Finding the Right Caterer for Your Event!
November 17, 2018
So your thinking about having your next event catered, and you started calling around to some local caterers or searched online and you discovered that you had a lot more options than you realized! You've instantly become overwhelmed with options, price ranges, food variety, and so on. You wanted to hire a caterer to make your life easier, and now you thinking about cooking the food yourself just so you dont' have to make a decision!
Well... hopefully you have come across this article at the right time, because in a few minutes we might be able to help you narrow down your choices, select a caterer, and carry on with what you were doing before all this mess!
BEFORE you hire a catering company, I'd like to offer you a few things to consider before you start dialing that phone or searching the web, and few steps to take once you do... trust me, it will be worth it.
1.) Black tie or tie die?
How formal is your function? This is going to be the driving force for which catering companies you will want to search for, what your price point is going to be, and what level of service you will be expecting the caterer to deliver. Before you call a catering company, its going to help both you and the caterer to know how fancy the party will be. Selecting your venue will go hand-in-hand with this, and often times, exquisite locations have packages that include their high end catering service, but more on this next. This is the FIRST question you MUST ask yourself because it will dictate everything else to follow. Without knowing the degree of fanciness you fancy, no one will be able to effectively help you start making your selections.
2.) Location, Location, Location
You've probably herd this expression a few times, and yes it is also the number 1 decision to make when planning your even! Professional party and wedding planners are going to tell you that once you select a venue, everything else will start to fall into place, and they are right. Whether it be your backyard, a hotel by the sea, Fenway Park, or Buckingham Palace, the location/setting for your event will ultimately help you choose the right caterer and menu package. However, if you don't have a venue picked out yet, don't fear. Some caterers will have a list of venues that they can recommend or at least a list venues that they have catered at before and can probably help point you in the right direction!
3.) Time to start narrowing your choices...