How To Choose The Right Caterer

Find a caterer for all events is an extremely important decision. Corporate or private, large or small, selecting the right supplier is imperative. There are many catering companies on the market so you must do your homework and choose carefully to ensure the success of your event. This article provides a step by step guide to choosing the right supplier with a useful checklist.


Before looking for a provider that you have to think about your needs restoration and gather information provider that need to know:

What is the date and time of the event?
You have a budget in mind?
Where is your event to be held? (Or if you need a place?)
There is a kitchen on site?
Do any of your guests have special dietary needs?
Is your event has a theme?
You want a particular style of cooking?
You need decorations, flowers, table settings?
You need to hire equipment? (Tables, chairs, linens, dishes, etc.)

Once you've answered these questions, you will have a good idea of ​​the services you need. A great caterer will offer a complete service to save your running around organizing things separately. Having everything organized by a company will help your event run smoothly and reduce your workload.


Once you have completed your preparation is time for a little research. You must first find catering companies. You can ask friends, family and colleagues. Or use a search engine for a list of the professional suppliers in the field of your event will be held.

Now select a small catering list as needed you identified in your preparation. Once you have a list of some restaurateurs Contact a list of questions to make sure they are reliable and able to meet your needs.

What to look for

First, if the supplier offers a range of menu options, including special food you're after? Most good restaurants have detailed menu lists on your site. Alternatively you can contact the company and receive this information or faxed to you.

What kind of role that you organize? It is corporate or private, large or small, casual or formal, or out? Whatever the case, make sure that your chosen provider can handle the type of function you are considering.

(No weekend or holiday loading.) Many events take place after hours or the weekend so it will be a great disadvantage and frustration if you can not contact your night provider or Sunday morning, when suddenly, you think of something you need to talk! Does the vendor provide their own wait staff? Employees with experience in the style of event you are planning? Depending on the needs you have identified in your preparation, if the supplier to provide the equipment you need? This may include tables, chairs, linens, dishes, glasses, cutlery or even ovens and a bar service area. Also make sure that your equipment is new and in excellent condition. You do not want outdated clothes stained and covered to take the shine of your event.

Maybe you need a place for your event? If so, a supplier who can get a place for you to save time and to have established a relationship with the site. This will streamline any sufficient experience and make your life much easier!

If you plan a theme for your event, the supplier can help you achieve your desired atmosphere, cooking choice for decorations and table settings?

Where the food is prepared? If your site does not have a kitchen supplier will prepare and heat their premises and delivered ready to serve.

The supplier can arrange drinks? First you need to physically buy drinks and transport them to your site. Then you need a place to store them and a method of keeping the costs. The day you will need staff to serve drinks with a service area bar, glasses, etc. The company is a real caterer? (Not just a bakery or coffee). It is, after all, far more than the restoration of that food, then you must select a provider who is familiar with all aspects of catering for events.

For peace of mind, make sure that the company is a member of a relevant catering Associations, or you can also ask for referrals. A good provider should have nothing to hide.

What the company of payment methods accepted? Make sure they accept all forms, including credit card, and there is no additional charge for using a credit. Be very careful with companies that only accept cash. You have very little bargaining power if things go wrong.

Does the seller require a deposit? What is your cancellation policy? Y
ou can get all your money back if the event is canceled?

Do they have a dilatory policy? Hopefully the provider can simply change the date. Here's a quick checklist to help you find the right provider:

Menu options - Do they have what you are looking for? (Including any special dietary requirements?)
(Corporate, Private etc.)
They are available the day of your scheduled event?
The equipment is in good condition?
they can find a place for you, if necessary?
If needed, they can help you with theming and decorations?
They are flexible on food preparation if you have limited cooking?
The supplier can arrange drinks?
Does the provider has actual installations, not just an online retailer?
Do they accept all the payment methods, including credit?
Do they have a credit supplement?
What is your cancellation policy?


Once you have gone through the above list and identified a reliable supplier that can meet your needs, it's time to go into details and get a quote.

Good catering services usually have an online form and designed to push a quick quote, which can make things easier and faster for you. However, you may prefer personalized service, so it is important that the provider you choose is easy to contact.

In looking for a quote, it is useful for the provider if you can recommend a budget. Once you settle on the food, staff, equipment, drinks, location or anything else you need, ask for a detailed quote.

Make sure the quote covers everything, including tax and shipping, so you are not stung with hidden extras once you have committed to the supplier.

Place your order!

Now that you have made your initial preparation and research as well as obtaining a detailed budget. If you are happy with the price and you've gone through everything on the list above, it's time to place your order!

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