Wedding season is in full swing, and many restaurants are offering catering services as a way to bring in some extra revenue. However, catering is no walk in the park. It can be a scary, intimidating, and overwhelming task. There is a pressure to produce, preserve, and transport a high volume of food all while maintaining quality. Luckily, our restaurant experts have composed a list of catering hacks that help you better tackle the catering challenge.

Combine Form and Function

With specialty diets taking over, every guest list is sure to include at least one person with a dietary restriction (and you should certainly work to accommodate this). Rather than spending money on artistic chalkboard labels or messily scribbling “vegetarian” on containers, you can identify what is what via presentation. For example, The Kimpton Gray Hotel in Chicago brands their empanadas with a “B” for beef and a “V” for vegetarian. When possible, this is a great way to save money, time, and give people the necessary information easily.


Don’t Be Trashy

If you think venues handle waste cleanup, you are in for a surprise. Most of the time, caterers are responsible for food cleanup. To prepare for this, you should plan to bring one large trash bag for every ten people they serve. It is also recommended that caterers line each wastebasket with a few bags prior to the event, to keep everything running smoothly. Alternatively, you could bring the necessary supplies for people to take home leftovers. Regardless, be prepared to manage the waste produced from your food.

Offer a Signature Cocktail

Signature cocktails are a kill-two-birds-with-one-stone type item. They are a fun and simple way to save time, save money, and personalize an event. Bartenders can mix these cocktails in bulk and have them ready to serve as they would a pre-mixed drink, meaning that orders can be made quickly and effortlessly. Likewise, you can avoid the costs of fully stocking the bar by enticing guests with a unique cocktail offering. 

Make Sure You’re Covered

As with any other food service, catering has inherent risks beyond your control. Food contamination or kitchen fires or a rowdy customer who has had too much to drink are examples of such. For caterers who deliver, the risk of auto accidents poses an additional threat. Your typical run of the mill BOP policy may not cover these things. In order to cater safely, make sure you are covered before starting a business. If you are unsure of what type of coverage your business has and needs, Bikelane is here to help. Contact one of our insurance experts.