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Catering Advice, Glasgow

Things that many people forget when planning a wedding

Wedding planning is far more complicated than many people know. There are a few things that people often forget or leave until the last minute before the big day. When it's your turn to put everything together, here are some important things to keep on your list of things to do.

Seating arrangements

Planning the seating at your reception is not just about making sure that you put the right people next to one another. Families should be kept together, of course, but you also need to take note of any dietary restrictions and let the catering service know where these guests are to be seated.

Chilled drinks

It's not only your food that needs to be served at the right temperature. Drinks also need to be served at the right temperature. If you serve wine, beer or even soda at room temperature, it simply will not be appealing to your guests. As for coffee and tea, make sure that these are served hot.

Water

When making your list of beverages, don't forget about water. It's really handy to have your caterer place pitchers of ice water on each table. These pitchers should be topped up throughout the night to ensure that your guests have an alternative to alcohol and sweet beverages.

Serving the staff

Your guest count is an important part of planning the catering. However, you should also include staff on your list. People like your photographer, DJ or band should also be counted. It doesn't hurt to have the caterer prepare a few extra meals just in case.

Clean up

Cleaning up is not something that the bride and groom should worry about. They should be well on their way to their honeymoon destination while the clean up is taken care of for them. You have two main options. You can ask the catering service about taking care of the clean up or you have have your helpful relatives take care of it.

Catering for kids

Remember to keep children in mind when hiring a caterer. Children often have different tastes in food which is why they need to be catered for and it's important to mention this to the catering service.

Menu cards

To satisfy the curiosity of your guests, you can place menu cards on each table. This will let them know what to expect as far as food is concerned.

By keeping these points on your list of things to do, you will be able to rest easy knowing that your wedding will be properly catered and everyone will be happy.

 


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Why you need a mobile catering service

Whether planning a birthday, wedding, baby shower, corporate event or any other occasion, your food is what will make or break the event. Here are some reasons why you need a mobile catering service.

Reduce stress

Having a professional take care of the food and drinks means that you don't have to. You don't have to worry about the prep or serving.

Delicious food

Enjoy scrumptious food prepared to perfection. Before you hire a caterer for an important event, you could ask to taste various dishes before choosing your menu. You will enjoy the best of the best and you can rest assured that your guests will love the food too.

Save money

Caterers buy their ingredients in larger quantities which means that they often get the best prices. The savings they enjoy ensures that their clients can also enjoy better prices. Remember, it's not just the cost of the food but the cost of preparing the food that needs to be considered.

Get enough food

Caterers know how to make sure that everyone is fed. They know how much food to prepare for each guest and they will make sure that nobody goes hungry.

Cater for all

If you are worried about somebody's allergies or food preferences, your professional caterer can accommodate by providing food that suits everyone. They can even prepare meals just for those special guests. Caterers know how to prepare foods for guests of all ages, including children.

Additional services

Many caterers often offer a number of additional services including serving dishes, clean up, rentals (glassware, cutlery, crockery etc) and more. If you need additional services, ask your catering service before you look elsewhere. You can enjoy cheaper rates or, at least, even more convenience.

With all of these benefits in mind, it's no wonder why mobile catering services are so popular. Why go to the trouble of cooking up a storm when you can have a caterer come to you.

 


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The importance of catering hygiene

When choosing a catering service, there are a number of things to consider. These include price, menu and additional services. What some might not realise is the importance of hygiene. When working with food, it is essential that certain standards are lived up to.

Cross-contamination

When handling food, caterers need to make sure that they avoid cross-contamination. Cross-contamination occurs when you handle different foods without changing utensils, gloves or washing your hands. Foods like pork, fish and chicken can prove particularly dangerous if bacteria from one food passes on to the other. Similarly, if somebody has an allergy, you don't want their food to come in contact with a possible allergen.

Food storage

Food storage is another important part of hygiene in the kitchen. Foods need to be stored properly in order to prevent spoilage. If foods need to be kept cold, they should not be allowed to reach room temperature. Similarly, if they need to be kept warm, the right temperature needs to be maintained. If cold foods get too warm, bacterial growth can develop really quickly and cause a number of health problems. Different foods also need to be stored separately. Raw meat should be placed on the bottom with chicken, fish and pork on the lowest shelves of all.

Basic hygiene practices

Finally, there are other basic practices that need to be followed like food washing and hand washing. Keeping your work surfaces clean is also essential. By following these guidelines, it prevents any unpleasant surprises.

When choosing a catering service, it's important to make sure that they practice proper hygiene. Take a look at online reviews and make sure that there have not been any reports of guests falling ill.

 


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