The Essential Catering Checklist: Questions to Ask Yourself Before Your Next Event
How will I transport the food?
Quite often, caterers will be hosting an event on location which means the food needs to be transported from A to B. The last thing you want is for items to go soggy or spoiled before you’ve even arrived as your guests won’t be very happy! Invest in hot boxes including well-insulated containers, coolers, wrapping platters and more. Not only will this make it easier to unload the food when you arrive but they remain protected throughout the journey.
What am I going to wear?
It’s always a good idea to think about what you and your team are going to wear. Arriving in scruffy clothes could give the wrong impression about your team whereas crisp, fresh uniforms look more professional.
How will I serve the food?
If you are offering a hot buffet then you will need serving equipment such as tongs, spatulas, serving spoons and more. On the other hand, if it’s table service then do you need to provide table wear as well as cutlery?
What do I need for added hygiene?
Hygiene should always be a top priority so consider bringing along gloves, hairnets, sanitiser and bins for disposable plates and cutlery. You should also keep dishes closed when you are not serving to avoid contamination and keep everything at the right temperature.
How will I lay the tables?
Not all caterers will offer table setting services but if you do then don’t forget about tablecloths, serviettes and anything else you may need.
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