You’d love for your office catering to be easy, economical and tasty. By asking the right questions at the beginning you can wade through the many options out there and find a caterer that will fit your needs like a glove. Keep these important questions in mind when shopping for someone to handle the food for your next corporate catering event.
Do you specialize in catering for offices?
There are a lot of caterers that specialize in weddings, parties, receptions and such. Your office will probably have very different needs than these caterers are used to. Look for a caterer that specializes in servicing offices like yours.
Can you provide local references?
Perhaps most importantly, you need reliability. Your event is on a schedule and you’ll need a caterer who can make your food happen on time and taste great. Don’t be afraid to ask for references. A good caterer should have no trouble with this.
Where else has your chef worked?
These days many great chefs are setting out as restaurateurs and caterers to get away from the shrinking pay and harsh atmospheres of fine dining restaurants. If your caterer has lots of experience at Four Diamond restaurants and they’ve been working in your area for a number of years, you can rest assured that they’ll be able to handle your office’s needs to the tee.
How much will delivery to my location cost?
You’ll want to be sure that the pricing of your catering is made very clear. Most caterers will offer a simple per person price, but beware of add-on fees. Be sure to talk to your prospective caterers and ask if there are fees for delivery. If your event is in one town and your caterer is in the next town over, be sure there isn’t an additional fee for delivering further down the road.
Will the delivery person expect a tip?
Often the person delivering your catering will expect a tip. This can be a hassle for your budget as you may have to record it as a separate fee from the meal itself. Be prepared ahead of time and you’ll avoid a surprise on the day of your event.
Do you offer a variety of options at one price?
When feeding an office crowd you’ll always want to be sure to get enough variety to please everyone. Many caterers offer packages that come with a selection of different meal options. Take the box lunch for example, which some caterers offer in 20 or more varieties. It lets you be sure that even the pickiest of eaters will find something they enjoy.
Can you put together a good selection to please everyone?
To make the catering experience easier for everyone you can let your caterer pick out the selection. Remember, they’re professionals. A good caterer will have plenty of experience to decide the best possible choices to make sure there’s plenty of what each person wants. How many times have you prepared food for 10, 20, or 50 people? Let your catering pro handle it and benefit from their experience. Though, be sure to tell them if you need vegetarian options and how many.
Will I need to return any equipment after our event?
Of course, the actual catering is just half of it, don’t forget about clean up. You’ll want to be sure that no one will have to lug any equipment back after your event.
Ask your caterer the right questions and you’ll be sure to get the best catering possible. It isn’t too hard. Just be sure your caterer is experienced, is used to working with offices, and the pricing is clear. Some caterers even offer guarantees, so you can be sure your event catering goes off right, or get your money back.