When you are looking for a catering services agency, it is difficult to determine whether you have found the best service for your event or not. It is difficult to know but it is extremely important to find the best because a slight mistake may lead a disaster. This guide will help you to find the best caterer to handle your event.
1. Ask for recommendations:
This is the best way to discover the best caterers. Ask your friends and family members about caterers that they had hired. Ask about the quality of the services and the prices of the services. Make a list of the best caterers and start comparing each other.
You can also ask event planners if you know any. They always have a list and will help you a lot to find the best caterer who will meet your expectations.
2. The speciality of the caterer:
There are two main types of caterers; caterers who are specialized in big events and those who specialize in small events.
The caterers that specialize in big events can handle small events too but it does not work the other way around so you have to ask about the speciality of the caterer to make sure that he/she will be able to handle your event properly.
3. The experience:
Ask the caterer about the previous events that he had served. Ask if he/she did a similar event as yours and how did it go. If the business has a website, check it out for reviews from the previous clients.
Check out the quality of the food and the safety of it. Ask about the health standards that the business follow to keep the food clean.
You may also ask about if the caterer has taken any catering classes to make sure he/she knows the latest and best ways to handle his/her job.
4. The license:
That is essential in the searching process. Check the licence and ask about the caterer and the whole agency at the local department of health and make sure that the business is good and there are any complaints or issues that the caterer has not told you.
Most professional caterers don’t refuse to make a sample of how everything will go during the event. They will do a sample for the food, the services, the table, the menus, the emergency cases and the other aspects of the catering services. The sample should include persons from the staff who will serve during the event.
If the catering services include making th food, ask the manager for some samples of the food too to make sure that the quality of the food is great.
Samples are not free. You will pay for them whether you have a contract with the caterer or not.
6. The contract:
Read the contract well and make sure that everything is OK before signing it or paying anything.
7. The list:
Provide the caterer with a list of what you need. The caterer will want to provide you with every possible thing but the price will be so high so make him/her just commit to your list.