You have a big corporate event coming up and you need catering services. Maybe you were not happy with the last caterer, and you need a company you can depend on. How do you select the right service, especially if you live in a big city like Chicago? Here are some important things to consider, in order to get the very best service.
Do you need the food Delivered?
Most catering services can deliver what you need. However, this may come with a delivery charge and you’ll need to know this when calculating your budget. In addition, there may be a fee for picking up catering rental equipment afterwards.
When you schedule your delivery, give the caterers time to get there and set up everything. In other words, if you plan to serve at 9:00 am, you should schedule an 8:30 am delivery. This way, your guests will not have to stand around and wait.
Are you Planning on Hiring Servers?
Many top catering services also provide serving. However, you’ll need to find out if they charge a flat fee or an hourly fee, and some companies may have a minimum hourly charge. Of course, you might decide to save money on serving by ordering a buffet service and the guests can serve themselves.
What kind of Equipment and Supplies can I rent?
This is a very important consideration as you may need things like linens, dishes, silverware, and other dining equipment. Some catering services can also provide you with floral arrangements and many other items.
Is a Deposit Required?
If you are hiring a new service they will most likely want a deposit. This can be as much as 50% of the catering service fee. You’ll need to pay the deposit ahead of time when you order the service, and you can pay the balance on the day of your corporate event.
Be sure to find out what kind of payment methods are accepted. Also, check to see if the usual state sales tax is included in the fees. This can be as much as 10% in some states.
Tipping the Staff
It is customary to tip catering services if they have provided good food and excellent service. Some companies may include gratuities as part of the fee, but you must ask them to be sure. Your catering company may recommend a certain percentage. If not, a good rule of thumb is 15 to 18 percent of the total fee. This can be distributed among the staff and you can give it (in the form of cash) to the manager or supervisor, for distribution.
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