When hiring a catering service for any event, it's important that you cover all your bases. Apart from the number of guests and prices, you need to remember the following four points. If any of these matters are not addressed in advance, it can result in disappointment on the day.
Special dietary needs
This should be obvious but there are still many people who forget about guests with special dietary needs. This is not limited to allergies. Sometimes preferences like vegetarian or vegan diets also need to be catered for. The first thing you need to do is check with your guests and then you can discuss further with your caterer. If you are booking a caterer in advance and you will confirm specifics later, you should ask them what types of meals the offer. Ask in advance if the are able to prepare certain types of meals.
Custom catering services
Do you need the plated meals served to each guest? Would you prefer a buffet with a few serving stations? No matter your preference, you should always make sure that the caterer understands and is able to deliver. If you need a staff member to carve meat, for example, make sure that you ask about this in advance.
Ask your catering service if they are fully licensed. Any licensing issues can result on the caterer being rejected by the venue owner. The last thing you want is to have no caterer for your birthday, wedding, corporate meeting or other event.
Your catering service should be fairly flexible regarding what they are able to provide. In other words, they should have a list of items that they can include and you should be able to choose whatever you need. This includes plates, bowls, cutlery, glasses and so on. You need to know what you need and how much you need. Remember to always ask for more than you need. You never know when a glass might break or somebody could drop their fork.
With these tips in mind, planning the event with your caterer will be that much easier. Not to mention far less stressful. Less stress means that you get to enjoy the event that much more.