How to ‘Vet’ a Good Caterer | Identifying a Good Caterer in Central Florida
September 21, 2010 by Puff 'n Stuff Catering | comments

A good caterer is essential to a memorable event.  Food is always discussed, don’t let it be a disappointment.  Good help can make a successful wedding, special event, business meeting or corporate event great.  When trying to vet a good caterer, here are some tips to help you out.

  • There are many quality caterers but you want one that is appropriate for your specific event.  Don’t hire a caterer that has mainly done wedding work for a corporate event, unless you want a disaster.  Each event has it’s own problems and situations, a wedding with a few hundred guests is not the same as a business meeting of thirty powerful CEOs that need to be impressed, or just your mom’s 60th birthday party.   All caterers are not created equal.
  • How do you want the food served?  This is big, because things like a buffet, if not organized, can cause a monster headache.  Food can be served in many different ways, sit down service, buffet, and food stations, so talk with your caterer.  Find out what they have had success with before, and what they recommend.  A good caterer may have serving suggestions.  Also, discuss guest to server ratios.  Some caterers severely under staff which leads to problems.
  • If this is your first time working with this caterer, set up a tasting event.  You are looking to evaluate their culinary style, as well as presentation.  Great food that looks dull doesn’t go well for an extravagant event.  Dinnerware should be provided, which gives you a chance to evaluate that as well.
  • Check a caterer’s references.  It’s a simple way to find out how they really are by speaking with past customers.  Check reviews online too.
  • When working with the caterer, include entertainers and other event staff in the headcount.  Where will the event staff be served? Separate or with guests?  These are things that need to be discussed.

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