Have you ever thought about adding a catering service to your current restaurant? With outdoor parties becoming more popular, a lot of restaurant owners have discovered that expanding into the catering field can be very rewarding. This blog will review the equipment you will need to enter into the catering field and why you should consider doing it. You’d be amazed to learn that the people calling your nearby caterers are probably your repeat customers. Read on to learn how to go about outdoor catering for your restaurant!
First things first, after you have cooked your food, you have to make sure you store it for proper transportation and presentation. To help simplify your foray into catering, offer some menu options produced in bulk. Bulk items are much easier to manage and make the presentation process a lot easier. To help transport your food, items such as insulated food boxes or food carriers are a must-have. Like a hammer to a carpenter, no food caterer should be without them.
After you have unloaded or transported your food, it is time to set it up. Your catering presentation is crucial, so you will need some high-quality chafing dishes with beverage dispensers to do the job the right way. Also, make sure your cups, tables, chairs, dinnerware, smallware, and tablecloths match the event’s theme. The little things go a long way.
Once you have finished your setup, it is now time to serve. Serving the food means that your staff and serving area will have to be ready. Your staff will require protective items like aprons or gloves, and customers will require items such as tongs, platters, utensils, pans, serving baskets, and napkins too. Make sure you spend time going over each thing that your customers might want. It is better to bring it and not need it than to forget it and not have it.
Once your guests have gotten their fill, it’s time to move on to the last phase, cleanup. Cleanup for outside parties is easier than you might think. Start by putting litter in its place. Always have trashcans, trash bags, or recycling containers to get rid of leftover items. Once this is finished, load up the equipment back into your restaurant’s catering car.
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