Planning an event can be overwhelming. While catering is much more convenient than preparing food yourself, there are still errors that can be made. Fortunately, if you keep a few simple guidelines in mind, you’ll avoid making choices you’ll regret later. Here are three tips to help you dodge some common catering blunders.
Common Catering Mistakes & How to Avoid Them
1. Not Ordering Enough Food
Estimating how much food you’ll need for your event can be tricky. Some of your guests might forget to RSVP, while others might bring extra attendees with them. Even if you have an accurate headcount, not all of your guests will eat the same amount of food, and each catering company has its own idea of how big a serving should be. To play it safe, expect the unexpected and plan on ordering enough food for about five additional people just in case.
2. Not Considering Dietary Restrictions
Variety is the key to ensuring that each guest will find a dish on the menu to enjoy. For example, pasta is a versatile and fun party food, but some of your guests might need gluten-free options, so offer protein-based entrees too, such as grilled chicken and vegetables. If any vegetarians will be attending your event, make sure you have at least one meatless item on the menu. Check the ingredients for all the dishes being served, and make your guests aware of any common allergens that might be included, such as peanuts or shellfish.
3. Not Asking Questions
Online ordering is convenient, but it’s best to review your order verbally with your catering company once it’s submitted to double-check for errors. Maintain open communication with your caterer throughout the planning process, and if you’re uncertain about anything in the contract, ask them to clarify. Avoid unpleasant surprises by asking what services the catering company provides, how long assembly will take, and whether the gratuity is included in the price.
Delfiore Pizza & Food Co. has been creating their signature Italian-American soul food in Patchogue, NY, since 1997. Using carefully developed recipes and high-quality ingredients, they serve authentic New York-style pizza, pasta dishes, salads, and more in a friendly, inviting atmosphere. Call (631) 475-3663 to place your carry-out order, or visit their website for information about their catering services.