Hiring a good caterer for your office or home function can sometimes be a bit stressful. Themed events have a specific feel that they are going for which can made with just the right food and setting. On the other side, an event can be tanked if the food is less than awesome or there is any food contamination. Before you stress out about it though, take a look at what makes a great caterer.
The Food Itself
A great caterer should be using the freshest, highest quality food. It is really all about the food itself. If you are serving your guests last week's leftovers you might not see smiling faces at the end of your event. Your caterer should be delivering high quality, great tasting food and have substitutions readily available for any guest that has a specific food allergy. The caterer should be able to transport and reheat, or cook onsite if available, the entire preplanned menu.
Food Safety is Key
Keeping food stored at the correct temperature is a must as well as making sure it is served at the right temperature. The fastest way to make your guests sick is to have a caterer that doesn't put food safety at the top of their list. They should be easy to comply with the food safety regulations set forth by the FDA without any trouble.
Great Customer Service
A caterer should be able to work with you on creating a menu that works within your budget and highlights the theme of the occasion. When you have a last minute change in the number of meals needed or need to sub out a dish, their customer service should shine through. In a world filled with food allergies, a caterer needs to also have alternatives available for those dietary requirements and offer those when discussing the menu. Being a great caterer that gets repeat referrals is more than just being a stellar chef.
The Day of The Event
A catering company is only as good as the members of the team. Not only do they need a great chef, but also line cooks, servers, and even dishwashers. Your guests might only see the servers bringing out the yummy food, but more than likely, they set the place settings and organized the decorations as well. The back of the house has been making sure your catered food is hot and delicious and ready to be served with a smile. The caterer you hired would be orchestrating all of these moving parts effortlessly (or appearing so) which then allows you to enjoy your event.