The first thing that comes to mind when the word catering gets mentioned is usually wedding catering—often blandly flavored, lukewarm at best, and overall unexciting. The good news is, not all catering is cut from the same cloth, thank goodness! The idea behind catering services is to provide delicious food for your gathering, no matter the size of your group. Below are some of the more common catering situations. If you’re unsure whether you need catering or not, read on!



This is probably a no-brainer, but it needs to be said. Catering is not just for weddings, but for any party, especially if you have a large number of guests. Imagine how long it will take you to cook for a couple hundred people with four burners and one (maybe two) ovens. Whether you’re throwing a big anniversary celebration for your parents, a graduation party to celebrate your child’s achievement, or celebrating a milestone birthday, cooking for large numbers is complicated and stressful. Caterers have access to professional kitchens, so they have the space and time to undertake all the prep-work and simultaneous cooking that large numbers demands.

When it comes to parties and catering, a good general rule of thumb is, if the event is happening at a standard meal time, your guests will expect to be fed. Make an evening gala special with passed appetizers and a sit-down plated meal. Or, if you’re hosting a midday bridal shower, feed your guests with an easy buffet lunch to keep the party going smoothly. Whatever the size and formality of your shindig, your caterer can work with you to plan the appropriate menu and style.

Business Meetings, Presentations, & Office Celebrations

You’ve probably experienced how distracting hunger can be—especially when the task at hand isn’t exactly thrilling to begin with. If you’re giving a lengthy presentation for investors, holding a day of training for the entire staff, or anything in between, office events are a prime time to call for catering. Want to celebrate a major milestone at the office? Bringing in a catered lunch can offer a welcome reward for your employees.

Festivals, Fairs, and Other Public Events

Trying to organize a local event and draw in crowds can be hard. As any college kid can tell you, the promise of free food can go a long way toward drawing in crowds. Whether you’re hosting a dog show or an open house, catering the event is a great way to draw attention to your event and get the number of attendees you’re looking for. Talk to your caterer about appetizers, snacks, and other easy to grab options based on your event’s location and size.

No matter what your event, catering can be an easy way to take the stress off and ensure your guests have an enjoyable time. Whether you need to feed the girls at your baby shower or host a formal business lunch, Elevation has your Kennesaw catering needs covered—we even have special party rooms available if you need an event space! Contact our catering team today to get started planning your next event!