Whether you are hosting a gala or a simple family get together, sometimes there are simply too many mouths to feed for one person to handle. Furthermore, sometimes you just don’t want to cook–and why should you? You work hard enough as it is. That is why there is a whole business market centered around preparing food and bringing it to peoples’ events and houses, so that you don’t have to worry about one bit of cooking. Especially if you are holding a conference, or some kind of a large reception, having caterers simply arrive and set up a circus of delicacies is an easy, rewarding solution to the problem of “what are people going to eat?” The funny thing about catering businesses is that they are not like restaurants, who you can know a lot about even if you’ve never eaten their food. Most people have never heard of some of the most successful and renowned catering businesses, and they live not for the kind of fame great restauranteurs receive on the Food Network, but for the sheer enjoyment of their trade (and, also, piling heaps of money). This article will help you to find the best caterers in Fort Worth, or your hometown, that money can buy.
The first thing to remember about quality caterers is that they will typically not be a national chain. That means ordering catering from Rubios is not the same as ordering from a local, homegrown establishment. And this isn’t any kind of “small business is better” hullabaloo; it is that national chains who cater tend to just be fast-food that is delivered to your house. And if that is what you want, well, read no further and enjoy your Subway platter. But, if you want food your clients, or family, or friends will remember; if you want your food to be part of the occasion, not merely an afterthought; and if you want to support your local food choices, then a true catering business is the only way to go.
This should go without saying, but it seldom does: if you are going to hire a caterer, plan ahead! Don’t get caught a week or two before your event without someone to host it, because that will spell an almost certain disappointment, or force you to go with a lower quality caterer. They say in California that you know the quality of a restaurant by how long the wait is, and the same is true for catering companies. If someone can get you in right away, it means they are not in demand. The second you know your event will need someone to host it, don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and get it scheduled.
Finding a Caterer
So, easily the best way to find a caterer is by way of personal reference, if only because the yellow pages and the Internet will tell you who has the biggest marketing budget, not who has the best product. That being said, online forums will have plenty of threads dedicated to the best local catering, and there you will get a plethora of knowledgeable opinions, which is far, far better than simply cold calling the first few ads you see online. Of course, you will also need to decide what kind of food you want, which will limit your options further. By the time you have found a few numbers and called around to get a feel for your choices of caterers in Fort Worth, you will be that much closer to completing your perfect event or family gathering.