No matter what type of event you are holding, choosing the right caterer can make or break that event. You want to ensure that your guests are provided with the most delicious fare, and you also want to ensure they have impeccable service. Whether you are having a buffet, or multi-course meal, you want a caterer who prepares great food, will be on time, serve what you want, be reasonably priced, and handles your special requests. Bakersfield offers numerous caterers, so let’s explore how to choose one, and discover California Wedding and Events’ favorite local caterer.
When choosing a caterer you should interview them, by phone or in person, to ensure that they will meet your needs. Prepare ahead of time by creating a list of questions to ask each caterer you interview. The answers to those questions will help you choose the right caterer for your event.
Questions to Ask Prospective Caterers
What is your availability? If they aren’t available on your date, then they are off your list without having to ask any more questions, unless you are willing to change your date to secure them.
What is the cost? They must be reasonably within your budget. You must either be willing to make compromises to the menu or choose another caterer. You will also want to confirm what is included in the cost, such as service, fees, gratuity, taxes, service staff, drink service, etc. Depending on the venue/caterer situation, you may also be discussing tables and chairs, linens, place settings, serving dishes, trash cans and disposal service.
Can you meet my special requests? If you have guests with allergies, or special diets, you will want to ensure that your caterer can provide for those needs. Typically, there are options for vegetarian needs, but what about gluten sensitivities, peanut allergies, etc.? You may also have a specific special dish you would like prepared that is not on their menu, now is the time to ask.
Do you offer tastings? If you have not previously tasted the dishes you are choosing from this caterer, you may want to schedule a tasting to ensure you want them. Some caterers provide complimentary tastings, others charge a small fee, and still others do not provide tastings at all.
Have you catered an event at my venue? Having a caterer with experience of a particular venue can be helpful, especially when it comes to kitchen facilities, food service location, power supply, and other venue-specific details. If the caterer you choose has not done an event at your location, a walk-through of the venue prior to the event is highly recommended.
What is your timeline? You will want to know what time they need to arrive to serve at the time you desire for your event. You will also want to know how long they need for clean-up. This may impact the time you need for reserving your venue, so get all the details lined out.
California Weddings and Events recommends several Bakersfield caterers. One of our favorite caterers is Locale. Known for using locally sourced, sustainable, and organic ingredients in their menu, Locale’s slogan is Farm to Table. They have been catering for over 7 years and their specialties are grazing tables, charcuterie boards, and wine pairings. Locale serves American food inspired by creativity, Italian, French, and California cuisine. They are a scratch kitchen that locally sources ingredients and adds an artful touch to their menu creations.
There are many other local caterers in Bakersfield, so just make sure to ask the right questions when you are searching to save you time and reduce your stress. California Wedding and Events showcases Bakersfield caterers on our website, so if you have a favorite, or are a caterer looking to be featured, contact us today.
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