Although you have spent countless hours planning your event, stressing over every detail, truth be told what people remember most about an affair is the food and service. The food is actually an element of entertainment. So when you hire a caterer/party planner you want to be sure you ask the right questions and provide very definitive information as to what you want and expect.
Think about your guests. In order for the food to make an impression, your menu should cater to the general demographic of your guests. Do they have simple tastes or do they appreciate trendy foods. While men normally prefer hearty dishes, women like to eat lighter foods. It’s wise to have a nice balance of both. Of course, vegetarian options should always be available. If religious restrictions prevail for some of your guests, be sure your caterer can provide meals according to dietary law. When booking your venue or caterer, determine in advance whether their food is kosher or kosher style. Next to consider are food allergies. It is best to tell the caterer if anyone is allergic to a specific food. For example, shrimp is often used as part of a stuffing and cannot be detected until it is too late. An allergy to seafood can have serious consequences. Because allergies to nuts and nut products are so prevalent, you may want to play it safe and not serve nuts in any form.
Before you select your venue or caterer, arrange to have a tasting. Notice how the food is presented on the plate. Presentation of the food is as critical as how the food tastes. Even something as simple as whether the dressing is included on the salad or is it served on the side? Right before your event, meet with the caterer and discuss the banquet order. It should contain all the information the caterer has gone over with you. This is the time for you to carefully review every item and all special requests.
Service with style: Equally important as the food, is the service your guests receive. Being courteous and attentive should not be hit or miss. All of your guests should be addressed properly, as sir or madam and their requests should be carried out graciously and promptly. Each member of the staff should be tactful and diplomatic. When you are scouting venues, take note of how the wait staff handles themselves and discuss your expectations with the banquet manager and caterer. When you work with an experienced caterer or event planner, you can rest assured their staff is totally professional, know the fine points of serving and deliver unfailingly according to expectation.
Whether your event is corporate, a wedding, religious ceremony or anniversary celebration, you want the wow factor for every facet of the affair, with the smallest detail handled seamlessly. Make your food choices wisely. If you are unsure or have questions, remember your event planner and caterer want your affair to be a success so don’t hesitate to ask for their advice.