When it comes to events, food and drinks should be one of your main priorities. However, with everything else that’s going on, it’s easy to neglect this crucial step. Thus, most party or event planners tend to opt for an event catering service. Sounds easy enough, right? Well, not exactly. Most people still get confused when deciding on whether they should go for mobile catering.
Well, read on as we expound on this further. Also, once you have decided that a mobile catering is a great option (and we know you will), we’ll be listing down what you should look for in any event catering service.
Make sure that they have all of the licenses and permits before hiring them
Food trucks and mobile catering are definitely all the rage right now. However, before you jump on the bandwagon, be sure that these trucks have the necessary permits to operate at your event.
Determine the location where the food truck will be at the event
Keep in mind that this is not your traditional catering service. Therefore, you have to make sure that everything is set - even the location of said food truck during the event - so that you don’t have to worry about it when the time comes because let’s face it, this is the whole reason why you hired a catering service - so that you don’t have to deal with food and beverage problems at the party.
Finalize the menu before the big day
A common misconception is that if you hire a catering service, they’ll do all the work for you. Well, yes and no. Yes, they’ll handle most of the work during the event but you have to still finalize the menu and other aspects before the big day. Make sure to keep your guests in mind, which leads us to our next point.
Calculate how much food you’ll be needing
Depending on your guest list or headcount, you still have to account for any unexpected guests or food emergencies. Nevertheless, don’t go overboard because you wouldn’t want to have so many leftovers from the party.
Figure out when the food trucks should arrive
From the previous point regarding the need to identify where these food trucks will be at the venue, it is also crucial to know when they will arrive. Oftentimes, having them arrive a few hours before the event is a good decision because you’ll have plenty of time to prep everything - and also deal with any unfortunate happenstance. The beauty of mobile event catering is that the food is made to order! So do account for the usual food prep.
In the end, it’s all about expecting the unexpected. Any event planner would always account for emergencies, especially when it comes to food and drinks! A mobile catering service is not only convenient, aesthetically pleasing with their different food truck banners, but it’s also hassle-free once you’ve done your part.