A sit-down, plated meal is considered the most formal option, with every guest served an individual meal of, typically, three courses. For each course, guests are usually given a small selection of options to choose from.
Here, wait staff will bring platters to each table, so guests can fill their own plates while seated.
A typically costeffective catering option, food stations are set up on long tables, allowing guests to walk along and serve themselves before returning to their table.
A cocktail-style reception features substantial canapés which are offered to guests all evening long. Instead of dinner tables, furnishings such as bar leaners and couches promote a mingle-friendly atmosphere.
5 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CATERER 01. CAN YOU PROVIDE REFERENCES FROM PREVIOUS CLIENTS?
Be sure to talk to or see endorsements from at least two people who had a similar menu style and number of guests to you. Ask if you can see a couple of photos to double check the company’s presentation standards.
02. DO YOU HIRE YOUR OWN WAIT STAFF?
Staff who are familiar with the catering company are more likely to provide that seamless experience.
03. CAN WE ARRANGE A TASTING BEFORE SIGNING THE CONTRACT?
You want to be sure that you like the food.
04. WILL THERE BE ANY EXTRA CHARGES?
It’s good to be aware if you’ll be charged extra because a guest required gluten free options, or your event went overtime.
05. DOES THE MEAL COME FULL SERVICE?
This means the caterer will handle everything from the table settings to the cleanup afterwards.