There are several things that you should know about before you choose your finger food catering. The menu selection, the budget and the style of your function are all important factors to consider when making your choice.
Menu Selection is probably the most important factor when choosing a good finger food caterer. Make sure that you only use a catering company that only uses great quality produce. This is important because the quality of ingredients affects the quality of the catering. For example, a great quality piece of organic, local fresh fillet steak doesn’t need all the bells and whistles that certain chef’s tend to put with them. If your caterer is using the best ingredients then all it needs is a simple seasoning and a great quality garnish. However, if your caterer is using substandard produce, then they may try to disguise the flavour and texture by putting overpowering ingredients with them.
Make sure that your finger food catering company only use good quality, trained and/or qualified staff. As mentioned above, if a good quality catering company uses good quality ingredients, then it really needs to be cooked properly by good quality staff members. It really doesn’t matter how good the raw ingredients are, if the catering company send out an inexperienced staff member to cook it.
It is perfectly acceptable to negotiate with your caterer on price, especially if you have guest numbers that total over 100 guests. However, you should be conscious of price, but not let it be the only deciding factor in choosing your finger food catering. The best caterers invest a lot of time and passion into their food and menus and subsequently they might not take kindly to you telling them that you can get it fifty cents cheaper down the road. If your caterer is prepared to move a little on the price, then you should be prepared to move a little also.
Weigh all of the different factors up when making your choices. Gather good quality information including menus, quotes and inclusions from three of the best caterers within your budget and compare then to each other. Typical questions you should ask yourself are:
Do they all include the same things? Staff, equipment and tax might all be an extra cost. Do they all use the best ingredients? Are you getting the best value for money? Do they use the best staff?
By following the guidelines in this article, you will find it a lot easier to come to a decision on the best finger food catering.