For any catering event to run smoothly, much preparation is required. From proper staffing to food prep, there’s a lot that goes into catering
an event. Besides the basic planning, there are some tricks that can bring your next catering event to the next level.
Trying to stuff all your catering equipment into a few cars can get confusing and messy. Unreliable transportation can start the catering
event off on the wrong foot and push the schedule back unnecessarily. If your business does not yet own a dedicated catering van, save yourself
some hassle and rent a larger vehicle that can store and easily transport all of your equipment. You’ll thank yourself when you aren’t
playing an impossible game of Tetris in the trunk of your car. Plus, you reduce the risk of a borrowed vehicle breaking down. With rental vehicles, you can rest assured that the vehicle is in good condition.
Provide Options for Dietary Restrictions
Even if you took the extra steps to ask guests to give their dietary restrictions ahead of time, there will always be at least one person with a food
allergy. Always prepare some extra meals that meet practical dietary needs. In particular, be prepared for vegetarians, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and nut-free guests. When preparing a menu for a catering event, always keep in mind that dietary restrictions will come up.
Use a Checklist App
Nothing is worse than carelessly forgetting to throw a vital piece of equipment in the van. Reduce these mistakes by using a software
platform that centralizes your business systems and checklist in the palm of your hand. Mobile apps that make restaurant owners’ lives easier are
just a few of the helpful options available for caterers. Whether you are logging food safety temps, simplifying tasks with checklists, or calculating the event’s food waste cost, mobile apps are less time consuming and more effective.
Bring Extra Everything
Catering is an unpredictable business. To make sure your event doesn’t run into unexpected challenges, it’s smart to always bring extra equipment with you. That means extra plates, napkins, utensils, chairs, glasses, and food. More guests than expected could arrive. A rack of glasses could fall and break. Anything could happen, and you want to be prepared. Be sure to have a follow-up phone call on the day of the event with the organizer to make sure nothing has drastically changed.
In the catering business, it is important to be ready on the fly and preparing for the unexpected is the only way to ensure that a catering event runs smoothly. Keep these tricks in mind and you’re well on your way to running a successful catering business.
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