How to Choose the Right Catering Company for Your Event

Posted on August 20, 2012


Catering Company in Charleston SCAnyone who has ever been handed the task of organising some kind of event where food is to be served will tell you that there is a fair amount of stress involved, no matter if it is a business function or a family affair.

In order to make sure that no fundamental mistakes happen on the day is very important. to as much homework as possible before deciding which type of catering company to contact before the event. These days there are specialist caterers who handle specific types of events. There are those who handle sit down meals in a closed environment such as a conference centre, wedding hall or even a private home (depending on how many guests). There are catering companies, who organise buffet meals (either cold or hot) and there are those who take on a difficult job of organising catered events in an outdoor environment. Well these types of events can be highly successful, there is a much greater element of risk, not always depending on the caterer, but can affect their performance.

That’s the reason why it is of tremendous importance to decide which type of event you want to organise before making any attempt to contact catering companies. Another factor which very much has to be taken into account is the number of people who will be attending the event. While you may find that very competent and professional caterer, if they are not used to handling the number of people that will be attending your event it could well be a recipe for disaster to take them on.

Very few people can enjoy the luxury of managing a catered event with an unlimited budget. It will save a of time and aggravation for everyone concerned to establish a realistic budget and what you expect to receive for it. With that figure clearly in mind, it would be good advice to contact a few catering companies, preferably those who specialize in the type of event you have chosen to organise, and get an idea of pricing. Don’t be afraid to haggle a little, because there is a huge profit margin in catering, but be wary of those who drop their prices too low and too readily.

When it comes down to choosing the right caterer, then, is very much a case of horses for courses. That means making no mistake about the capabilities of the catering company to provide the type of menu that you want in the quantities that you need and cooked and served in such a manner that your guests will be impressed and you will not be left with egg on your cheek.

Once you have succeeded in narrowing down the number of candidates to a manageable figure there is no embarrassment involved in asking each of these catering companies if you can attend a similar event that they will be handling. In this case the proof of the pudding will be very much in the eating as you will be capable of not only seeing at first-hand how they manage their staff, how the food that they serve is presented and equally importantly how it tastes. With that information under your sleeve, making a final decision will be that much easier.

You may well have worked hard to find the right catering company for your event, and if and when, it all goes according to plan you will know that all that effort will not have been in vain.

Author Bio:

Andrew has been working in the hospitality industry for over 4 years distributing maki makers and rice machines. Aside from working, Andrew loves blogging about food and entertaining.