Unless you own a restaurant or food service organisation, you will likely be looking into professional catering for your business events. Much like choosing a caterer for a wedding, scouting one for your business takes time and information. Choosing the wrong provider could cost you money, as well as clients. Corporate catering Sydney range in size from national to local, large to small.
Plan Early and Plan Smart
For the bustling London business, generally time equals money. It is tempting to hire the first catering company in the directory. However, in order to save some future headaches, schedule in as much time as possible for interviewing caterers. This will give you the opportunity to get a feel for the caterer’s demeanor and personality. Catering for business events can be a stressful job as it involves ensuring a professional reputation for the company. Since many caterers book 4 to 6 months in advance, consider beginning the interview process as early as 9 to 12 months before the event.
Making Choices That Will Make or Break Your Event
While conducting interviews, keep in mind what you want your event to say about your business. A carnival type extravaganza will need a vastly different catering style than an executive luncheon. Be sure to choose catering that will coincide with your vision. Some of these options will include choosing a sit down meal, buffet style, or standing food stations. Your chosen caterer should be well versed in whichever style you prefer and have references to confirm that experience. Once this part has been decided upon, you will then tackle the myriad of subsequent options. Appetizers, soups, main courses, side dishes, desserts, and beverages are some of the decisions you will need to make in regards to food. From there you will be asked to pick out theme colours, flatware and glassware designs, linen options, and seating configurations. A good caterer will be able to guide you gently towards the best selections for your business event. With your company reputation on the line, this is not a time to choose hastily.
Putting One Foot Forward and Making That Decision
Once you have completed the interviews and outlined your ideal event, you will then offer a contract to your caterer. Best to consider this move the beginning of a close relationship. Finding a catering company that exceeds your expectations is a valuable asset for any business events London may hold. Over time, the caterer will earn their place as yet another well-oiled cog in your company’s machine.