Creating A Great Catering Menu

The best thing a person can do to help make hosting a party a lot more fun and a lot less stressful is to hire a catering company to take care of feeding all the guests. It frees up a tremendous amount of time before so they can focus on other aspects of arranging the party, it gives them the opportunity to mingle with their friends during the event and not have to be running back and forth to the kitchen all day or night long, and when the party is over, it makes for a lot less they have to clean up. The only challenge is being sure to hire the right caterer.

There are primarily two types of catering companies a person can choose from. One category consists of outfits that only do catering assignments, while the other is restaurants that also offer catering programs as well. Each has their advantages and need to be considered before making a choice.

Companies that only do catering typically have a wider menu selection to choose from, although if the market is large enough to support such an endeavor, some choose to be very tightly focused instead. It is not uncommon in larger cities to find catering programs with deliberately specific menus. These are a great option if the event being thrown is a themed party that the food would be a perfect match for. However, most catering companies survive and thrive by being able to be all things to all people. This is helpful by ensuring there can be a big enough variety of food available so all the guests will be happy.

The major drawback to using a catering only company is not being able to try all of the different menu items ahead of time. Because they typically prepare their food on a large scale, it is hard for them to arrange a tasting menu. When working with a catering program that is part of one of the Appleton, Wisconsin restaurants this is not a problem. Many of the menu items that are featured on the catering program will either be directly off of the restaurant menu or so similar in flavor and presentation that the difference will be barely noticeable.

By choosing a catering program from an existing restaurant, what you give up in breadth of selection you gain back in knowledge of exactly what everything is going to taste like. Deciding what type of event you are going to be hosting and the style of food you will be offering your guests will help you determine which type of caterer you should start looking at. Making the right choice can make all the difference in how successful your event is.

Jack Terry is a freelance writer who has been covering the food and beverage industry for more than 20 years.

This article was published on 23 Sep 2015 and has been viewed 504 times
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