When choosing a caterer for your next event, you will want to ask questions to ensure any potential caterers your hire can deliver the specific ambiance and services you need.
Though these questions might seem too basic, they really help you identify the best wedding caterer that will fit your needs. You must, however, ask these questions smartly to get as much information as you possibly can to prevent any last-minute disasters! Making the wrong choice in this aspect could end up ruining your entire day, thus you need to be clever in doing your research – so let’s start with the basics!
1. Do you have [insert your event date] available?
This is the first and the most important question that you must ask your caterer, as this will allow you to ensure if they are available during your specified dates. Those that are not available can be immediately ticked off the list!
2. What determines the price per plate?
This will allow you to determine their pricing strategy and how they calculate the per-plate costs. This is super important because you don’t want to find out down the road that a catering company you’ve fallen in love with is outside of your price range, especially if you want a meal that includes what the catering company considers “extras.”
3. What is your average per-plate cost?
Although this questions may seem a little redundant, it’s important to know what the catering company charges on average per-plate, even if you know your per-plate cost will be higher because you’ll want those extra elements in there. This price gives you a base cost to every plate you’ll be buying. The per-plate cost usually only goes up from there, so be sure the average cost is something within your price range to begin with.
4. How many guests can you serve?
Finding out how many guests they can serve is a great way to know if they will be able to accommodate a large number of guests at one time.
5. What are your specialties?
This will help you identify their special items and delicacies that could turn into the main highlight of your evening!
6. How much are your food tastings?
Tasting the food is a surefire way to find out if the catering company can live up to its claims – however, before committing to anything, you must make sure whether you’ll be paying for it or not!
7. Do you have food packages, or do you only do a la carte?
This will allow you to decide what items you can incorporate into your menu. If you prefer flexibility or versatility in your food options, you can go for an a la carte menu to surprise your guests!
8. What are your package upgrades?
Whether it is the silver, gold, or platinum upgrade, this question will allow you to choose the perfect food package according to your budget, since most wedding catering companies offer a variety of packages for varying budgets. If you are looking to have an extravagant menu and are willing to go all out on your budget, don’t hesitate in inquiring about their top-rated packages.
9. How much does it cost for children’s meals?
Various catering companies offer reduced per-plate costs for under-age guests so make sure to ask your caterer regarding children’s meals. Your guests will probably be bringing their munchkins along with them (unless you ask them not to!), so make sure you have made the necessary food preparations!
10. What is you payment policy?
You may have to make payments in advance, so make sure to ask your caterer regarding the payment policies to understand the payment schedule.
11. Is tip included in the price?
The tip is often deducted at the end and adds to the overall payments; therefore it is better to discuss each and every thing beforehand to avoid any misunderstandings later on.
12. What is your refund/cancellation policy?
This is essential to figure out beforehand in case the catering company does not deliver according to its claims.
13. How long does it take your staff to set-up and break down?
This will allow you to estimate the total time required for the team to set up and pack up, so you can plan things in advance. It’s also good to know this information so if the catering company does charge for overtime, you’ll be a bit more prepared so you can avoid those fees!
14. What are your overtime fees?
This is a crucial question that you must ask your catering company, in case things get delayed at the event. Waiters are usually paid double when staying overtime.
15. When do you need the final guest count?
The caterer will need to know the final guest count close to the event so that they can manage everything beforehand and create an accurate number of servings. This also helps in avoiding wastage.
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What Kind of Events Can You Book with Catering by Fluer de Licious LLC?
At Catering by Fluer de Licious LLC, we do it all! From corporate events at your business to planning a wedding, our team of catering professionals has got you covered. If you are considering hiring a catering company, or would like to know more about the benefits of hiring a caterer for your next event, contact our team today.
About Catering by Fluer de Licious LLC
We are a professional catering business that specializes in making food look and taste great. Our chefs are from New Orleans, La, but made Houston the home of Catering by Fluer de Licious LLC in 2012. Throughout the years, we have serviced clients all over the greater Houston Metropolitan area, including but not limited to Galveston, Baytown, Conroe, and Sugar Land.
We cater for events for gatherings of 10-1,000 guests that are skillfully handled with sensitivity to speakers and presentations, ensuring minimal interruption and maximum dining satisfaction. We even offer appetizers for a more memorable event! These services also can include boxed lunches for faster and delicious options for businesses wanting to provide catered lunches!
Catering by Fluer de Licious LLC
9896 Bissonnet St, Suite 210
Houston, TX 77036
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