Food Catering – What Do You Need to Know About Food Catering?

Food is always an essential ingredient in every event and party. Events such as weddings, corporate events, family reunions or baby showers all need to have food around. In fact, when we attend an event, we will usually look forward to eat some delicious food, whether it is snacks or a full-course meal. So instead of preparing the food yourself, you can hire a food catering company to help you take care of your food requirements.

A catering service can be very helpful with taking some of the stress off you during an event. A good caterer will take care of everything such as the preparation of food and drink, dining area set up, decorations, and the clearing up of the dining area after the event.

Now, let me share with you some simple tips so that you are better prepared and your caterer will be able to execute your plan accordingly:

1. Finalizing on the location, date and time of the event. These are very important information and you must let your caterer know way before the event. Especially for the location, the caterer needs to visit the ground so as to get himself familiar with the site layout. So make sure that your caterer is comfortable with the location in advance.

2. Setting your catering budget. One way to decide your catering budget is to ask yourself how important the role of food and drink will play at your event. Are you intending to provide a sit-down dinner or a buffet for your guests? Do you want your food to match a particular theme of your event? These are the things that you need to get into consideration before deciding how much money you are going to allocate for food catering. It is also important to know how many guests are attending your event. By catering the right amount of food, you can save yourself some money and cut down on food wastage.

3. Planning with your caterer. You need to brief your caterer on the things that you expect him or her to do during the event. Also find out whether your caterer provides other services such as site decoration. Many catering services today provide a full event planning. Check with your caterer if they provide a full event planning. If so, usually they will provide you with a brochure with the service details.

So whether you are planning a corporate event or a simple birthday party for 20 close friends, let a catering company helps you with the task of food requirements and set up. Spend your time sweating on other details of the event!

Finger Food Catering – Quick and Easy Catering Option

So, what is finger food actually? According to Wikipedia, Food that can be eaten with one’s hands, as opposed to requiring utensils; is called finger food. Often appetizers and snacks come under this category. Many corporate caterers can organize the best recipes for any small get-to-gather, official meeting or party. This type of food is very popular compared to other food options especially for Australians because it’s cost effective, makes good impression on your guests and it is very easy to serve.

Finger food caterers are flexible when it comes to time. It is easy to serve for waiters even in the big crowd; they can carry their bowl with tissues and serve the food. Now-a-days people like this type of light snacks catering services when they are arranging party for their important guests.

If you require cost effective catering services then contact any official caterers or local famous player to arrange for finger food catering in birth day and anniversary parties, functions and official meeting.

Include these items in finger food catering

You can have different types of sandwiches, different cocktail, crackers with cheese and fruit platters, Feta Cheese and Spinach Tartlets or some Chinese spring rolls. These items are available in lower packages and serve the purpose. In medium package different type of chickens and burgers are included; and in deluxe menu hot and cool items and pizza slices are included.


It is good for those who provide this type services because it is very easy to serve Greek, Mexican or Asian food without particular menu apart from making it delicious so that people actually likes it. In this type of services you can choose the wide range of quantity with better quality. It is best option for wedding parties because it is available on per person basis and creates a great environment.

You might think that finger food is always similar to fast food and not always healthy especially for kids; but some of the food options are good for kids as well as elderly persons. There are some fruits and vegetables that can be used in different kind of dry salads. Health conscious people can also enjoy this type of food without any hesitation.

Any catering service provider who starts catering services in Australia, they must include finger food in their service offerings, otherwise they will not get many orders.

Finding the Right Kitchen Space for Your Specialty Food Business

While regulations vary by state, most states have traditionally not allowed you to manufacture food products in your home kitchen if you intend to sell them. In the past year or two, however, several states have enacted “Cottage Food” laws, whereby start up food producers CAN prepare certain foods in their homes without the usual licensing. Each state has its own guidelines regarding what kind of foods are allowed or prohibited, what the labeling requirements are, where these food products can be sold and more. These laws also cap gross sales, so once your sales go above that amount, you become subject to all the usual regulations.

Your best bet is to do an online search on “cottage food laws” for more information about the specific rules and laws in your particular state.

Some states with or without cottage food laws may still require your home kitchen meet commercial grade kitchen standards and pass a health department inspection. No one wants to find dog hair in their food! (In fact, every cottage food state prohibits pets from being in the home.) And even if you are allowed to use a home kitchen, you might still choose to find a commercial kitchen because it’s just more efficient. Once I moved to a kitchen that had the full size commercial ovens, planetary mixer and tons of counter space, there was no going back! It was so much easier and quicker to produce in that environment.


So where do you look for commercial kitchen space? You have a lot of options. When you’re looking, keep an open mind and be willing to be creative. There’s really no reason for you to invest in creating your own commercial kitchen space at the start up phase (costs can easily reach $50,000 in no time!) unless you know for sure you have significant production contracts in hand that will justify the large capital outlay necessary.

One choice is to rent space in a kitchen that is already licensed for commercial preparation. Many food entrepreneurs have started out using space in a restaurant, working there during the hours the restaurant is closed. Check out restaurants that are open only for breakfast and lunch; maybe you can use their space in the evenings. Talk to area caterers about using their kitchens too. Depending on what kind of catering they do, they may have the equipment you need. Many caterers aren’t very busy in their kitchens early in the week, so you could be in there on a Monday or Tuesday.

Some areas of the country have incubator kitchens for early-stage food businesses. These facilities offer shared rental opportunities and are fully equipped and licensed. Sometimes these facilities are connected to a university. In other cases, this type of kitchen may cater to a specific type of food business, vegetarian or baking or canning only, for example. One place to look for these types of kitchens is If you’re making jam, beans, salsa or the like, you could find a local cannery or canning facility. This page has a list of canning kitchens: that may be a good start for you.

Co-op kitchens are commercial kitchens that are set up for a variety of food producers and allow you to rent time and space in their facility. One example of such a facility is the Production Kitchen in West Palm Beach. Look online for this kind of arrangement in your area.

Do you have a Moose, Elk, Knights of Columbus or Shriners lodge in your town? Believe it not, this was the place I used in the very beginning of my business’ life. I knew some of the Shriners from the Chamber of Commerce and they were happy to help me get started. They charged a minimal hourly rate and I used their kitchen on Mondays. The men who were members kind of adopted me as their own “cookie lady” and loved coming through the kitchen to see what was going on when I was working there.

When it was time to move on, I ended up in a local church kitchen. Religious houses, like churches or synagogues, are great options because they aren’t usually in use during the week. And you might be surprised at how well-appointed these facilities are. I was! Not having had reason to be in one for years, I was thrilled to find three full-size commercial gas ovens, full-size baking pans, five or six cooling racks, a 35-gallon Hobart mixer, measuring spoons and cups, and an incredible amount of counter and refrigeration at my disposal. Like I mentioned earlier, there was no turning back to something smaller after that.

As a note, you don’t necessarily have to be a member of the congregation to use their kitchen.

Keep in mind that regardless of where you decide to produce your food product, even though that facility will (presumably) have proper licensing and insurance, you will still need some of your own licensing (at the least a city and/or county business license) and liability insurance.


Some facilities, like the co-op kitchens, will have set prices for their use. Others, like the restaurants and churches, may not have ever participated in such an arrangement before, so you’ll have some flexibility in working with them to establish something that works for both of you. Make sure you know what kind of budget you have to spend on this. The very first place I used, before the Shriners, I negotiated an amount that turned out to be way too high (I wasn’t selling nearly enough product to cover my rent there), and I had very limited access to it. Fortunately I didn’t have a long-term agreement and I was able to get away after just a few months and move to the Shriners’ facility with much more favorable terms. When I started working at the church kitchen, payment was made as donations to the church because non-profit organizations cannot legally rent out kitchen space for a for-profit businesses.


As with anything worth having or finding, you may encounter several rejections or dead ends as you search for the perfect place to produce your food product. I can’t recall exactly how many facilities I called. I left messages that weren’t returned and started hopeful conversations with countless people who never followed through. Be prepared for this journey and know that the right situation IS out there for you. Keep on searching and calling and you will meet with success!

Start a Food Business

Lots of people are finding themselves in bad financial situations, especially with the economy in its current condition. However, looking for a new job isn’t the only way out of your current financial doldrums. If you always dreamed of owning your own business, this may be the perfect time to get started. You’ll be amazed by the benefits of being our own boss and owning your own company. You can start small, in your own kitchen. Keep growing or keep it small according to your comfort level and your ability to take risks to expand and deal with new business decisions.

Food related businesses are among the most popular and profitable choices. They can be started quickly and easily, and the demand is reasonably consistent. After all, everyone needs to eat. You can put together a profitable and worthwhile catering or concession business using minimal resources and in only a short time.

Start up costs for food businesses are generally low, and while you still need to have good business skills, you don’t need a lot of specialized experience or education. Businesses can function full time, or only part time, as you have the resources available. It’s also a business that can work with help from your family. You’ll have to talk to them before assuming they’ll be part of your new venture, but kids and other family members can be a big help.

Food is generally considered a recession proof area, and there is a high potential for profit if you choose your focus well and can attract the right customers. Since word spreads fast about a great new place to eat, many food businesses can begin to earn a profit much more quickly than a lot of other small start ups. In addition, if you love dealing with people and making them happy, your food business will be fulfilling and a lot of fun.

Licensing requirements are minimal, and the business usually works on cash. You’ll get complete control over every aspect of the business and will be able to customize it so that it works best for you. In bad economic times, food can provide a financial lifeline, and you’ll never be bored. Do some research online and set up a step by step business plan so you have an idea how to start. Don’t jump into this blindly, as you do not want to lose any money with the wrong decisions.

Of course, there are downsides to every kind of business, and food is no exception. Check into the zoning laws where you live, in case there are regulations for your town. You’ll need to remember that any form of self employment requires you to take care of your own insurance, and that you won’t get paid vacation or sick leave. Taking a vacation can also be tricky, since your customers depend on you to be there. The business is also vulnerable to unpredictable circumstances, and can be both competitive and physically demanding. If you’re not ready for this, food may not be for you.

However, that doesn’t mean that your own food business is not a great opportunity. You just have to think hard about what you’ll be putting into it and what you could be getting out of it. If you’re looking for something new and want a change of career, a new business could be just what you have been waiting for. See what opportunities are available and what your options might be.