Five Tips for Choosing a Corporate Caterer

When tasked with planning a company fundraiser, party, or any corporate event, things can get a little overwhelming. You want all guests to have a good time, the venue must be perfect, and there are a hundred more little things to consider. As one of the leading providers of corporate events catering in Philadelphia, we thought we’d provide some tips to help you choose the right caterer for your next event.

Set Your Expectations High

Try to find a caterer that has a reputation for providing premium standards, While one of your staff is conducting a presentation or giving out awards, you want a caterer that can provide discreet, yet excellent service. Work closely with your catering company of choice to develop a timeline for food serving and preparation. This will ensure that everybody at your event receives the right food at the right time.

Look for an Efficient Caterer

Business leaders are incredibly busy people, with meetings being a vital part of their everyday lives. Even with the best food and drink on the planet, you have to remember that some corporate events are for serious business. Try to find a caterer that takes pride in prioritizing efficiency with service while respecting the time of your guests. One great way to achieve this is by offering a double-sided buffet, so there is no long waiting time for guests to eat.

Crunch Your Numbers

The pivotal starting point with catering is the guest count. This starts as an estimate with a little ‘wiggle room’ built in to get the menu planning underway. Using this information, along with your desired budget, your caterer will be able to provide you with an estimate for the cost of service.

Opt For a Menu that Offers Variety

With Veganism on the rise, it’s more than likely that one of your guests will have some dietary requirements. Bear in mind that it’s essential to keep all of your guests satisfied at a corporate event. So, be thoughtful when working alongside your caterer to design your menu. Make sure there are gluten-free, kosher, vegetarian, and vegan options if required.

Build a Relationship with Your Caterer

If your company holds regular corporate events, it’s great to build rapport and get to know a caterer. We’ve worked with some companies several times a year for the last 40 years. We take pride in getting to know our clients so that, over time, we can provide better and better service and food for their corporate events.

For more information, or to discuss holiday menus in Philadelphia, click here to contact a member of the Catering By Mario’s team today.