Like events, catering services range in both size and scope. Business types include small one-person operations, single-location companies, multiple-site regional services, branches of national companies and owner-operated franchises.
Almost any kind of food you could want is available from catering services, from vegetable crudites and fingerfood to rack of lamb and whole-hog pit-roasted barbecue. And then there are the desserts — in addition to catering services, specialty bakeries abound. While some caterers specialize in one particular area (clambakes, bbq, vegetarian/vegan, various ethnic foods, etc.), many chefs will customize their menu to suit your wishes.
Caterers can generally handle any size event, from small and intimate to over-the-top large, but always make sure to have your event description, size, location, and date ready before you start checking out catering companies.
When working with caterers of any size, the most important thing is to stay organized and communicate clearly what is expected and when.
Find out the difference between on-premise, off-premise and no-service catering. Ever wondered what the difference is between a caterer and a Personal Chef? Find out in our handy list of common catering terminology!
Proven tips for finding the right caterer for your event. How to search for local catering companies, narrow the list down and select a catering service that matches your needs and your budget! Tips from the pros on how to make sure catered events go smoothly and on schedule.
Partial catering is only one of a variety of party food options that can save money on event planning. Get information about the best ways to use pre-cooked food and tips on cooking for a crowd in our Catering Alternatives section!
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