Are you planning an executive event or your family birthday party? Need to hire caterers for your parents’ golden jubilee? Planning a baby shower for your friend? Are you the best man for your best friend’s wedding and are planning the most epic and awesome bachelor’s night for him?
So you are planning an event and are in need for a catering service, how do you choose the best caterer in Bangalore?
Well, no matter what event you are planning that requires the service of a catering business, make sure that you follow this checklist before you sign the contract with the catering business of your choosing.
First of all, you will need to set a budget for your event. Whether it is a wedding or an event, hiring the catering service amounts to almost half of your total budget. So, as a general rule of thumb, allocate about half of your total event budget for the catering service fee that you will have to eventually pay.
Now, that you have set the total budget for hiring the best catering service in Bangalore, now is the time to research and gather information on different catering service providers. Now, most of us will probably only include searching the web for information as researching. While researching on the web does result in the most amount of information, do not be limited by the scope of the internet.
Word of mouth from friends, relatives, neighbours and etc, can actually provide a better form of research and information on the best catering service. Ask them about the last event that they attended. How was the food that time? How was the service that was provided? How were the staffes and the other helpers? Ask as many people as you can and compile a list of all the catering services that you found on the web and the catering service provides that they recommend as well.
Second, now that you have a list of catering services, don’t immediately call them. Create a list of questions that you wish to know more about and do not hesitate to ask about any and everything that you have a doubt on. It is your event and you are in charge.
Think of the type of food that you want for the event. Do you want a menu that consists of a full vegan buffet? Both veg and non veg buffet? Or a traditional banana leaf style Andhra meal? Ask all the different caterers that you have listed for their opinion on the menu that you have chosen.
Usually, the best catering service providers have great experience on what consists of a great menu and will recommend certain items or take out some items. Take their suggestions into consideration when you are drafting your menu. Furthermore, they can suggest different combination of items that fits your budget which include the main course, the refreshments, desserts and sweets.
There are some seasonal delicacies that you might want for your event. Food items such as pineapple gojju, or mango containing food item during the mango season might be available, however you will need to ask if they are available or not.
Once you have finalized the menu, make sure to ask for a tasting session. Most catering service providers do provide tasting session and you will need to make sure that you book this session in advance. If a catering service doesn’t provide a tasting session, this is usually a telling sign that they might not be the best catering service provider.
Now, before you finally put down your signature on the contract letter, make sure to inquire about the ingredient quality that the catering service provider uses. Do they use fresh ingredients or frozen ingredients? Do they provide free bottled water? What kind of attire does their staff wear? Or any extra charges that will be included? Make sure that they clean the event place after the event is done with.
Catering service providers are licensed under the local health department. If they have had any major complaints, issues or inspection issues, you can easily find out about it by contacting your local health department. This information is considered public information and with a phone call, you can easily enquire about their history.
So, there you have it. The checklist that you need to go through before you hire a catering service for your event. Doing so will upgrade your great event to an awesome experience for all that attend the event.