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Catering 101
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by: Celebrity Recipes Magazine

Going into the catering business can be very fulfilling as it enables you to do, which is to cook and serve lip-smacking dishes. But running a catering biz is not always a party—it requires much dedication and strategic planning to keep the business afloat. Here are some tips to help get your catering business off the ground.

Starting the business.
You’re not just throwing a fun party, you’re running a business so carefully consider the food expenses, overhead costs (like rental, expenses for kitchen equipment, tables and chairs, transportation), cost of labor and your profit margin.

Planning for a party.
Ask the client what type of event he/she is hosting, the number of people expected to attend, what time the gathering will be held, the budget for the party and other, the number of people expected to attend, what time the gathering will be held, the budget for the party and other special considerations (like if some guests are vegetarians). It pays to be creative when catering for a party. Say the host tells you she’s throwing a simple cookout party. You can suggest a more creative slant like “Boracay in Manila” and serve not just barbeque, hamburgers and hotdogs but delicious seafood as well, and even make a bigger profit!

Keeping food safe.
Creatively planning for an event is necessary but don’t forget the reason you were hired in the first place—serve good food for the guests so they will enjoy the party. Make sure that the ingredients are stored correctly, the dishes are nutritious and handled hygienically, your staff is well-trained and properly attired and the kitchenware is thoroughly sterilized. Safety should be on the top of your list because you don’t want your reputation to die due to food-borne bacteria.

Good food aside, always remember that a thoughtful, sanitary and efficient catering service will make your clients to keep coming back for more of your services.

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September 23, 2017

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