Finding an Excellent Caterer for Your Event
Food can make or break an event. This is why most event organisers spend a great deal of effort in finding the best catering company for their function.
The role of a catering company
A caterer’s main role is to provide food service at an off-site function. They usually prepare, cook, and serve a number of dishes, including special vegan or gluten-free options, based on a client’s requirements. Caterers also do the cleaning after the event.
Along with the food and drinks, a catering company can provide wait staff, bartenders, or chefs to serve the food in a professional manner. Many caterers also provide linen, cutlery, glassware, crockery, tables, and chairs as part of their services. They can also provide mood lighting, music, or sound equipment if necessary.
Finding an excellent caterer
Finding the right caterer can be done simply by searching the web or asking for referrals from family or friends. You can look up local caterers on Oneflare to find trusted businesses in your area that have already been verified and hold valid licences, food handler’s permits, and proper insurance.
When researching, make sure to read customer testimonials to get an idea about their quality and professionalism. Check what kind of events they usually cover to see if they will be able to cater to your specific needs. Choose a caterer that adheres to the Food Standards Code, indicating they meet the standards for catering operations, food safety management and sustainable practices.
How much does catering cost?
There are several factors that affect the costs of catering such as the type of event you’re organising, the venue, the number of guests and the menu
For instance, catering for a cocktail party of 20 people would definitely be much cheaper than catering for a wedding reception of 300 guests. The costs will also depend on how elaborate your menu is and the type of food service (e.g. sit-down dinner, buffet, etc.).
In general, caterers bill at a cost per head, typically with a minimum order for 10 people. Other things included in your bill are travel costs, staff fees, and other general service fees. It’s a good idea to get free quotes from at least three potential caterers and compare them, so you can manage your budget properly.
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