As you all know, caterers spend a great deal of time in the kitchen and outside when it comes to preparing for and executing an event.
Obviously, even the smallest of events requires a lot of effort. There are numerous aspects to consider like the venue, the guest list and also the promotions if you are planning a business event. Even though the elaborate décor is the most prominent factor, one thing that can really set an event apart is food. Food not only satiates the bellies of hungry people, but it is also the pinnacle of your event. You can think of it as the bow on the top of a gift that transforms the event into an experience.
Read on for some best tips for ensuring the cuisine and catering aspects of your event are a smashing success!
A theme can considerably influence many aspects of the food and catering at your event. Mainly the mode of distributing food at your event. An elegant sit-down meal, cocktail reception or buffet? Every theme will pair well with a certain serving style. A competent caterer will help you determine the serving method that works best for your event.
Does your venue offer an onsite kitchen or storage options such as refrigerators and freezers? Is there a dedicated space for food preparation or will all food prep need to be done off site?
The number of people in attendance will determine the quantity of food required. One rule of thumb for any kind of food platter or canape style is to order sufficient more than you need. Nothing can be worse than running short of food during an event and either apologizing profusely to your guests or having someone to try to gather some additional items to serve.
Price of Admission
If you are hosting a fundraiser or a corporate event, you need to make sure that the cost of food and any other expenses are recovered. The serving style has a large part to play in this. A gala dinner with a plated 4-course meal is likely to cost more compared to a simpler cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres. Always compute the entire cost of catering before finalizing admission prices; and include the cost of rentals and service staff as required.
If alcohol is a component of your event, you will need to check the appropriate liquor laws of the venue locale and that which apply to your event. You as the host are responsible for ensuring you have all of the proper permits and licenses to serve or sell liquor.
Finally, when planning an event, it is better to be proactive rather than reactive. Going through and getting all the items on the above list checked off will help you host an incredible event that will leave your guests gushing about it.
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