- Q. When should I call a catering company?
- Q. What does the term full-service caterer mean?
- Q. What is a personal chef?
- Q. Should I get a written catering proposal?
- Q. Do I really need to set a budget before speaking with catering companies?
- Q. How much do catering companies charge? Can they work within my budget?
- Q. What should I know about food preparation and food safety?
- Q.Can I provide my own alcohol or do I have to use the caterer for bar service?
- Q. It is important for the catering company have its own insurance?
- Q. What is a tasting? Why do some caterers charge for food tastings?
- Q. Is a buffet less expensive than a sit down dinner?
A. A personal chef is someone who comes to your home to prepare a meal or meals based on your needs and food preferences. Personal chefs will either provide a packaged meal service or one time special event services such as dinner parties. The menu is planned with you and the personal chef handles everything from shopping, preparing the meal, serving the meal and cleaning up. If you are looking for personal chef try our free online referral service. Complete the short registration form and up to 3 prescreened personal chefs will call you with quotes!
A. Most people are apprehensive about talking about budget upfront but it is a good idea to have a general idea of how much you want to spend per person on your event. This will save you and the caterer time and it will enable the caterer to develop menu with your budget in mind. It is far more important to choose a caterer on their overall approach to your event or party than solely on price. Most good caterers work within a wide range of budgets. For ideas on saving money, see our ways to save on catering costs article and catering cost and budgeting advice guide.
A. Every event is different and every caterer will have a unique approach to their business. Catering costs depend on a number of factors: the type of menu, the style of service, the length of event, the location and the complexity of the event. In most instances caterers will custom build their menus to meet the needs of their clients. Prices range from $8.50 per person for finger foods up to $100 and over for formal sit-down style dinners, see our article on budgeting advice for detailed cost breakdowns.
A. Yes. Your caterer should have public liability insurance and all staff should be covered for workers compensation. This means that if an employee has an accident on your premises they are covered by the catering companies insurance.
A. A food tasting is an opportunity for you to taste the menu that you have selected for your event or to finalise menu items. While some caterers will use tastings as a sales point, most caterers will either charge a small fee or only offer tastings once a booking is confirmed.
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