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Paul Spano

 Tags: Event Planning

The word “caterer” usually brings to mind a business that prepares and serves delicious food. But caterers can do so much more than that. Partner with a caterer that goes beyond the menu, and see how they can make planning your next event a breeze.

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Location Recommendations

Caterers work with venues, furniture rental companies, and other service companies. This gives them the inside scoop on how to select the best location for your event.

They work with a variety of venues throughout the city, which equips them with an updated and informed list of rental companies and event spaces adaptable for any kind of party. Their relationship with other industry businesses is beneficial for planning every aspect of your event. If you’re looking for a certain vibe and space, they can no doubt recommend one for you.

Party planners are always raving about cool Toronto spaces. Caterers can offer reputable advice on the best space and know whether or not it’s the right location for your specific function. If you’re hosting a gala reception where staff will be passing out food, or you want to incorporate live chefs and DIY food stations into your event, caterers offer excellent advice about the spaces that best accommodate those aspects.

They have the 4-1-1 to make the best recommendations.

Prep, Serve, and Clean Up

Caterers bring inspirational corporate event menu ideas to the table. They prepare and cook delicious food, but they can do more than that. Some catering companies come with their own wait staff who set up food prior to the events, serve guests throughout the cocktail hour and the dinner, and clean up when everyone’s finished eating. Caterers will pour wine, pass around trays of appetizers, clean tables, and more. These little details are crucial for a successful party. Work with a caterer that covers these aspects of the event and ensure the finer points are taken care of.

Front-of-house duties include bringing food out and placing it artfully on tables; answering any guests’ requests promptly, and cleaning it all up right before your eyes. While these tasks might seem trivial, these tiny details leave a big impact. Catering companies that provide this can ensure every part of your event is managed, so everybody can enjoy the party.

Caterers will see to an appropriate server-to-staff ratio so everything—including food preparation, table set-up, and any changes between meals—runs smoothly. You handle your guests while they handle the rest.

The Perfect Ambiance

Caterers know how to set the mood—beyond the food enjoyed. Not only will they provide an aesthetically pleasing presentation with their table set-up, they can help with the right floorplan and layout to suit your preferences and occasion.

Providing linens, glassware, and silverware is a service caterers offer, and they know how to place these items on dining tables for a mouthwatering presentation that leaves guests ready to eat. What you use to eat is just as important as the food, and the right dishes make the entire scene come together.

From cozy to modern, rustic to family-oriented—caterers have the skills and experience to select the right elements that match the vibe you’ve envisioned. Even event lighting can change the tone at your function. Caterers bring it all together to create the perfect party mood.

From managing equipment rental to providing courteous staff and excellent customer service, catering services extend beyond the menu. See how a catering company can take your party to the next level.


Paul Spano

With over 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Paul was the driving force that brought Seventh Heaven together back in 2001. Having started his career in the kitchen, Paul’s passion and thirst for knowledge helped him move quickly through the ranks. He is now Seventh Heaven’s Senior Sales Consultant, Event Planner, and Director of Venue Development. Managing different venues that seat 750 to 1800 guests, Paul brings exceptional operational skills to his role. No matter what you envision or what your dreams and desires are, Paul makes them a reality by getting it done. According to Paul, there is no greater joy than surpassing all of your clients’ and guests’ expectations. His expertise and passion make him one of the pillars of Seventh Heaven.
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