Guide To Selecting A Catering Service

April 4, 2017 Off By Zoe Kelly

When you’re hosting an event, catering is an important part of it. You need to have a quality service that the guests will appreciate. You may not think it is a big decision at first but a poor catering choice can leave a bad impression on your guests. There are certain things you need to factor in when you’re choosing a catering service. You may need to compare a few services before you decide on one.

First of all, whatever kind of food you want catered, whether it is finger food catering for a small event or a large meal, the caterer that you’re talking to should take an interest in what you want. The initial conversation you have with them can tell you a lot about how it will go. While the level of quality is an important factor, if they are not responsive for their customer’s ideas and thoughts, the event will be quite hard to manage. It can be really easy to work with a caterer who will return emails and calls quickly and are open to ideas of the client. They can then talk it over and find a solution that is best for both parties. 

The caterer should be able to handle the kind of event that you’re hosting. Maybe there’s a theme for the cuisine or it is just for catering finger food. It could be a small scale event like a birthday or dinner. There are also weddings and conferences that have to be handled carefully. The caterer you choose may have a good reputation but maybe their specialty is small intimate events or large corporate events. So you need to pick who has the best experience in what you want. This means you have to clarify exactly what you want for the caterer so that they understand your needs.

They should also have a certain flexibility when it comes to the menu. Generally they will have a standard menu or several menus that you can choose from. You may not like everything that is on the menu. So they should be open to adding or removing a few items that you want. They should keep up to date with the current trends in the industry. Their versatility and creativity will bring something unique to your event that everyone will love. You can have tastings later to see how the menu would work out. You may have special requests for the caterer. It is important that they be willing to listen. All of this information should be conveyed to the caterer in the first meeting up front. That way there’ll be no misunderstandings and you can both work together.