Throwing any sort of event can be stressful. Throwing an event with professional catering can add just one more thing to the todo list. Thankfully, we make it easy. As Utah’s premier caterers, we know that putting together an event can seem like a never-ending task, but we can also help take some of the stress away. Below, we’re offering some advice on how to make your catered event as successful as possible without the hassle. 

Tips For A Successful Event

Know Your Budget

Your budget might be the most important factor when it comes to choosing a caterer and ensuring the event is successful. You have to find a good balance between your catering budget, venue budget, entertainment budget, and so forth. What will the breakdown be? 

Your caterer should be able to accommodate various budgets, but also be sure to have realistic expectations when it comes to the price you’ll pay for great catering. 

Count Heads

Next, know how many people you will have. The more people you have, the less money you will have per head in your budget. Catering that boils down to $10 per person looks a lot different than catering that equals $80 per person, so you need to know how many people you will have so you can understand what type of catering you can expect. Additionally, some local caterers have a minimum or a maximum number of people they can accommodate, so make sure you let them know your tentative head count. 

Go Local

Choosing a local caterer is good for a variety of reasons. When you choose a restaurant chain that caters you might not get the same level of customer service and quality as a local caterer who is relying on the local citizens to use their services. 

Additionally, while a chain caterer might seem like a cheaper option, the actual price ends up being pretty comparable in most cases so be sure to get a quote from your local caterer before you make assumptions. 

Finally, local caterers are often able to create a unique menu for your event, whereas large corporations are usually bound to a set menu with zero exceptions. 

Consider Guests’ Dietary Restrictions

You might not think much about it, but many people have dietary restrictions ranging from allergies to religious restrictions. If you are having a large event and it’s in the budget, make sure to have some options that are meat-free, gluten-free, and nut-free to accommodate the most common allergies and restrictions. 

Go With A Theme

Some of the best catered events are the ones with themes. This helps to ensure the food offerings cohesive and won’t have guests scratching their heads about why they’re being served burgers and refried beans. You can choose a country-specific theme such as Mexican or Indian food catering, or you can go with a fun theme like Cheeseburgers in Paradise or a Hawaiian Luau. 

Choose The Right Level Of Service

Is your event casual or formal? Would buffet catering seem too simple for your fancy event? Or would a sit-down dinner prevent guests from mingling? Knowing what level of catering service you prefer is essential to having a seamless and successful event. At Fifty-Three Catering, we are happy to provide sit-down, full-service catering or casual, buffet-style catering. If you’re looking for something in between, let us know and we’ll do our best to match the atmosphere of your event. 

Hire Someone Who You Think Is The Best Caterer In Utah

Finally, for a successful catered event, never compromise on your caterer. In your guests’ eyes, it’s better to buy half a dozen vegetable platters from Costco than to have a bad caterer at your event. Poor food experiences are something most people never forget, so make sure to do your research and choose a caterer who you truly think is a great option. 

At Fifty-Three Catering, we’d love to prove to you that we’re the right choice when it comes to your next catered event. Whether it’s an elegant wedding or a casual company picnic, we can make it special by serving up awesome, fresh food that we source as locally as possible. 

Check Out Our Catering Menus Or Create Your Own! 

We want your event to be a smashing success, and that means helping you create the perfect menu. Whether you look at our catering menu and see something that looks absolutely perfect or you are craving something that’s not on there, we can work with you. We love using our menu as a starting point and customizing our recipes and ingredients to meet your needs. However, if you have something totally unique in mind, then let us know! Our ultimate goal is to ensure you are completely satisfied with your catering experience. 

Get in touch with our Utah caterers today to start planning for your event!