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Opening a Catering Business?

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Introduction

Catering for large events, such as weddings, outdoor venues, special and corporate events involves planning and preparation from the toast to the dessert. Whatever your menu calls for, there are specialty food service supplies and equipment that every culinary artist needs to serve large crowds. Leading caterers who make foods from scratch depend on advanced equipment to ensure they create consistent quality foods every time. Instawares has put together a helpful list of innovative supplies and equipment that can make your caterer business a success. For a complete list of universal supplies, please see the Opening a Restaurant Equipment Guide.

Helpful Tips

  • Consider liability insurance. One unsatisfied customer may end your catering career.
  • Successful catering businessesdepend on their artistic and visually appealing foods to draw a crowd. Use the following tips when preparing your menu so your food will look like a work of art.
  • Use at least four colorful foods on each display or menu to entice the crowd.
  • Consider food texture balance; diverge crispy, flaky foods with soft, creamy delights.
  • Marry strong flavors with milder ones.
  • Balance light and heavy foods and use cuisines that complement each other.
  • Create a portfolio or menu with images of your artful delights, along with pricing and other services you provide so customers will know what to expect.
  • Reheat potentially hazardous leftovers to 165 degrees.
  • Most leftovers should be discarded after three days in the refrigerator. Gravy should be discarded after two days. Consume foods stored in the freezer within four months.
  • Washing fresh fruits and vegetables with cold water preserves freshness.
  • Consider offering vegetarian options on your menu. 
  • Polish your interpersonal skills. Make your customers feel at ease when discussing their catering needs.
  • Use mini picture frames on the buffet for an elegant, yet inexpensive way to label food and beverages.
  • Consider liability insurance. One unsatisfied customer may end your catering career.
  • Successful catering businesses depend on their artistic and visually appealing foods to draw a crowd. Use the following tips when preparing your menu so your food will look like a work of art.

Did You Know?

  • The catering industry in the U.S. is worth about $5 billion annually.
  • Friends and family are excellent sources for mouth-to-mouth advertising.
  • By adding just one tablespoon of bleach to a gallon of water, you can create your own effective surface sanitizer.
  • Personal chef services is one of the fastest growing businesses in the country!
  • You can keep foods hot or cold up to three hours by using by using disposable plastic insulated bags.
 
 
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