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Gino Spano

 Tags: Catering Trends

Planning an event is stressful. There’s so much to consider, from main decisions such as the menu and guestlist, to smaller details like linens and furniture rentals. It can be overwhelming to deal with on your own, but there’s an option that makes event planning a little easier: event caterers. Here are five different ways they’ll help you plan your event.

1. They Handle the Busy Work

You’re busy putting the attendee list together and scheduling meetings—you don’t have too much extra time to worry about food prep and serving. Preparing, planning, and serving can take up time you’d rather spend on the fun stuff. 

Event caterers save you the time of buying the groceries and putting the food together, so you can focus on other aspects of your event. They take care of the odds and ends, from setting up decorations and putting tables in place, to cleaning up, so you can relax knowing this important aspect is expertly handled.

2. Versatile Menu Planning

There’s a good chance you don’t have too much menu planning experience. The good news is you don’t need any experience: event caterers do itfor a living! They can put together a menu that is visually pleasing and delicious, creating an experience every guest will enjoy. They prep menus every day, so they can offer the best advice and latest food trends and drink pairings to expertly put the menu together. 

Caterers know what menus work for different types of events and can make appropriate recommendations. They also understand the need to accommodate for any of kind of dietary restriction, presenting options that all guests will enjoy. Catering brings your vision to life, with suggestions and pairings to give you and your guests the best experience.

3.Choose the Right Venue

A number of factors go in to choosing the right venue, such as budget, location, and calendar. Choosing the right one can be both challenging and time-consuming. Event caterers provide assistance regarding different places and options, and they can endorse other venues that they’ve worked with. They’re ready to answer questions and explain all details to you.

You’ll know you’re getting the best fit and a place that fulfills all of your needs. Each event is unique, with its own opportunities and challenges. Event caterers recommend what will work for your event and recommend suitable options, with the understanding that each function has its own style, and meeting that style is crucial to success. Experienced event caterers can also help you understand what types of rentals you’ll need for the space you’ve chosen. That way, there’ll be no unpleasant last-minute surprises. 

4. Manage the Little Things

Event planning includes a number of little details, which you may forget about or not realize until you reach a certain stage in planning. Caterers go beyond the menu and are aware of the intricate pieces that make an event come together. They pay attention to detail to bring your event vision to life, noting the entire ambience.

Decorations, silverware, linens, and more—these “little things” are managed and checked off for guests to get the full experience. Event caterers knowing what works best in a space to bring that vision to life, making sure rentals, floral, and all décor needs are covered. They can also use their connections to give you an “in”with different event vendors.

5. Portion-Sized Expertise

Estimating how much every guest may eat can stump even the most enthusiastic party planner. This is further magnified when you’re planning for an event. Caterers have the experience and knowledge to make the right serving recommendations so you don’t overdo the food and drinks orders or run out of supplies.

With your rough estimates, caterers can advise appropriate qualities for food and drink. Event caterers have the experience in calculating apps, entrees, starters, desserts, and the rest to leave every guest satisfied.

For your next event, consider Seventh Heaven Event Catering. Awarded#12 of one the Top 60 Catering Blogs on the web, these catering experts will make planning your event a breeze.

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Gino Spano

Starting with roots in a kitchen at 14 years old, he worked his way up the ranks and by the young age of 17 was responsible for daily events of 50 to 600 people. Gino continued to use his talents to work in catering, banquet and restaurant kitchens across the GTA. His love for Italian, French and Asian cuisine paired with his wide variety of knowledge brought him success in his new venture at Seventh Heaven in 2001. Over the past 12 years, he has cooked many meals for social events, corporate events and government officials. His love for new challenges brought him into corporate sales where he and the Seventh Heaven team won Best Catered Event for Canadian Linen’s “The Great White North” – Facility Grand Opening in 2009.
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