Top 10 things to look for in a Catering Company
- Portion sizes per person.
What is each individual person at minimum guaranteed to have by the caterer? For example, Archer’s BBQ will provide 5 oz portions of meat (or our regular sandwich size offered in our four locations), 4 oz portions of sides, Sauce for everyone and enough buns for everyone.
- What else do the packages include past food?
A lot of caterers will provide more than just the food with their average packages.
However what all does that entail for each option? At Archer’s BBQ, we will provide Sweet Tea, Unsweet Tea, Lemonade, Cups, ice, Plates and Cutlery, Serving Utensils, Wire Racks and Sternos. Along with setup and delivery. All with the idea that and customer will be completely set without needing to worry about anything else.
- Delivery Costs and Travel Distance.
Delivery isn’t something always provided by the caterer. Some companies will charge based off the mileage from the closest location to your address. Some will charge based off maybe their central catering location. At Archer’s BBQ, we will deliver to any address in the metro Knoxville area. Depending on size of the event we can include delivery outside of this area as well. Flexibility is key with any caterer to work with.
- Speaking of size and number of people at the event
How many people can the catering company accommodate comfortably? Depending on how many people you have (20 for example should be a questionably large number) this may not be an issue. But let’s say you’ve got 500? At Archer’s BBQ we can accommodate at least 750 people easily with a week’s minimum heads up.
- Can a caterer provide nicer serving equipment?
Let’s say that you are hosting a nicer event where you may want upscale racks to hold the food, upscale plates and cutlery, tables and table cloths, and servers? Does the catering company that you are looking at have these options and what is the price point? Archer’s BBQ can provide all listed above for just an extra $2 per person. Making figuring out overall easy to factor out.
- Allergies and allergy concern
Allergies are something that, when hosting an event, should be considered but who has the time? Are you going to go through a lot of trouble for only a fraction of the guest count? Not even to begin to mention how many allergies you would have to be aware may be involved. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find a caterer that happens to accommodate these concerns. Archer’s BBQ has food that is Gluten free, Shellfish free, and nothing cooked with peanuts or peanut oil. The only dairy sides are Loaded Potato Salad, Corn, and Cole Slaw. We have something for everyone!
- Dessert options
A catering company must have an incredible dessert game. Otherwise are they even taking seriously the most important part of the meal? At Archer’s BBQ, all our desserts are scratch made (or also just how they’re supposed to be made), and we do even off a gluten free option in our Oatmeal Raisin Cookies!
This really should go without saying, but if the company has a history of tardiness why go down that road for yourself? When Archer’s BBQ is looking at a catering delivery set up time we are looking to arrive 15 minutes early giving us plenty of time to get setup and get your event fed!
- Positive Reviews for Catering
A great place to discover complaints of punctuality and also any other issues, rude delivery people, missing food product, or poor setup. Scout out a catering business’ reviews online and see what you may be getting yourself into. I’ll even say this much, Archer’s BBQ has great reviews
- The attitude of “With time and a budget, anything is possible.”
A catering company that can work with you and make whatever you need happen is a gem in the rough. Most caterers are not going to want to go through the trouble of working with something off menu or maybe something they may not be a familiar with. At Archer’s BBQ, we get excited when we get to go off menu. Wings, appetizer plates, smoked cheeses, and fruit plates are all opportunities for us to flex our culinary skills and do something new and interesting.
In conclusion, you’ve found the best catering company for your next event in Archer’s BBQ.