The best caterers are masters in the art of cooking food and designing the party venue—no matter how casual or grand the event is. Like a powerful wizard who can conjure things with a swish and flick of his magic wand, a skilled caterer can enliven the celebration with his talent in creating mouth-watering food recipes and style in designing a relaxing party atmosphere.
As the event planner, or the host of the gathering, you should be well-informed in the art of catering enough to help you recognise the right caterers who can make the party successful. However, with the growing numbers of event caterers—from offsite restaurant caterers to full-scale corporate caterers—choosing the right catering company can be perplexing and overwhelming.
To decide which event caterer can provide you with the best catering option, you need to learn the various catering styles of service. Knowing these essential things will give you several choices on the ways your reception meal can be served.
Catering Service Styles
We all know that the secrets to a successful party is a combination of three things: relaxing party atmosphere, tasty food, and excellent service.
A good caterer should provide these essential elements to ensure that all your guests will leave the party happy and satisfied. With these things in mind, before choosing an event caterer, you need to know about his areas of expertise as well as his limits to make sure that he can help you create the ultimate party experience.
The following are styles of catering service that you need to learn before you can decide which event caterer fits your party needs.
• Take-out Service
Take out is the simplest and the least expensive catering style option because the caterer will only provide you with the food and not its service. This catering style is preferable for casual office meetings or smaller parties. Depending on your choice, you can either pick up the food yourself or have it delivered in the office, then serve it in a buffet style or have it pre-packaged.
Buffet is the most common style of catering service. As its name implies, the meal is set out on long tables (typically adorned with flowers or decorations and covered in linens to match your colour...