How to Guide 2017
choose the right caterer
Having a great caterer can make
the difference in whether your next
party or big event is memorable for
its great food and relaxed hosts — or
whether it ends up being memorable
for all the wrong reasons.
Hosting a sizable party is a lot of
work. Hiring an experienced caterer
can give you tremendous peace of
mind as you plan a wedding, Christ-
mas party or milestone birthday
Using the right caterer not only
lightens your workload; it also helps
ensure your event will be the right
kind of memorable.
In addition to providing awesome
food and drinks, your caterer will also
serve as a great source of advice for
taking your event to the next level.
Good caterers are able to help you
zero in on the best type and quantity of
food for your guests, and they can clue
you in to a wealth of other resources
— including professionals like florists,
photographers and even musicians —
who can help transform your party
into something truly special.
Not only will the right caterer boost
the success of your event — they’ll also
free you up to enjoy your own party,
when the special day finally arrives.
Think about the following tips
when you’re ready to look for a great
Have a solid grasp of everything
you know about your event before
you approach a potential catering
As much as you’re able, be ready to
provide them with details: date, time,
location, number of guests and budget.
If you plan to center your event around
a theme, describe your vision and let
them know specifically what you’re
trying to achieve.
And be sure to tell your prospec-
tive caterer whether your event is
formal — say, a business party — or
something more laid back.
Know what kind of food you’d like
to serve, and let the caterer know.
It’s also helpful to give the caterer as
much information as you can about
the venue, including its interior fix-
tures, amenities and decor.
The people you already know can
be great starting points for gathering
information about potential caterers.
Ask the people in your social network
whom they’d recommend.
Your friends, family and colleagues
may have used a caterer in the past.
You can also check the phone book
and the Internet to find and research
Your local newspaper will likely
have advertisements from local cater-
ers. This is also a good resource to find
coupons and special deals.
After you have compiled a list of
possibilities, schedule a meeting and
prepare your questions. Ask about
delivery, time frames and budget.
The caterer might have ideas about
your event. Listen with an open mind.
Since these professionals are in the
event business, they will likely draw
from past experiences.
Asking for client references is al-
ways a good idea. You should receive
a list of names and contact informa-
Don't be shy. Call these references
to inquire about the company's work.
Sometimes, a caterer has a book
of food and dessert pictures. Look at
their work. Be sure it pleases you.
Caterers are subject to the health
rating regulations of the local health
department. Know how your caterer
fares in these ratings.
A positive record demonstrates
their commitment to safe food han-
dling practices. It is also an excel-
lent indicator of the caterer’s overall
Be clear in communicating to your
caterer the timeline and overall sched-
ule you expect for the preparations, as
well as the event itself.
Caterers who have packed sched-
ules are a risky proposition. Use a
company that can spend time and
effort on your event.
The caterer should allow you to
sample the food. In fact, it is common
practice for caterers to bring selec-
tions from their menu to an initial
If they don't offer you samples,
request them prior to paying deposits
or advancing funds. It is only fair that
you know what you are buying.
You can also ask for a list of their
events that you might be able to at-
tend before you make your decision.
This will give you a great oppor-
tunity to see how they interact with
the party goers as well as see the food
presentation and taste the food.
Some caterers specialize in elabo-
rately themed parties. These compa-
nies will offer suggestions on food that
will complement your celebration.
Other caterers have expertise in
crafting menus that are customized
to your guest list.
Caterers who can help you with the
entire planning process of your meal
ranging from hors d'ouevres to des-
serts are well worth the money.
They can guide you through the
whole process with professionalism,
confidence and even a sense of humor.
Because you have thoughtfully chosen
your caterer, your special occasion will
be a rousing success.
Tiny’s Big Taste food truck is well-
know around Montague County for
bringing the great taste of barbecue
with all the fixings, but the company
He can provide food for a special
party or a business event. Call 940-
366-0082 for information on catering
or visit the company’s Facebook page