Do you have an event coming up? One of the key things that people look forward to when invited for an event is definitely the food. Luckily, the only thing you will have to do is hire a great catering company and the quality of food will be taken care of including how your guests will be served. The quality of food served by a catering company will determine if your guests enjoy the event or not. As there are a lot of catering companies around, your major task should be how to find that great company. But how do you find this great catering company? It is important to have a checklist which you can use to determine which company can deliver to your expectations not only the food but even other extra services. Below are 5 attributes that a great catering company has.
The main purpose of catering companies is to provide quality food. There is no need for the company to decorate the venue and arrange the settings carefully if at the end they will serve bad food. Before you hire a catering company, talk to them and try to find out their experience in making recipe substitutions, planning menus, reheating of food, preparing the food safely and transporting large amounts of food. The talk should also tell you if they are excited in preparing the foods. The more enthusiastic they are about food the more they will be creative and prepare high quality dishes. A great meal should be accompanied by the right beverage therefore do not forget to ask them about the kind of drinks they provide. A great caterer should also be aware and comply with the latest food safety laws in their areas of operation in order to prevent food contamination.
Flexible and Creative
Different guests at an event may prefer certain foods to others, and as the host it is your responsibility to cater to all their needs. Having this in mind, you should hire a catering company that is flexible to any needs that may arise. Some of the things that may require a catering company to be flexible include; food allergies that require recipes to be adjusted, personal preferences, religious dietary requirements and themed events. Before you hire a the company, ensure that they are able to be imaginative and adapt to changes. A great company should even go ahead and help you create an event that is unique and memorable by coming up with creative ideas. Your budget will also determine how creative your event will be. Therefore, you should know your budget and then hire a caterer that is capable of providing quality services on that budget.
Professional customer service
An event presents a chance of different people meeting. This people have different personalities. A great catering company should be able to cater to all the needs of this different people. The communication skills of the caterers must be top-notch to ensure the event is successful. Good communication should not only be with the guests but also within the catering team. Scheduling an interview with a caterer before the day of the event will help you to know if the caterer has the ability to communicate effectively. Great caterers should also be diplomatic, courteous and sensitive. You can also check the reputation of the company from previous clients.
Attention to detail
It’s important to know that apart from food, a caterer might also be in charge of other extra services. A good caterer must therefore be able to pay attention to details. Before getting that great caterer, ensure you have your own list of things of how you would like the event to be. You should hire a caterer who is able to understand and pay attention to all your needs and even give you advice where necessary. This ensures that the event turns out to be what you had envisioned. These are some of the things the caterer should focus on in details; kitchen utensils, cooking supplies, decoration, appliances, food presentation and arrangement of tables. All these can only be achieved if the caterer is very organized
Ability to deliver and handle pressure
The catering industry is known to have its pressures. Due to the demanding nature of events, some catering companies have been known to crack under pressure. One mistake in the organization of the event can affect the entire event. With this in mind, you should strive to find a catering company that is able to continue delivering quality services even under pressure. The company should be able to respond to the pressure in a positive way. Some of the things to look out for to ensure a catering company is able to deliver under pressure include; a catering company that has a long experience in handling events, caterers who have a strong personality and the ability of the company to go an extra mile to ensure the event is successful.
With all these attributes in mind, it should be easy for you to hire a great caterer and have a successful event