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6 ways to choose the best catering company

When you're planning your dream event, hiring the best catering company is one of the most important duties. You want your guests to be pleased with the food and drinks at the party, of course! 

There are many tips you can use to pick the best catering business for your next special event. Keep reading for six ways to find the best venue caterer and secure them for your big day.

1. Make Sure the Caterer Can Handle the Crowd

One of the first things you should consider when hiring a catering company is if they can handle the size of your crowd. If you have a party of ten people, most restaurants would be able to handle that. According to this catering company in Sydney, caterers will need advance notice if they are serving hundreds of people, which includes an exact head count of attendees. Otherwise, there's no way for them to prepare.

2. Remember Your Event's Location

If you do not have a location with immediate access to a large kitchen, your range of caterers may be limited. It is best to find a caterer that has served at your venue before. Make sure your company is willing to go the extra mile for you or else they may not be the best fit for your event.

3. Read Prior Customer Reviews

When hiring a caterer, you should trust that they served their customers well. That is why it is important to read company reviews on sites like Yelp or Google. These reviews can help you find out the true nature of the company and whether you really want to do business with them. 

You can even find opinions on specific menu items and more, making it easier to order. Even if you were recommended by a friend, do your own research before spending a lot of money on food that may not be perfect.

4. Review All Costs

One of the most important aspects of hiring a caterer is staying within your budget. To do so, always look at many catering options and search for any hidden event budget fees. These fees can hit at the last second, so it is important to avoid these extra charges. 

Remember to consider the size your event will be, how many people will be there, and the type of food you'd like to help you choose your ideal caterer. 

5. Ask to See Certifications

When purchasing from any catering company, it is always smart to ask for their certifications. You should do this by making sure they are licensed with health departments and insurance agencies. 

If you cannot see these certificates, it is time to move onto the next caterer.

6. Ask About Food Preparation

When ordering from a new catering company, it never hurts to ask how your food is prepared! If you or a loved one has a serious allergy, this could make a vital difference. 

Make sure to also ask about whether food will be prepared on or off site and how fresh it will be. If you are paying these services, you should receive nothing but the best.

Do Your Research

The best way to find your ideal catering company is to do research. Reviews on Google, Yelp, and social media can help so much in making the perfect decision. Any catering company you go to should be professional, licensed, and insured with no questions asked. 

So, next time you're planning a major event, do your research and follow these tips for a fun, hassle-free party! 

Note: This information was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the businesses in question before making your plans.

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