Every diner in a fine dining restaurant expects their food to look just as good as it tastes – but can the same be said for catering? It is in many ways a sad fact that people don’t think of catering as fine dining, but instead, images of sandwiches and buffets and finger food come to mind. Catering can be so much more than this. It’s the fine dining experience without the restaurant. Presenting food beautifully is half the battle. People eat with their eyes as much as their mouths. As a caterer coming in to provide food for events, you need to have your wits about you and know you have all the right equipment for both cooking and presenting your food beautifully. You should consider crockery, cutlery and glassware as well as the food itself. Have as much influence as possible over the whole process, so you can please diners more.
Hiring out catering equipment is a general requirement of the job – moving between venues necessitates you having high-quality catering equipment to help you in your work. If you don’t have it, then your work can suffer and your clients won’t be happy, so the quality of your equipment is paramount. Here is a brief guide to hiring catering equipment: Establish what you need ahead of time. If you need equipment like stoves and bar equipment, this might require more notice to hire, so being organised is key – within the parameters set by your clients, of course. Build up good working relationships with event hire companies. They can source equipment for you and make sure you always have what you need. Talk to other caterers. Find out where they hire catering equipment and get the best rates from a supplier. It’s worth having multiple contacts on your books to meet your needs.
As a caterer, events are your life. The right equipment helps make your life so much easier, so that you can enjoy better efficiency and produce better food in the environment that you are in. There are various options for hiring out equipment and this will largely depend on the environment you are in and what is available there. If you have an event hire company you use regularly, form a long-standing relationship with them. This will ensure that you have the right equipment at the right time, because you have a company that you can rely on. It helps to make the process of obtaining the right equipment for each and every job that bit more streamlined, especially if you are working with new clients yourself and you need to impress them. Choosing to hire equipment from the best event hire companies will allow you to achieve the best results.
The equipment that you use to cook will help you to achieve the results you want for your clients who are eating your food. If you have substandard equipment, you might not be able to achieve the results you want. However, sometimes you will be working with other people’s equipment, or you might be in a venue that is without any kind of proper cooking equipment. In these circumstances, you should hire out professional catering equipment (or take your own along, if you have it). You should opt to hire from a professional supplier who is geared up to deal with professional catering. This is especially important if you need something as fundamental as a cooker or a portable hob – this is something that you need to be right, and that you need to know you can rely upon. Choose carefully, and if you already know catering equipment companies, make sure you choose someone you know.
For a caterer, the equipment available is so important to the overall task – the food quality, the presentation and how it will be received by the people who are eating. The equipment you use should never be overlooked and as a caterer, you will also need to make sure you have plenty of it to keep you going whilst catering large events and parties. You must make sure you buy the right equipment for you, not just go on what others have to tell you. However, if a venue does have a lot of its own equipment, especially kitchen utensils, then it is usually a good idea to use these rather than bringing along all your own sets. Buying online will generally give you the most choice of catering equipment, with a vast range of specialist pans, mixers, storage and food transportation equipment. If you can, try before you buy so you know the brands you will like.