4 Tips for Hiring a Caterer

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Meet Nathaniel Neubauer, the mastermind behind Contemporary Catering, a top-tier catering and event production company nestled in the heart of Los Angeles. Ever wondered how to choose the perfect caterer for your wedding feast? Well, wonder no more! We caught up with Nathaniel to glean some insider wisdom and snagged four priceless tips to ensure your caterer is as memorable as the big day itself.

The day you select your venue, start looking for a caterer.

Upon choosing your venue, immediately initiate the search for a caterer. Picking the right caterer is a big deal in event planning, and getting a reliable one on board from the get-go gives you the breathing room to check out different options, chat about menus, and make choices that match your event dreams. By starting this process early on, you not only enhance your chances of securing a top-notch caterer but also create a smoother timeline for coordinating other aspects of your event
Busy summer weekends are often booked out 12-14 months out! If food is important, people often say that 50 percent of the budget should go to food. However, you must remember that when you have a larger guest count, budget percentages can slide. (Remember, in most cases there is only one dress and one DJ or band!)"

When looking for a caterer think of as interviewing someone for an 8-14 month relationship.

Just like any interpersonal connection, choosing the right caterer involves compatibility, communication, and a shared vision. Consider not only the menu options and pricing but also the level of service, responsiveness, and flexibility they offer. 
Don’t just hire a caterer because you "heard they are good." They might be out of your price range, or their style of service might not be just what you are looking for. Check online, and talk to some recent couples about their experiences. This approach ensures that you find a catering partner who not only meets your immediate needs but also proves reliable and accommodating throughout the entire duration of your event planning journey.

Do not hire a caterer that is not willing to let you taste their food before signing a contract.

You wouldn't buy a new car without test driving it, would you? You are looking into buying goods and services that very often cost as much as your car, except they are handing a large portion of the operation of the most important day of your life.
Tasting the offerings beforehand is crucial to ensuring the quality and flavor of the food at your event. A reputable caterer understands the importance of customer satisfaction and will be more than willing to accommodate your requests.

Find a caterer who will allow YOU to have fun with the process.

We don't think this needs further explanation. But, if you and your S.O. aren't having a wonderful time, then why proceed with this vendor?
Look for a caterer who values collaboration, listens to your ideas, and is open to incorporating your unique preferences into the menu and overall culinary experience. Choosing a caterer who encourages your involvement ensures that the event's catering reflects your personality and style, making it a more personalized and enjoyable experience for you and your guests.
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