Outdoor event catering is easier than it has ever been because of a larger amount of catering companies to choose from. The more you know about catering the better your chances are in finding one that is suitable, a good caterer that will make your outdoor event memorable and successful. This article will give you the information you need to make an informative decision regarding the selection of outdoor event catering companies.
First, catering is the business of providing food and beverage at any location. Catering is a growing business that is constantly evolving. Many caters are moving away from simply serving food or drink and adding event planning, outdoor event planning and other food related services into their portfolio of services.
Secondly, catering companies still focus on providing food and drinks to any location people but they can now provide you a full service that can satisfy all your wishes and desires. Many catering companies can provide decorations, music, furniture, and entertainment alongside the food and beverage. Even if you need an event location, the caterer can supply one for you. Outdoor event catering involves creating an entire atmosphere for the party. Catering companies are expected to be able to provide and fill in all the details of the party while meeting a budget and never making a mistake.
Third, the cost for outdoor event catering is usually determined by the total guest count and the complexity of the menu. Additional services provided by catering companies are usually charged on a per-item basis. Service charges and gratuity for wait staff are also charged for large events, however the application and disbursement of these charges should be discussed with your accountant.
Fourth, when looking for catering companies for your next event you should realize that there are two basic choices: independent caterers or large catering companies. An independent caterer usually can be more creative with their menu but may be unwilling to take on very large parties themselves. Independent small catering companies may also lack the resources and equipment to outfit your entire party. Usually independent caterers will have contacts with other companies who can assist with aspects of your event that they themselves cannot perform.
Most importantly, larger catering companies will probably be less flexible with menu choices and they rotate menu choices through many parties to speed up prep time. They tend to be more willing to take on a very large projects based on them already having the manpower and experience to handle and staff larger events. If you require additional support a large company may have it available in-house. This reduces the amount of vendors you will need to pay and work with during your event planning.
Finally, if you are too busy to cook and plan for your own event having good catering companies you know and trust can be very important. You can check the internet and find great caterers. When you are confident you have one that can plan and stage your party without making a mistake, you keep going back to that company time and time again. If you have a lot of parties or events good catering companies can maintain a history of menus served and plan new unique menus for each and every event.
Catering is a wonderful way for you to have a perfect event without having to do all the work yourself. Next time you want to have an outdoor event consider hiring a caterer who specializes in outdoor event catering.