Common Catering Mistakes to Avoid

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One of the biggest aspects of planning an event is deciding what food you want to serve your guests. If your guests enjoy the food, they are more likely to have fond memories of the event. While the concept sounds pretty simple, it can actually be a little tricky. At Metropol, many of the events held in our facility include food prepared by a caterer. We can recommend the best caterers and advise you on mistakes you will want to avoid.

Wrong Timing of Delivery

One of the things people often forget about is the timing of delivery of the food. If the food is delivered before the guests even arrive, it might not be hot by the time it is served. If the food is served too late, your guests may become very hungry and irritable. Aim to have the food delivered 30 minutes prior to eating to avoid issues like these.

Not Ordering Enough Food

The last thing you want is for your guests to leave hungry because of lack of food. However, it can be difficult to estimate amount of food to order because not everyone eats the same amounts. The best thing you can do is add three to five heads into your count. That way, if some people want to eat a little bit more, they can and still leave plenty for everyone else.

Not Knowing the Ingredients

It is critical for you to know every ingredient that’s in the food being served. You never know if someone is allergic to peanuts, shellfish or another ingredient. Someone having an allergic reaction is a sure way to ruin an event. Be sure to list the ingredients on all the food, so guests know what they are putting in their systems.

Not Including Vegetarian Options

There may likely be at least one or two people at your event that are vegetarians. That is why it’s important to include meatless options in your menu. For example, you could provide pasta, vegetable wraps and tofu. Your vegetarian guests will appreciate the fact that you made the effort to provide food options for them.

Not Deciding Your Budget

Before you contact any catering services, sit down and figure out exactly how much you are willing to spend on food and beverages. A good caterer may be willing to offer suggestions based on your budget.

Offering Too Many Options

When you are looking through menu options, it is easy to get carried away and provide your guests with too many options. This can get expensive and lead to a lot of food waste in the end. To save yourself money, offer two meat options and a vegetarian.

If you avoid making these common mistakes, you can choose menu options that all of your guests will enjoy. If you have any other questions about catering, the staff members at Metropol may be able to help you.

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