As life becomes more overwhelming and our schedules become packed even more tightly with commitments and responsibilities, we inexplicably make things harder on ourselves by trying to make everything we do bigger and more impressive. When an event comes up, anything ranging from a kids 10th birthday to our parents 40th wedding anniversary to our spouse's retirement party, we feel a desire to make it something truly memorable, even if we have less time than ever to make it happen. That is when it is time to hand over the reins to a professional and work with a catering company.
Even before the menus get brought out at the first meeting, the catering manager or owner will go over the size and theme of the event, the size of the budget that you are working with and any special dietary concerns you might have. Once these parameters are established, they will work with you to create a number of options that provide for you the experience you are looking for. Once you find the one that is perfect for you, they take the lead and you can sit back and relax.
That is the double bonus of having a catering company take care of the party. Firstly, when they take over the responsibility of procuring the supplies, preparing the food, setting up the serving stations and even cleaning up everything at the end, it frees you to focus on so much of the other details that are important, such as the guest list, the decorations and arranging the entertainment. All of the food responsibilities are out of your hands. In a worst case scenario, they may reach out to you a couple days before the event because a particular fresh ingredient is no longer available or not up to their standards. Before this happens, though, they will already have back up options that match what you requested and fit within your budget so things can continue on smoothly.
The second bonus is that a professionally run catering company means you can actually enjoy yourself during the party, which is part of the reason you are having the party in the first place. You want to be able to see the look on your child's face as he opens his presentd. You want to watch your parents dance to their wedding song once again. You want to laugh at the stories your spouse's co-workers share about his time on the job. None of these things happen if you are too busy running from the kitchen to the pantry to the table and back to the kitchen.
Everybody envies that host with the most who seems to glide effortlessly through the space of a party. You can be that host with the help of a great catering restaurant.
Jack Terry is a freelance writer who has been covering the food and beverage indsurty for more than 20 years. http://www.osorioslatinfusion.com