If you’re looking for a caterer, the first thing you think about is their food. You want to make sure their cuisine is good, because that’s the job you need them for. So you check out different caterers and go through their menu until you find a few with the foods you like. Now, you talk to these companies and schedule taste tests to help you decide. Now that you’ve tasted their food, you’d think it’s safe to choose the caterer you’ll go with. You might want to hold off on that decision first, because there’s more to choosing a caterer than just their menu.
The caterer may have the best food, but you also want to make sure that everything else about them is held to a high standard. Here are three other things to check before hiring a caterer for any event:
Before your guests even touch their meals, it’s the service staff they’ll be interacting with. They’re the first line of defense in making sure that your event goes off without a hitch. It’s important to make sure the service staff is capable, friendly and accommodating. You already know their food is great; Now you need to know the people serving your guests are awesome too. Look for any reviews about the catering company and you’ll see that, next to the food, comments about the staff are the most common. If the reviews are negative about the staff, keep looking; Even more than the food itself, the manner in which your guests are treated is what they’ll remember most.
A caterer’s reputation is another important factor. As with any business you’re looking to hire, a good reputation is vital. You don’t want to worry if the caterer can deliver what they promise, especially at a big event. That’s just more stress you don’t need. Similar to the service staff, you should check for reviews before you commit to a decision. See what their previous customers have said about their experience with the caterer. Hopefully, it will be positive and that’s one less thing to think about. If they have less-than favorable reviews, continue your search.
If the catering company has been around for a number of years, they must be doing something right. Their experience in the catering business will definitely play into the overall service they can provide. If you’re looking to cater your wedding, then you absolutely want everything to be perfect. You should ask yourself, will you take the risk with a relatively inexperienced caterer who may be less expensive, or should you go with the established one who’s probably serviced dozens if not hundreds of previous weddings? It’s up to you to decide what your priorities are, but the experience of a caterer will definitely affect how professional and organized your experience is.
While it’s essential for the food to be good, its important to acknowledge that it’s not the only thing you should consider. The entire catering service will leave an impression on your guests, and it’s not just their taste buds deciding whether the event was a success or not.