Melbourne is a vibrant city with great culture. One can safely assume that in a city as large and diverse as Melbourne there is catering to suit any taste, budget and event. From corporate events, large parties to small afternoon teas, there’s something for everyone’s appetites.
Melbourne is renowned for its cuisine, from five-star dining to burger trucks. Produce is easily available from quality local sources as well as the finest international treats. Owing to the multicultural profile of the city, it’s easy to find authentic ethnic food all over town – with enough room left over for a classic parma at the pub. Apart from the food, the other thing that a Melbournian is crazy for is coffee – they do it better than anywhere else.
It’s no wonder then that the caterers in Melbourne offer as much variety and quality as the restaurants and cafes. Fresh, local produce prepared by experienced chefs and served by professional staff – what could be better?
Tips to Choose the Right One
First of all it’s important to have the fine details of what exactly the catered event is. Is it for a wedding or an office birthday? Breakfast, lunch or dinner? Will staff be required to serve?
It is this information that will help find the appropriate caterer. Other things to consider are the people who will be having the catering. Are there any dietary requirements, such as vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free or particular allergies that people might have? Is the menu appropriate for the event? After all, there’s no use booking a spit roast for an afternoon tea!
Once the basic requirements have been decided, it’s time to go shopping around for a caterer. With so many caterers to choose from, it can be hard to find the right one. Interested bookers can be a bit overwhelmed by the sheer variety of choice.
Luckily the Internet is a font of knowledge for this. Using a combination of caterer’s webpages (including menu, pricing and suitability information), reviews and other sources, it’s easy to find the perfect combination of taste and value for money.
Customer reviews are vital for this. Of course, reading customer reviews are an art in itself and should be taken with a grain of salt. Obviously a slew of positive or negative reviews for a particular business are quite telling, but the best reviews are by people who include details of their catered event – if it’s similar to the one you plan, it can be a great source of information.
Why Not Ask?
Another excellent source of information is the caterers themselves. An experienced catering business can field any questions you may have about menus, staff and a hundred other points you may not have even considered.
A good caterer will be able to discuss with you the main points, such as:
• size and type of event
• dietary requirements
• menu choices/set plans
• staff required
• times and delivery, and
• wet bar/alcohol served.
Speaking to a caterer can help turn a general idea of what you have in mind into a fully-fledged plan of attack for a hungry crowd.
For any event with guests, people to impress, or visiting management, catering is a great way of removing one more point of worry for the planners. Event planning is difficult enough as it is, with so many moving parts to account for, so it makes sense to reduce the types of snags that come with a DIY approach. How many times have you been to a potluck get-together where everyone brought potato salad? Catering helps to take the worry out of one of the most important parts of any event – the food. And with such a wealth of information and choices available, there’s really no excuse for a drab affair. Good eating!