3 Questions To Ask When Choosing A Catering Venue For An Upcoming Event

Posted on: 6 June 2022

Whether it's a wedding, an anniversary, a birthday, or a big promotion at work, celebrating is an excellent way to commemorate the occasion. Choosing a catering venue to host your event at will save you time and effort when it comes to entertaining everyone and keeping them well fed. Here are a few important questions to ask when it comes time to choose a catering venue to host your event:

Is the Menu Customizable?

Chances are that any catering venue you check out will offer pre-planned menus to choose from, and they may or may not allow you to create your own custom menu. So, the first thing to do is look at the pre-planned menus to see if they meet your needs and expectations as-is. If they don't ask if customizations can be made to make the menu suitable for your event or if you can create your own menu from scratch. If you can't make changes or create your own menu, then you'll know that the space isn't for you, and you can move on to the next catering venue and avoid wasting more time.

Are Service Timelines Guaranteed?

You likely have an idea of how you want your event to play out and will want to feed everyone at a specific time so as not to interrupt any other activities happening at the event. Therefore, you'll need to rely on the caterers you're working with to serve your chosen menu on time and in an orderly fashion. If your service provider cannot guarantee a service timeline, you can't maintain control over how your event unfolds. Ask for a service timeline in writing so that you have a receipt of the guarantee.

Is Drink Service Available?

It's also a good idea to find out whether the catering venue offers drink service as an add-on to their food service. If not, you will have to decide whether to hire a third-party bartending company to serve drinks or to simply set a table up with drink options available for guests to help themselves. You should find out whether the venue offers drink service as soon as possible so that you have an opportunity to make other arrangements if the service isn't offered.

It's always a good idea to schedule a consultation appointment with any catering venue you consider utilizing so that you have an opportunity to ask these questions one-on-one and get direct answers.


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