Ever wondered if the events are about, well an event, why is the hue and cry about food and beverages?
Since the time immemorial, people have been the social beings who loved to communicate about the things they know, interested about and cared for. Hospitality has always played a major role in bringing people together and allowing them to spend some quality time, which they eventually used to connect and network. That still holds true.
Therefore, this blog highlights the things that can help you with your catering equipment budgets so that your event doesn’t feel burdensome.
Importance of food and beverages
Keeping food and beverages as an afterthought or just putting together something with the lowest bill amount thus won’t do any business any good. Because food is not just an event must-do but a foundation over which the idea of organizing an event is actually built. People bond over food; even complete strangers come together over a buffet.
Therefore, if you are feeling over cautious about catering charges during an event organizing/planning, knowing that an event’s success depends on its food and beverage can help you feel better. Then, there are some ideas as well, that can help you with the menu selection and display to make your event even more striking.
Ideas to be implemented:
- Being creative with the presentations of the same-old yet-favourite recipes can be refreshing.
- Combine them with great beverages like cocktails or mocktails served in attractive cocktail glasses and your event is made to brag about.
- Let the guests involved with the food through customization in food items like salads, Plates of pasta, sandwiches, etc.
- Speciality stations can also light up your event, which is low cost in addition to being fun.
- Creative toppings can also jazz up some seemingly ‘low-cost’ food recipes.
- Nothing engages people like a recipe-in-making, i.e. demonstration.
The ideas told above are just a few of them. Talking to your caterers as they can give you better insights into the kind of food and beverage that would go best with the event you have on mind.
More places you can lower your catering bills
Consider buying your own liquor, as bulk buying can save you a lot. You can ask the caterers to bring in specific wine or beer glasses depending on what you intend to serve.
Bartending can cost you dearly. Instead, you can hire someone to pour a drink or two to guests if you haven’t planned on serving special cocktails, which needs professional mixing skill.
Don’t forget to negotiate on prices as off-seasons can fetch you better deals. Moreover, the devil is always in the details. So, make sure you meet the devil head-on.
The menu can make or break your deal and you need to see what the caterer can offer at his best. You will also have some reference point while shopping around.
As highlighted earlier (in passing!) that buffet can save you few more precious bucks chosen over a plated serving. The simple reason behind this is the difference in the amount of food consumed by every individual. Another plus of this point is less food wastage.
On the checklist to be shared with the caterers
While everything is working out as you thought and discussed with the caterer, make sure he is on the same page as you are. The following things must be checked beforehand.
· Venue visiting
Even though the caterer has been at that place for quite many times, ensure that he is there before your event scheduled. As every event’s requirement can be different, the positioning of food stalls, seating arrangement, decorations, etc all can affect how the caterer is going to organize his things.
· Detailed list of services through the caterer
Your expectation should match the delivery of the caterer and that means letting him know exactly what you want from him in your event. That included menu items, tasks you want him to take care of, event floor plan, and breakdown of the event. A copy of it should be available with both to avoid any confusion later.
· Special dietary needs
You might have special guests of whom you want to show special care. This necessitates sharing such special needs like food allergies or dietary needs with your caterers early so that they can factor in an account that to their costs as well.
Believe it or not, all these things would directly or indirectly decide your overall catering budget. So you better pay attention before you regret later.
Make ease your menu
It is really preferable to assist a perfectly prepared, simplistic menu, as compared to use complex methods and costly contents that won’t attract all your guests. Prefer highly skilled chefs and contractual cook. Well prepared, well-cooked food items are always popular and don’t have to pay a lot.
About the Author
Benjamin Tolmer works as content strategist and Marketing Manager at Ascot Wholesale Limited, fastest growing catering equipment suppliers in the United Kingdom. He has a keen interest in catering, food and beverages for bars and restaurant and loves to share ideas and thoughts beneficial for restaurant and bars business growth.