Tips and Considerations When Contemplating Event Catering

Posted on: 19 October 2015

One of the most important aspects of any event is the catering. The food you serve and the dining experience your guests have will make or break the success of your occasion. As such, event catering is an important factor to consider during event planning. When hosting an event for the first time, whether large or intimate, there are a few things that you should keep in mind. Here are some of the tips and considerations when contemplating event catering.

Inquire about the venue's requirements

Before you begin planning your event catering, the first thing that you need to do is establish the rules and requirements of the venue. For instance, established hotels may not permit outside event catering as they already have their own professional kitchen. On the other hand, the venue may allow outside catering but will only let you choose a provider from their own approved list. Other things you should Inquire about when opting for outside event catering at a venue include:

  • Ask about whether the caterers can cook the meals on site.
  • Ask if open flames are allowed on the venue.
  • Ask about whether a barbeque is allowed.
  • Ask if the caterers are allowed to use the venue's trash services.
  • Ask about the maximum limit of guest and more.

Steer clean from special glassware

Unless you are on a big budget, the average event planner will be working with budget restrictions. However, having a small budget does not mean that you will not get creative ways to cut on costs. One of the aspects of event catering that can burn a whole in your wallet is the glassware. Using different types of glasses for different types of beverages may make your event seem fancy, but it can be quite wasteful. Instead, opt for versatile glassware that can be used for a myriad of applications. Your choice of glassware does not have to be boring. You can opt for a creative design, which will enhance the contemporary set-up of your bar without having to bleed money into different size and designs of glassware.

Do not scrimp on food

The true judge of successful event catering is whether your guests were satisfied with the dishes that were served to them. If your guests feel that the food was limited or was substandard quality, it could greatly affect the chances of them attending a subsequent event hosted by you. You would benefit more from culling the numbers on your event list to ensure high quality food with large portions, than having too many mouths to feed.