At Elevation, we tend to agree with Julia Child in that, “a party without cake is just a meeting.” Which is why, whether you’re hosting a business meeting or celebrating your parents’ 50th wedding anniversary with the whole family, we can provide the cake! Whatever your reason for gathering together, make it a memorable and enjoyable experience with catering from Elevation. If you’ve never reserved catering before, the following questions will help you get to know your potential caterer better so you can make the most informed decision possible.

Is my date open?

It sounds logical, but use this as a good reminder; the first thing you should check is whether the caterer has that date open. If not, they’re probably not the caterer for you!

What services do you offer?

Some catering companies lack a designated restaurant or event space, so don’t count on that without checking first. Instead, think about choosing a restaurant like Elevation that has an event space. This means your food will be prepared fresh and served to your guests instead of sitting in chafing dishes for ages.

What are your menu options?

Your food needs will vary based on the event you’re hosting, and the menu should be just as customizable. The catering contact should be able to give you a good idea of a sample menu based on your event type and guest number but offer customization options to handle allergies, food aversions, and so on.

Where do your ingredients come from?

This goes hand-in-hand with the previous question. If the restaurant gets a lot of their materials from local farms and farmers markets, this generally means more menu adaptability based on seasonality and freshness.

How will you manage the event?

On the day of your event, you shouldn’t have to worry about how the food will be cooked or served. If you want a sit-down meal rather than a buffet, verify that they have the staff available to do so. In addition, if you aren’t hosting your event at a restaurant, you’ll want to check that they have the appropriate equipment to ensure the food is cooked. If equipment needs to be rented, verify whether you’re expected to cover that expense.

What do you do with the leftovers?

You’re paying for the food, not just the service, so you should be able to take the leftovers home or to the office if you so choose.

Who is my point of contact?

You should verify that you will have one point of contact for everything to ensure better lines of communication. Secondary to this is how well you get along. If there are a lot of misunderstandings during that initial conversation, those probably won’t get better as time goes on, and you’ll need to decide if you can handle that.

And, possibly the most important question of all: Do you like the food?

Whether your caterer has their own restaurant or not, you should be able to arrange a way to try the food. If you don’t like the food, your guests probably won’t find the food memorable. As we noted above, the food can have a major impact on your event, so make your event stand out with great food.

If you have an event to plan, call the catering team at Kennesaw. You can enjoy the best steakhouse restaurant offerings from our picturesque event spaces. Start the conversation with Elevation catering today!