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How to Choose a Catering Company for Your Event

If you are like many people in the age of the internet, you seek out customer reviews online when it comes to choosing a restaurant. After all, somebody else’s negative experience can save the expense of a poor meal or customer service. And, it’s for this reason why you should do your research when it comes to selecting a catering company for your event. Depending on your budget, you may opt to hire a company to take care of the entire catering experience for your guests. If you are a little short on money, then you might choose to take care of it yourself and hire catering equipment to prepare your guest’s food. But, if you are thinking about hiring a catering company and not sure how to get started, follow these helpful tips.

Be Specific With Your Expectations and Needs 

Different catering companies offer varied pricing structures and menus, so comparing one to another can often be a challenging process. When making enquiries, it’s essential to be specific regarding the type of event you are hosting and food you would like served. A catering company that is genuinely interested in your eve will the take time to get to know you and ask many questions regarding the event and your thoughts on the food that they offer.

Look for Flexibility 

A good catering company will have different menu options for you to consider and choose from. It’s always a good idea to look for menus that reflect the latest trends within the food and beverage industry. So, when speaking to a catering company, ask about their flexibility and whether they can cater to your needs and expectations.

It’s Not Just About the Food

When hiring a catering company, keep in mind that you’re also paying for their service, in addition to their food. This includes the service they provide you with as a client as well as the service the attendees will receive at the event. While you have no choice as to what waiting staff serve you at a restaurant, you do have control over who serves the food at your event.

Ask for References and Look for Online Reviews 

If you want to know what a certain catering company was like to work with, the easiest way to find out is by asking for references and searching for online reviews. In some cases, you may be able to observe an event that they are working at so that you can see first-hand what quality of service they offer.

Taste the Food

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Depending on the size of your budget and the amount of guest you plan on having at your event, some companies offer menu tasting. If you are interested in hiring a particular company, then ask to sample one of their menus. It’s better to find out in advance if their quiches lack in taste or if their Victoria sponge cakes are dry.

Check the Contract

As with anything, it’s crucial to get it in writing. A catering company’s contract should include what food and drink they will provide together with the date, time and location of the event. A catering contract should protect both parties in an agreement. It’s important to ensure that the contract with your caterer written in such a way to protect you from non-performance. You should even consider hiring a solicitor to review the contract. Paying for a solicitor will cost far less than what it would if your catering company fail to deliver.

Experience is Important 

A catering company that specialises in black-tie events may not be suitable for a casual affair. Experience with the type of event you are planning is important because you want to they can deliver to their promise. 

Read the Cancellation Policy

When organising an event, cancellation might not even spring to mind. However, unexpected things to happen, so it’s best to plan how you will handle cancellation. The contract between you and the catering company should include cancellation procedures should either party bail at the last minute.

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