Hosting an event, no matter the cause or theme, is stressful enough to begin with. Add cooking on top of your other duties, and you’ve got one exhausted host. This is why many event hosts choose to have their event catered. It means less stress for them, and a delicious meal for their guests.
Before you choose any old caterer or dive into menu options, be sure to use these 5 event catering tips.
Know Your Catering Budget
As an event host or planner, you must have a budget dedicated to catering your event. Keep in mind that this budget must be reasonable with regards to the amount of people and the desired menu.
When looking for the perfect event caterer, be sure to mention your budget. Many caterers will work with you to find a catering solution that matches your budget and maximizes the satisfaction of your guests.
Choose a Local Catering Service
Many catering services will travel…at an extra charge. If you want to maximize your budget allocation towards catering, find a professional local caterer. Another advantage to choosing a local event caterer is their industry connections in your area. For instance, your caterer may have worked several events at your venue of choice. Therefore, they know exactly what they need to do, and when, to make your event a success.
Don’t Expect Leftovers
For some reason, guests may expect that they can take leftover catering items from your event. By law, they can’t! While you may think that because you paid for the food that you can take it, this is not true. Your event caterer is not allowed to let guests take leftover food for liability reasons as stated by Tennessee (or another state) laws.
In addition, you technically only paid for the amount of food necessary to pay for the specific amount of guests at your event. Caterers will bring a bit more food on the off chance that something runs out.
Trust Your Event Caterer
If you’ve done your research and found a great local event caterer, you won’t have to worry about anything on the day of your event. You will have gone through tasting sessions (if desired), multiple planning meetings, and several conversations. Your event caterer will have no problem planning for and working at your event.
Jo’s Cakes and Catering is available to cater your next event. From start to finish, you’ll be glad you chose us to take care of your event. Contact us today. to learn more about how we can make your event a success!