Some Surprising Questions to Ask Your Event Caterer Before Signing a Contract

18 March 2016
 Categories: Food & Cooking, Blog


When having any type of event catered, be that a wedding or special party, of course you'll ask the catering service about the menu and prices and how much space they'll need to set up. However, there are some other questions you may be overlooking and which might surprise you when it comes to having an event catered. Note a few of those questions here and discuss these with your potential caterers as needed.

1. Ask their policy about leftovers

If you've paid for the food, why should it go to waste? You may not be able to handle all the leftovers if you're heading out to your honeymoon right after your wedding or have other immediate plans, but your parents, in-laws, and others might appreciate having the food to take home with them. Ask about the policy a caterer has about leftovers and if they donate the food that you won't take, or how they handle those leftovers so they don't go to waste.

2. Ask how the staff will dress

Catering companies may have wardrobe restrictions that are dictated by law; as an example, someone at a carving station may be required to wear a chef's hat to keep their hair out of the food. A catering company may also require their staff to wear flat shoes with rubber soles so they reduce the risk of tripping. As for their uniforms, however, you might ask what they look like as plain collared shirts or even t-shirts may be far too casual for your event. You might prefer plain button-down shirts rather than shirts that advertise the business logo, and the like. Don't hesitate to ask about the wardrobe for the staff if you're at all concerned about their appearance.

3. Ask if they can accommodate vendor meals

Depending on the timeframe of your event, you may need to feed the deejay, an event coordinator, someone you've hired to entertain the crowd, and so on. Ask if the caterer can accommodate these vendor meals and how; you might prefer the vendor sit in the kitchen or another designated spot, but a caterer may not want someone who isn't on their staff in their working area. Whatever your needs for a vendor meal, be sure you discuss this with a potential caterer beforehand. This way you know those meals and vendors are cared for properly and you and the event catering service can work together for a reasonable accommodation.