When taking on event catering Melbourne there are some basics that should be taken into consideration. How big is the event and do you have the experienced staff to handle it. Start out small and work your way up to larger functions, after all a reputation is something that can be easily lost and very hard to get back. Make sure you are comfortable with the work you have taken on and that you have all the necessary equipment and facilities to handle your commitment. When it comes to event catering there is always a plan. Number of people to cater to, where the venue is, what time and date the function is happening. Make sure to get clear instructions on all these things, repeat back what you have been instructed so as to make such there is no errors in communication.
There will also be the task of finding out just what the expectations are, is it to be a sit down meal with full service. This includes wait staff, linens, utensils, flat wear and even sometimes the decorating of the venue. This may include some specialized origami on your behalf, nothing like a napkin swan to liven a place up. If it is to be a buffet style event make sure it is clear whether you are expected to provide service with all the utensils or partial service. The venue can play a big part in how you handle the event catering, see if you can inspect the venue a few days before to establish what extras you may need to bring, especially if you are doing the food preparation on site. It will also give you an idea where things can be set up and where staff are to be positioned, not to mention where facilities are for your staff. Toilets and the like. Find out more.
This may also be a time to confer with the event manager as they may have displays or special arrangements that they are making that will interfere with your event catering equipment. This is also an excellent opportunity to get a time frame for any speeches that are being made or announcements, so that your staff can be made aware of when they need to be quiet or pause in their duties. Event catering is all about the timing, presentation and most of all excellent food and beverages. Your staff are an extension of your business and need to be both professional and personable, with the ability to handle difficult personalities with panache and patience. To keep your sanity make sure your have a good handle on all these aspects of your business and don’t be afraid to delegate to other members of your staff that are competent at their work and make sure your chefs are happy, a big loogie floating in the soup is never a good idea.