It’s officially summertime, and the Fourth of July weekend is less than a month away! If you are hosting a big party, you may want to consider catering as an alternative to cooking for all those hungry guests.
Five Things to Look for in a Catering Company
- Communication and responsiveness: During your initial conversations with prospective caterers, make sure they are showing an interest in your event, asking questions, and responding positively to your requests and inquiries. How well they communicate is indicative of how they will perform during the duration of their contract with you. You want to hire a caterer who is concerned with your needs, striving to meet your expectations to ensure that you are pleased with the product and the service.
- Ability to handle your specific event: Not every catering company is perfectly suited for every type of event. Some caterers specialize in small, intimate social events, while others specialize in serving large corporate clients. When you are interviewing potential caterers, be specific about the nature of the event you are planning. Be clear about your expectations.
- Flexibility with the menu:Most caterers have a standard menu, but the best companies provide some sort of flexibility to adapt the menu to your particular needs. If a caterer is not willing to adapt their menu to some extent, consider it a red flag. On the other hand, you need to be flexible as well. Don’t expect any standard catering company to adopt the exact menu from your favorite Italian or Latin restaurants or copy a recipe from your grandmother’s cookbook. If you do have a special request, ask in the initial interview.
- Willingness to Allow Tastings: A good caterer will allow you to sample the food before the event. How else will you know if it’s any good? Some people are afraid to ask for a sample because they feel it would be a hassle for the caterer, but it is actually an essential part of the event planning process.
- Insurance: Any reputable caterer will have liability insurance. This protects them and prevents you from having to deal with the consequences of any oversight or accident that could occur. If a catering company does not have insurance, consider this a huge red flag.
Hamburgers and hot dogs may be considered standard Fourth of July food, but when it really comes down to true American cuisine, there is nothing Americans love more than chicken. Barbecue chicken, chicken wings, fried chicken, chicken tenders — we love it all!
Believe it or not, Americans consume more chicken than anyone else in the world. It’s the number one protein consumed in the United States. In fact, in 2015, the U.S. population as a whole consumed 90.1 pounds of chicken per capita.
Americans actually purchase 700 million pounds of chicken in the week leading up to July Fourth. So whether you are cooking for your guests or hiring a caterer, make sure you start your planning now before the chicken is all gone!