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5 Simple Tips For Selecting The Right Caterer
Chicago has one of the finest culinary scenes in the country. Selecting the best caterer for your event is essential to ensuring that both you, and your guests, have an incredible experience. Here are 5 tips to consider when selecting a caterer for your next event.
1. Select a caterer with relevant experience
Every caterer is different and offers its own areas of speciality. Some specialize in elegant, large-scale events while others might focus on smaller, more intimate celebrations. Choose a caterer with experience handling your specific event type. You can view their work on PartySlate and contact your favorites to schedule a meeting or interview.
2. Determine your style
Are you an epicurean who cares about unique and clever food profiles? Or are you more of a meat and potatoes eater who wants to make sure that your guests have familiar and filling food? Determine the style of food you want to serve and select a caterer willing to customize the menu for your needs. The result: a unique and memorable experience for all to enjoy.
3. Determine your service preference
Determine your level of formality. Some caterers in Chicago excel in fine dining – French style service, black bow ties and white glove service. Others, while professional, are more casual. Be sure to ask about what the staff will wear and how service is run.
4. Consider the venue
Consider the venue and whether or not the caterer has worked there before. Food, beverage and service are, of course, the most important but the caterers knowing the ins and outs of the venues, kitchen limitations, etc. are also important.
5. Schedule a meeting
After researching Chicago caterers on PartySlate, schedule a meeting with your favorite to discuss the details of your event – timing, guest count, style, service preferences and any other requirements (i.e. staffing, rentals, etc.) Ask for a quote, schedule a tasting and finalize the details in a formal contract. Soon, you and your guests will be toasting to your tremendous decision making abilities. Cheers!