Choosing A New York Catering Firm

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If you are in charge of planning an event in the metropolitan area of the Big Apple, you are probably interested in finding a New York catering firm that will assist you in making certain the event is a success. There are many types of functions in planning stages every day. A professional firm is experienced at keeping track of all the details of an event. Here are a few tips about how to find a firm you will be satisfied with when the event is over.

When you contact a firm to provide an estimate for catering services, you must be clear about the size and type of event you are planning. You will need to determine whether your event is indoors or outdoors and whether you will be serving food buffet style or that servers will be needed. You should have at least a tentative number of guests who will be attending.

Look for a catering firm that specializes in the type of function you are planning. Planning a party for fifty five-year-old youngsters is very different than planning a business luncheon for their parents. Catering firms tend to specialize in the things they do best. That is not to say that a caterer would be unable to plan both types of functions.

Don't make assumptions about the services you will be providing versus the tasks to be done by the catering firm. For example, if you plan to do the table centerpieces personally, a caterer needs to know before submitting an estimate to you. If you need a caterer to provide extra servers during certain hours of a lengthy function, that information must be disclosed before the last minute.

When you ask for a bid from a caterer, you should insist on a line item proposal. You can't be forced to pay for something you did not authorize. The caterer can't be expected to provide something that wasn't in the proposal that was presented. This doesn't mean that a caterer must tell you the exact price of cleaning the table linens, just that the linens will be provided.

Check the references of catering firms on your short list. It is not enough to read comments on a website as those can be placed by anyone with an Internet connection. You should be talking to individuals or businesses that have actually used the caterer in the past for the same type of function as the one you are planning.

If you are planning food for the event, you should make certain the catering firm can provide the type of food you want. A caterer who specializes in buffet presentations may not be able to satisfactorily present a five-course sit-down meal for a large group. If you like Asian food and the caterer is better versed in French cooking, you may end up being very disappointed.

 

Chances are excellent you can find a New York catering firm that will meet your needs efficiently and economically. Being clear about what you want from the firm and what you expect from the caterering New York will ensure you won't be unpleasantly surprised. Look online to make certain that what you hear from the caterer about quality is what has been delivered to previous clients.

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