Catering is the act of giving food and liquid refreshment for a variety of events like including business meetings, conferences, exhibitions, special events, weddings, and other important social occasions that would not be complete without food. Caterers, which are either independent vendors or entities who are a part of a particular division of a facility like many occupations, catering takes a combination of training, hard work, and carefully honed skills to succeed.
While there are common factors with being a cook, caterers face many extra challenges. They have to be the ones to handle business matters like accounting, marketing, negotiating with the customers, plus they have to pay additional attention to the decorations of the event as well as the quality of the food that they serve which is the most important part, customers would not want to avail catering services whose dishes are not worth it.
Often times it is an advantage to run a catering business to prepare you for running your own restaurant and if you already have your own restaurant business catering can be a way for you to promote the food you serve and the good service you give to your customers. As a caterer there variety of equipment you will need before you could call your catering business is a fully functional one.
Here are some of them:
Dinner plates, Bread plates, Salad plates, Water and Wine glasses, Coffee cups with saucer, Silverware settings, Linen or paper napkins, Tablecloths, Table centrepieces, Salt and pepper shakers, Sugar holders, Butter holders, Serving Equipment, Serving trays, Bus tubs, Water pitchers, Buffet Equipment
Plates, Silverware rolls
Air-pots for coffee, decaf and hot water, Water pitchers, Iced tubs for soda, juice and other cold drinks, Drinking straws, Drink stirrers, Cocktail napkins, Coffee cups, Water glasses, Basket of assorted teas and or hot cocoa, Basket of sugar packets, Small wastebasket
Additional Items for Off-Premise Catering
Cambro- An insulated container that keeps food hot or cold, Garbage bags for dirty linen, Extra bus tubs for dirty dishes, Disposable containers for food storage (if you are keeping it or the customer intend to keep leftovers), Plastic wrap, Tin foil, Extra serving utensils, Jugs of water- if no running water is available at the site, Hand sanitizer, Extra cleaning rags or paper towels
If you want your catering business to grow and scale some good heights in nearby future, then the best option is to purchase your own equipment. You also get to keep the item and they can be traded or auctioned to earn back a good another huge chunk of cash. There are also tax benefits that a business owner can enjoy. There is another option to getting your equipment and such an option is called leasing. Buying or leasing catering equipment can depend on the business owner’s convenience level. Whatever the decision might be, it is important to choose the best equipment dealer, positively reviewed for selling as well as providing this equipment on lease.