When planning a corporate event, there are a lot of components to juggle. The venue needs to be set up, speakers and presenters need necessary space and equipment, and of course, you have to feed your guests. To eliminate the panic that comes with a poor caterer, we recommend that you ask these five questions to see if they would be a good fit for your corporate event.
Is the caterer working another event that same day?
First thing’s first, it is vital to make sure that your caterer of choice is available on the day of your event. If they are, make sure the time of your event is feasible for them to cook and deliver the food promptly to ensure there is no delay in your event.
Will the caterer accommodate any allergies or dietary restrictions?
Depending on the type of caterer you select, their catering menu may be limiting to those with special dietary needs. It is not uncommon to have people that are allergic to nuts, eggs, and other foods commonly found in catering menus. It is essential to account for these people, so your event makes everyone feel included, and by asking this question, you will see if your caterer is willing to go above and beyond for your guests.
Are there any extra fees that could make the price higher?
Budget is a real thing, and for some, the food costs take up a majority of it. Don’t let yourself be surprised when you receive a final bill with extra fees added on to it. Ask your caterer up front if there will be any additional fees for their service and how much those fees would be. If it adds up to be more than you would like to spend, it may be a good idea to look for a new caterer.
Will the caterer coordinate drop off and clean up with the day-of coordinator?
You are responsible for everything happening at your event. Wouldn’t it be nice if the caterer could handle setting up the food and clean-up once you are finished? Some do. Some caterers provide a full staff to help your event go off without a hitch. If this is something you feel you would benefit from having, be sure to ask this question to avoid any last minute set-up scrambling.
When does the caterer need a final head count?
It is vital to give your caterer an accurate headcount to accommodate everyone attending your event. If you estimate too high, you will end up paying for more food than you needed. If your estimate is too low, you will pay for it with unhappy guests because they weren’t able to eat. Make sure you ask when the caterer will need a final headcount, so you know when to send out invitations for your event.
Next time you’re planning a party, remember to hire the team at Famous Dave’s to help you save time and stress, offer variety, and ensure high-quality fare. Call us today at (855) 783-8646 for a free catering quote.