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Warning Signs of Bad Caterers

Whether it’s a sweet 16 or a wedding, when you order from a catering company, you expect things to go smoothly. A catering company is just one of the many parts of planning an event, because you have to ensure very quickly that you can trust the company in question. If you can’t, you have to scramble to find a replacement. It may help you to know what to look out for, especially if this is your first time ordering catered food. If you’re in the market for event catering in Santa Cruz, CA, here are the main warning signs you should watch out for, that will tell you to take your business elsewhere.

#1. Lack of communication
The main thing you should always expect from a catering company, besides good food, is meet-ups, and lots of them. There’s a lot of planning you and the company will have to go over, and that requires meeting at the site of the event multiple times to make sure everyone is on the same page about what they’re supposed to do, when, and where. This also includes phone calls, emails, etc. So if a catering company isn’t doing any of this when you need them to, or at all, then it’s best to move on.

#2. Punctuality impaired
On top of communicating effectively for meetings and planning, you should expect your catering company to actually get there on time. If they say they want to meet with you at the site of the event at 3:30 p.m., then you shouldn’t be left there waiting until 4:00 P.M. If their truck breaks down or they caught in traffic, they should notify you that they’re going to be running late and explain why. A caterer who doesn’t arrive on time 90% of the time at least, is probably not a catering company worth your business.

#3. Lacking the proper equipment
There’s a lot of equipment involved with catering food, especially when you’re catering for an entire event. There’s packaging that’s guaranteed to get the food to its destination safely and in one piece, regardless of the weather it’s being delivered in. There’s trucks to buy/rent, and drivers to hire. And much more when it comes to technology, staffing, and scheduling. While an infant catering company can be forgiven for not having a fleet of trucks and professional drivers at its disposal, if you’re planning a huge event that’s catering to dozens, or even hundreds of people, then you’re going to want a professional company who will do the job right, and have the means and equipment to do so.

D’La Colmena Mexican Food Catering Service is the place to come if you want professional catering services you can trust.

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