Caterers 101: Four Things Your Caterer Wishes You Knew

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“Food is symbolic of love when words are inadequate” –Alan D. Wolfelt

We might think their jobs are easy enough and straightforward, but the truth is, a caterer’s job is quite complex. Whether they may be providing the canapes for your daughter’s eighteenth soiree or providing all the courses to your elegant wedding, catering for an event is not as simple as creating a menu and cooking whatever is selected for the menu. The truth is being in your caterer’s shoes can be quite an overwhelming and daunting experience. In fact, there is a myriad of things your caterer would want you to know, so that the next time you are thinking of hiring one, you would have a better understanding of what goes on behind the kitchen doors.

Additionally, it would not hurt to know a few of some insider caterer’s secrets that might be helpful in aiding you make better decisions for the catering of the party you would be hosting next. So, before you start scouring for potential catering services in Bacoor, Cavite or elsewhere, here are some of the things you might want to know:

1.) Guests will drink more than usual

Guests tend to indulge themselves more at parties by drinking in excess and far more than used to. More often than not, this is because celebratory libations are free and of course, parties have an aura of euphoria to it which would prompt guests to drink. As this is the case, estimating the amount of alcohol needed for a particular event can present a challenge, but it is not impossible. Keep in mind that as your guests tend to imbibe more drinks than usual, so if you want them to indulge their drinking desires, buy more than necessary, or you can alternatively avail of cheaper packages.

2.) There is no need to create a menu around special diets

Some of your guests might be vegan, and there might be a few who might be allergic to gluten, this does not mean however that you have to bend over your back and design an entire menu to suit those preferences. Your caterer can always provide a dish or two for the guests who have particular or strict diets. Remember, you are feeding every single one of your guests—not only a fraction of them with specific diets.

3.) The kitchen at your site matters

One of the major snags a caterer would hit when it comes to catering for an event is a small kitchen—or worse the lack of one. Even if the food for your party is prepared off-site, a kitchen would still be ideal in order to reheat the food or keep it warm. In any case, having your caterers operate in a site sans a kitchen would result in creamy food being congealed and food losing its crisp. While this is not the case all the time (as you can always plan your menu with food that does not necessarily need to be kept warm), having a kitchen on the site would still be a good contingency plan.

4.) Pinterest is not always realistic

Some brides-to-be would come up to their caterers and ask them to imitate a particular food or cake they found off Pinterest and expect their caterers to mimic every detail. While Pinterest is a good website to inspire ideas for an event, not everything on the website is necessarily realistic. Apart from relying on the skills of your caterer, you also have your own budget to keep in mind. More often than not, the praise-worthy posts you have seen on Pinterest were probably created by food stylists who have employed innumerable inedible things (from shaving cream to glue) just to make food look the way it was advertised.

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Tips In Planning A Beach Wedding

Themed weddings and destination weddings have become increasingly popular the past few years. Many brides-to-be and grooms-to-be prefer that their wedding details are focused towards a particular theme that they have chosen. Among the most popular themes and destination for weddings is a beach-themed wedding or a beach wedding.

A beach wedding is very appealing to those who want a more casual and relaxed wedding. The view and ambiance is often enough to make the hassles of inviting guests to the beach location worth it. For those who cannot have their dream beach wedding for whatever reason, a well-planned beach-themed wedding can easily recreate the ambiance of an actual beach wedding. Below are some tips that can help you whether you are planning an actual beach wedding or simply a beach-themed one.

  • Load up on beach stuffs. Do not be shy in loading up on beach-related items. Incorporate as much beach-y stuff as you can in the décor such as shells, sand, slippers, and beach toys. For as long as it is beach-related, you can easily find a place where you can put it.

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  • Serve good food. Although some couples choose to serve any dish that they want, there is no reason why you cannot get a catering service in manila that can customize a beach-themed menu for you. You can serve seafood and light snacks as appetizer. Make sure to specify with the catering service to keep their decorations beach-inspired.

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  • Keep things light. One of the things that characterize the beach is keeping things light so make sure that you apply this on your wedding details. This includes the wedding attire and wedding makeup. Better to wear a beautiful but light wedding dress that will make it easy for you to move around especially on the sand.

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  • Early notice. This is particularly important if you are planning to have a beach destination wedding. Make sure to inform your guests early, preferably in your save-the-dates, to allow them to prepare for your wedding logistically. Also, be aware that if you choose a destination wedding, some of your guests might not be able to attend so manage your expectations.

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  • Use music. Another thing that could greatly influence the ambiance of your wedding is the music. Keep the music light and breezy to keep up with the beach theme. Acoustic music is perfect for this kind of wedding.

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Three steps to start your own business in the catering world

Starting a business is no easy easy. With iron will, strategic planning and enough budget, you’ll find it less harder than you think it is. Here are three short steps on how to start your own business in the catering world.

Step 1. Know your strength and resources.

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If you plan to enter the catering world, first requirement is, you must love FOOD. If you are to start something, make sure you will enjoy doing it. Second requirement: What’s your reason? Do you simply want to own your time and perhaps earn money at home while enjoying the whole process? Do you want the perks a boss usually receives? Is it because of the power and authority? Third: Do you have what it takes? Are you a risk-taker? Do you have the skills? Fourth: Do you have the budget? How much is your capital?

Step 2. Conduct an intensive and extensive research. 

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First, you must understand your field. Do you realize the supply and demand that go alongside with a catering business? Is this the right business for you? Have you studied your market? Who are your ideal customers? Second, know your competitors. What is the best catering service in Manila? Do you have a good foolproof business plan to compete with the top? Five years from now, where do you see yourself and your business?

Step 3. Build your team.

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Team and teamwork are vital in any business framework. Have two consultants in the team: A lawyer who can help you with the legal intricacies – from the drafting of contract, acquiring business name to determining the right business structure; and an accountant who can assist in the record keeping and tax planning. Last but not the least, include your family and friends in the ‘emotional’ team. Let them give you moral support.

Everything starts with a simple step. Do not be afraid to make mistakes.

“The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. Remember, the greatest failure is to not try. Once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it.” – Debbi Fields