We all remember the food from the events we’ve attended – that and the entertainment! It’s a known fact that food is something that creates our memories of significant times in our lives. When you stop and think back to your childhood, you’ll find that food makes its way into many of your memories even if it wasn’t a show stopper. What we know as well, is that if the food was exceptional, our memory turns positive. On the flip side of that, if the food was horrible or made us somehow uncomfortable, our memories are tainted.
So…. how do you end up with an event that inspires great memories? Go all out with your food! That doesn’t necessarily mean going into debt over it, but fall in love with a great caterer and let them be the expert. Here’s a few steps that will help you in finding the perfect caterer for your event:
1) Be reasonable with your budget. Remember that food is just a portion of the cost when it comes to catering – there are rentals, and service, as well as service items and of course, the bar!
2) Understand your guests needs and make sure your caterer does too. 50% of the time that food goes wrong is due to poor planning. Think about the time of day you’ll be serving, special needs of your guests, and what they are expecting based on your invitation, and how exotic you can get.
3) Don’t be afraid of the unique. Everyone has had chicken. What else can they offer? Does the caterer bring some ideas that get you excited about your event?
4) Know what style of service you think you might want – that might change, but going with someone who is an expert at the style of service ensures great timing, hot food, and excellent presentation!
5) Let them inspire you. You might come in with a set idea of what you think you want. Don’t worry about it if it changes. You don’t have to go with their pre-set menus, or what was served at the last event you attended (even if it was fabulous). Caterers love to create – let them create you a one-of-a-kind experience for your guests.
6) Fall in love with your caterer – They should understand your vision and you should feel 100% comfortable with your meal in their hands, from menu to service to all the details.
7) Then, sit back and let them do their job. Make sure you communicate your timeline and any changes that occur, as well as your final guest count, but after that, let them be the ones in charge. You’ve chosen someone you feel you can trust, now you do exactly that.
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