You might only think of hiring a professional caterer for large events such as a wedding reception or for formal parties. However, catering companies pride themselves on providing food for any occasion, including the most intimate of gatherings.
Often times, party planners spend a small fortune on food and beverages for informal gatherings such as baby showers, bridal showers, or birthday and anniversary parties. But with the help of a caterer, even these smaller events can have the appropriate food served without the hassle of trying to prepare it yourself while also setting up for the party.
Whenever you are having a big event, it is nice to hire a catering service rather than trying to deal with all of the food on your own. In some cases it is necessary because the event is just too big for it to be possible for any one person to do all of the food. However, there are some things you should consider when you hire the caterer.
First of all, you will want to figure out what type of food you want to have at your event. Do you want to have a sit down event where people are served, or do you want to have a buffet-style event, either with main dishes or appetizers? Do you want to have alcohol available or just non-alcoholic beverages? This will be a big factor in determining the cost of the catering. You also need to make sure to ask the guests if any of them are vegetarian or allergic to anything so that you can make sure to have suitable food on hand for everyone who is attending.
Things to look for in planning your upcoming events:
1. Food Everything old is brand new again because the classic familiar meats are making their big comeback! In fact, a really popular way of presenting these classic courses is through a delectable menu with many different small courses to give a leaner, cleaner look, paired with wines appropriate for the course.
2. Beverages Long live the martini – it simply refuses to die! In fact, it even reinvented itself with different ingredients such as Champagne, Saki, flavored Vodkas, and a lot more. The mini-bottle of Champagne, sipped with a straw, is definitely still in; and clients are still consuming better wines paired with their meals. It seems that customers prefer less, as reflected in today’s beer choices such as Becks, Stella Artois, Corona, Heineken, and Sol. And don’t forget the irresistible summer blender drinks, which will always be in style!
3. Presentation and Decor The trend in presentation and decor is actually veering sharply towards a lean, clean look. Forget the old days of multiple draped linens! As a matter of fact, more and more events are beginning to be linen-free.
4. Pricing There are many organizations for catering party food that set their focus on promoting the “best price”. But often these companies do not include the hidden taxes. Therefore, it is important for you to ask to see a detailed price menu, which includes all related taxes.