A fine party such as a birthday party calls for food for everyone, and the same is true of other events such as a wedding or a charity sports event or the like. But it may be difficult to provide enough food with potluck or visiting nearby fast food restaurants. Instead, food catering companies are usually the right call, and these catering options are quite wide and varied to suit anyone’s tastes at a wedding or a birthday party. Barbecue catering may be popular for a Fourth of July celebration at a park, and office catering may be done for all employees working overtime. Catering packages may include not just the food, but also beverages and other supplies to make for a complete meal. How can all this be done?
Catering for Parties or Charity Events
As mentioned earlier, it may be difficult to feed everyone with potluck, but a catering service may handle things well. These are not restaurants that the guests visit; rather, a catering company will prepare all the food on site, then deliver it all by truck or van to the customers where they are. It is strictly food delivery, rather than a large cafeteria. An interested client may look up these catering companies online or through a phone book, then call them and place an order for catering based on how many people are to be fed. The customer may also give their address for the event and specify when they need the food to arrive. After all, some catering may be ordered hours or even days or weeks ahead of time, and it would be inconvenient for hot food to arrive long before anyone is even there. Coordination is important her, and a good catering company will be ready and willing to cooperate with all the details.
What might a company offer? Fortunately, there are all sorts of options for this. Some caterers are in fact fast food restaurants that do some catering on the side, such as sub sandwich shops and the like. Sub sandwiches may prove to be a popular and ordinary food that nearly anyone would want to eat, making them a safe bet. But there’s more out there. Mexican food is the single most popular ethnic food in the United States today, and that includes catering, and not just upscale dining in Miami. Mexican catering companies may provide all the ingredients needed for tacos, burritos, taco salads, and more, from tortilla shells to ground beef, lettuce, salsa, shredded cheese, and a whole lot more. Meanwhile, Italian food is a popular European ethnic food to try out, and don’t forget Chinese food. A Chinese catering company may offer the likes of orange chicken, stir fry vegetables, noodles and rice, egg rolls, crab rangoons, and more.
A catering company may offer more supplies on the side, such as for a birthday party or a charity event. A birthday party is bound to include drinks, paper plates and napkins, plastic cutlery, and more. If the food is being catered, the catering company may be asked to deliver all those supplies along with the food, if they do not do that by default. Many caterers may also provide beverages, ranging from various soda brands to bottled water, sweet tea, or even fruit juice and more. These drinks can be ordered (and in the right quantity) alongside the food.
Wedding catering is a whole topic in itself. Except for the most casual weddings, this is probably not the time to call upon an ordinary sub sandwich shop or Chinese caterer. Instead, the wedding party may look for restaurants that offer catering services, as wedding guests will expect meals of the sort they would find at a fine restaurant. Catering for a wedding is based on the total guest list, not to mention what everyone wants to eat. It is common for wedding invites to ask each guest to choose between a few different options, such as fish, chicken, or steak, just to name a few. All this adds up to create the catering order, something that a dedicated wedding planner might help with. Catering may also cover the bar, and a bakery will be asked to create and deliver the cake.