Do you peruse Pinterest for your next edible creation or simply walk into the kitchen to see what new masterpiece can be whipped up on a whim? Do you find yourself engrossed in cooking challenge shows, thinking ‘I could do better than that’? Do you have a true love and passion for the culinary? Perhaps you should turn that talent and passion into a business by becoming a caterer. Here’s how to start a catering business.
What is a caterer
A caterer is one that provides food services at a remote site, such as a hotel or private party. Caterers may specialize in a specific type of food or offer a range of options that can be easily prepared and transported to a specific location. If you have always dreamed of sharing your culinary gifts with others, than maybe this is a route that should be considered. In fact, small catering operations can be operated out of a home kitchen with a few adjustments or, in the case of larger orders, a larger kitchen may be needed.
If you still think catering might be for you, then why not start by researching schools that offer catering business courses. Though this certification is not fully necessary, it may help to land a job if you wish to work for another catering company before trying it on your own.
Apart from the catering certificate, you need to comply with the requirements of having staff that has been trained with a food handler card training, ensuring safety for all matters related to food handling and preparation.
Considering the costs
If you choose to go out on your own then you must first consider costs. You will likely need some form of advertising to get the business started. Once the orders come in, money will be needed to prepare the first dishes, transport them, and cover a wait staff to serve. The overhead cost should be contained in the original bid for the job. You will also have to plan dishes so that everything arrives fresh and ready to serve. Transportation is also a necessity if food is to be served at numerous remote locations. Once these small details are in place, you can begin cooking.
The key to being successful with any business is to know your product and showcase it well. Be up front with potential clients. If Italian food is not your best then explain that you are much more confident in other styles. While this may deter a potential client, a bad service can ruin an entire business. Word of mouth is a caterers’ friend. Would you ever consider such a business for yourself?