Whether you are hiring a caterer for a small birthday party, a large corporate event with several hundred guests or a wedding reception there are 12 questions you need to answer before that first meeting with you caterer. Answering these questions helps your caterer prepare thorough event pricing and can begin to define types of food and service best suited for your event.
1. What is your planned budget for the event?
2. Where will the event be held?
3. What kind of event are you planning?
4. What is the date of your event?
5. How many quests will be attending?
6. What time will the guests be arriving?
7. What time will the meal be served?
8. How long is the event expected to last?
9. What type of service are you looking for? Buffet, plated, family style or drop off?
10. What type of food would you like to serve? Are there dietary considerations?
11. What type of beverage service do you require?
12. Would you like to rent china, linens , flatware and glassware, or are disposables appropriate for your event?
As caterers we want to provide the best service possible to our valued guest, by being well prepared we will be able to propose and budget the best options available for your event.
Family style catering is increasing in popularity, more and more Calgary brides are inquiring about this type of catering service. It refers to the way the food is presented to the guests. Rather than stand in a long buffet line, guests take a seat and the food is brought to them on platters rather than being pre-plated. Each menu selection is on it’s own platter. Guests pass the platters, select their food, and the platters are returned to the centre of the table , until they need to be replenished or the next course is served.
It is a warm and friendly approach, that creates opportunities for conversation and a more relaxed dining experience.
A family style meal is more economical than a plated service, however it is more costly than a buffet due to increased staffing and required serving dishes. It is also less time consuming than a traditional buffet service due to buffet line ups.
Family style service is often described as casually elegant, it can be as casual or formal as you like depending on your culinary and personal tastes.
Have a question? Ready to start planning? Call Rusty Spur Catering at 403.813.5025 for a friendly, no obligation consultation.
When Rusty Spur Catering was founded 3 years ago, we were one of the first catering companies in the Calgary area to have a custom catering trailer built.
Unlike the food truck craze, ours is a complete commercial kitchen able to feed multi course meals for hundreds of people.
Instead of cooking food at a central commissary kitchen and transporting hot and ready, we choose to invest in the equipment and skilled culinary staff to cook food onsite for your event, wedding or party.
Gone are the days of dried out beef, rubber chicken and heavy sauces made to mask the lack of quality in your food.
We serve fresh food, cooked right before your guests are ready to dine.
We can set up in your driveway, in a field , a loading dock or a mountain.
As mobile caterers we do not rely on venues and locations that have kitchens.
We specialize and thrive in working in places that may be a challenge to others.
If you are looking for restaurant quality food for your event, wedding or party in the Calgary and surrounding area give us a call.