Hosting a large event is a major endeavor. Whether you are in charge of a large business meeting, or the event planner for a wedding, knowing how to book quality catering is an essential task. If you are new to event planning and looking for more information on catering, check out our beginner’s guide to catering.
First and foremost, you want to find a quality caterer you can trust. We recommend reaching out to family, friends, coworkers, etc. for catering recommendations. This can be one of the best ways to get an inside look at how good (or bad) the catering from a particular vendor is. We also recommend reading online reviews and customer testimonials.
When you are shopping for catering, do not be afraid to ask for a taste testing and a price quote. A taste testing is essential so that you can see if you like the food and the quality of the food. A price quote is a great way to compare different catering options. If you love the food, and the price is fair, you have found the caterer for you.
Finally, know the details of your event before booking your catering. How many people will you be serving? Will your event be plated, or buffet? Will you have a bar? Will you need servers? Will you be indoors or outdoors? Nailing down all of the catering details prior to selecting a caterer will help your search and ensure you are getting an accurate price quote.