The right catering company can make a huge difference in your event, remove the stress that you feel while planning, and make sure that all of your guests love the food. While you may be tempted to sign a contract with the first caterer that you find or the one who offers the best sounding food, there are a few questions that you need to ask before you commit to any one caterer. Being prepared for your first meeting with them will ensure that you get the services you need at a price you can afford.
1. What is their role in the company?
It’s important that you know who you are going to be meeting with so you can be prepared for your meeting. This will also clue you in to the structure of the catering Hamilton company you are considering hiring and how they interact with their customers. You may be meeting with someone who works in sales, the actual owner, or even a manager. You will want to make sure that you are able to meet with the person who you will be working with through the whole planning process to keep things as easy as possible.
2. What services do you offer your customers?
While you expect great food from your caterer, they may also be able to provide you with some other services that can benefit you during planning. It’s smart, is possible, to work with just one company for as many of your needs as possible, as this will decrease the chance of miscommunication and keep everything at a high quality. Find out if they offer bar services, have a venue you can rent, or if they will also make desserts. Getting a package deal will not only make your life easier, but may help you save some money, as well.
3. What kind of kitchen supplies will you need at the venue?
Unfortunately, not all venue kitchens will be fully stocked and ready for a caterer to come in and start cooking. It’s important that you know what exactly your caterer will be bringing with them to your venue and what they will need to have provided. This may include utensils, platters, plates, trash cans and bags, and even serving dishes. Communicating about this beforehand will save a lot of stress as the event draws nearer. You may have to work with another company to rent all of the supplies that your caterer needs if they don’t provide them and the venue does not already have them on hand, and this can increase the cost of the event.
4. What do you do with leftovers?
Chances are very good that there will be leftovers after your event, and you need to know what will happen to the food that you are paying for. While some caterers are willing to wrap up leftover food for you, others will take all of the leftovers with them instead. High quality caterers are often expensive, and it’s important to make sure that you know what you are going to be getting for the price.