Three Must-Ask Questions For Prospective Caterers


With summer nearly here, the wedding season is gearing up. If you have impending nuptials, attending other people's wedding is the perfect opportunity to pay special attention to the food they serve. This will help you define what you want and don't want for your wedding. Catering can arguably be not only the biggest part of your wedding budget, but also the lasting impression your guests will walk away with. Here are three questions to ask before you choose which vendor you award this important job to.

What Is Their Area Of Expertise?

There is nothing wrong with simply choosing a catering company who will only handle the food aspect of your event. Many companies choose to concentrate on doing the one thing they know best, preparing and serving food. But some caterers wear two hats, providing both event planning and catering services, which can be a huge advantage to you. With a dual service vendor, you don't have to worry about miscommunication when it comes to your goals. You have one point-of-contact to take care of the majority of your needs. This can drastically reduce the time and energy you would otherwise have to spend, making phone calls and juggling all of the different components that go into planning a large event. Not having to worry about coordinating everything yourself can be a huge relief.

Can They Handle Your Specific Type Of Event?

Even the best caterers can't be everything to everyone. If your dream wedding is a backyard barbecue, and the caterer you're considering specializes in corporate events, they likely won't have the equipment and experience required for smoking beef briskets all day. Likewise, some caterers are better equipped to handle smaller, intimate affairs while others shine best at large celebrations. Be sure to be very specific in your initial interview process with perspective candidates with what you envision.

How Flexible Are They With The Menu?

Naturally, just about every caterer has set menus for customers choose from, and many are willing to allow for substitutions and upgrades. But the best caterers will allow you the freedom of flexibility in your choices, happily working with you, and excited for the opportunity to showcase their culinary prowess. Maybe you want a vegetarian menu, or a menu that highlights sustainable, locally sourced ingredients rather than the standard chicken or beef menu. It's also imperative that each prospective caterer is willing to provide you tastings. How can you ensure the food is of the quality you expect if you don't first try it?

Spend the time asking the right questions before you choose a caterer, and you will have one less thing to worry about leading up to the big day. For more information, contact Personal Touch Experience or a similar company.


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Streamlining Your Mealtimes

When you have a large family, mealtime can be incredibly stressful. In addition to dealing with a bunch of demanding children, you might also find yourself struggling to enjoy the meal that took you so long to prepare. After all, how much fun is it to enjoy a delightful soup when you have a kid hanging all over you? Fortunately, there are a lot of different parents out there that have learned how to streamline mealtime. My blog contains several articles that might help you to keep your children calm, talk people into eating, and prepare and make dinner a little faster.