25 Questions to Ask to Catering Companies

You have a very exciting event coming up. This could be anything from a birthday party to a corporate event to even your own wedding. Whatever it is, you need everything to be perfect. Because the food is such a big part of any event, this means the caterer you choose is the one of the most important party planning decisions you’ll make. 

It may seem impossible to tell one of the catering companies in Los Angeles from the rest. If you ask the right questions, you’ll be able to begin weeding some out. You want this company to be honest and upfront about everything, plus give you the correct answer to all of your questions. Remember, the correct answer for you may be different from someone else. All parties are different, so you’re looking for a catering company that is ideal for your exact situation.

Questions to Ask to Catering Companies in Los Angeles

If you ask a handful of these questions, you’ll get a much better idea of whether or not a catering company is a good match for your upcoming event. Better yet, ask them all!

#1 Are you available on the date I need you?

#2 How long have they been in business?

#3 How many events do you cater per year?

#4 How many guests can you accommodate?

#5 Are you catering other events on the same day?

#6 Is there a cost for setup and take down?

#7 How much time do you need to setup and take down?

#8 Do you serve the food in a buffet, family style, or on individual plates?

#9 Where do you make the food?

#10 Can you accommodate vegan, organic, gluten-free, kosher, and other specific cuisines?

#11 Can you accommodate children’s meals?

#12 How many choices will my guests have for meals?

#13 Can you provide the beverages?

#14 Do you offer desserts?

#15 Do you provide napkins, plates, glasses and silverware?

#16 What is the total cost and what is required for a deposit?

#17 Do you offer payment plans?

#18 What type of payment can you take, cash, check, debit, and credit card?

#19 What is your cancellation policy?

#20 Have you worked at this venue in the past?

#21 Do you have a food service business permit?

#22 Do you have a license?

#23 Can you provide references and reviews from past clients?

#24 When do you need your final food choices and guest count?

#25 Can leftover food from the event be packaged to take home?

Los Angeles Catering Done By The Taco Guy

Your menu is probably the most important part of your special day. It’s also important to choose one of the catering companies in Los Angeles that can meet your needs and fit within your budget. We encourage you to contact The Taco Guy and ask us all of these questions, and any more you have in mind.

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