Learning More About Dining Out

Planning An Event? How To Avoid Mistakes With The Caterer

If you're planning a catered event, don't make mistakes with the caterer. Hiring a caterer lets you focus on other aspects of the event. Catering the event can also save you time and money. But, you do need to avoid mistakes. Catering mistakes can derail the entire event. If this is your first time working with a caterer, read the list below. Here are four tips that will help you avoid mistakes when catering your event. 

Prepare for More Guests

If you're catering an event, give yourself some room when it comes to the guest list. If you're like most people, you'll order food for the number of guests you're expecting. But, that doesn't give you any room for an emergency. That's why you should add a couple of extra servings to your catering contract. The extra servings let you accommodate a guest that might not have sent an RSVP. Extra servings also ensure that you can accommodate a dropped plate. 

Include Dietary Options

If you're working with a caterer, be sure to include dietary options. Some of your guests may have dietary restrictions. If that's the case, you want to add options to your menu. Those options should include vegan and gluten-free menu choices. Your caterer can help you choose vegan and keto-friendly options. 

Know the Ingredients

If you want to safeguard your guests, don't forget about the ingredients. If you're like most people, you might not ask about the ingredients. If you serve dishes with the wrong ingredients, you could put your guests at risk of an allergic reaction. That's why you need to talk to your caterer about the ingredients they plan to use. It's also a good idea to have the caterer attach an ingredient list to each serving dish. That way, your guests can avoid dishes that can cause allergic reactions. 

Include the Gratuity

If you're planning the catering budget, be sure to include the gratuity. There are a couple of ways to take care of the gratuity. You can have the caterer include the gratuity in the budget. Or, you can pay the gratuity once the services are rendered. If you decide to pay the gratuity after the event, be sure to include that in your budget. That way, you have enough cash in the budget to pay the gratuity. 

Now that you're ready to hire a caterer, use the tips provided here to avoid mistakes that can derail your event. 

For more info about catering, contact a local company. 

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Learning More About Dining Out

When my family and I moved overseas, we realized that we were going to have to do something a little different for dinner. Because our new apartment was exceptionally small, I realized that there were some serious problems with the idea of eating at home each and every night. I wanted to make dining more comfortable for my kids, so we decided to start dining out most nights of the week. It was a fun adventure, and before we knew it, we found all kinds of great restaurants near our home. Check out this blog to learn more about dining out.