A comprehensive, formal full-service catering proposal is likely to include the following time-line matters:

  • Rental arrival time
  • Staff arrival time
  • Bar open time
  • Meal serve time
  • Bar close time
  • Rental pickup
  • Out-of-venue time

Each of these factors affects the catering price.

For example, a rental quote for an "anytime" weekday delivery is usually much more economical than an "exact-time" delivery.

General menu considerations: Clients may have specific dietary or religious needs to consider. these include Halal, Kosher, Vegetarian, Vegan and food allergy requests. Increasingly, clients are interested in food sustainability and food safety.

Hors d''oeuvres: it should be clear if these are passed or stationary. Most caterers agree that three or four passed items are appropriate for the one-hour period.

Christine Jagger

PR Manager @ RSBaron!
Christine Jagger
Hors d''oeuvres: it should be clear if these are passed or stationary. Most caterers agree that three or four passed items are appropriate for the one-hour period.

Lorenzo Bandanas

Event Planner @ RSEvento!
Lorenzo Bandanas
Hors d''oeuvres: it should be clear if these are passed or stationary. Most caterers agree that three or four passed items are appropriate for the one-hour period.

Miguel Terife

Media Planner @ RSClario!
Miguel Terife

In addition, many caterers will provide partial catering services in addition to full-service. Partial catering can include cooking and delivery of prepared foods, pre-cooked dishes for pickup at the caterer''s location, and cooking, delivery and setup without service. In many cases partial catering can be an excellent and economical option to full-service catering.

Increasingly, restaurants are providing catering menus and services in addition to their regular menus. Restaurant catering can be either on-site or off-site, depending on the services offered.