5 Tips for Working With a Caterer
Weddings, graduations, birthdays, and various other occasions require food. It keeps your guests content, satisfied, occupied, and happy. But it can be a daunting task to provide a high quality of food to so many people. That’s where a caterer comes in to save the day, cooking up and serving the food your guests crave.
But if you’ve never worked with a caterer before, it can be just as scary as the idea of cooking the food yourself! It’s such a large and valuable component of your event, how can you simply turn it over to the hands of someone you’ve never met? But there’s no need to fret. Las Vegas Cater has experience in making gatherings perfect when it comes to the culinary side. But, to put your mind at ease, here are five tips you can follow to make the process as smooth and easy as possible, leaving you to focus on other event planning matters.
1. Share Your Budget Limitations
Gatherings both big and small use catering as a way to provide food to guests. And just as the events themselves can be tiny or massive, so can the budget. The first step should always be to lay out your budget and be open with your caterer about what you can and cannot accommodate as far as wiggle room. We can make magic happen with just about any amount, but, to avoid confusion, you should get it out in the open as soon as possible.
2. You Can Be Picky, But Tell Your Caterer!
This follows along with the be open and honest mentality. Most everyone is comfortable with telling their caterer that they have an allergy and can’t include, say, peanuts in the meal. And even people who are vegan or paleo are becoming more vocal about their needs to their caterer. What many are still shy to admit is a simple case of a picky eater. If you absolutely hate cilantro, tell us! We will be more than happy to accommodate your pickiness, you just need to say so.
3. Research Your Venue Limitations
While we pride ourselves in catering Las Vegas without limitations, your venue may not agree with some of our options. Many venues have rules regarding what can be brought onto their property, including equipment, staff, and more. Check with your event guide or contact at the venue to find out what their exact rules are. Once you know, notify your caterer so we can adjust and customize our catering plans to fit the venue you spent so much time and care picking out.
4. Never Be Embarrassed to Ask a Question
Catering can use some fancy terms at times. And some words or phrases may be out of the ordinary. If you don’t have a clue what the difference between a rice soup and a risotto is, then feel free to ask! Our caterers have spent years learning and perfecting their craft. We don’t expect you to pick it up in an instant. So, no, you won’t look dumb if you need to ask a flurry of questions to fully understand the menu and the entire catering process. We’re more than happy to answer and make you feel informed about what you’re paying for.
5. Have Fun!
This is the most important of the five tips for working with a caterer. Don’t get bogged down with perfecting the menu, planning precise serving times, or understand every detail of how our equipment works. We’ll take care of the boring work. You need to just sit back, pick what tastes good to you, and enjoy the end results. This is your event, and you should have as much fun as your guests do.
As you can see, hiring and working with a caterer does not need to be a daunting task. We know everything when it comes to planning, preparing, and serving food, so you can focus on all of the other arrangements needed to be made. We have you covered and we won’t settle for anything less than perfection.
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