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Questions to Ask a Caterer Before Hiring Them

When it comes to planning a company event, catering is a critical component that can make or break the experience. The food and service provided by the caterer can impact the success of the event. So, it's essential to ask the right questions when considering a caterer. Here are some essential questions to ask a caterer before hiring them for your company event:

  • Can you accommodate dietary restrictions? It's essential to consider the dietary restrictions of your guests when planning catering, so don't forget to ask the caterer if they can accommodate your dietary restrictions. You don't want to end up with guests who can't eat anything provided because they can’t accommodate their lifestyle.

A pro-tip is to order a build your own option so that everyone can enjoy what they most love. Our Avocado Toast Bar is the perfect example, as there are meat, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.

  • What is your specialty or signature dish? Every caterer has their own specialty or signature dish. It's important to ask the caterer about theirs to get a sense of their expertise and what they're best known for and see if this is “the dish” you want to order.

  • What is your pricing and payment structure? It's important to know upfront what the pricing and payment structure of the caterer are. Ask them for a quote and ensure it is comprehensive, including any additional costs such as service fees, delivery fees and taxes. Most caterers will require a downpayment for reserving their services and full payment before the event.

  • What services do you offer? Caterers often provide a range of services beyond the food, such as linens, table settings, and servers. It's essential to know what services the caterer offers and if they can provide everything or contract with third parties to make your event a success.

  • Can you provide references? Before hiring a caterer, it's a good idea to ask for references from previous clients. You can also check their reviews on different catering platforms, like EzCater or Yelp. Important things to look for are: were they on time? Did everyone love it? Would they be ordering again from this company?

  • What is your cancellation policy? It's important to know the cancellation policy in case there are any unforeseen changes to the event. Make sure you understand the policy, including how far in advance you need to cancel and what the fees or penalties you might incur.

  • Can you create a custom menu? If you have specific menu ideas or preferences, ask the caterer if they can create a custom menu for your event. They may be able to accommodate your requests or make recommendations based on your preferences.

There are just some of these questions that can guide you to find the perfect caterer for your upcoming company event. At Avotoasty we make sure to work with you to make your company’s event a big success. From creating special orders, to delivering to your venue, to offering full service.

We are all about avocado toasts, acai bowls, salad bowls, and delicious drinks. ​Our avo-obsessed menu is friendly to most eating lifestyles: vegan, vegetarians, meat-eaters, gluten intolerant, kosher & keto. You can check our website for more information or you can contact us at

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