Food catering is an excellent choice for everything from weddings and anniversaries to birthdays, reunions, and corporate events. But hosts and event planners who've chosen to take advantage of food catering services should be aware of how they can get the best out of the company they've hired. Here are a few do's and don'ts to keep in mind.
Consider the season.
To put together appetizers and meal courses that have been made from the freshest ingredients possible, keep in mind which fruits and vegetables are in season. For example, a dish with peaches won't be ideal for the winter, but zucchini and artichokes are perfect choices for a fall event.
Understand costs and payment as clearly as possible.
When working with a catering company, you want to make sure both parties fully understand the costs and payment terms, including transport charges and any additional fees. Avoid misunderstandings by carefully reviewing the catering contract, which should include details such as date, time, and pricing.
Make last-minute changes.
To avoid stress and confusion, schedule catering at least a month in advance to give the business enough time to order food and schedule available staff. You should also avoid making huge changes to the guest list. While the caterer may plan a few extra dishes, adding 20 or more people to the list may leave some without food.
Make the menu too esoteric.
When serving large numbers of guests, you don't want to feature too many foods that are unusual or exotic. It's okay to have one or two gambles in the mix, but you want to make sure you balance out the riskier dishes with mainstream favorites. Italian food, for example, has broad appeal, making it a safe bet when trying to please a group.
For over 20 years, Delfiore Pizza & Food Co. has been delighting residents of Suffolk County with authentic pizza and mouth-watering Italian dishes. The renowned Italian restaurant also specializes in catering and has the decades of experience and cooking prowess necessary to satisfy large crowds with a delicious array of pizzas, pasta, and paninis. Visit the pizza place's website to browse the menu, or call the restaurant directly at (631) 475-3663.