Thinking about jump-starting your career in the hospitality industry? A catering business is a great way to get an idea of what it is like to be a restaurant owner! If you already own a restaurant, offering catering options can increase your revenue and build up your company’s reputation. Las Vegas is booming in the entertainment and tourism industries, so the opportunities for hospitality options are endless!
Here are some useful tips to keep in mind before you decide to start catering for clients:
Never take on more than you can handle
Catering is a great idea until you pile too much on your plate and you’re left with an overwhelming mess! Catering an event for hundreds of people requires a lot of storage, staff, cooking equipment and kitchen space. Therefore, it is important to be careful not to accept more catering gigs than you can handle.
Ensure you have the proper insurance, permits, and licenses
Before you start to cater to major clients, it is important to make sure you have the proper insurance, permits, and licenses in place. This is to protect both you and the customer. It saves you from potential lawsuits and protects the customer in case something goes wrong!
Showcase your creativity
Purchasing a catering business is typically less expensive than purchasing a restaurant. It also gives you the ability to get a taste of what it’s like catering to a big crowd before purchasing an entire venue. It’ll enable you to expand your creativity as a chef and test out your organizational skills!
Don’t be afraid to be flexible with your menu offerings. Regardless of if you have a set menu or not, take the opportunity to show clients you can cater to their specific individual needs and tastes. Although a customized menu may take a little bit more time, the client will surely appreciate it and it could create potential for repeat business!
Know your competition
Lastly, it is very vital to know your existing competition. Learn about what your competition is serving and what prices they offer in order to stay competitive.
Get tips from the masters themselves. Whether it’s a birthday party, corporate gathering, or wedding reception, make sure to contact Culinary Arts Catering for more information or to book your next event!