5 Secrets to Finding the Right Catering Services
Finding the perfect catering services for your event may seem like a daunting task…but it doesn’t have to be if you keep in mind these 5 secrets for your next special event. Whether you are planning a corporate party, wedding, fundraiser, holiday party, or hiring a professional speaker to motivate your team, these secrets will help you find the best catering services for your event!
1. Referrals, referrals, referrals
Ask around. Ask colleagues and friends who their top choice is for a caterer. Ask the top three catering companies you are interested in to provide referrals. Talking to those that have hired them in the past will tell you exactly what you need to find out. Ask specific questions…was the food hot/cold? Was it as promised? Were they on time? Did they feel they were happy with their service/quality? Did they add more stress or less stress to their event
2. Menu options
Get a good overview of what they do best. But also find out if they are able to modify for your event if needed – if they are flexible within their specialty that is a good sign. Also, look for seasonal items on the menu, as this may help keep costs down.
3. Taste it!
See if it is an option to sample their work prior to hiring them. All good caterers will offer this as an option. When sampling, look for quality, presentation, and taste, and be sure the type of food is correct for your event.
4. Similar events
Have they catered similar events to yours? It’s important that they have catered at venues similar to yours and for events similar to yours…you want to avoid being a part of a learning curve if possible. Hire a company that knows the ins and outs of the business and is confident they can provide what you need.
5. What is included?
Find out what is included in their services: linens, tableware, etc. This is key information to know right away so that you can rent from another vendor if needed.
As always, shoot us an email or give us a call if you just have questions about your event and how to find the best caterer to fit your needs…we would love to bounce off ideas and give you any tips we have learned over the years.