Food markets are a good platform for showcasing your food and your catering skills, making sure you have a captive audience who are looking to buy your food. If you are new to the industry, a market can help you to find new customers and spread the word about your catering business. If you live in an area that has a market, see whether you can secure a stall. You will often have to pay for the stall and provide your own equipment, though some things like tables and cookers may be there already. For chefs and caterers who specialising in a certain type of cuisine, this is a great opportunity. You can make a name for yourself cooking the kinds of food you enjoy the most, showing people what you are capable of. Offer a few varieties, but not too many – at markets, people expect the food to be good, accessible, quick and affordable.
As an events manager, it is often within your remit to ensure that all necessary equipment is at an event. However, it isn’t practical for you to own all of the materials yourself, not least because your clients will want so many different things. In this instance, it will usually be necessary for you to hire equipment out. Luckily for you, there are many companies that specialise in events hire. You will usually be able to hire a vast range of equipment, from marquees and bars to small items like cutlery and crockery. Many of these companies can be found online and will have their full product list available for you to see. If you choose to work with one specific event hire company, they may possibly be able to give you loyalty and bulk hiring discounts. Build up the relationship over time to get the best deals for your events.