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Catering Questions and Tips

A helpful list of questions to ask when interviewing a caterer.

May 13, 2015

Choosing the right caterer can make all the difference between a fantastic event or one that is just ho-hum. Below is a list of questions to ask when engaging the services of a caterer.

Where will my event be held?

Your caterer should be able to recommend many event locations city wide, or suggest ways in which your home or office can be used.

What are the specifications of the location?

An experienced caterer should be familiar with many locations, and should be able to advise you on the best layout for your event.

What information should I have available when inquiring about catering?

The number of guests you plan to invite, a date and the type of location you are considering is very helpful. having a specific budget in mind is also important.

Will the quotation I am given be all-inclusive?

A reputable caterer should give you an itemized proposal based on your inquiry. Also full-service caterers, should be able to fulfill many needs besides the food. Including china, glassware, place settings, skirted display tables, waiters, bartenders, valet parking, furniture and equipment rentals, tents, flowers or other special decorations, referrals for musicians and other entertainment, and even the location of your event.

How can I make my party fun and different?

A reputable caterer will work with you to plan a menu that is as unique as you like. You can incorporate your decor, party theme, and any special recipes ideas that will help make your party the memorable occasion it should be.

Do I have to take a meeting in person to make my catering arrangements?

While most arrangements can be made over the phone, personal meetings are very important as it gives you the opportunity to both sense and taste the quality of a caterer's products.

How can I be sure that my caterer is reliable and competent?

Experience, how long they have been in business, and references are very important when choosing a caterer, and of course tasting the product is key.

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