Whether you’re celebrating your wedding day, holding a corporate event, or honoring a birthday, all of life’s special moments are improved with great food.
Your guests deserve nothing but the best when it comes to event catering, and delicious offerings will definitely help them have a great time. However, finding and choosing the right catering service for your event is easier said than done.
It’s challenging to select the perfect caterer, but we at Bliss are here to help you. In this article, we’ll provide you with a helpful guide on how to choose the perfect catering service for your event.
Ask If Your Event Venue Has Catering
You’ll likely decide on an amazing event venue for your event before booking your catering service. If the venue offers in-house catering, it’s always smart to go that route instead of an outside vendor. Why? Because an in-house caterer will ensure that the food is served on time, nice and hot, and the convenience of a kitchen on-site is extremely valuable.
Working with your venue’s catering team will provide the hassle-free experience and peace of mind that you want when planning a big event, providing the all-inclusive event venue services you need.
But be warned: venues that don’t specialize in dining or catering might offer lackluster options. Be sure to have a tasting before making your decision.
Be Honest About Your Budget
Catering services run the gamut from incredibly affordable to extremely expensive. And while expensive catering services often offer appealing options, they can be way over your budget.
The first rule of event planning is to be realistic about your budget. You don’t want to waste your time dealing with a catering service that you can’t afford, and to save yourself the trouble, you need to be honest about your budget from the start.
Select Food That Will Please Everyone
It’s challenging to find a catering company that will please all your event guests, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. The best way to find food for everyone is to find a caterer that specializes in a variety of dining options. That way, you can provide guests with a great array of delicious food.
Caterers that specialize in only one type of food can be great—especially if you know their food will fit your event—but it’s always a safer bet to have variety. You’ll also want to make sure you book a caterer that can handle special requests or guests with food allergies, ensuring everyone is able to enjoy the delicious cuisine.
Check Your Caterer’s References
Whenever you hire anyone for anything, it’s always a good idea to check their references. After all, how else will you know if they can deliver on their promises of great service? And these days, it couldn’t be easier to check out a vendor’s feedback.
Be sure to follow up with some of your potential caterer’s past clients before deciding to book them or not.
A great catering company will have sparkling references explaining why you should hire them. And if you run into bad references (or no references at all), then you’ll want to hire another caterer.
Hold A Tasting Before Your Event
You need to be completely certain that your big event will have great catering, so it’s very important to taste the food in advance.
Most catering services are more than willing to schedule a tasting with you before your event so that you can sample their offerings and provide input on what dishes you’d like on the menu.
In fact, many caterers will include a tasting as part of their costs. You’ll definitely want to take advantage of that!
Finding the right caterer for your event can be a challenge, but if you start your search with a positive mindset and a clear idea of what you’re looking for, you’re bound to find great service.
Of course, you can’t hold a successful event without a great location. If you’re looking for an incredible social event venue in Los Angeles, you should definitely consider Bliss. Our venue offers stunning décor, exceptional accommodations, and world-class catering. Contact us today for more information on booking and availability!