There are a lot of catering staffing companies out there, each with their own pros and cons. But what should you be looking for in a catering staffing company? What should they provide to make sure that your event goes smoothly?
First, what are catering staffing agencies, and why do you need one? Catering staffing agencies provide temporary staff for your event. They provide servers, bartenders, chefs and more to help with the catering portion of your event or party. This helps you ensure that it’s a success overall by providing an experienced team instead of depending on volunteers who may not have had much experience working at parties before.
-Are the staff experienced in corporate events?
-What is the cost per person/hour?
-How many people will I need at my event hours before the date of service?
-What time do they open and close on days before or after an event day?
-Do they have liability insurance against damages caused by the caterer's employees while serving your guests, as well as damage to your company's property?
-What kinds of food do they offer, and how reasonable are the prices for said items?
-Is there a minimum number of hours required by catering staff providers? If so, what is it per person/hour?
-Do you have choices in who is sent out to help with your event?
-Are their employees allowed to drink alcohol while they are working, or only when the work day is over?
-Do you have a choice in what type of uniform catering staff providers wear at an event? Do you have the option for them to dress professionally if your corporate image calls for it, rather than wearing a t-shirt and jeans?
-Do they bring their own tools and equipment, or do they expect you to supply it?
-Do catering staff providers require their employees to bring in their own food and drinks (or are there strict rules about what kinds of foods can be brought into the work area)?
-Are all staff members insured by the company's insurance policy when working at your event location(s)?
-Do they provide their own transportation to and from the location(s) of your event? If not, who will be responsible for providing it?
-What about liability insurance for any damages caused by catering staff providers while working at an event location (or during travel)? Who has that responsibility? Are you expected to pay additional fees for this coverage?
-What are the hours of operation on days before and after an event day?
-Do they have any special equipment that is only available to catering staff providers, such as a rolling oven or grill cart, extra refrigerators/freezers, additional ice machine capacity? If so, do you have access to these items for your event?
-How much do catering staff providers charge if extra employees are required partway through an event (due to illness, injury, or other unforeseen circumstances)?
-What is their cancelation policy? How long have they been in business? Do they have any client testimonials?
This might seem like a lot, but having great, professional and reliable catering staffing can make or break an event. It is important to find a catering staff provider that you can trust and one who will be able to meet the needs of your guests, no matter what they are! So don't be afraid to ask the hard questions when you are in the market for catering staff providers.
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