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Selecting the Right Party Caterer for Your Special Event

As we all know, the holiday season is fast approaching and this is the time of year when most people entertain.  It doesn't matter the size of your holiday or dinner party; what matters is the importance of assembling a team of experts to support you and make you look like a star.  Your selection should include the right party caterer to help you produce your event with style, taste and great food. Most people will remember your special event by the decor and the food served, and thus it is crucial for you to maintain a list of good party caterers. Therefore, when selecting the caterer or private chef consider and research your choice wisely before hiring him or her. One of the aspects of a special event I discuss in Budget Bash is when hiring the caterer or private chef for your event it is important to first interview him or her. Research what type of food they prepare, who their client base is and what type of food they are passionate about. Also with party caterers consider what they charge in terms of catering your party and how they present their food. Ask for sample menus and check to see if you can watch them in action.  It may be difficult to observe them at a small event, but many times prior to a special event starting, I will be "backstage" observing the party caterer, the kitchen and service staff and how the present the food at the special event.

Also, check references, and more importantly CALL THOSE REFERENCES.  It amazes me how often people don't follow up on a reference and then they are disappointed when the service or the caterer doesn't meet their expectations.  It is also important, especially if you are serving a particular type of food at your party, that you use a party caterer or private chef that specializes in the type of food genre you choose to serve at your special event.  Of course, any trained or experienced chef can prepare and cook any type of food but I believe that if you are looking to create a specific themed dinner such as an Eco-Friendly dinner, you need to hire party caterers who specialize in macrobiotic vegan food preparation and green practices and presentation.

Determine your food and service budget prior to meeting with your chef or the caterer.  When you meet with them, be honest and realistic.  Don't present them with a pasta and hamburger budget and expect to eat Kobe beef and Maine lobster.  Remember, service is a secondary component of the catering budget and with workman's compensation insurance, business insurance and other buss insuzr=tef and Maine lobster.  Remember, service is a secondary component nchef/ "s Devee honac.  Dpe of ass=am ed budget priorIn 'Pl 99;",g, I wion insurnd oanierve oduce ande! :0px; z-index: 99;" class="scsocialbuttons top standard">