5 Questions You May not Know to Ask Your Caterer

1. How many staff members can I expect to need at my event? 

The number of staff you need at your event will vary greatly depending on your venue, event menu, style of service and the flow of your event. Be sure to ask your caterer how many staff members the style of event you’re looking for would need to be a success!

2. What rentals are included in your price estimate? 

Different companies include different rentals in their basic food estimate. When working with Duvall, your menu price will include all cooking and serving equipment in addition to tray jacks, basic linens for service and more. It is important to understand what is included in your estimate in order to know what value you are getting.

3. Where is the food made? 

All catering companies have different processes and standards for preparing their food. Make sure to ask where the food for your event will be made. The capabilities will change based on the location of your event but knowing that as much food as possible is made on-site and fresh for your guests is important.

4. How long is your food open for? 

All catering companies keep their food stations open for varied amounts of time- is it by the hour? By quantity? The full length of your event? Be sure to follow-up on this question to ensure your vision is executed.

5. Does this company have the tools to execute your vision? 

Do you want a specialty food? Florals and Décor? A full-service catering company? A food-only company? What kind of experience do they have in doing the type of event you’re looking for? Make sure to know what your vision is before you pick up the phone so you know what to ask for.