If you’ve made it here, it’s fair to assume that you are planning some form of event – whether that be a corporate party, a wedding, or anything else – you will likely need nourishment, which inevitably involves choosing the right catering menu. There are a variety of variables at play here, but the following guide – caringly put together by the team here at Jaspers Event Hire – will help you through a process that can, often, be turbulent.
The Event Itself
It’s going to be tricky to decide on a catering menu if you don’t know what the event actually is. These decisions are going to form the bigger picture, and this is going to make it exponentially easier to figure out what you’re going to eat and drink.
Is it going to be a formal dinner, a buffet, a casual lunch? Is there going to be a large group, or is it more of an intimate affair? Factors such as these, and a variety of others, are going to influence the food choice and what is going to work best as a catering menu for you. This means that the catering menu is not something to think about, until this has been figured out, unfortunately…
Tying in nicely to ‘the event itself’, is the theme of the event. Different themes cater to different tastes and these should be intertwined within the catering menu. You need to understand what the party is going to look like, before you can understand what it tastes like. For example, you could be putting together a siesta, and to pair, a siesta with a classic, English carvery just isn’t going to cut it.
Now you’ve established what your event looks like, and what the event actually is, you can begin to research potential caterers. These entities will have set menus, or they will have styles and cuisines that they work within, so it’s important that you understand what they can do for you and that it’s in line with what you’re looking for.
This is also the time to enjoy vetting different caterers, which leads to plenty of great tasting menus. It seems like fun, which it is, but it’s also important in the process because there is no point spending all of this money on food that you don’t like, and doesn’t fit with the event you’re hosting.
Over to You
That’s pretty much it. Less complex than you thought, right? It’s both literally and figuratively about taste, so there really is no right or wrong answer: simply better ways to go about the decision and information that you can use to your advantage.
Also, if you’re still at odds with what might be the right catering menu, there is nothing wrong with outsourcing and looking for inspiration elsewhere or getting a second opinion. Nobody came to any conclusion, ever, without consulting the world around them and utilising the tools at their disposal, of which you have many: the internet, others involved in the event (both guests and fellow planners) and many more.
Finally, don’t sweat, it’s going to be great.
Jaspers Event Hire
Since you’re looking to hire caterers, you are likely in need of catering equipment hire for the event you’re hosting. At Jaspers Event Hire, we have an extensive range of products available for hire – everything from crockery and cutlery to tables and chairs, and beyond. We even offer a ‘return dirty’ service that takes some of the sting out of the cleanup you have in front of you.
If you’d like to hear more, please call us on 01582 749966 or fill out our simple contact form.