Planning a corporate event, company party, or special family celebration? When you think of the things that make an event memorable, food tops the list. That’s why it’s really important to choose the best catering company possible for yours.
How do you evaluate—and choose—a caterer? Follow these tips to make sure you choose one that prepares excellent food and is organized, so your event will run smoothly.
Sample the food
It’s OK to ask for samples! After all, a caterer is selling food and food service. You want to make sure that the food at your event is delicious—and will please your guests. Many caterers are willing to provide a sample, sometimes for a small fee, and are eager to accommodate your request.
Ask around or look at reviews
If people have been pleased, they’ll share a review or recommendation. If you’ve enjoyed an event—a wedding, anniversary party, corporate meeting, or more—ask the person who organized it for the name of the caterer they used. Ask also if the catering service was on time, if the food was served hot, and if it was replaced as (or before) it ran out. If you don’t know anyone who has used a caterer, you can also read online reviews, such as ours on Facebook.
Fit the menu to the event
A good caterer will be prepared to discuss potential menus as early as your first phone call. Be sure you already have in mind the basic structure of your event: time of day, purpose of the event, approximate number of attendees. An experienced caterer can help steer you to the right sort of meal service—boxed, buffet, or plated—and the right kind of food for your event.
Look for organization and communication
Whether you reach out via phone, email, or social media, you should expect a fast response. The best caterers are organized and attentive. Look for someone who asks about your event, attendees, potential date, and more. A caterer who is prompt in providing a clear estimate or proposal and who is experienced at running events will be a good choice for yours.
Be sure you’re planning well ahead of your event. And, when you find a caterer you like, book their services as soon as possible. The best caterers have full schedules, so it’s important to secure your slot.
Since 1959, Catering with Elegance has combined beautiful venues, mouthwatering food, and top-notch service to transform events into treasured memories. We offer full-service catering and event management at two beautiful west suburban locations as well as off-site service for weddings, celebrations, and corporate events.