Reynaldo Beltran, World Executives Digest | Catering companies are hired to make your event a memorable one in terms of food and dining; they just know the right dishes and the right way to serve. However, a worng choice can lead to disaster and even hamper your reputation. While hiring a good catering services, you need to keep in mind various factors and even question them to get their operating details well in advance. Apprehending anything in this case would be unwise. However, here are some smart points to look through while you are hiring a catering service company –
- Can they serve any menu at the best of its quality?
- How much can they gurantee about their professional service to your guest?
- Have they ever handled last minute pressure? If yes, then how?
- How much punctual they are?
What are their specialty areas in menu?
When you get all satisfying answer to the above questions you can consider that the catering services are reliable enough to hire. However, keep a check on the points below once the hiring is done –
Are they doing their best with food?
The first thing that is most important in any party is the food that’s being served. Hence, it is important that the catering provides quality and delicious food for your guests. They must stick to the menu that was decided mutually and made with best ingredients to provide awesome taste. The caterers should also keep a note of the special recommendations like oil and spice amount.
Can they adhere to special dietary restrictions?
It is important that you show a caring gesture towards your guests, each person whom you are inviting is your guest and many might have certain dietary restrictions. You need to ask the catering services that whether they can serve to these guests according to their restrictions. Like, if someone has allergies to lobster, will they be able to serve them salmon instead?
Are they flexible with budget?
While you are arranging party, you must adhere to a budget. Initially you might feel that hiring catering services is a costly affair, but this again depends on the range of services you expect and the menu you choose. Ask the caterer if they can suggest you a menu that will be cost effective. In this way, things will be within your budget and, yet your guests will enjoy healthy and tasty food.
How efficient and systematic is their way of working?
Every caterer will promise that they will serve food timely and in a professional manner. However, when they start the job keep a close eye on their planning and execution. It will start with their logistic system. Whether they have systematic logistic system for arranging for any last-minute changes? How good is their storage facilities? Are they preparing and serving diligently without keeping your guests on wait? All this will affect the quality of service that the caterer provides to you.
Are they friendly and courteous?
It is the caterers to whom every guest will be expecting their food. Thus, the serving boys should be friendly and make every person feel comfortable and attended.. The ambience of the party is in their hands too; while to some extent the arrangements you make decides the ambience of the party, but if the caterers do not serve food with a smile many guests will feel uncomfortable and hence they will not be able to enjoy your party.
Once you hire any catering services, it is important that you check the above mentioned factors. Although they give you promises, it is solely your duty to make sure that the promises are being met to avoid any mishap during the event.