How to Find a Good Caterer
At one point or another, you will find yourself in search of a catering service. This can be for your parents’ silver wedding anniversary, a company party, or your engagement dinner. Whatever the occasion, here are 5 tips to help you choose the right caterer:In any case, the following are tips that can help you find a good caterer:Whatever the party, these 5 tips can help you pick a good caterer:
First of all, ask whether your prospective caterer is full-service. There’s no point hiring a catering service if you still have to do the work. Be sure you’re getting serving staff with the per-person rate. Some caterers only drop off the food and leave the rest of the tasks to you. Full-service means they will be in-charge of everything, from setup all the way to cleanup. They should not only be professional, but also genuinely interested in making your affair a success. This is why you have the caterer first before booking them. Just by talking to them, you can get a feel of their vibe and personality, and how this can possibly affect your experience with them.
Before paying a caterer, check how they prepare their food. Definitely, you’ll want to keep things fresh and whole, and hygienic. So don’t be shy to ask your caterer how their food is sourced and prepared. You might prefer a caterer that patronizes local suppliers as a way to support the local economy.
Talking about their food, ask them if you can taste some samples of their food BEFORE you book.
It’s a lot like test-driving a car. Don’t choose a caterer that wants to lock you in without a taste test. At the end of the day, it’s the food that matters the most. Better if you can let them bringing the tasting to you instead of the other way around. This gives you a first-hand experience of how the food will be delivered and its condition after traveling in warmers and coolers.
Before picking a caterer, check their experience in the catering industry. How long have they been in this line of work? What kinds of events have they been part of? Catering is beyond cooking great food. Choose a caterer that has proven their ability to manage event food requirements smoothly – an ability that is only honed by experience. An experienced caterer will have encountered an entire range of catering problems and hence be ready with proven solutions as well.
Sometimes, there are things about a caterer that you can only learn from people who have actually hired them. If your potential caterer seems uninterested in giving you client references, watch out. They could be hiding something, and a secretive caterer is the last thing you want for your event.