into the catering business can be very fulfilling as it enables you to do, which
is to cook and serve lip-smacking dishes. But running a catering biz is not
always a party—it requires much dedication and strategic planning to keep the
business afloat. Here are some tips to help get your catering business off the
You’re not just throwing a fun party, you’re running a business so
carefully consider the food expenses, overhead costs (like rental, expenses for
kitchen equipment, tables and chairs, transportation), cost of labor and your
for a party.
Ask the client what type of event he/she is hosting, the number of
people expected to attend, what time the gathering will be held, the budget for
the party and other, the number of people expected to attend, what time the
gathering will be held, the budget for the party and other special
considerations (like if some guests are vegetarians). It pays to be creative
when catering for a party. Say the host tells you she’s throwing a simple
cookout party. You can suggest a more creative slant like “Boracay in
Manila” and serve not just barbeque, hamburgers and hotdogs but delicious
seafood as well, and even make a bigger profit!
Creatively planning for an event is necessary but don’t forget the
reason you were hired in the first place—serve good food for the guests so
they will enjoy the party. Make sure that the ingredients are stored correctly,
the dishes are nutritious and handled hygienically, your staff is well-trained
and properly attired and the kitchenware is thoroughly sterilized. Safety should
be on the top of your list because you don’t want your reputation to die due
to food-borne bacteria.
food aside, always remember that a thoughtful, sanitary and efficient catering
service will make your clients to keep coming back for more of your services.