Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Choosing the Best Catering in Phoenix

Choosing a caterer is a crucial decision for the success of your function. Whether you're planning a wedding, anniversary, birthday, shower, bah mitzvah, sweet sixteen or business meeting in Phoenix, asking the right questions will help you make the best decision for your event.

First, create a list of details that are important to you.

By detailing the crucial items that are vital for your occassion, you're sure to be able to ask and get your questions answered, making it easier to choose the right caterer for you. Don't forget timelines, special dietary considerations, and drink and bar selections.

Next, create a budget for your event.

Knowing what you want to spend up front and sharing that with your prospective caterer will allow you to make better choices when faced with making upgrades and meal selections during the process.

Thirdly, request a tasting for your top menu item choices.

If you haven't tasted your caterer's meals, a tasting can be quite helpful in determining not only what meals to select, but what caterer delivers the taste and presentation you would expect for your event. Watch how the tasting is conducted. Were the meals presented in a timely manner? How was the cleanup? How is the presentation?

Fourth, do a walk through at your event location.

This helps your caterer with logistics and helps you go over any details that may come up as you walk through. Talk about the flow of guests, timeline, staff and other details.

Lastly, ask questions.

Important questions to consider include: Will the person running the tasting be running the event? Can the caterer help with other event functions in addition to the food? What other events has the caterer put on? How long have they been catering? When is the final head count deadline?

Feel confident in asking questions that are important to you and don't be shy. Ask for suggestions based on your needs. Caterers have planned and put on many events and can share their expertise and experiences. Letting the caterer know how you feel will allow them to help make your event exactly the way you'd like it to be.

Pangea Catering in Phoenix specializes in unique flavors from around the world and making your occassion memorable and delicious. Capable of handling everything from food to valet, Pangea is also a full service event planner for your Phoenix weddings or other occassions. When searching for Phoenix Catering, contact Pangea Catering to create an event you won't forget.