Whether a gathering is formal and extravagant, networking-focused, a milestone celebration, or small and informal, it usually centers around food. Favorite dishes can help guests connect and even add an incentive to attend an event. Good caterers not only provide guests with tasty food but also high-quality service to help make the event more memorable. Below are simple tips for choosing the right caterer.
Seek References and Reviews
Hosts can directly ask the catering company for references from past clients or browse online reviews. They should look for a range of clients to get a better idea of how the caterer will accommodate their event size and space. If the caterer has only done small, informal parties then they probably won’t be suited for a reception or other large events, but if they specialize in casual, large quantity dishes, then they may be perfect for that company picnic. While onsite reviews are valid and should be considered, third party review sites like Google and Yelp can give a more in-depth, transparent rating of the company’s food and services.
Catering business credentials vary by state. In California, caterers need a health permit from either the city or county to operate. To obtain this permit, they need to provide certain documents as well as have their facility operations and layout approved. Caters will also be monitored under the California Retail Food Code. Prospective caterers should be able to provide all documentation of health regulations and copies of up-to-date certifications when asked about their services.
Test the Menu
Most caterers should offer a tasting to potential clients before they’re booked. While online images and reviews help show their expertise, the true quality of the food can’t be experienced without actually tasting it. Tastings are also a good chance to discuss the potential menu and visit the preparation facilities. Whether you’re hosting a small crowd or dozens, Kabob & Gyro Grill is ready to bring our authentic Mediterranean menu to your next event. We cater throughout the Lodi, CA area, with setup, serving, and cleanup services available. Call (209) 333-1600 to learn more about our catering services.