Finding a Catering Company for your next event
If you need a catering company for your next event, you’ve probably faced some difficulties finding the right one. Larger companies may have a wide range of options but can be difficult to communicate with and may not provide the personal touch you want. Smaller companies may be more flexible and responsive but may also lack the resources needed to put on an event like yours. With all these factors in mind, here are some strategies for choosing the best caterer for your needs:
Set a budget
It is important that you set a budget that is realistic and reasonable. Make sure to include the cost of food and beverages in your budget, as well as delivery and setup. If you need help with budgeting, ask your caterer for assistance.
Caterers may charge more for certain types of events or venues; therefore, if you want to keep costs low, consider hosting it at home or renting out a venue like an outdoor park.
Consider your menu
The next step is to consider your menu. Keep in mind that this is just a starting point, because you can always add more items or take some away if needed.
- Consider the type of event. Will it be formal or casual? How many guests are coming? What kind of food do they like?
- Consider what you want to serve (and how much). For example, if you’re having a dinner party for eight people, it’s probably best not to use an entire roast chicken with all of its trimmings. Instead, try something simpler like beef tenderloin or salmon; both will satisfy most palates without taking up too much space on the table!
- Remember that every dish has an associated cost and serving size—so think about these things before deciding what ingredients make up each course:
- Appetizers usually cost around $5 per person but may go as high as $10 if they’re made from expensive ingredients such as lobster or caviar. If this is part of your plan then be sure that everyone attending understands that there might be some extra charges involved (including tax!).
- Entrees generally range between $8-$15 per person depending on whether it’s meat-based (beef/lamb) or vegetarian/fish varieties using cheaper alternatives such ‘beans’ instead of steak which tend towards higher prices due their scarcity rather than quality.
Check for availability
As you’re looking into catering companies, it’s a good idea to check their availability. You want to make sure that they’ll be able to cater your event, but it’s also important to ask about the capacity of the caterer in terms of how many people they can feed and how much food they’ll need. If you have a large event, you should consider hiring more than one company so that you have multiple options for food and service.
You should also ask if any employees will be working on your specific day or if this is something that is provided by the company itself (in which case there may be additional costs). It’s important for both parties to know what kind of help will be available during set-up and tear-down so there aren’t any surprises later on down the road when things aren’t going as planned due to lackadaisical planning beforehand!
Ask for referrals (and follow up!)
Don’t be afraid to ask for referrals. While you may be hesitant to approach your caterer with this request, there are a few ways you can go about it.
- Call the catering company and ask them who they would recommend working with. This is an especially important step if you’re looking for an experienced caterer who has worked with several different types of clients at different events, as they will likely have a much more diverse set of recommendations from which you can choose.
- Once you’ve gotten some great recommendations from the catering company, call each one! Take notes as you speak with these potential clients so that when it comes time for interviews later on in the process, there will be no surprises when questions come up about what their experience was like working with Sal’s Eats.
Vetting the caterer
Before hiring a catering company, you should ensure they are trustworthy and reliable. This can be done by asking them for references and previous clients. You should also ask them for previous events they have held and their menus, food and beverage costs. If the caterer has had past experiences working at businesses similar to yours, then you can use this information to help you decide if it would be a good fit for your event as well (i.e., if the caterer has worked with companies who have similar budgets).
Sample the food
You want to make sure that the food you serve at your event is of the highest quality. This is especially important if you’re planning on serving guests an elaborate meal. You need to ask yourself: “Is this food fresh? Is it going to taste good?” If the answer is no, then you should consider finding a new catering company and start looking for another one that can provide high-quality food for your party.
Once you’ve chosen a few different caterers, invite them over to sample their menus so they can give you a better idea of how their dishes will taste on your guests’ plates. Most catering companies will be happy to do this; they want their customers satisfied with their services!
Finalize the details
- Make sure the caterer understands your needs. You might have some special needs, such as a kosher menu or dietary restrictions.
- Check that the caterer has all the equipment and staff required to deliver a great event.
- Make sure the caterer has insurance to cover them if something goes wrong (like an injury).
These are some great strategies to hire the best catering company in your area
When you’re looking for the best catering company in your area, you need to think about a few things. First, how much money do you have to spend? Next, what type of food do you want? Thirdly, who can make this happen for me on time and under budget?
The first step is figuring out exactly what it is that’s going to work for your event. You’ll want something that matches both the theme and venue requirements. If it’s a formal affair at an upscale restaurant then perhaps some high-end seafood dishes will fit right in but if it’s just supposed to be “casual” BBQ at someone’s house then no one will expect anything too fancy anyway!
The second step would be finding out whether or not there are any restrictions regarding alcohol consumption or types allowed within the party itself – only certain kinds (such as red) may be allowed inside so make sure everyone knows beforehand so there aren’t any surprises later down the road when planning activities with friends/family members who live nearby while attending such events together regularly over time – especially since they might not know each other very well yet either due to lack of familiarity between all involved parties involved thus causing them not knowing which types of drinks contain alcohol versus non-alcoholic ones but also because