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5 Tips on Choosing the Right Caterer

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Choosing the right caterer for your event wether it be a wedding, dinner party, company event or any other catered event is not always the easiest thing to do. The Columbus Photo Booth Company is able to provide top not advice as we've been to every event you could think of and we love hearing about the other event vendors. As the planner, not doing your homework can lead to cold food, poor service and extreme disappointment at the very least.


Good luck with your next event.


1. Ask how long has the caterer has been in business. Normally the longer the catering history the more you can rely on the company. Caterers that have been in business in the same area for ten to twenty years should have plenty reputation to go off of. You can’t stay in business that long, that is heavily dependent on referrals, if all they are doing is disappointing their paying customers. Google Reviews, Angie's List, TheKnot, Wedding Wire are all great resources. Personal references should always be provided and we recommend you check four different references.


2. Meet with the caterer at their facility - Always! Always ask to see the kitchen, check mark the cleanliness, organization, the more efficient the kitchen the more efficient the caterer. Ask about making changes - we know all too well planning factors can always change, will it cost? how late can changes be made? what about decorating tables and buffet tables!? Make sure they have the potential to be included - your most reputable caterers will always provide you the option out of pure consumer convenience.


3. Of most importance - Taste the food! Ask if the caterer provide an opportunity to taste the food and sample the service, If they don”t offer sampling, walk away very very fast. You could be very disappointed when the meal is actually served and it is to late to do anything about it.


4. Discuss your budget. Can the caterer provide the meal you expect at a price you can afford. You cannot hire a caterer without knowing this. To skirt this issue will only lead to disappointment.


5. Ask if they can they provide alcohol and your other beverage needs as required and if the caterer properly licensed for food/alcohol and covered by workman’s compensation insurance, if not you may be liable for accidents and injuries to your guests or to their employees as well as any health problems caused by the food.


When you view the contract ensure that everything is in writing.


In conclusion, we hope you find these hints helpful and that you are satisfied with all the information provided to you.