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Laguna©  http://www.lagunarestaurant.comChoosing A Caterer For An Event

Choosing the right caterer for any kind or event is an important part of event management and the following questions can greatly assist in the decision making process.

Type of Cuisine & Menus
1. What cuisines and menus can they provide?
2. Can they accommodate guests with special dietary restrictions and allergies?
3. How many courses and how many items can we have for each course? Any extra charge for extra courses / items?

4. What is the estimated cost per person for a buffet / seated dinner? Buffet Service? Cocktail reception? Open bar?
5. Are there any hidden / extra costs? e.g. service charge, corkage charges, VAT etc

Food Preparation and Tasting Sessions
6. Where and when will the preparation of each course take place?
7. Do you do food tasting sessions before the booking?

What Else Do They Provide?
8. Can you provide all the drinks for the function? How much would it cost?
9. Can you provide the crockery, cutlery, glassware, table linen etc? How much would it cost?

Number of Guests
10. When will the final number of guests have to be confirmed?
11. What if more/less than confirmed guests arrive at the function?
12. What are the charges for young children?

Service & Staff
13. What will the service staff dress code be?
14. What type of food service would you recommend for the event, sit down dinner or a buffet style?
15. Will you be able to serve the drinks from the bar and to the tables if required?

Recommendation & Reputation
16. What significant functions have you previously catered at?
17. Can you provide references?
18. Have you previously catered at the proposed venue?
19. Can you provide the relevant health, hygiene, kitchen audit certificates and insurances? Payment & Confirmations
20. Will you be sending us confirmations of all the arrangements?
21. What are the refund and cancellation policies?
22. What are the payment policies?

This article was kindly contributed by Amit Lamba of Laguna Restaurant, the event caterers
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