Things to Consider When Hiring a Catering Service
Whenever you are having a big event, it is nice to hire a home buffet catering rather than trying to deal with all of the food on your own. In some cases it is necessary because the event is just too big for it to be possible for any one person to do all of the food. However, there are some things you should consider when you hire the caterer.
First of all, you will want to figure out what type of food you want to have at your event. Do you want to have a sit down event where people are served, or do you want to have a buffet style event, either with main dishes or appetizers? Do you want to have alcohol available or just non-alcoholic beverages? This will be a big factor in determining the cost of the catering. You also need to make sure to ask the guests if any of them are vegetarian or allergic to anything so that you can make sure to have suitable food on hand for everyone who is attending.
You will also want to make sure that you have a good idea of how many people will be attending the event. The catering company can decide how much food is necessary based on the number of people attending, so you need to be able to tell them this information. Make sure that an RSVP is required and that you get these responses in plenty of time ahead of the event.
When you are choosing a caterer, you will want to get recommendations from other people you know who have used catering companies, and/or check out online reviews to find out which companies in your area have a good reputation for quality and service. You might want to get references from the companies themselves, and arrange to taste samples of the food that they can provide for you so that you choose one that you are going to be happy with.
Of course to some extent you will be limited in your options based on the amount you can afford to spend. Some home buffet catering will just be too expensive, and you might have to choose less expensive menu options in order to feed the amount of people you have coming to the event in order to fit the catering into your budget. Discuss possible menus with the caterer to get a good idea of what your options are given your budget.