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To Aid Your Catering Search

When it comes to catering, it is easy to find yourself overwhelmed with options. From presentation to quality, food type to credentials, there are many things to consider when selecting a food service that best suits your event. Here are 8 topics of discussion to help make your catering search a little easier.

1.) What qualifications do you have? Do you have a valid license? Liability insurance? Are you familiar with health permits and safety obligations?

These are important questions to ask as you want to ensure your caterer has the skills to meet your expectations and enhance the atmosphere of your event.

 

2.) What needs do you have from the venue?

Be sure to communicate with both the venue and the caterer to establish available resources, necessary access to water and electricity, etc. Clarifying these details will assist in making sure everything runs smoothly.

 

3.) What expectations do you have of your staff? How many people will you have assisting you for the event? What is your solutions regarding tips for staff members? Do you have a required dress code?

Familiarize yourself with the expectations the caterer has of his/her employees so you can compare them with your own expectations and see that they both align.

 

4.) Where do you purchase ingredients and culinary materials?

Knowing the source of a caterer’s cooking supplies will give you a clear indication on the quality of the food. For example, ingredients purchased from a local garden or an organic farm are going to produce a more delectable taste when compared to dishes composed of canned supplies from the grocery store.

 

5.) What policy do you have in place regarding vendor meals?

Vendor meals are important as you want to provide food and beverages for retailers. Inquire about the option of including this in your catering order and be sure to allocate the necessary funds should this be a priority for your event.

 

6.) What is your signature dish?

Many catering companies typically have a signature dish that conveys to customers their culinary style and expertise. This is a great way to gain insight on whether or not the caterer can meet your needs and produce the food you want to serve.

 

7.) Do you cater to vegetarians, gluten free guests, or attendees with other dietary restrictions?

This is extremely important as many people now have unique nutrition limitations. Work with the caterer to see how you can accommodate these guests.

 

8.) How do you typically handle discarding leftover food?

Work with the caterer and the venue to establish a solution for discarding any leftovers. It may be beneficial to donate the food to a local soup kitchen or a nearby food bank. Implementing a plan for this will also help you determine the quantities of food you choose to order.

 

Did these questions help your catering search? What other questions do you have in mind? We’d love to hear your feedback!

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