If you’ve ever planned an event and chose a hotel, the odds are great that you were approached about catering your event. You have probably even considered hiring the hotel to do the catering for your event. Before giving the hotel the go-ahead, here are 3 reasons why you should consider giving an independent caterer a chance.
1. Better Menu.
Have you been to a seminar or a luncheon where the same drab chicken breast is trotted out with the same drab potatoes? And has this happened nearly every time you’ve attended that luncheon? This is a staple of hotel catering. Everyone expects it to be this way when they come through the door. If you hire an independent caterer, you make a choice for the better. You choose quality food. Catering companies look for top chefs in their area to provide expertise and creative knowledge for their clients. They can make whole themed menus, and can vary the spread as much or as little as you would like.
When you choose an independent caterer, you get the chance to meet with the head chef and owner to collaborate with them about the food. You can specify if there will be some people with specific food related issues, such as allergies or sensitivities. When you book with a hotel, you lose some of that freedom of choice. You certainly want your event to go off without a hitch, and having the appropriate food served is essential to your guests enjoying themselves. There’s no need to take the risk of the hotel or event center not having the food you want to serve. This is why independent caterers have the edge.
As you create your plan for whatever event you may be hosting, you are counting on each piece of the plan to work in tandem. When something doesn’t go as planned, you’re often the one that’s held accountable. If you plan to cook a meal and it doesn’t turn out, you are held accountable. However, if you leave the food in the hands of a caterer and they don’t deliver, they should then be on the hook. When you book a catering company, you have the luxury of reading reviews from others who have used the company before. There may be reviews for the hotel catering crew or the event centre crew, but for the most part, you get what you get no matter how much complaining is done. With an independent caterer, their business relies on making you a happy, and hopefully returning, client. While a hotel or event center thinks of your investment into their catering department as a bonus.
Your event should be about your guests and their enjoyment. By having an independent caterer take care of the menu, you can be rest assured that your guests will spend more time enjoying themselves than talking about a mediocre meal.