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Catering Q & A

From FAMILY FEATURES Modified: January 13, 2011 at 9:23 am •  Published: April 13, 2010
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A great caterer will do more than just make good food. He or she will pay great attention to details, making sure the presentation is just right, the food and wine are served at the right temperature, the servers are well-groomed and attentive and that clean-up is efficient and thorough.

So how do you make sure the caterer you hire is a great one? By asking the right questions.

May I have references?

Most caterers get their business from word of mouth. Ask for at least 10 former clients and call as many as you can. Ask questions such as

  • Was the caterer easy to work with?
  • Was the service efficient and non-intrusive?
  • Was the food delicious, and did it arrive hot?
  • Were there any problems that came up and how did the caterer deal with them?

Do you have a business license and liability insurance?

Caterers should be licensed by the state. Usually licenses are displayed in the office, but if you're not positive, then ask to see it. Make sure you see proof of liability insurance as well.

Can we sample from a typical wedding menu?

Catering can be a large part of your wedding budget. Make sure you know what it is you'll be getting for your money. Take your spouse-to-be and a friend with you to the tasting so that you can get varied opinions. Some caterers will charge a tasting fee, but it's worth it.

May I see photographs of your table displays?

Some caterers who provide buffets or food stations include floral arrangements and other decorations. It's also a good idea to discuss your color theme so that decorations and floral arrangements coordinate

What does the price per person include?

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