Whether you're just starting out as a caterer or are no stranger to a hot food merchandiser and big events, catering can be a demanding line of work. It takes a lot of time and preparation to do your job well. Here are tips to remember when catering your next event.
Go for Finger Foods
When in doubt, finger foods are a win for almost any event; they're easier to eat, kid-friendly, and keep portion sizes controlled. Along with this, finger foods eliminate the need for silverware, which can increase your overall budget. If you are serving finger foods, make sure they're appropriate for the type of event you're catering. Namely, don't serve something like hot wings at a wedding unless they're specifically requested by your client!
Serve a Diverse Menu
It's impossible to know what every single guest likes before an event, so your best bet is to offer a diverse menu that caters to many tastes. If you're offering exotic or especially spicy dishes, serve alternatives that are simpler and milder as well. No matter what kind of dessert you're offering, have a chocolate option available. Above all, don't neglect your vegetarian or vegan guests!
Think About Backups
Make sure you've got enough replenishment to feed everyone at least twice over — people love going back for seconds, especially if the event is offering buffet-style service. Consider what will be the most popular items of the night and make a few extra batches of these items. Remember: it's always better to have a little too much than not enough to go around!
When catering an event, it ultimately comes down to your guests. Get as much insight as you can on what the event will be and who you'll be serving on the day of; the more you know, the better you can serve them!