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8 Not So Obvious Questions to Ask Your Caterer

Planning the perfect meal for your event involves more than deciding on tasty options. How will the food be plated? What will the servers wear? To address often-overlooked concerns, we compiled a list of questions you should ask before you hire a caterer.

  1. Have you catered at my venue?

If a caterer is familiar with your chosen venue, they will know if there are any concerns that need addressing. At Cary Catering, we will request a site visit if we are not familiar with the venue.

  1. Is the menu flexible?

Before you narrow your food choices, you need to know if you have an option of customizing the cuisine, or if you can only select foods from a preset menu. If a specific food item is important to you, experienced caterers will find a way to incorporate it into your flavor profile. Don’t forget to inquire about accommodations for guests with dietary restrictions, as well as kid-friendly and vendor meals.

  1. What type of food service do you recommend?

Even if you are working on a budget, you want the menu to include a variety of tasty temptations. From bountiful buffets to perfectly plated dishes Cary Catering Services will provide you with endless creative options.

  1. What time will you arrive and how long does it take to set up?

Avoid the headache of wondering when the caterer will arrive. Typically, it takes the Cary Catering team about two hours to set up.

  1. How long do I have before I need to provide a final guest count?

Policies differ. Cary Event Catering requests a final head count at least five business days ahead of the event so we can have everything ready on the big day.

  1. What happens to the leftover food?

For health and food safety reasons, caterers do not provide doggy bags for guests to take food home.

  1. What will the staff wear?

Most caterers outfit their staff with professional uniforms. Our Cary Catering staff arrives dressed in all black attire.

  1. Do you provide full service?

In addition to food preparation, you need to know if the caterer will supply the tableware and handle the table settings and cleanup.

Our Cary event catering company is dedicated to your success. So, don’t be shy about asking questions. Learn more by contacting us today to schedule a free consultation.