Whether you’re hosting a wedding, end of year office fiasco, Christmas party or another type of event – it’s critical that excellent catering is at your event! So how do you find that? Here are 7 tips for choosing the right caterer for your event!
1. Speciality Specifics
All caterers, even those who happen to be a big team that cater for a variety of events, will have a speciality. Some best teams service audiences who are throwing an engagement party event while others’ experience makes them best suited for corporate catering. We recommend working beside a team who are experts in your event type as that’s their speciality.
2. Personal Referrals
One of the best ways to finding a great catering team is to get referrals from loved ones. So ask your family, friends and colleagues for any positive experiences they’ve experienced. See online reviews are great, but nothing trumps word of mouth statements from your circle: people who you trust!
3. Examine Their Experience
Given how important food and beverages are to hosting a memorable event, it’s best to go with an experienced team. You should be looking for expert teams over beginners even if that means paying more for the catering.
4. Ask For References
Yes, online testimonials are great, but getting references from past clients is even better! (A side note, no-one puts up bad reviews on their website so how reliable is that source?) Any reputable catering team who are confident in their services won’t be afraid to put you in contact with past clients for references if asked.
5. Check For Certificates and Licenses
All trustworthy caterers will have several certifications and licenses that indicate their quality. For example, Cherry’s maintains a Responsible Service of Alcohol which allows them to serve selected drink at their events legally. In addition, they’ve got certifications from Food Safe and Gold License. If you can’t see any certifications or licenses, you best ought to stay away!
6. Dietary Requirements
With 1 in 5 Australians possessing a dietary requirement, there’s a good chance that someone on your guest list will need some catering flexibility. Only consider caters who can deliver solutions for all types of guests, including those allergic to eggs, gluten and nuts, or after halal catered food.
7. Get a Quote
You’re going to want to get an obligation-free quote from the caterers before getting too excited about them – you’re going to want to make sure the price is within budget and appropriate for the service provided.
We hope our 7 tips for choosing the right caterer for your event is helpful! If you’re hosting an event in Perth, Western Australia, we recommend checking out Cherry’s Catering – a leading Perth catering team. With over 2 decades of experience which spans pulling off a range of different events, Cherry’s Catering is the right caterers for many, including maybe even, you!