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Finding the Right Caterer

At one point or another, you will find yourself in search of a catering service. This can be for your parents’ silver wedding anniversary, a company party, or your engagement dinner. Whatever the occasion, here are 5 tips to help you choose the right caterer:In any case, the following are tips that can help you find a good caterer:Whatever the party, these 5 tips can help you pick a good caterer:

Full Service

First of all, ask whether your prospective caterer is full-service. What’s the point of having a caterer if you have to do the work anyway? Be sure you’re getting serving staff with the per-person rate. Many caterers simply drop off the food and let you take care of everything else. Full-service means they will be in-charge of everything, from setup all the way to cleanup. The staff should also be not only professional, but friendly and sincere in helping make your event a success. This is why you have the caterer first before booking them. Just talking to them reveals a lot about them and whether or not they are a good fit for you and your event.

Preparation

Before paying a caterer, check how they prepare their food. Of course, you’ll want to keep it whole, fresh and clean. So go ahead and ask your caterer how they source their food from and what their usual preparation techniques are. You might prefer a caterer that patronizes local suppliers as a way to support the local economy.

Taste Test

Talking about the food, ask the caterer if you can have a taste test PRIOR to booking.

You can think of it as test driving a vehicle. Don’t choose a caterer that wants to lock you in without a taste test. At the end of the day, it’s the food that matters the most. If possible, have them bring the tasting to you instead of the opposite. This way, you can experience first-hand how they deliver their food and how the food is after traveling in warmers and coolers.

Experience

Before picking a caterer, check their experience in the catering industry. How long is their experience so far? What types of events or occasions have they served? There is more to catering than cooking delicious food. Choose a caterer that has proven their ability to manage event food requirements smoothly – an ability that is only honed by experience. An experienced caterer will have dealt with a whole range of difficulties or issues that may occur during catered events; hence, they will have mastered the solutions as well.

Client References

Sometimes, the best way to learn about a caterer is by talking to people who have actually worked with them before. If a catering service you’re considering is hesitant to provide client references, be wary. Most probably, they’re hiding something, and you don’t want a secretive caterer.

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