How To Vet A Caterer For Your Next Event

June 30, 2018 | Events, Paramount Events Inspiration


While it is important to carefully choose a Chicago caterer for your next event to ensure that the food served is delicious and enjoyed by every guest, the caterer is also often involved with many other aspects of the event such as the venue and staff service. Whether you’re planning an event for 10 or 2,000- we’ve organized a list of the most important questions to ask when securing a caterer for your next event to make sure everything goes smoothly and as planned. Though some may seem obvious or intrusive, each one provides essential answers that help to avoid everything from legal to timeline issues. An experienced and professional caterer will do far more than just providing a menu and food setup service, so becoming familiar with their business and previous clients can help determine if they are a reliable and appropriate fit for your event.


-Do you specialize in certain types of food such as organic, locally sourced, vegan, or gluten-free?

-Do you have liquor liability insurance or offer beverage packages with licensed bartenders?

-What are the top venues that you work the most in? Have you worked in my venue?

-What staffing will you provide for the event?

-Is the food prepared on site or do you bring it fully cooked?

-Can you assist with other aspects of the event like selecting the venue and the event design?

-Do we have to work with a preset menu or can you create a custom menu for our event?

-Do you provide rental equipment such as tables, chairs, and linens?

-Do you offer food tastings and is there an extra charge for this?

-Can you provide references and reviews from previous clients?



Ready to cater your next event? Reach out anytime to start planning at (773) 880-8044 or INFO@PARAMOUNTEVENTSCHICAGO.COM.


[first photo credit: Design, Technical Production, and Photography by Kehoe Designs | Catering by Paramount Events]


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