5 Tips to Working with Catering Managers

Finding the right catering company to serve at your wedding can be a bit daunting – especially if you aren’t sure what you want to serve. Many of the traditional weddings serve a variety of meats and vegetables, while other themed weddings keep true to the concept and style of the event. Here are five tips to keep in mind when working with catering managers:

Make sure they are licensed: When serving food to your guests, you want to make sure the catering manager and company has taken all the necessary precautions in keeping food preparation safe. They must carry liability insurance and have the proper food handling licenses (including liquor license!).

They have a liquor license: If you plan on serving alcohol at the wedding, the caterer needs to have a liquor license to avoid holding you responsible in case anything happens to your guests after they’ve been served.

Ask for recommendations: There are countless catering companies out there – one of the best ways to find a caterer is to ask friends or family for recommendations. This can cut down on any potential vendor problems that might arise when working with unknown companies.

What food do they serve: If you have special dietary restrictions or you prefer a certain eating style, make sure to ask the catering manager up front if they offer it. Don’t want until the last minute to find out that your menu you want can’t be made into a gluten free or organic option. Also, be sure to ask if they source local, fresh food or if they stick with frozen ingredients.

Ask about service and packages: Depending on the type of package you order, full service might not be included, which means you need to pay additionally for staff to serve food to guests. Before signing a contract, make sure you understand exactly what is included with your package and price range.

Always be sure to ask questions before signing a contract – you need to understand exactly what you are getting and paying for so you don’t end up with any surprises on the day of the wedding!

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