By Hanna Nilson
for banquet events is no longer just about the food.
Banquet catering; from flowers
and lighting to flatware and desert's, has become an all-in-one business
of full-service event benefits. Whether it's a family re-union or an annual
cooperate event, the banquet catering industry has evolved into a science
of providing banquet services beyond just the meal course.
Most banquet catering
companies specialize in their ability to satisfy all the senses, with
food as the focus. Sight, smell, sound, taste and touch are all a part
of your guest's experience of the event. As such, the banquet event
planning, setup, service and clean-up, are all a part of catering
procedures which are based on meeting the requirements for the occasion.
Furthermore, the intended theme and ambiance of the event are a
caterer's guidelines for preparing the overall presentation. Therefore,
it is important to consider discussing such details with the catering
director or coordinator when organizing the event.
After first considering the
fundamentals; such as the time schedule, type of event and how many
guests will be attending, it is also important to specify on the type of
food and decor. For example, you may want to ask yourself: Does the menu
fit the occasion and tastes of the group? And, does the decor suit the
venue and theme for the occasion?
When choosing a caterer to
manage your banquet, you may want to consider finding out more in-depth
information about their services. Always be sure the banquet catering
providers are licensed or have a legitimate food services permit. If anything
were to happen, which might require a follow-up, you want to be sure that
you have a written agreement and/or verifiable paperwork to prevent complication.
Find out where the food will
be prepared. Feel free to stop by the facility to check on the cooking
for your event. Also, don't leave special food request for the last minute.
If the food is going to be prepared off site; be sure their transportation,
set-up and clean-up protocol suit your needs. The transportation of food
and all raw products is critical. During transit, all perishable foods
must be held cold, as 41°F or below and hot foods must be kept as 140°F
or above. In order to do so, the banquet caterers might use refrigerated
trucks, insulated coolers, warming units, etc.
Finally, check and double check,
to make sure that the services you expect are in line with the banquet
catering budget. Since banquets and catering services are intended for
special occasions it becomes very easy to overspend. In order to avoid
this, prioritize your preferred banquet catering expectations and keep
a check list to keep your spending in order.
In conclusion, if you plan
on hiring a particular caterer for your banquet hall special occasion,
be sure to consider taking advantage of such services. Doing your research
and knowing exactly what you expect from your caterer will help improve
your chances for success in creating a memorable and exceptional banquet
experience for all of your guests.