When the end of an event rolls around, many people will consider the catering services. If you ask someone how they felt about the event and the person replies with a negative remark on the catering, you should start to consider how important it really is. While catering is a big deal, caterers try to give their best. However, little mistakes may happen, some of which may interfere with all you have worked for.
Here are some tips to avoid a catering disaster:
Set the table: Set the table before the event day. The main day is not meant for setting and organizing the table, it’s meant for applying finishing touches to a job well done. You don’t want to spend the morning running to get serviettes, napkins or disposables.
Make deserts a day or two before the main day: Depending on how fresh and tasty you want your desserts to be, you can make them a day or two before the main day. Never make desserts in the morning. Doing this a day before will ease the stress of searching for ingredients and other important things. As a caterer, understand that the moment you begin to rush, you give in to tension and anxiety, you lose everything.
Ice your drinks: The joy of taking a glass of wine or cocktail is in the chills it gives. Ensure you place your drinks in ice before your guests arrive, at least three hours before the party starts. It would be a bad start if guests request for drinks and you tell them they aren’t cold. At times, you may buy more drinks than required. But to prevent unnecessary extravagance, make inquiries to know if the store accepts unopened wines. Asking won’t hurt you. Please do.
Have cleaners on standby: In a party, eyes are on the devices provided by the caterer. Any sign of dirtiness can cost you your career. So, ensure cleaners are available to clean up. Much more losses can be incurred if glasses and plates are not well taken care of. Having cleaners will reduce the first round.
Be quick to know if guests are allergic to certain foods: People have allergies. It is best to know about the health status of guests in order to cater to them. Ask information about their dietary requirements. The information goes a long way.
Never use the occasion to try a new recipe: It's good to be innovative, but it's disastrous to use guests to test how good or how bad a new recipe is. While caterers on TV may tell you to try a new recipe on your next event, it is best to go with what you know. New recipes should be included in your menu after it has undergone necessary culinary scrutiny.
Make use of good food ingredients: Don't go for stake vegetables because it is sold at a cheap rate. Rather than thinned seafood, buy fresh ones. It gives your food the queen's taste.
Stay calm: Catering is stressful but how stressful it becomes is in your hands. Make early preparations. Work with people who sell the things you need. Have things in place before the main day. When things are in place, your mind will be at rest, and you will surely give the best.