What to Look for in a Wedding Caterer

Choosing a wedding caterer in the Bay Area is not a task taken lightly. When planning for a wedding, who you choose as a caterer can affect how smoothly the refreshments go and (just as important) how delicious they taste. Here are a few of the qualities a good wedding caterer should have, for you to keep in mind. Is the caterer licensed? Are they experienced in catering weddings? Ask if the caterer is licensed. This means that they have met your local department health standards and also carry liability insurance. Also, make sure this isn't the caterer's first rodeo (or, in this case, wedding) before deciding to sign them on. Are their ingredients fresh, not frozen? Knowing where the caterer gets their ingredients can tell a lot about the food quality and the company itself. The more fresh and local the ingredients, the better. Additionally, ask if they are comfortable preparing the type of food you want for the reception. Find someone who shares your same taste in food to prevent misunderstandings or mishaps. Do they function well under stress or in unexpected circumstances? Can they handle things going wrong or at least not as planned? Make sure you hire a caterer with a cool...

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How to Choose the Best Wedding Catering Company for Your Venue

Wedding Catering Tips to Consider with the Venue Sometimes the search for reliable wedding catering companies can seem overwhelming. Hundreds of potential vendors might be able to help you throw a memorable event for your guests. But how should you think more constructively about the selection and planning process? Whether you’re strategizing a laid back, bohemian reception or a formal, classical meal, consider the expectations of your guests. What foods will complement the theme of your wedding day? What emotional experiences do you want your guests to have? Once you select a venue, you will be constrained in terms of which catering companies you can choose. Many venues only work with a prescribed list of caterers. So if you know a preferred caterer – perhaps someone you met through planning a corporate catering in the Bay Area, for instance, who did an amazing job – ask him or her which venues they service before choosing your venue. Your event catering company will likely offer several different serving styles, from family style table serving to a heavy appetizers cocktail party. Depending on the events and your schedule, you can choose anything from a small tasting menu to a full, three-course meal. Remember that tasting the menu...

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