The concept of catering business seems pretty straightforward, making good food and conveniently delivering them, right? While the idea seems pretty simple but the process gets tricky over time, and common mistakes in catering happen.
Besides, those events that require a proper catering service remain a lifetime event for people. So getting the perfect food and menu is a vital aspect of a fantastic celebration. It is essential to hire a proper professional catering service to avoid disaster as it will be remembered as a lifetime memory for life.
So as a caterer, it is imperative to be responsible as a good professional and experienced company, so that you don’t make errors in the preparation of dishes, choice of menu, services, and presentation.
Here are the commonly made mistakes for caterers and how to avoid them :
Failure to make a proper plan
The big mistake for a caterer is failing to make a proper plan. It happens because of failing to make adequate communication with the client of their requirements. A client can have lots of conditions, so a caterer needs to discuss it all in details with the client. It is recommended to have an online ordering software to allow the client to share their requirements and for you to manage your catering business efficiently.
Next, analyze the resources you have and make a detailed plan. How the furniture will be placed, what are the ingredients you are going to use while preparing food, where the food will be made and if the food is not made onsite, how it will be transported and kept, how it will be served and how many staffs will be required to execute the whole plan. The entire framework should allow a caterer to implement their strategy on the big day of their client in a very professional manner. Also, it is essential to come with an alternative plan to avoid any unforeseen circumstances.
Failure to manage time and space
Another common mistake by catering service is that they often fail to utilize the time and space they have. The actual reason for this can be whether the caterer was not calculative with the entrance time of guests, safety conditions, capacity or number of parking spaces, or it can be their failure to act accordingly. A cater must be very calculative when he is looking to execute his plan.
Not taking the Season the event is happening into account.
One common mistake many caterers make is not having the season in mind while choosing a meal for an event. Hot meals feel more comfortable in winter while lemonades or refreshing dishes feels excellent in warmer weather. Every season comes with its climatic changes which they have to keep in mind.
Ignoring special requirements of guests
Sometimes guests can have special dish requirements of other types, and some guest might also have food intolerance problems. A caterer must look to satisfy their guest in every way possible with quality ingredients and avoid problematic foods.
Ignoring the requirement of the event
Some caterer often overlooks the fact that different type of event requires a different kind of meal and service. It is not wise to approach a birthday celebration like a wedding reception so it would be wise accordingly to an event.
Serving to satisfy people should be a caterers moto, but many catering firms often ignore it. You can not delay food delivery to make people hungry. It will only harm your firm’s reputation. You also can not leave the place dirty, and it is good to show people that you maintain your delicious food and delivery healthily, of course in a specific timeframe!
Failure to doing these happens when you hire unfit people to your staff’s list. It is essential that you hire smart, experienced and highly professional crews who would be gentle and approach the guests with a smile but also do their job of serving food properly so that the guests have a day to remember.
Excellent service can be very beneficial because the marketing of a good catering company mostly depends on reviews of people.
So these were the most common catering errors and their solutions. While it is not possible to satisfy everyone and many new problems may arise, a caterer should always try to serve their client with their best effort.