25 Questions to Ask Your Potential Caterer
The food is one thing your guests will remember about your wedding. Find out ahead of time if you and your potential caterer are a good match!
_____ #1. What is your average price point per plate?
_____ #2. What is your deposit amount requirement?
_____ #3. Do you offer package pricing for multiple wedding functions? (bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, etc.)
_____ #4. How many days before the wedding do you need the final headcount?
_____ #5. What do you provide? Linen? Flatware? China? Glassware?
_____ #6. How much setup do you get involved in? Linen? Table settings? Centerpieces? Candle lighting?
_____ #7. Do you specialize in buffets or sit down meals?
_____ #8. Do you cater more than one function in a day? At the same time?
_____ #9. How many years have you been catering weddings?
_____ #10. Do you have a contact person for future questions and correspondence?
_____ #11. How large is your staff?
_____ #12. What does your serving / bussing staff wear for a uniform at a wedding?
_____ #13. What is the largest party you've ever catered?
_____ #14. Do you prepare fresh (or frozen) foods?
_____ #15. Do you prepare your food in an on premises kitchen if available?
_____ #16. How do you keep your food warm?
_____ #17. Do you offer tastings so we may try your food?
_____ #18. Do you have a specialty dish?
_____ #19. Would you try making a dish if we presented you with a recipe?
_____ #20. Do you customize menus?
_____ #21. Do you cater to people with allergies? Gluten free?
_____ #22. Do you carry a liquor license? Offer bar services?
_____ #23. Do you charge a cake cutting fee? If so, how much?
_____ #24. What do you do with the leftover food?
_____ #25. Do you have references / testimonials?