Selecting the right caterer is an important part of event planning. There are a few things you should consider before sitting down with potential caterers:
Overall & per person budget- you will save yourself a lot of time and aggravation if you have both your overall event budget and food budget mapped out.
Guest Count- knowing the # of guests you plan to invite is crucial in generating an accurate estimate of food cost. The best way to manage your budget is by managing your guest list!
Event style- share the style of décor you plan to use during your event to help guide the creative planning process. Pictures from Pinterest can be especially helpful here.
Menu design- Share any specific food selections you may prefer. Also, be upfront about dietary restrictions such as allergies or the need for vegetarian, vegan, or gluten free dishes.
Get recommendations and referrals- Experienced and preferred caterers will have no problem providing references so go ahead and ask for them. It will validate your choice to hire.
Additional services- many caterers can help with coordinating other aspects of the event like tables, chairs, table linens, décor, floral, bartenders, etc. Ask the question to streamline your planning process and make the most of the relationship!
Having these area’s mapped out will benefit you by guiding the conversation so you get the most out of your meeting. You should expect that based on the information you provide your caterer they will be able to recommend the right food choices and certain cuisines based on the event style and budget you have outlined. Once the planning is done you can sit back, relax and feel good about your amazing food selections!