There are actually two different kinds of catering: on-premise and off-premise. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, but I’m going to focus on-premise dining because it’s easier to explain.
On-premises catering usually involves food being cooked and prepared at one establishment. The most common example is at the restaurant. In this kind of catering, the food is already cooked, prepped and ready to be served. There’s no need for refrigeration or freezer space because the food is cooked just before serving. This is a good example of a fast service catering business. However, if the food is leftovers, there would be much less room for error and overcooking.
Off-premises catering means food being prepared and shipped to a location that needs it. For example, if you’re planning a party, it might be best to order a pizza and a few beers instead of having a whole chicken and the accompanying salad. You may want to consider shipping catering to your clients’ homes as well. This way, you can get your hands on the ingredients that are in season, and then have it delivered directly to your client’s house. Many people who host parties, cook outs and special occasions prefer this type of catering because they don’t have to pay a great deal of money to rent a warehouse or rent a truck.
There are also restaurants that specialize in catering, such as fine dining restaurants or casual restaurants. These establishments usually have their own kitchens and make the food fresh and hot. The downside to catering at a restaurant is the amount of time that it takes to prepare a meal for everyone, and the fact that the food is cooked at the same place where people eat.
While you can do both catering on-premises and catering off-premises, I’ve found that most people decide to start their own catering business. This way, you can control the menu, set up your own kitchen, and cook the food in your own kitchen. It allows you to work on other things while still preparing meals for your clients, which makes your job much easier.
If you’re planning on starting your own catering business, there are some things that you should keep in mind. One is that the business you chose should be well established so that people will see you as a reliable source for quality food. Another thing is to think about hiring someone who can cook your food and make sure they know how to properly serve it to your guests.