services for. Check their reputation in the market – especially on social media sites and see what their previous clients are saying about them.
Your Vision Matters
In addition to all these things, the caterer should also know exactly what your overall vision is & they should be willing to listen to what your ideas are. They should use their knowledge and experience and be able to build on your ideas in order that your event turns out the way you want it to. Just as you want the quality and the display to be excellent, the caterer should also be focused on customer service. Here are some tips on how to plan catering for certain number of guests.
Opt for a Proactive Caterer
The company should be proactive with explaining menu options and be willing to work with you on your ideas. This aspect is important as an enthusiastic caterer who is willing to do all these things will also go out of the way to ensure that things are planned perfectly for your event. Never forget that your caterer has a very important role to play in the success of your event. You want it to be a success, one way to ensure this is to get the best caterer for it.
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