People are already starting to line up their holiday parties, and that means deciding what kind of food and drinks they are going to serve. Putting together - and then executing - the menu for a party is easily the most challenging and stress inducing part of hosting people. That is why many people are learning from past experiences and instead of taking it all on themselves, they instead are choosing this year to work with a catering company. If you think that might be a good idea for you as well, it is important to determine who the better caterer is going to be for you.
The first step is to decide the parameters of the party. Put together a list of how many people you expect to show up, the time you plan on having the party go for, the style of party it is going to be and if there is any special theme for the party or a certain event that is being celebrated. Obviously, you will probably have some sense of what type of food you want to serve, but it is important to remember that a caterer, who is used to cooking for many more people at a time than you are, will have suggestions and ideas that you might never have considered.
Once you have all of this information, as well as a tentative budget, it is time to start interviewing catering managers, and that is exactly how you should look at it. Remember that the caterer works for you and ultimately all the final decisions should be yours. If you find that a particular caterer is too wedded to their own ideas and not open to any suggestions from you, especially during the first meeting, odds are the relationship will only get worse, not better, and it would be wise to part company then and there.
Of course, remember that this street goes both ways. As mentioned earlier, many caterers have the experience to "curate" a party through food and drink that you might not have considered. Once they know all of the pertinent facts, they will be able to go through the menus with you and offer a few different variations in order to find the one that works best for you and your needs.
One final note to remember...along with the dozens of dedicated catering companies throughout the area, many Appleton, Wisconsin restaurants also offer catering as well. This is a helpful tidbit if there is a particular restaurant or style of dining that is a favorite, especially if the party is being held in honor of a particular person. Being able to offer them their favorite food at home while celebrating their birthday or other achievement is an exciting extra touch that will be greatly appreciated.
Jack Terry is a freelance writer who has been focused on the food and beverage industry for more than 20 years. http://www.osorioslatinfusion.com