Developing and Planning Wedding Catering Menus
If you have even the slightest inclination to serve a wedding, decide how you will incorporate your current menu and service style into catering. By determining details now, you can avoid confusion down the road and ensure catering a wedding will be a good experience for you and your clients.
Before every meeting with a prospective customer, know if your full food truck menu will be available for events if you will have event-only menu choices and if you are going to customize menu items for couples’ special days. Consider how easy certain things are to prepare ahead of time and how quickly individual dishes are made in the face of a church-sized crowd.
Think about how you would like to serve these groups and whether you are open to changing your system if requested by a client. Would you prefer to serve guests from the food truck? Alternatively, would you rather serve buffet style? Are you open to working with your staff to pass appetizers and provide table service? What about collaborating with external servers to make a bride’s dinner dreams come true?
Flesh out the possibilities and know the answer to any potential questions related to menu and service logistics. This way you will not get caught promising a client something that you cannot follow through on or that will make the process difficult and unsustainable for your business.
Come up with a few different catering packages to share with inquirers that will give them a starting point when planning wedding menus. While you do so, think about what clients will want on their wedding days and alter your menu offerings if needed. Include options for cocktail hour appetizers, entrees that meet different dietary needs, and delicious, photo-worthy desserts.
It is a good idea to have various menu choices and combinations available so that clients with different budgets can find fitting packages. Decide how you will charge and have options for an all-inclusive price per head, a price per meal at one meal per guest, and add-ons so people who can mix and match to plan the best meal for their guests.
Research catering prices in your area to get a feel for how much clients would be spending if they chose a standard catering company. You will end up charging customers more than regular truck prices once you add in additional costs for overhead, insurance, staffing, service, and time spent planning and preparing.
It is appropriate to pass these expenses onto the customer, but remember that the growing popularity of food trucks serving weddings and their guests are because of the reasonable pricing. tiers.
Wedding catering can cost between $40-$60 per person. Food truck weddings run between $10 and $20 per person.
You will need to include prices, broken down in detail, along with other necessary information within an event contract. This document will hold the event and venue information, client expectations, food truck responsibilities, timelines, backup plans, and event and payment terms.
Develop policies on deposits, cancellations, collaboration with event organizers, and other details before booking any clients to make sure your business is getting the most out of catering weddings. Spell out what you will need to operate, like electricity and a parking space, within the contract.