Your Catering Needs
Before we get started in the dinner hour lets think about the rehearsal dinner. This is a important dinner. You meet with all your friends and family, you then put then tougher the final touches that will truly make your day magical. Now the question is what are you having for you rehearsal dinner? Some caterers will offer a package with this included, you may just want to Bar-B-Que. Another option that is not on a lot of peoples mind is some of the smaller places offer great packages for this. For example places like Arby’s. They have a few different options with great prices to keep you within your budget. Here is a link to their menu. Arbys Menu
As soon as you have your wedding date, it is then time to start looking for a wedding caterer service. Some wedding catering services booked a year or more in advance. If you are planning to hold your wedding in a hotel or a facility where catering is provided, it may not be necessary to book a wedding caterer since it may be part of the wedding facility package. Here in Montana some Wedding venues will not let you bring in outside catering services so checking with the wedding venue before anything is highly recommended.
With some idea of your wedding date and time, probable wedding reception venue, expected guest numbers, type of catering services, i.e. buffet or sit down, whether you want china or disposable, and theme or style of your wedding it is time to start calling wedding caterers to gather information that you will needed to make an informed decision about the selection of a wedding caterer. If you don’t have a wedding venue location yet, caterers may be able to suggest wedding venues they are familiar with.
You should plan to compare wedding caterers before making your final decision
WHAT SHOULD YOU ASK THE WEDDING CATERER
Different wedding caterer’s offer different wedding catering packages and they also package them differently. You will need to find out exactly what is included – and what is not included. When talking with wedding catering service take notes so you can compare catering services.
- Some provide china with their catering package while others provide disposable.
- Some provide top and skirt for the dinner and buffet tables while others do not.
- Some include labor charges in a per person cost while others have an additional charge for labor.
- Some charge corkage charges for opening or pouring bottles of champagne or wine that they do not provide while others do not.
- Some have per piece wedding cake cutting charges if they do not provide the wedding cake
- Some include gratuity a cost per person charge while other add gratuity based on the total wedding catering cost.
After researching meet with your top catering picks and ask for sample menus and literature outlining what is included in their wedding catering packages. After you have spoken to the 1st caterer on the list you should have a pretty good idea of what information is needed from you and what questions you need to ask the other wedding caterers. Listen carefully and write down notes from the discussions with each caterer so you can refer to them later.
If during your conversation with a caterer a question arises that was not asked of another wedding caterer, call that caterer back and ask the question. This is the only way you will get an accurate picture of who will be providing the most complete service at the best price for your wedding day in addition to general information, you will also want to know details that will impact your final costs. Here is some of the types of questions you will want to get answered
How long has the caterer been in business?
Caterers come and go. Make sure they do not go with your deposit. Most catering companies that do not make it end up folding within 12 to 18 months of starting business. Consider their track record before handing over a deposit. Something to keep in mind is wedding photographers and wedding disc jockeys see it all and are a great source to ask if they have ever been at a wedding catered by a particular catering service. How is the staff attired? Some have a uniform standard while others are somewhat lacking in a uniform appearance.
Has the caterer serviced the venue where you are holding your wedding reception?
A caterer who is familiar with the facility knows exactly what is required for efficient service of your wedding guests and knows the mechanics of a facility which means that there is less probability of mistakes, oversights or duplications of service. A caterer who is familiar with the facility can also advise you possible oversights or service duplications which will end up saving you unnecessary expense and headaches. They will also be able to help you out with where to set up catering for your guests.
What events has the caterers serviced?
may have a large number of people at your wedding reception and they will all need to be served in a very short period of time. Not all caterers have the experience or are equipped to service large groups. Specialized equipment is required to prepare, transport and maintain the proper temperature (and quality) of large quantities of food. Note that if you are planning on over 100 guests it is highly recommended having a double sided service line, Double service is suitable for up to 300 quests. Keep in mind that the shorter amount of time your guests stand in line the quicker you can move on to your next event planned for your wedding day. After 300 guests four service lines and up may be suitable. Talk with your cater about expected service times. Be sure that the caterer is not over-extending their abilities by trying to provide service to more clients than they are capable of servicing as well.
What is the cost and what “exactly” is included (and not included) in the cost?
You will want to get an itemization what is provided by the caterer and the costs associated with the catering package. Find out what other costs are directly associated with the food catering that are not included in the catering fee.
How are leftovers handled?
In many cases there will be a significant amount of food leftover at the end of service. Some caterers will package the leftovers for you while others will simply dispose of the leftovers. Some may actually take unused product and resell it. Yuck! Some catering services Donate the leftovers to the Salvation Army. If refrigerated storage is not available at the facility, bring coolers with ice to store the leftovers. Food that has been in temperature conditions of higher than 40 degrees F or lower than 160 degrees F in the case of heated foods for 4 hours or more should NEVER be saved due to potential food related illnesses.
Do they have recent references from weddings they have catered?
References are a must. It is also a great idea to view photos of previous events so you can see what the caterer is capable of when it comes to presentation. Good food presentation is as equally important as the quality and taste of the food.
Once you have decided on a wedding catering service, have the venue for your wedding, and have selected the menu it is time to reserve the catering service date and sign a contract with the wedding caterer. This should be in the form of an agreement that outlines specifically what you are getting, when you are getting it, and what exactly you are paying for – including an itemization of all labor and equipment charges and the specific services that will be performed by the caterer. Be sure that the agreement specifically outlines times and guarantees service on your date and time since some caterers have canceled service of a smaller event at the last minute in order to service a larger event. Be sure you fully and carefully read the agreement before signing it. Double check to make sure that no services are duplicated by another service or the facility before signing the agreement since duplication will impact your total event cost.
Ok now on the big day, only the best food that Butte has to offer. For sample Menus and Pricing Contact the following Catering service providers. We have also listed services for wedding cakes as well. They are listed at the top. Bon appetite
Get started with cakes and treats to sweeten the wedding day.
Located in Butte Montana (406) 533-9057
Located Butte Montana (406)-498-3545
The Sweet Palace
Located Philipsburg Montana 1(406)-859-3353
The Main course, Everything from the finest culinary Catering professionals in Montana!
Located in Deer Lodge Montana (406) 691-0019
Front Street Market
Located at 8 W Front Butte Montana (406)-782-2614c
Located at 801 S Utah Ave Butte Montana (406)-723-4141
Located at 2810 Pine Butte Montana (406)-782-7410
Located 302 East Broadway Butte Montana 1(406)-723-8711
Located at 400 S Clark Butte Montana (406)-723-2432
Located at 47 E Broadway Butte Montana (406)-723-4735
Park Street Pasties
Located in Butte Montana (406)-782-6400
Located Harrison Ave, Butte Montana 1(406)-494-1438