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3 Things To Consider About A Caterer That Don’t Involve Their Menu

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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:

Service Staff

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.

 

Reputation

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.

Experience

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.

18 Comments

  1. Duncan Lance says:

    Not many people would think about it at first, but the article makes a very good point about the caterer’s experience. After all, catering a wedding or corporate event is a pretty big deal and requires a lot of work and skill to properly cater. Because of that, you’ll want to make sure that the catering service you hire has worked big parties like that before and that they know what they are doing.

  2. Jenna Hunter says:

    Thanks for the tip on making sure that they have a lot of experience. My sister is thinking about having an event and wants to make sure that she does it right. It could be really nice for her to get a professional to cater for her.

  3. I’ve been considering hiring a caterer for my upcoming wedding in the next six months because I don’t have the time or patience to cook for 150 people. Thanks for mentioning that the caterer’s wedding staff has to be capable, accommodating, and friendly to my guests to ensure that everyone will have a good time during the reception. I think I’ll weigh my options first before I hire one because I’m still not sure how much they cost.

  4. It’s true that the service staff of a catering company should be capable of serving many people at the same time. I guess I can try looking for this type of service from a food truck caterer for my party. My son is going to have this fifth birthday next week, and since I want him to feel special by letting him see his favorite type of vehicle, this might be something that he might like.

  5. I like how you brought up that if the company has been around for awhile, they must be doing something right. We are looking to have a casual even catered. I have never done anything like this before, so I don’t really know where to start. It would be nice to hire a catering company who can lead me in the right direction, and tell me what to do.

  6. It was interesting when you said that checking for reviews before choosing a caterer is a good way to eliminate potential stress. The company I work for still needs to find a buffet-style caterer for our holiday party next month. Thanks for teaching me how to go about researching potential catering services!

  7. Kate Hansen says:

    It’s good to know that an important factor to consider is their reputation. My husband has a business event coming up in a couple of weeks and he needs to find a catering service as soon as possible. I’ll make sure to pass this information along to him so he can know what to look for when searching for one.

  8. Thank you for pointing out that when you hire a caterer they have a service staff who can help ensure the event continues without a hitch. My fiancee and I have been trying to decide whether we should hire a caterer or simply make some food with our families. I think we should look for a catering service with good service staff to help us have peace of mind.

  9. Ron Booker says:

    It makes sense that the catering waiters you hire must be friendly and respectful to the guests. My sister is getting married, and she asked us to hire her a catering company. I will be sure to follow your tips so I can find the right catering service for the wedding.

  10. Faylinn says:

    I had not considered the idea that if a catering company has been thriving for a while, then they might have really great services and menus and that their experience will be included in what they provide. I was recently put in charge of planning part of a corporate event for my company, and I need to find a restaurant in the area that could do the catering for the event. Thanks to this article, I will also keep in mind that the manner in which the guests are treated by the caterers and their staff will be really important and something that they will remember.

  11. I like that you explain that you should look for a caterer that has a quality reputation to give you peace of mind that they will be able to deliver for your event. My fiancee and I have been planning our wedding for this summer, but we still need to choose a caterer. I think we should look for a wedding caterer that has the kind of food that we like, and a good reputation that we can trust.

  12. Like!! Really appreciate you sharing this blog post.Really thank you! Keep writing.

  13. While the menu is important it is nice to get an article that gives some advice on what else should be taken into consideration when choosing a caterer. I think it is particularly great that you bring up experience as one of them. After all, you will likely want your event to be as amazing as it can be so that should include a well experienced catering staff.

  14. Kate Welling says:

    I like how you mentioned that you want everything perfect for your wedding. This leads to us asking why we would want to have the food in a less experienced person hands. When I get married, I will for sure hire a caterer.

  15. Derek Swain says:

    Thank you for mentioning how reading the reviews that previous customers have written about a catering service can help you determine if they have provided quality services in the past. My aunt’s birthday is coming up, and her children would like to throw a party that serves food that younger guests will be able to enjoy as well. Maybe they should consider finding a reputable catering service that will handle the event properly.

  16. Thanks for explaining that caterers who have been around for awhile must be doing something right, so it’s a smart bet to choose one. I’m helping to choose a caterer for a summer party at my work next month and want to make sure I find one that won’t be a hassle to work with. Keeping your tips in mind should help me feel confident about the cater we end up choosing for the event!

  17. Hazel Owens says:

    I’m planning a Hawaiian Luau themed birthday for my daughter. I’m looking for a luau catering company. I will be sure to look at reviews about the company beforehand. I’ll also check how many years they have been around to see how experienced they are. Good food with great service will definitely make my daughter’s birthday a memorable one.

  18. I’m glad you explained that it is a good idea to check a caterer’s reviews before you commit to their services. It would be important to pay attention to how the food tastes when you are reading through the reviews. You want to be able to impress the guests at your event, so hiring a caterer that has good food makes a lot of sense.

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