My party planning continues. My son and his buddy really want to have Raising Cane’s cater their graduation party. We only have one in our whole metro area and it is a real hot spot for the college kids. We had them cater our older children’s’ grad parties so I know they are great! They will bring their deep fryers to my yard and deliver hot chicken fingers and fries right to my serving table. It sure saves me a lot of time and stress over what to make and how to store it. I like the idea of serving something different.
I’ve contacted them and have pricing. They’ve put my date on their catering calendar. I’ve set up a reminder to contact them again in May to confirm our date and menu. If you are thinking of hiring a caterer here is my checklist.
- What are their specialties? Do they have a menu you can review?
- What serving equipment do they supply? (platters, chaffing dishes, serving spoons, tongs, plates, silverware)
- Do they provide or rent any extras? (e.g.: centerpieces, candles, decorations, props).
- How do they bill? Insist on a written estimate and breakdown of all costs. Ask to see a sample invoice so you know what to expect.
- Is there a separate delivery charge?
- What is their policy for quantities, can you return anything?
- How much space do they need to set up and what do you need to provide for them?
- Can they provide you with references?
- How do they figure portion sizes?
- How many people will staff your event?
- Does their staff serve beverages?
- If they are cooking onsite do they need power?
- Does their staff clean up during and after the party? What is included in this clean-up service?
Many local restaurants provide catering as part of their services. Some options include picking up the food yourself, delivery (hot or cold), delivery with set-up, and delivery with full service staffing.
What are your suggestions?