When it comes to throwing a successful event, the catering is one of the most crucial parts. There is a lot of planning that comes to the catering of your event. You need to make sure that the food is of good quality, and you absolutely need to make sure that there is enough food to feed your guests. If you are planning an event, there are several potential mistakes that you could make that will greatly hurt your event. Here are some things to avoid when it comes to planning the catering for your next event.
1. You Don’t Get Enough Food
When putting together the catering for your event, it is always better to have more than less. This starts with the planning of your event and establishing a head-count. Once the head-count is locked in, it is time to plan your catering. If you don’t have enough food for your cocktail hour and/or dinner service, then your guests will surely be disappointed. Communicate with your catering company and/or event planner to assure that there is plenty of food to go around.
2. You Don’t Do A Tasting
A tasting is a crucial part of planning the catering for your event. A tasting is essentially a block of time sectioned off for you to taste the food provided by your catering company. While the catering website may have detailed information and reviews, there is no better way to test the business by doing a tasting. Bring along a friend or family member so you can have a second opinion. Then you can be confident that your catering will be the best it can be.
3. You Don’t Get Enough Options
Nowadays, more than ever, many people have dietary restrictions. No matter what, you need to make sure that you have a vegetarian option for your guests. It is also a good idea to send out a mass email to your guests beforehand asking for any dietary restrictions. If you plan ahead, you can make sure that you have a variety of food to satisfy your guests. If you overlook this point, there is potential that many of your guests will be unable to eat your food.
4. Not Doing Your Research
There are several catering businesses across the country waiting for your business. When it comes to planning your catering, you are going to want to do this long before your event. Do your research online and take the time to learn as much as you can about each potential caterer. After you establish your list, make calls and set up meetings with each business to ensure that they can fit your needs.
5. Lack Of Communication
When it comes to working with a caterer, you need to establish good communication. This starts with the initial interview process, all the way through to the actual event. Stay on top of your caterers because it is very likely that they are working with other clients at the same time. Keep up to date with the menu, food quantity, and schedule. Make sure, beforehand, that your catering company has a good reputation as far as communicating and working with your customers.
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