When it comes time to choose a professional Portland caterer for an event, it can be a daunting and intimidating process.
Regardless of the event, catering plays a very important role and has the capability to save the day or to ruin a perfect evening.
Whether or not you’ve shopped for caterers before, here are a few tips to make sure you find the right caterer to ensure your next event is a huge success.
Do Your Due Diligence
Don’t just settle for the first catering company you come across online or by recommendation.
You should get a large list of good options and then whittle it down from there to 3-4 finalists.
Make sure to check out each caterer’s website, look through their menu options, get pricing information, read online reviews, and ask for references that you can talk to.
Keep all of these factors in mind as you narrow your search and start thinking about who your top options are.
Find the Right Caterer for Your Type of Event
It’s incredibly important to keep in mind the type of work you’re expecting from a caterer.
Catering a small family party, a large wedding, or a large corporate event each have strikingly different requirements and skillsets needed to be done right.
That’s why it’s important to find a caterer whose experience matches what you need for your occasion.
While we have nothing against weddings, we feel that it is in our and our customers’ best interest to stick to what we do best.
Necessary Inquiries about Food
Have you noticed that we haven’t even talked about food yet? That’s because the best food in the world isn’t going to make a difference if it shows up half an hour late, there isn’t enough of it to go around, or if servers can’t be bothered to make sure guests are properly being served.
Nevertheless, food is probably the single most important factor when it comes to choosing a caterer.
Quality of the Food and Ingredients
First things first, you want to get an idea of the type of food and its quality that any potential caterer will bring to your event. Make sure to check out their menus and actually taste their food.
If you’re especially conscious about the food you want, inquire about the ingredients caterer’s use and how they prepare their food.
At Rivers Edge, we also operate a breakfast and lunch cafe. In fact, many of the popular items on our catering menu can be tried at our cafe.
As for the ingredients we use, it is our mission to provide high-quality food that is sustainably and organically prepared. Read more about our commitment to food sustainability.
Adaptability of the Catering Menu
In 2017, any caterer worth their salt should be capable of adapting their menu to address any food allergies or restrictions that you need met.
Make sure that your guests are well taken care of and that your caterer offers vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options at the very least.
Hopefully, these tips have helped to make your search a little easier.
Contact Rivers Edge today to see how we can help make your event a success.