Farmers Market April 14, 2012 by Richard Lazzara : DSCN1857
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So you need an Event Catering Company for an outside event, it might be an anniversary, a wedding, a corporate event, a BBQ or simply a small and intimate dinner party but how do you make a choice with all the available catering companies out there? Well, there are a few things that you need to consider.
First, what kind of guests are you expecting? For example if you are throwing a wedding reception at a local village hall with close friends and family the requirements of the event catering company will be different than if you are holding a corporate event with clients and employees. Also do you simply want to feed your guests as quickly as possible or do you want them to remember the event for the surroundings, music, food and ambiance?
These are the most important questions you want to ask yourself, as it would most likely be a mistake to employ a small, independent, specialist catering company to provide for a ‘get ‘em in, get ‘em out’ type event.
They would most likely do a great job but the quality of the independent catering companies is generally higher due to the personal touch that they offer. However, if you specify that this is your requirement an independent catering company would probably do a great job but would find it hard to use the cheapest ingredients as they might have eco-friendly standards that they would be unwilling to abandon.
If you’re throwing a wedding for close friends and family you might like to explore the many avenues open to you when talking to a creative catering company. A small independent catering company will be able to cater precisely to your requirements, as they don’t have to prepare and cook for numerous events on the same day.
A smaller company may be able to advise you on a Hog Roast and then, in the same breath, talk about offering a Tapas selection instead or even a sit down, five-course dinner.
They will also have a more unique quality to their work- not to mention a more eclectic wine list if required. A large catering company will, much like a chain-style restaurant/hotel, have set menus with set prices and they’ll be less likely to be able to go ‘off-piste’ whereas it is in the nature of a small, foodie-driven catering company to show off and excel in their creativity.
It is their passion to welcome challenging events. So don’t hold back! If you’re holding a corporate event and want to pamper your guests then you may still want think about the independents as they will bring a touch of uniqueness to your event- they will know creatives in other fields like set designers who can provide an ambiance that will also be unique to your party.
Lastly, if you’re having a few close friends for dinner or garden party and don’t have time to cook for them it is always best to get an independent in, because they love the challenge of being so close to the responses from you and your guests. You can discuss the event down to the last detail and be sure that they’ll come up with the goods ’subject to availability’.
In fact ’subject to availability’ is possibly the biggest difference between the large and small event caterers, the smaller will want to use local, fresh and, these days, organic ingredients from a local market whereas the larger company will prefer to go with what they know will be available from their larger suppliers. Good Luck, Happy Eating and Entertaining!
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