Questions to Ask a Kosher Caterer

Apr 1st 2019 at 6:10 AM

When it comes to choosing a top kosher caterer, preparation is the key!

The food offered to guests is one of the most critical elements to any celebration, if you get that right, your guests will leave with the event with full bellies and a smile on their face. Thus, looking for a High Holiday kosher caterer in Chicago is crucial. So, here are the questions which you should ask when meeting the potential caterer in Chicago.

The Catering Company

• Check for the references and testimonials of every caterer you speak with. How long have they been in the business? What kind of events have they handled in the past and ask them to share client feedback with you?

• What all they do to maintain the hygiene and which food safety certificates they hold? If the caterer claims to have Beth Din certificate, ask them to show you the certificate or give a call to Beth Din to double check. A reputed caterer ensures and presents this information before you ask them.

The Food

• It is essential for you to figure out whether you want a relaxed buffet style function or a formal sit down dinner. How many courses would you like to offer? There are pros and cons both the options and also the cost implications. Perhaps if you’re expecting a large number of guests and want to offer more variety, then a buffet will be more suitable, or if it’s an even larger gathering, a sit-down meal will ensure no lengthy queues. Discuss it with the caterer the benefits of both the formats.

• Ask about how they prepare, store and serve the food. Check the crockery they will be using and how the food will be displayed. If you’re paying a premium, you should expect freshly prepared food and not the pre-packaged food or food which is re-heated on the site. Check the taste of the food before the event starts. Make sure you are happy with everything that you’re paying for.

The Staff

• Service is an integral part of every event. Ask the service provider do their staff wear a uniform? Do they speak English? The way the staff treats your guest leaves a lasting impression on them about you, so make sure it’s a good one.

• It is essential to know who will be dealing with your event. Is it the same person who was there at the meeting or someone else will be taking care of the event? And how many staff/servers they’ll be providing?

Make sure you ask the caterer all these questions before finalizing the High Holiday kosher caterer in Chicago.

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