Food Catering – What Do You Need to Know About Food Catering?

Food is always an essential ingredient in every event and party. Events such as weddings, corporate events, family reunions or baby showers all need to have food around. In fact, when we attend an event, we will usually look forward to eat some delicious food, whether it is snacks or a full-course meal. So instead of preparing the food yourself, you can hire a food catering company to help you take care of your food requirements.

A catering service can be very helpful with taking some of the stress off you during an event. A good caterer will take care of everything such as the preparation of food and drink, dining area set up, decorations, and the clearing up of the dining area after the event.

Now, let me share with you some simple tips so that you are better prepared and your caterer will be able to execute your plan accordingly:

1. Finalizing on the location, date and time of the event. These are very important information and you must let your caterer know way before the event. Especially for the location, the caterer needs to visit the ground so as to get himself familiar with the site layout. So make sure that your caterer is comfortable with the location in advance.

2. Setting your catering budget. One way to decide your catering budget is to ask yourself how important the role of food and drink will play at your event. Are you intending to provide a sit-down dinner or a buffet for your guests? Do you want your food to match a particular theme of your event? These are the things that you need to get into consideration before deciding how much money you are going to allocate for food catering. It is also important to know how many guests are attending your event. By catering the right amount of food, you can save yourself some money and cut down on food wastage.

3. Planning with your caterer. You need to brief your caterer on the things that you expect him or her to do during the event. Also find out whether your caterer provides other services such as site decoration. Many catering services today provide a full event planning. Check with your caterer if they provide a full event planning. If so, usually they will provide you with a brochure with the service details.

So whether you are planning a corporate event or a simple birthday party for 20 close friends, let a catering company helps you with the task of food requirements and set up. Spend your time sweating on other details of the event!

Choosing a Food Catering Company For Your Big Event

When it comes to planning a large event, there are many different things you have to think about. The guest list, the decorations, the entertainment, booking a venue, and planning the food and drinks are just a few of the many different things you have to think about – and sometimes stress about! Fortunately, planning the menu doesn’t have to one of the stressful things, because there are many wonderful food catering companies out there. Of course, excellent food and drink choices often make an event, so it’s important to choose a truly excellent caterer.

So what should you look for in a food catering company? Well, the first and most important part of hiring a caterer is choosing a company with excellent food! When talking with caterers about your event, be sure to choose companies that offer food tasting, so that you can see firsthand exactly what caliber of food they will be serving to your guests. Also, talk with each caterer about their willingness to accommodate special diets, as it is likely that some of your guests will have special diet restrictions, including medical, religious and vegetarian restrictions. If the caterer isn’t willing to do these two basic things, then look elsewhere.

Of course, good food isn’t the only thing you should look for in a food catering company, although it is the number one thing. After all, excellent food doesn’t mean anything if your caterer doesn’t show up on time! So do your homework, and ask friends, coworkers, and even acquaintances about their experiences with local food catering companies, including who was good and who was bad. Also, there are many websites where you can access business reviews written by real, live customers for local businesses in your area, including caterers.

Once you have found a caterer that is willing to give you a food tasting, is willing to accommodate any special dietary restrictions your guests might have, and has an excellent reputation, you’ll want to spend some time with the caterer. Be sure to talk about not only the food and drinks you would like them to serve, but also about the feel you want your even to have. Ask how the food catering employees will be dressed, and if you have your own linens, cups, cutlery, dishes, etc that you would like them to use, be sure to ask about that as well. Wonderful food can truly make an event memorable, so be sure to hire a food catering company who can deliver all of this and more!

Add Some Brilliance to You Buffet With Fantastic Finger Food Catering

A standard buffet can be brought to life with delicious canapes and finger food catering. If you are organising a working lunch or, simply want to add flair to your party food, a finger food buffet can be an appealing option to consider.

A professional catering company will be able to deliver your business lunch to your premises at a time to suit. If you order hot food, they should even be able to deliver it just when you need it to ensure it is warm when you eat it. They should also be able to prepare fresh sandwich platters with a variety of favourite fillings and can include options for vegetarian, gluten free or other specific dietary requirements. If you are unsure about the dietary requirements on your guests, speak to your caterer to ensure you can offer something to suit all needs and tastes

Finger food doesn’t have to be limited to cold vol au vents and pizza slices. Your caterer will be able to provide you with a list that sounds so delicious you will want to eat it all immediately. Options for finger food can include:-

Chicken Goujons with Lemon Mayonnaise

Piri Piri Chicken Skewers

Sausage Rolls and Pork Pies

Lamb Samosas

Butterfly Prawns with Chilli Dip

Smoked Salmon Pate Toasts

Thai Fish Cakes

Vegetable Spring Rolls with Plum Sauce

Onion Bhajis with Mint Dip

Spinach Pakoras

Selection of Italian Bruschetta

Red Onion and Brie Tarts.

However, almost anything can be made in a small single-bite portion size so if you have any favourites, make sure you speak to your caterer and see if they can create something specially for you.

There are many benefits to a finger food buffet over other types of catering including a sit down formal meal. Firstly, the cost per head for a finger food buffet will be considerably cheaper than a sit down meal. They are also much more social than other forms of catering. The finger food or canapes can be circulated by professional waiting staff whilst your guests interact with each other, or served from a traditional buffet set-up allowing your guests t choose the exact amount of food they would like.

It’s worth speaking to your catering company about your choice of venue so that they can advise you on whether a buffet table or, staff circulating would work best. They will also be able to provide you with professionally trained staff to ensure that you can concentrate on entertaining your guests, relaxed in the knowledge that they will all be fed and satisfied.

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