If you love to cook but don’t have the upfront funds to start your own restaurant, you may be considering starting a catering business. It’s a pretty good compromise if you think about it: you can do what you love and see others enjoying your delicious food, but you don’t have to worry about all of the expenses that come along with a physical restaurant location. You also have a more flexible schedule as a caterer, because you only work when you have an event to cater, rather than having to make sure the restaurant is open every day just in case someone decides to stop by.
However, catering comes with its own list of expenses too. There are numerous catering supplies and equipment that you will need to make your business successful. First and foremost, you’re going to need to decide whether you’ll be doing the majority of the cooking on location or from your own kitchen. If you’re doing the actual cooking at the event, then you’ll need portable stoves and grills, and everything that goes along with it. If you’ll be cooking at another location and transporting the food to the event, then you’ll need warmers and serving containers to ensure that the food stays fresh and hot.
Truly professional caterers bring everything needed to the event. This includes the tableware that the guests will be using. Your clients will love this additional service, as they won’t have to worry about providing all the tableware themselves, much less washing all of those dishes afterwards. You will also need all of the serving trays and utensils required for you to serve the food: salad bowls and tongs, soup ladles, casserole dishes, pie knives, and so on.
If you have a team of employees (even if it’s just your friends and family members), then you should try to find them some professional-looking uniforms. White button-down shirts and black slacks are a classic look, and you can get your company name embroidered on the shirt for a truly professional look.
Once you have all of your catering supplies in place, you can start sharing your food with the world!