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Finding The Right Caterer

A lot of planning and hard work goes into executing and hosting a memorable event. Whether it is a party or special occasion, choosing the right catering services can make or break your event. When searching for quality catering services, keep these things in mind.

  • Knowledge

If you are looking for a specific cuisine or cooking style, you want to choose a caterer who possesses the appropriate knowledge. They should be able to help you build a creative menu to specification.

  • Skills

Along with knowledge, the right caterer should also possess exceptional cooking skills. A good caterer will have confidence in their food and will usually offer free tastings to prove food quality.

  • Budget

A good caterer will also work with your budget while still providing quality food and service. Before any contracts are involved, you should get a clear cost breakdown of the services.

  • Food Safety

First and foremost, food safety should be top priority, and any caterer or chef worth his grit knows this. Be sure you choose a catering service that values food safety and ensure that your food is prepared in a sanitary, health-inspected kitchen. In addition, make sure your caterers can transfer your food safely.

  • Skilled Staff

Should your catering service come with staff, you want to make sure that all staffs are adequately trained, and that there is adequate staff available. They should be able to efficiently deliver food and interact appropriately with guests.

  • Flexibility

Your caterer should also be able to adapt recipes for dietary concerns such as allergies and sensitivities. Be sure you can modify the menu options based on special dietary requirements of your guests (ex. shellfish allergy, vegan/vegetarian options).

  • Accessibility

Be sure the catering service provides contact information, whether an email address or phone number, that they respond to promptly. They should be able to answer your questions regarding the event, and easily accessible should anything come up before, during, or after the event.

  • Experience

With experience comes better knowledge on the appropriate amount of food and drinks for the expected number of guests. Experienced caterers will also have a better scope of what works and what doesn’t in various settings. They can help you create and execute a flawless event.

  • Contracts

Before the event, the catering company should provide you with a contract that confirms and covers all the details discussed and agreed upon. Be sure to review this closely to ensure the pricing and details are correct before signing.

  • References

Gain confidence in your catering choice by contacting past references. Before you even ask, the caterer may even provide references from past clients. You can also do your own research, or get recommendations from family and friends.

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Let the Brick Your Neighborhood Deli cater your next meeting, party, or special event. To learn more about our catering options, please call 909-596-5225.

A Smart Checklist For Catering Service

So you have an event coming up and you need catering services. You want to find a catering company that can accommodate your needs while delivering excellent food and service, but you’re not sure where to start. Knowing what you want for your event and doing your research helps a great deal. Take some time to talk to different businesses  to see what they have to offer and if they understand your vision and needs. As you shop around, and before making your final decision, be sure that the company you choose meets the following catering service criteria.

Taste
This not only applies to the food, which should be tasty, but also refers to presentation. Your food should be appealing to all the senses and a great catering service will deliver this. If available, request to see a portfolio. Consider your vision, and be sure they understand it and have the proper tools and equipment to make your ideas come to fruition.

Value
Catering services should be affordable, and most caterers are rather accommodating. Make your budget known, especially if it is limited, as your caterer should be able provide the best options. And although prices are always an important factor, remember that the lowest price is not always the best value. Weigh your options and consider what is and is not included in the bottom line.

Service
Your satisfaction should be their priority. From the minute you first meet with them until the event has concluded, they should be attentive and go above and beyond to help you create the event you envisioned. The company should be well-organized and employees should be responsive to your needs every step of the way.

Dependability
As mentioned, do your research. Speak with friends and family to find out if there are any catering companies they recommend. Great catering companies will be forthcoming with references for customers. That way, you can speak with past clients who can attest to their reliability and quality. When speaking with the catering company, you want to inquire about deposit requirements, the type of menu suggested for budget, and if they readily assist with specific requirements.

Accommodations
Every event is different, and great caterers know that. Some things that may come up include special menu requirements (ex. vegetarian, vegan, Halal, Kosher), specialty equipment and décor, and more. If you have a smaller or larger event, do they understand the staffing ratio needs for bartenders, wait staff, and chefs? As with any event, there is much to consider and as a catering company, they should be able to accommodate and deliver what is promised flawlessly.

Experience
From small gatherings to weddings or other special events, you want to choose a professional event catering company with plenty of experience under their belt. This alone shows potential customers that they know what they are doing and have executed amazing events in the past. You will be glad you chose a caterer with extensive experience and success when your guests leave your event impressed.

Did you know we provide catering services? We offer affordable prices on our yummy sandwiches, salads and desserts for your catering needs. Visit us online at BrickMarketDeli.com or call 909-596-5225 to learn more about our catering options.

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