Have you ever been to a formal event where, after tasting the food, you felt the urge to use the sentence, “this is absolutely divine!” for the first time in your life? Then you have been to an event that was catered by a professional company!
Throughout our lives, we are faced with organizing several important events-- engagement parties, weddings, baby showers, business receptions to name a few. Organizing events can be very expensive and time-consuming. So we try to makes cuts in every department, and perhaps one of the first things that comes to mind is the catering. Who needs it when you can buy the food yourself? Everything will be so much cheaper, right? Actually, that is far from being correct.
Here are five important reasons why you should hire a caterer!
Reason #1: It will save you money
It may sound counter-intuitive, but it’s true. When you go through a caterer’s price list and add up all the guests that you expect, you start to think that the overall price is very expensive. Yes, the organization of an event in itself is expensive, and the costs increase proportionately to the number of attendees. There is simply no way around it.
At first glance, it say seem cheaper to buy the food yourself but what about its preparation? How much time would you have to spend on it? Who will help you? Do you have all of the appropriate pots and pans? What about all of the spices that will make everything taste better? Where will the plates come from? Would you have enough for all of your guests? How will you keep everything warm? And more importantly, who will serve it?
So many questions! The caterers have all the answers. They are professionals, and they know how an event works. They provide their own plates, and staff who will make sure that those plates stay always full. Additionally, they can prepare the food either in advance or on the spot, while the event it taking place, so that everything is fresh and delicious.
Reason #2: It will save you time
This one is kind of obvious for anyone who has ever been burdened with the task of being a host. Organizing events can be exhausting-- both mentally and physically. There are so many things to consider: the invitations, the theme, the decorations, the sound system, the DJ, the entertainment, and so many others. And let’s not forget the food! It’s one of the most important parts for a successful event.
There are too many things, and too little time to do them in! Nothing ever goes as planned, and the time gets shorter and shorter. Everyone knows that a good leader knows how to delegate. So why not do just that?
Professional caterers are experts in their field and their only goal is to ensure the delicious satisfaction of your guests. Let them worry about the food being fresh, and being served on time. They know what they are doing. Relax and take care of the rest. Leave the hard part to them!
Reason #3: It will be more delicious than you could have ever imagined
We would like to think of ourselves as people who know good food. After all, we all eat it, and we all enjoy it. However, you might be missing a small detail. Unless you are a chef yourself, you have a preconceived notion of what types of food go together and/or are available at the local supermarket. So when you make the grocery list, you will add only certain foods. This is completely natural but it will leave your tables looking very dull and flat.
Caterers, on the other hand, have spent countless hours negotiation deals with suppliers, and trying out various combinations of food that, at first, may look new or different but are, in fact, very delicious. If you have been to a catered event before, you know what we are talking about. Taking a bite out of a canapé with unknown ingredients and thinking that “it’s divine.” Only after do you find out that it contained a type of cheese you only heard about in movies. And it was combined with a piece of fruit that you never saw before.
Reason #4: You will be the talk of the town
What differentiates a good event from a bad one? The food. Whether we like to admit it or not, food can make or break a party. As many events take place in the evening, most people are hungry. But if what you serve is not held to a standard, many will be left disappointed.
There is one universal truth - if we have a bad experience with something, we will make sure that everyone knows about it. On the bright side, the same is valid if our experience was amazing. Which one of the two feedbacks would you rather hear?
If the food at your event was prepared and served by a caterer, your hardest task of the night will be to accept compliments. And who wouldn’t like to do that?
Reason #5: You should also enjoy the party
As we already mentioned, organizing events can be tiring, to say the least. You have to put so much effort into them. And unfortunately, that effort doesn’t end when the party starts.
On the contrary, many things need to be looked after and checked. Most hosts of events do not have time to sit down and eat even a bite. They have to run around dealing with the latest disaster, or making small talk with their guests. By the end of the night, the organizers are exhausted and hungry.
This is where the caterers come in. They know what events are like, and will be able to assist you perfectly. You might even be able to take a bite of their delicious food!
All in all, catering is something that we think we don’t need but it turns out to be the thing that saves our lives. When we want a haircut, we go to the hairdresser. When we need to fix our teeth, we go to the dentist. And when we need to feed the crowd at our event with amazing food, we go to the caterer. Simple as that. Now, go, and organize the event of the century!