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How to Choose a Catering Service
by: Kurt Metzger

When choosing a catering service, there are many important items to take into consideration that will make your event the most successful. If this is the first time you have ever researched a catering service, the process can be daunting as it is much more than just the food that the catering services will provide, but the entire feel, style and mood of the event is offered centered around the food and the caterer. For more information, visit

Budget. Everyone has a budget of each part of their event, and catering will often be a large piece of the pie. It is important to know exactly what you want to spend and go from there. As you begin your research, important things to consider are what exactly does you catered include. Is a wait staff provided? Are all supplies included? Is set up & cleanup a part of the process? Knowing what you can afford and what catering services provide is a great place to start.

Reputation. You are going to want to research the reputation of your catering services very careful and do research many references. Sue the internet to look for reviews, but do not be afraid to ask for a list of references as well. You are not just looking to see if the food was fabulous. You want to research if the event in relation to the catering services was smooth? Was the wait staff provided professionally and pleasant for your guests? Was everything above & beyond expectations? Particularly if you are looking for a wedding catering service, the caterer is such an vital part of the wedding reception and it is important to really have a good feel of how the caterer performs.

Overall Event Coordination. You will want to know exactly how your catering service will coordinate with the rest of the event as your food & catering will often set the tone. Think of things such as coordination of flowers, entertainment and the facility itself. It is important that your catering services is aware of all aspects of your event and willing to work with other aspects.

Surprises. An excellent catering service will be cool under pressure when it comes to handling surprises. Whether it is a guest with a not previously mentioned allergy and needs something special last minute or several surprise guests appearing at your event. Maybe your entire event is even running behind schedule. The best catering services will get through unplanned circumstances smoothly and without worry.

Personality. It is very important for you to make sure that your catering service is run by people that you can get along with. Particularly if it is a wedding catering services, this is the most important event of your life and you want to have a catering service that is not only excellent but is one in which you can communicate well with, listens to you, responds to you and you interact with well.

Food. Saving the best for last – the food! Of course you want to make sure the food is absolutely wonderful. Make sure you are able to sample and taste many different choices. Ask about where the catering service shops for their ingredients. If it important to you, ask about local and organic ingredients. Many catering services will accommodate your wishes if you prefer organic ingredients. Ask about special requests for specific ingredients.

Your catering service for your event should be willing to talk to you about all of these areas and answer even the toughest questions. Their goal is not only to prepare great food, but make your event special, memorable and fantastic. If they are not willing to spend the time to answer these types of questions, it is a good sign to keep looking.

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Born in the San Diego area, Kurt Metzger knew at a young age that he wanted to be a chef. Encouraged by his mother, whom he describes as a great cook, he began experimenting in the kitchen and eventually took his first professional job in the kitchen of a local restaurant in Houston. Kurt now runs a successful high-end San Diego catering service and is also the creator of

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