Common Catering Questions

Catering plays a crucial role the success factor of any event!  It’s important to choose a reliable caterer, order the right quantities and develop a menu that is sure to wow your guests. We’ve compiled a list of common catering FAQs that will help you get started.

What should I look for in a Caterer?

Every caterer has their own speciality, whether it’s Indian or French. Make sure you choose a caterer that is the right fit for the theme of your event.  It’s also important to choose a licensed caterer that has good references. In addition to checking out their references, use word of mouth and the Internet to check for reviews.

Why is it important for a Catering Company to be licensed?

There’s been a marked increase in the number of illegal, home based caterers in the Sydney Catering industry. The cheaper prices may seem attractive, but it’s not worth the risk of having your guests contract Salmonella. If a caterer is serious about food safety, they should be licensed and HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) accredited.

What information should I have when inquiring about Catering?

Before you start organising the catering, make sure you use the Internet, magazines or previous experience to build a theme for the event you’re hosting. The theme, a rough estimate of the number of guests, your budget,  the date, time and location that the event will be held is enough info to get your caterer started.

Should I tell my caterer what my budget is or ask for a proposal first?

It’s best to share your expectations and what your budget for the event is. Your caterer will be able to work with you to provide the best options for the price you’re willing to pay and help you build a menu.

What are the different styles of menu service?

Menu service depends on the event schedule. If time is not a factor, plated meal service is an elegant option that usually requires 2 hours.  Buffet style service will be an easier route for a large group and needs only about 1.5 hours. If you’re guest list is over 50, ask your caterer to setup duplicate buffet tables at opposite ends of the room to avoid congestion.  Cocktail receptions require a minimum of 1 hour before dinner.

How many appetisers should I order?

Your catering company will help you figure out the right quantities for your guest list, but the general rule is to serve at least 10 – 15 appetiser pieces per person at a cocktail party, while 3 – 5 pieces for pre-dinner appetisers is fine.

 How many menu options are required?

Caterers usually advise client to offer at least two choices of entrees (three would be awesome), three or more salad dressing options and two dessert options: one for the health conscious guest and a super indulgent option.

Posted by Jessica on September 20, 2012 at 12:08PM