How to Source the Right Caterer

If you are organising a corporate event or a wedding, finding the right caterer would be one of the first things on your mind. Your selection could mean the difference between success and failure, so it isn’t something to be rushed. Here are some helpful tips to assist you in making the right decision when looking for a caterer.

Shop Around

There are many caterers, which means you should compare at least three. Any established caterer would have a website, and an online search should reveal one in your area. If you live in Western Australia, you could do no better than Campbelltown Catering Company in Sydney, who are experienced in catering for corporate events, weddings, reunions, and all kinds of social occasions. An established caterer would have a range of menus, including barbeques, spit roasts, sit down menus, and cold buffets.

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The caterer’s website should have customer reviews, which can go a long way to assuring that you have made the right choice. Talk to the caterer and ask their opinion on the program you are planning, and don’t be surprised if they have some valuable advice that makes the event more interesting.

Know your Budget

This will be the first thing the caterer would want to know, and they should have a range of packages, with a buffet usually being the cheapest solution. Irrespective of your budget, the caterer should be focused on providing the best service, and they will be more than happy to do what they can to make things work.

Other Vendors

A caterer will have an extensive network of event vendors, so if you require something, it is more than likely your caterer can provide a solution. With their hands-on experience, you can rest assured that nothing untoward will happen, and the event will be a success.

Book Well in Advance

A popular caterer will be booked up for months, so plan early. At least 3 months is recommended, and many large caterers can deal with multiple bookings, as they have several catering teams at hand. Make sure you are clear about what you expect, and most caterers would insist on a contract that details all the services they will provide. If you are happy with the quote and they have answered all of your questions, you would be expected to put down a deposit, with the balance payable at the end of the event.

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Personal Feelings

When talking to caterers, use your judgement regarding personality, does the representative seem sincere? Are they friendly and willing to suggest ways to improve the event? If you get the feeling the caterer is professional in their approach, you have probably made the right choice. Don’t be afraid to suggest something if you think it might improve things, as a good caterer will listen to their client and try to accommodate them if possible.

Making the right choice of caterer is essential if you want the event to be successful, and with everything under control, the host can focus on the party program.