When planning a special event, a host has many options for providing a meal. Catering is often the most expensive options, but it certainly comes with some advantages that you don’t get from other choices. For example, if you just have guests bring food, you can’t control food quantity or quality. Plus, your guests have to put work into the evening. If you go to a restaurant, you have to worry about server quality, included gratuity, limiting seating, and other issues.
Catering is the best choice for gatherings of all sizes. With that in mind, here are a few things you should know about having an event catered.
You’re Not Just Paying for the Food
There are some cases where you are just paying a caterer to drop off a meal, but in most situations, a big part of the catering bill is non-food related. For example, your caterer may be providing tablecloths, dinnerware, beverages, decorations, and more. Plus, you may have staff who are on hand throughout the evening. That usually comes with a service fee that is a percentage of the meal cost.
Set Up Can Take a Couple of Hours
If you think letting the catering service into the venue an hour before guests. arrive is sufficient time, hopefully you are having a very small event. For medium to large gatherings, the catering staff will need more setup time, especially if they are caring for things like table linens and place settings besides just the food.
Don’t Pad the Guest Count – Hire a Good Caterer
Especially when having a buffet style meal, many people feel the need to tell a catering company they are having more guests than have actually RSVP’d. They are worried that if a few extra people show up, food will run out. An experienced catering company knows how much food to bring based on the correct number of guests, so instead of padding the guest count, just hire an experienced caterer with good reviews.
Caterman Catering has been taking care of special events in the San Jose and Bay areas for over 20 years. You can trust us to make your event special and memorable. Call 408-441-8719 today to get started.