There are so many causes for celebration and what’s a party without great food?
Not a memorable one, of this we can assure you.
Culinary is a universal language of expression and delight that brings people from all walks of life together in the quest of the perfect bite. Hosting an event, big or small, can be a challenging task and can often add to one’s stress instead of reducing it.
Finding an appropriate venue, supplies, music, activities, decorations, the guest list, setting a date, etc. The list seemingly never stops!
Especially when you are throwing a large event such as your wedding or one of the many potential corporate events your company may host, adding the responsibility of sourcing, cooking, and distributing a large amount of satisfying, mouthwatering food is more than enough to push a host passed their breaking point. It’s time to hire a qualified professional. Call the caterer.
But where do you begin?
Who is the right choice?
What should you be inquiring about?
Take a deep breath and leave it to our guide built specifically to help you book your next caterer.
Help your wedding day, corporate event, family reunion, etc. run smoothly by planning ahead and inquiring your prospective caterer with the following questions before you book them for your event.
Get the elephant out of the room right from the beginning. Simply state what your budget is and quickly find out if the business relationship can actually form.
Be prepared to have an idea on various specific items such as how many people will be attending, the type of cuisine desired, the venue you will be hosting your catered event at, etc. These are all routine pieces of the catering puzzle that will affect the price and delivering them to your prospective caterer will help them present an accurate price point to determine if your budget makes sense for the services desired.
Don’t be afraid to be specific and find out what specifics are included within the estimate such as gratuity, dishware, and bartenders/alcohol just to name a few. Ask for an itemized pricing list when available and consider various costs which may occur that are missed in the estimate.
Different catering companies have different policies and even within a single catering company, there will more than likely be different prices depending on the desired service.
Be sure to request information on any payment options and the financial obligations that go along with each of the provided payment plans or methods.
Imagine finding the perfect catering service within your budget, that offers enticing flavors, and holds an amazing relationship with your dream venue, only to find out that the date you require has been booked up for years.
Avoid this hang up by asking early about your possible catering service’s availability. Express how flexible you can or cannot be on this issue and going beyond the actual date of the event, be sure to double check the timing of the event. Some distances and dates may affect the price of catering your event so be sure to ask about this when receiving an estimate as well.
Businesses are just that, businesses, and catering services are no different. Offering tastings before your event should be well discussed, including any additional costs associated with the tasting, to ensure there are no surprises down the line.
Not all catering companies offer private tastings before the event and some may even charge to do so. To avoid any confusion or disagreements, be sure to inquire beforehand so that everyone is on the same page moving forward with your event.
Politics, religion, and bigotry.
Are we having fun yet?
Serious, complex issues that could be a point of contention when planning an LGBT wedding, engagement party, or vow renewal. Personal beliefs aside, it will reduce unneeded conflict and stress in your life if a catering service does not partake in such events. Disagreements will only hinder what is sure to be a marvelous occasion between you and your loved ones. Knowing whether or not your prospective caterer engages in LGBT weddings or events will help you plan your event’s steps accordingly.
Event planning is complex and there’s a reason you are searching for a professional to help cater to your guests. Finding out if your potential caterer has partners or if they work together with specific venues, will help add a level of convenience to your overall planning.
Catering services are obviously going to be the focal point of their business; however, if they can refer or collaborate with other vendors such as photographers or have a list of preferred venues, this can go a long way in the execution of your event. Catering services that can provide additional assistance with the overall project help reduce worry and create a seamless event for all.
The last thing you’d want to have happened is to show up to your wedding reception or corporate event only to have a myriad of strange faces working in an underdressed fashion. While you may not need to meet every individual, depending on the size required for your particular event, you’ll definitely want to know the main points of contact and confirm that they will be in attendance to supervise.
Furthermore, it would be important to speak with your potential catering service and find out the level of dress their staff is required to wear. Different events may require different uniforms. It would also be wise to determine if different uniforms will affect the overall price you will pay for their catering services.
Some events may be completely dry, while for others, you may have an emphasis on specific cocktails, beers, and wines. Determine if your caterer is capable of providing these services or if additional services will be needed to execute the alcohol service correctly.
Remember to find out about the various licenses required for the service of alcohol and determine if the catering service is capable of doing so legally and responsibly.
When you’re ready to begin the booking process for your wedding, corporate function, or event, get in touch with the expert catering team at The Hometown Chef Catering Co. Chef Julio and his service team of planners, servers, and bartenders are equipped to elevate your next event into a culinary experience that is truly spectacular. Our LGBT friendly catering services are ready to help you mark any occasion throughout the Houston area.