Finding catering can feel like a fun adventure for some and an overwhelming and onerous responsibility for others. Whether you need to plan a business lunch for a small group or host a full wedding reception, the food and locale can go a long way towards creating a great setting or make your event an unfortunate disaster. This is why it’s so important to know what you need and know what to ask potential catering companies. Before you sign on the dotted line of your catering contract, be sure to ask the following questions:

1. How does your pricing work?

Most catering companies and restaurants offer a set of different catering packages that vary based on party size, meal requirements, and so on. Look over each company’s catering pricing carefully so you can see which will work best for your needs. At the same time, you’ll want to ask for details about everything included in each package as well as whether or not it’s possible to customize or alter the options provided.

2. What are the service options?

You hardly want to go into a catering contract expecting passed appetizers and a sit-down meal service only to find, after you’ve signed, that they only provide buffet service. Ask every potential caterer what service options are available as well as what the prices include for each different service. You don’t want to be surprised with an unexpected fee to cover the waitstaff, after all! This is also a good time to ask whether you will be responsible for any furniture or equipment rental costs.

3. Do you handle alcohol service?

Many catering companies provide alcohol and offer bartender services, so if your venue doesn’t have bar staff available, check with your caterer! Feel free to ask about their liquor license to make sure you won’t run into issues with venue, as well.

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4. Will you provide a tasting?

Many catering companies will provide an opportunity to taste a few of the options that sound best to you, so you can get a good idea whether you actually enjoy their food or not. For bigger events, like wedding receptions, it can be helpful to try a selection of potential offerings. Ask about the possibility of arranging for a tasting, or simply visit their restaurant!

5. How do you handle food allergies?

Most guests won’t have any problem with the catering menu, but we know how important it is to ensure you don’t cause a guest to accidentally asphyxiate because an allergen wasn’t mentioned! If you have guests with food allergies or dietary restrictions, ask your catering company how they handle that, and how far in advance they need notice of any allergy accommodations.

Whether you need a caterer with a great private room for your next event or a caterer who will travel to you, call Elevation in Kennesaw! Our catering team is ready to answer all your questions and get your next event planned as painlessly as possible. You can submit your initial catering request online or call our designated party line at (770)741-2861. Call Elevation to handle all your catering needs!