tented weddings, choosing a caterer
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The tented event offers virtually unlimited options when it comes to food and catering.
Your not required to work within the limitations that most banquet halls place on you.
The tented wedding allows you to choose a menu to fit your party and your budget.
Restaurant caters, mixed catering such as a company that specializing in barbecue
and another that provides side dishes are just some of the options. Many of our clients
will self cater or partially self cater. The choices again are virtually unlimited.
It is important to find a caterer that’s willing to work with you. A caterer that works with
you makes planning a party so much easier. A caterer that is difficult and attempts to
put strict limitations on your menu is a caterer to avoid. There are plenty of great
caterers that are willing to help you with your specific needs.
Catering a tented event is very similar to most events. There are some aspects to
consider, power is usually limited, weather can effect serving and there is usually no
backup heating equipment on site. A good caterer will know and understand the
requirements of a tented event and are prepared. Some caterers will request a
separate tent for final food preparation. This is a normal and reasonable request.
Before signing a contract with any caterer, clarify all charges, what they provide,
(down to the salt and pepper shakers, don't take anything for granted) any services
such as serving and clean up, any terms and conditions. Some caterers have
unrealistic additional charges and service fees for tented events. Make sure all
aspects of your party have been discussed and are spelled out. If a caterer starts
hitting you with unreasonable charges and conditions, shop for another caterer!
Their are caterers that will attempt to have you choose "their caterer" or sub-contract
the party rental service through the catering service. One of the great advantages
with the tented event is the flexibility to choose your vendors at the cost and quality
you determine. Placing a middle man between your needs and the vendors providing
the service, will impact quality and cost.
We work with some of the finest caterers in New England. Each have their own style
and expertise. I have found that the caterers that are willing to listen to what a
customer is trying to accomplish and putting together proposals based on the clients
needs are the most successful. In our experience the finest caterers know food and
the party rental experts know party tent rentals.
Many customers ask us to recommend a caterer. We do, but only after we have an
idea of what your looking for. We only recommend caterers that we feel will work the
best with your needs. I will warn you that some caterers and party rental companies
have agreements to recommend and use each other.
Sunshine Tent and Party is proud of the decision we made early on in our business. That
we would only recommend caterers based on quality and performance rather than
helping our bottom line. If your talking with a potential caterer and they are pushing
you toward a certain party rentals company. Ask yourself, why? Is it for you or them.