The food you serve at any event, be it a wedding or a corporate meeting, plays a major role in shaping the experience your guests or clients will receive. You should keep in mind that the appearance, flavor and quality of the beverages and food served can make or break your event. The outcome of the event will largely depend on the caterer that you hire and of course, other elements will play a part too.
You need to ensure that you select a catering company that not only provides excellent food and service, but can also work with even the tiniest details involved in the day planned ahead. To get the best experience with a catering company, here are some useful tips to guide you:
The services you require
It is wise to enquire from the caterer what their specialty is, even if they present themselves as being able to handle different aspects of catering. Be wary of a caterer who claims to do everything because chances are they will not excel in any part of catering at all. There are those who specialize in large scale events with the expertise and equipment to professionally cater for a large number of guests. You will also find caterers who specialize in smaller cocktail parties, intimate events or just deliver the catered food. You need to determine what your needs are before you meet up with the caterers so that you can be in a position to make your decision a lot easier.
Tasting session and flexibility to the menu
Most catering companies provide tasting sessions where you can get a chance to see their presentation, quality and style. This will also help you decide which meals you would like to have added to the event’s menu on top of what is already served. During this session, take the opportunity to enquire on the quality and sustainability of the produce to be used. It is wise to note that if the company uses seasonal produce, this could have a significant effect on the quality and taste of the meal. Most caterers have a standard menu to choose from but some do provide some flexibility to adapt their menus to suit your needs. You should pay special consideration to a caterer who is willing to handle any special request that you might have.
Finalize the details and contract
You should note that the number of guests will determine the price the caterer will charge for the event. It is highly advisable to request the invited guests to RSVP early. Based on the confirmations you get, you will be able to come up with a safe number. Make sure you go through the fine print of the contract with the caterer to ensure that you get the best value for your money. The contract should indicate how many people they are provided for and what is being provided for such as dishes, any cooling or heating equipment. Most caterers require payment of a deposit in advance, which is an indication of your commitment to hiring their services for the event.
Experience and reputation
Select a professional and experienced catering team with the experience in providing an exceptional service. You should check references and if you need more information you can consult with previous clients on the experience provided. If you are looking for the perfect caterer who will understand all your needs then you should contact us at Venice Ristorante & Wine Bar. When you use our restaurant in downtown Denver for your event, we will ensure you get the best value for your money!