If you are planning a party of special event, remember that not all catering services are equal. It is important to do your research and choose a catering company can meet your expectations and need. One simple misstep can potentially ruin your event. Avoid these common catering mistakes for your next party or special event.
Mistake: Choosing based on price.
While it is important to set a budget and stick to it, going for the cheapest rate is not always the best route. You have to wonder why and how they can offer such low prices because, more often than not, it’s too good to be true. Some caterers are new to the business and fairly inexperienced, thus may not be able to provide the services you expect. Other companies may do the bare minimum, disregarding service and quality. Bottom line, you get what you pay for so choose wisely.
Mistake: Not tasting the food.
For most people, tastings are the best part of choosing a caterer. Still, some people may overlook this step and choose based on other factors. Don’t be one of those people – tastings are a MUST. You do not want to serve bad tasting food, period. Even if the presentation is stunning, if the food is bad, that is what your guests will remember.
Mistake: Lack of communication.
Much like any contract, you should go over it with a fine-tooth comb before signing. Review everything with your caterer to ensure the menu, services, and other details will be exactly as discussed. Understand the pricing breakdown to ensure there are no hidden fees or surprises. Be sure that all of your needs have been met and that they pledge to keep their word and deliver on the day of the event.
Mistake: Not standing your ground.
Stand firm on what you want and need. Keep a log of food ideas and service requirements before meeting with different companies. Know your budget limits and keep track of any verbal estimates received. If there is something they cannot accommodate, move on.
Mistake: Not doing your research.
Make use of all resources available (search online, read reviews, check for recommendations) to ensure you are on the right track and asking the right questions. Aside from looking for catering companies on your own, ask your friends and family for recommendations – word of mouth can be a helpful resource.
Mistake: Not having enough food.
Despite sending out invitations and RSVP cards, you may still have unexpected guests show up. Always plan for the unexpected. Because most catering services only bring food for the exact number of expected guests, you can either round up your guest count or get a written assurance that they will have extra food and will be prepared for any surprises.
And remember, we can cater your party or special event! Call 909-596-5225 to learn more or stop in to discuss our sandwich catering options. We’re located at 105 E. Arrow Hwy (on the northeast corner of E. Arrow Hwy & Garey Ave) in Pomona, CA.