SERV­ING GLOS­SARY

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PLATED

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.

FAM­ILY STYLE

Here, wait staff will bring plat­ters to each ta­ble, so guests can fill their own plates while seated.

BUF­FET

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.

COCKTAIL

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.

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