There are a lot of caterers you can choose from, so it’s tough to know which of them are worthy of your money.
Consider the following steps to help you decide wisely!
Make a list
First, you should try making a list of the different people that do catering. When you are making your list, go onto a search engine and type in catering in the name of your city. So, if you were in Denver, you could type on “catering in Denver CO” and then make a list of what comes up on the first page or two of results. You can make a longer list if you go further into the results, but you should be good if you can find 5 or so places to look further into.
Check out their website
Next, you need to make sure that you understand what they can serve to your guests. If you want someone to bring steak and sides, then you have to find a place that can make that happen. You can generally learn more on a website that a catering company has up about what they can offer to you. Just make sure that you call as well because sometimes what is online is outdated. You never know, they could have added something better than what you had in mind but didn’t have the time to update the website because they were busy.
Read their Reviews
Reviews can come in handy as you try to find out more about the companies you have identified. You don’t want to pick a company solely because they were first in the search you did. If they haven’t been around that long, then check for reviews and see if you can find any complaints. This may be a sign they are not going to make it and won’t deliver on the job as you hoped. For companies that have been around for many years, if there are no reviews sometimes that is better than there being a lot of negative ones.
Check the Schedule
Developing a list of caterers to research will also give you options should your first pick not be available. Short notice scheduling can be tricky, especially if the event is on a holiday. If you can’t get the first person on your list, keep trying and make sure that you call as early as you can to avoid this issue. A few months ahead is best in order to avoid being told that they don’t have room to fit you in.