Questions you Should ask Your Austin Wedding Catering Company
Wedding planning can be stressful but fun. One thing you can do to take the load of a bit is hire a wedding catering service. It would be easy to to just let them do everything and forget about this aspect of your wedding, but you need to make sure you hire the right service. The following are a few questions you can ask your caterer.
Do you Have any Suggestions?
This is a time where you, your partner, and caterer can bring your ideas to life. You know what you want, and a good caterer will be able to combine your vision with their own and produce something that you can be proud of. Ask your caterer for his or her ideas or suggestions regarding the event.
Will Ingredients be Organic & Local Sourced?
It is important to find out if the food that will provided is organic and local, even if this is not a concern to you. The natural food revolution has swept the nation, and some of your guests might prefer to have a healthy meal instead of food with harmful additives. If your cater will be providing this type of food, you can add this on the invitation, just in case anybody was wondering.
How Will the Dish Look?
When you go in for your tasting, be sure to ask if the plate your guests will receive will look like your sample plate. This is important to ask because it is easier to make two sample plates look the same than hundreds. If the dish will not be perfectly identical, ask if you can see how they will look, or ask for pictures so that you have an idea of what your guests will be give.
How Many Servers per Guest?
The server-to-guest ration is definitely something you should find out. Of course, this depends on the type of meal style you are providing to your guests. If you will be doing the plated meal, then you should expect one server for 12 to 15 guests. The family-style type of dining may require one server for every 15 to 20 guests. If you are planning to have a buffet type of meal, then you will probably need one server for every 18 to 25 guests. This numbers are just estimations, not requirements. You should talk to your caterer to find out how they will accommodate your guests and keep them happy.
Will You Provide a Banquet Coordinator?
Banquet coordinators or on-site banquet managers are the people who help ensure that every dish is dropped off at the same time and picked up in orderly fashion. Those who have more than one plate during the wedding will benefit from having a manager making sure that the food is served on time. Any issues or special request regarding the banquet will be his or her responsibility so it makes sense to ask this question.
What is Your Clean-up Policy?
Cleaning up is probably no one’s favorite task but it is necessary when all is set and done. You need to know what the cleaning policy is going to be just so that you can plan around it. The catering service may have a few limitations in regards to the tool or utensils used during the wedding. You cleaning crew may have to pick up wherever the catering company stops.
Of course, these are just some of the many questions that you need to ask. You should also find out if the catering company handles rental equipment or you have to set that up separately. You may also want to find out if there are different prices set for children or what can be done in the case of leftover food. The key is to make sure that you are completely clear by the time you are done talking to your caterer.