The Captivating Culinary Delights of Saint Germain Catering

How the Catering Process Works

Almost everyone will need a caterer at some point in their lives. Perhaps it’s for your wedding reception, a graduation party, or some other once-in-a-lifetime event. But unless you work as an event planner, chances are you don’t have to think about caterers very often. On that rare occasion when you do, therefore, you might not know what to expect.

Getting nervous about trying to tackle the catering at your big event? Don’t be. A catering company’s job is to take work and stress off your plate, and make things happen the way you want them to. And with this guide, you’ll know exactly what to expect at every stage of the process.

Understanding Catering

Caterers don’t just handle food. This is what they’re best known for, and it’s exactly why you hired them. However, caterers are also event professionals who want to make your vision for the evening come to life. A good caterer is also going to oversee, or at least coordinate with, the drink service for the night and the décor at your venue, making sure everything comes together into one seamless experience.

That mean your caterer wants to get a very clear idea of what you want your event to be like. They’ll want to set up an initial meeting with you, and they will have questions.

The Initial Meeting

Whether it’s by phone or in person, at the first meeting the caterer is going to want to get a detailed idea of what you’re imagining. If you’re still not sure, that’s okay. Caterers are great helping suggest ideas or tweak details to make sure you’re happy with the plan. They will want to know:

  • How many people you expect
  • Where you’re holding the event, and details about the venue
  • Whether this is a formal or casual occasion
  • Whether you want a full meal or something simpler like hors d’oeuvres
  • If you have a theme in mind
  • What your approximate budget is

For many people this last question is the toughest, because most of us are on a very tight budget and don’t know what to expect in terms of catering costs. It’s important to start off discussing what you’d ideally like to see at your event. Your caterer can give you a sense of the cost for that, and if it’s too much they can help you prioritize to bring the cost down into the right range without compromising the event.

What You Get

Once your caterer understands your vision and budget, they will prepare a menu for you. You have the power to change or approve this menu before it is final and before anything starts. Once you approve it, they will proceed to choose other elements like napkins, glassware, and tablecloths to match the menu, theme and budget.

From this point on, the caterer takes care of all the hard work. Managing the food for a large event is demanding work, and they will put professionals on the job to make sure everything is ready at exactly the right moment with no snags.

Do you need a caterer? If you live in Northern VA or the Washington, DC area, Saint Germain Catering would be happy to answer all your questions about the catering process and help you make your next event a success. Visit today to learn more.

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