Vegan has gone mainstream and there is an increased demand for vegan dishes at events and parties. People are also becoming increasingly aware of the many benefits of going vegan and look forward to vegan dishes at various events.
If you are planning to host an event, you must be wondering how to choose a vegan catering service and what makes a vegan catering service the right choice for your event. In today’s blog post, we will explore how you should go about finding the right vegan caterer for your event.
The best way to find the right vegan caterer for your event is to ask people you trust. It could be family members, friends, colleagues, neighbours, or people in other departments at work.
Maybe someone hired a catering company for their wedding and had a great time, or one of your friends experienced great catering at one of their office events. In short, one way to find the right catering service is through word of mouth.
Check The Menu
Once you have references for a few catering companies, it is time for you to ask for the menu selection. Make sure they have what you expect at your event.
Since there is a huge demand for vegan catering, most catering services offer almost everything ranging from starters, salads, main courses, desserts, and more. Most catering companies have a standard menu but reputed companies also offer customised menu services to fit your specific requirements within your budget.
Check Their Experience And References
If you have to choose between an experienced catering company and others who are just getting started, it would be better to go with the experienced company. Politely ask them to provide a selection of the meals on offer and how much experience they have with vegan catering.
Don’t forget to ask them for references and get in touch with those references. Check their online reviews but don’t take the reviews at face value. Go through the positive and negative reviews in detail to get a better idea of the quality of service and food.
There is no harm in asking the caterer to allow you to sample the vegan food on offer. It should give you a good idea of food quality and whether the selection matches your expectations for your particular event.
One of the most important things that matter in this business is transparency in contract terms and prices. Make sure you clearly understand the terms of the contract as well as the price you are expected to pay.
They should be willing to provide a clear breakdown of the cost of their catering service. Ask them what’s going to happen in case food is not up to the mark or there are other problems such as a delay in food delivery or poor service.
Every catering company or any service that offers food has to have a licence. Ideally, these details should be available on their website, but if you are unable to locate these details, you should ask them before hiring them.
Almost all catering companies offer a range of standard food but they also specialise in something unique. For example, some companies specialise in weddings and birthdays whereas others are more geared towards corporate events. This is why it is important to make sure to hire a caterer with the required experience and resources to match the needs of your specific event.
In summary, there is no lack of catering services in Melbourne but not every company has experience with vegan catering. The best way to choose a vegan catering service is through recommendations. Even if someone highly recommends a catering service, it is better to do your own research regarding their prices, menu, experience, terms of the contract, customisation options and so on to ensure a great experience at your event.
Nosh has been offering a Japanese-inspired menu in Melbourne since 2017. We serve at multiple locations in Melbourne and also offer corporate catering, vegan catering, Japanese catering and gluten-free catering services.
For all your vegan catering needs, please call us today on 03 9670 1529 or email us for more information.