Tips for Picking a Caterer

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When it comes to your next special event, you want to find the right caterer to fit your needs and make the day go as smoothly and easily as possible. Picking the right caterer doesn’t have to be challenging. Here are a few tips and tricks to find the team that will make your next wedding, party, or event great!

Trust the Team That Listens

You have a sense of what you want your event or wedding to look and feel like. A catering team is supposed to lend their expertise and insight, but it’s important that they listen to your needs, answer your questions, and follow your lead. If they don’t respond in a timely fashion, don’t seem to be giving your event the attention it’s due, or ignore your requests, that’s not the catering team for you.

They Can Handle Your Event Type/Size/Needs

When picking a new caterer, it’s a good idea to find a team well-suited to your event. Not only do you want to pick a business that has experience and skill in navigating your type of event’s specific needs, but you’ll want to be very up front about the size and scope of your event and any special requirements, like vegan or vegetarian diet restrictions. If they don’t meet those needs, you’ll want to search around for a team that does.

They’re Flexible

Even small events include a lot of moving parts, and you’ll want to work with a team that you know can make last-minute changes or updates if things get moved around or don’t work out according to plan. Of course, be kind to your catering team if something goes wrong! But if they’re inflexible on menu, schedule, or service, then you’ll want to look further.

Don’t Forget Service

A caterer provides food and beverages and that’s foundational to any great party, but it’s also just as important that service is timely, professional, and nice. When deciding on the right catering team to fit your event’s needs, be sure to take their service into account, as well as their menu options.

Just a Taste

You wouldn’t buy a wedding dress without trying it on first, and you can’t be expected to make a large event menu without giving it a taste. A reliable caterer should be willing to provide you with a tasting menu and allow for some changes or alterations depending on the contract you work out. If they’re not forthcoming or willing to allow for a tasting, find a team that is.  

Review and Reference

Thanks to social media and the internet, we have lots of options for finding out a business’ reputation. If you have friends who recently hosted events or hired caterers, you’ll want to speak with them as well. Do a little background research at the beginning to decide who is worth calling. If you’re hosting your event at a venue, they probably have a list of trust-worthy vendors to pick from as well.

Check the Contract  

A good contract will protect both the vendor and the client. It should clearly state what’s expected from the business before and on the day of the event, what the payment plans are, cancellation policies, if any, and more. Read the contract thoroughly, ask questions, and keep a copy for your records. You can also ask about insurance (if they don’t have it, walk away), and for any references.

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