Planning a wedding, family party, or corporate business event at one of Orlando’s banquet halls presents a plethora of options when it comes to hiring a caterer. With the cost of the meal taking the biggest bite out of your budget, you will want to be sure to hire a professional who will treat you and your tastes in a mannerly way. Hiring a caterer is not to be done lightly. Today, we would like to share a few thoughts on the process.

First, consider the food. Ask for a sample menu and a tasting. Find out if that particular chef that will be doing your menu specializes in a specific type of cuisine.

Next, consider your budget. Can the catering company produce the type of food for the amount you wish to spend? Will they also provide servers and is a tip for those servers included in your itemized bill?

Third, along with the price of your desired meal, consider the formality of your event. Are you expecting a formally plated meal or would a more casual buffet work just as well? While a plated meal seems to be more formal, many would be surprised to learn that often a buffet is usually a more expensive option, due to the fact that portions cannot be controlled.

Remember to check with your catering company as to who is responsible for tableware. Will they provide it, or will you have to also check into renting those?

Hiring a caterer for an event may be simple, but hiring a GREAT caterer is not. At the Crystal Ballroom in Orlando, we ask those hard questions for you, allowing you to relax and enjoy your event. We have professional connections with local caterers who can put together a menu for a meal that is memorable for days to come. For more information about how we can help you plan your next event, contact us and let us do the work for you!