Ask anyone who has planned or is planning a party what the biggest headache of it is and they will tell you "planning the menu." It is a vastly time consuming project, full of doubt all along the way. Are you buying enough food? Will you be able to make it all in time? Do you have the right plates and silverware? And of course, will anybody eat it? Sometimes it seems like parties - events that are supposed to be fun and relaxing - end up being the exact opposite for the hosts. The best way to counteract that is by hiring a catering company to take care of the food.
A catering company is going to help out in two ways, one that is obvious and another not so much. The obvious way is the fact that they will handle all of the processes that go into getting the food ready. This means they will be going to the store, spending the time in the kitchen prepping and cooking, plating all of the food, arranging it either in the warming trays or passing it around the guests, retrieving and replacing empty trays and finally, cleaning it all up at the end of the event. With the catering company taking care of these concerns during the party, it frees the host up to spend more time with their guests, which is what a proper host should be doing in the first place.
The second way that a catering company can help a host throw a more successful party is the free time they give before the party and the opportunities it presents to the host. With so much emphasis on getting all the food ready, many times, hosts feel like other aspects of planning the party fall to the wayside. They may have envisioned a specific theme for the party, or were hoping to use the party to show off a redecorated house. Perhaps they had been trying to line up a special form of entertainment but just never got the chance. Whatever it is, by not having the culinary concerns to worry about ahead of time, they will find themselves with a lot more time to make sure everything else is exactly how they want it to be.
The number one reason people choose not to use a catering company when hosting a party is because they feel like they can handle the cooking themselves. Ask them if they feel the same way at the end of the night and odds are you will get a much different answer. The season for home entertaining is almost upon us, and if you are planning to host a party this year and want to make sure it is something special, do yourself a favor and hand off the kitchen responsibilities to a professional catering program. It will make all the difference in the world.
Jack Terry is a freelance writer who has been covering the food and beverage industry for more than 20 years. http://www.osorioslatinfusion.com