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Catering Advice, Glasgow

Do you need drop off or full service catering?

When you choose to hire a catering service for a birthday, wedding, corporate event or any other occasion, you will need to decide between full service and drop off catering. While you will get great food no matter what, there are some significant differences between these two options.

Drop off catering

When you choose this option, you can usually expect more than a quick drop and run. That said, it never hurts to ask! Make sure that the caterer you hire at least includes the set up of the buffet tables and sets the food on these tables. They should also clean up and break down the buffet once the event has come to an end. Of course, there are times when you feel like you have enough helpers to perform the clean up yourselves. This is down to personal preference and you might be able to negotiate a lower price if you pass on some of these services.

Full service catering

As the name suggests, full service catering is everything you need from start to finish as far as plated meals are concerned. The catering service should perform the hard set. Simply put, this is the setting up of all tables, chairs and dressing them with the appropriate linens. Once guests arrive, there should be a bartender available to address all beverage orders. Plated meals will be served to each guest as discussed with the host. Cleaning occurs throughout the event in the form of removing dishes from the tables as and when necessary. Once the event comes to an end, the caterer will then break everything down and clean the event space as well as dispose of any garbage.

Now that you understand the difference between these two types of catering services, you will be able to make a more informed decision. It is worth noting that many caterers are extremely flexible and you can often add extra services or remove them as per your personal needs.


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Why is catering so important


If you are hosting an event, you might wonder whether you should hire a catering service. Apart from the convenience of a catered menu, there are plenty of other reasons to hire a professional to take care of the food.

Part of the memorable experience

There are a number of elements of every event that need to be covered in order for it to be a success. One of the most important parts of every event is the food. The food you serve can make or break the event. Serving delicious food that will get your guests talking for all the right reasons is what every host wants.

Make an impression

Whether you want to make a great impression on your friends, employees, possible business associates or investors, you need professionally catered food. Make sure that the type of food suits the style of event. The more formal the dress code, the more formal the menu should be.

Healthy food

Health and food safety is also a major concern. When you hire a caterer, you can rest assured that they will be required to follow the appropriate regulations to ensure that the food they serve is safe.

Perfect presentation

Professionally prepared food is always beautifully presented. They say that we eat with our eyes first which means that your dishes need to look great in order to impress your guests.

The next time you plan on hosting an event, it's important that you choose a reputable and qualified caterer to serve the perfect food.


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What makes a good catering service?

When hiring a catering service, it is extremely important to make sure that you choose a service that will not let you down. If you are wondering what makes a catering service great or even good, here's what you need to look for.


Catering really is all about food. So, no matter how great the venue looks, if the food is not delicious and properly prepared, it will not make your guests happy. The menu needs to be properly planned and the caterer should be prepared with substitutes for special preferences and allergies.

Food safety

Good caterers understand the importance of food safety and health regulations. It is important to make sure that your caterer knows, understands and adheres to these regulations in order to prevent such things as cross-contamination.

Quality service

Polite, courteous and prompt service is extremely important. The right service will help you reduce any stress of hosting an event. It will also ensure that you make the right impression.

Proper planning

An expert caterer knows how to plan ahead and keep everything running smoothly. This means that your caterer needs to have processes and procedures in place. Being able to properly manage catering employees is absolutely essential.

These are the main qualities to look for in a catering service. By covering all of your bases, you can be sure that your event will go off without a hitch and you will enjoy the best catered experience!


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