We all know that food is often the highlight at any event so why scrimp on the details when choosing your next private caterer? Finding a private caterer that fits your needs can be a tricky task to ensure that all bases are covered and you have outstanding food for your guests.
Below are some things to consider when picking one among the top private caterers to handle your next fabulous event.
What kind of event are you hosting?
When choosing a private caterer it’s a good idea to first establish what kind of event you are hosting and how many people you are needing to accommodate. Make sure that the caterers you use have experience handling a similar number and can provide examples of previous work catering to the same amount of people.
Doing your own research is a great place to start when picking your private caterer. Ask around family and friends to see if they have any recommendations for companies that may be suitable and that can accommodate your requirements. Another idea is to check google reviews and read other customer testimonials on the company’s website. They should also have pictures of older work so you can check out the presentation, food options, and layout. You will also be able to get a good idea of what kind of services they provide and a rough price guide from looking at the website.
Sample the food
If you are hosting a big event such as a wedding or ceremony and have chosen an extensive menu, it may be beneficial to sample the food before committing to a particular private caterer. A good caterer should be more than happy to give you a small sample of the kinds of food they can prepare and then you can decide if they are able to accommodate the types of flavours you are looking for. This is the time to check all the finer details and if you are not happy or sure about something, now is the best time to speak up. A good caterer will be happy to make small changes and accommodate any special dietary requests you may have.
Budget and other expenses
It’s not a bad idea to sit down with a few different private caterers and get a detailed quote. This way you can compare the quotes and get a fair idea of the breakdown costs to cover individual aspects of the service provided. Have a realistic budget in mind to cover things like travel expenses, waiters and additional cutlery/plates, etc. The little extras and add ons can soon start piling up so make sure to leave room for them in your budget. Understand what payment plans the private catering company offer and it is also crucial to sign a contract and go over the basics like cancellation terms and deposit payments.
Check for licenses
Before signing your contract with your chosen private caterers, double-check what licenses they have and ask for proof of evidence. Records of importance are things like food hygiene records, covid hygiene and any alcoholic licenses if they are also providing the alcoholic beverages at your event.
We’d recommend that you prepare a list of questions to ask your potential caterers so you can cover basic needs like any dietary requirements, flexibility in the menus and what kind of services they provide.
Before hiring private caterers for your next party or function, it’s a great idea to do some thorough research. This can help you to find the best service and get better value.