Tips for Saving on Your Catering Budget

 Are you worried your Event will put your budget in the red, relax Scotch and Sirloin has some helpful tips to make sure your catering doesn’t bust your budget!  Its true many larger events can cost you a great deal but they don’t have too. Most of the time, half of your budget goes to food and drinks but if you follow these helpful tips you can still have an extraordinary event while not breaking the bank.

  • Choosing the right caterer can be very stressful, but choosing one that can make your event wishes come true is even tougher. You need to make sure your caterer understands your budget, but you should also discuss your wants and plans for the event. This will give your caterer a clear understanding of the direction you want to head in.
  • Always ask about Guaranteed Numbers with regard to pricing. For most catering companies pricing is based on guaranteed number of guests. Always ask about the Minimum Guaranteed number of guests. At Scotch and Sirloin we base our prices on how many guest you will have at your event.
  • Be realistic when choosing your appetizers. For your event to be successful you don’t need to have a multitude of hors d’oeuvres, just a select few which will make your guest happy and it won’t bust your budget. Another option to reduce your appetizer cost, just go for an appetizer table instead of having your appetizers passed. This will reduce your labor and food cost and allows your guests to mingle.
  • Event Catering is seeing an emerging trend towards a more casual and relaxed dining experience. Instead of having a plated sit down dinner, why not try a themed buffet such as a Carnival or 50’s retro dinner?  Or host a brunch, sunset or dessert reception, these are fun themed events that will have your guest talking.

For any special occasion or event, you want to make memories that will last a lifetime, but you don’t have to pay a lifetime for it. You don’t need to break the bank to get great catering, just consider these helpful tips and I can guarantee you will have an event you’re proud of and that’s within your budget.

Catering Ideas for Weddings!

Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life. It should be perfect and every detail should be just right. So of course hiring the right Caterer is just as important. When hiring a catering company, it’s important to know just what you’re getting into. It’s also very important to have ideas of what you want out of your caterer, this will help you shape your menu and give your caterer a direction to head in. To help you do just that, I’ve gathered a few creative catering ideas to help you plan your wedding menu.

Tasting Menus

We have become a nation of foodies so why not design your catering menu around this idea. Come up with a multi course tasting menu, where your guest can try new and exotic things. At Scotch and Sirloin we can design a menu that consists of a wide selections of bite size delicacies for your guest to sample and enjoy. This is a great way to liven up a reception, and get your guests to expand their palates.

Think Seasonal

When planning your wedding menu, think about the season. Seasonal dishes are a great way to spice up your wedding menu and save a little money in the process. Seasonal items are in abundance and easier to obtain. If you’re planning a spring wedding, think of light garden party inspired dishes. If it’s winter try heartier dishes like Pit Roasted Ham and Peppermint Hot Chocolate.

The Signature Dish

There is nothing better than a personal touch on your wedding day! Create a signature dish from an old family recipe, and give it a prestigious place on your wedding menu. At Scotch and Sirloin we can work with you to develop your families dish into something truly special. Also don’t forget to name it after yourself or a family member, this is a great way to incorporate a family tradition and introduce your guests to a family favorite.

When it comes to catering your wedding, don’t be afraid to take charge. Decide what you want from your wedding menu, and then work closely with your caterer to see it come to fruition. At Scotch and Sirloin we work closely with you on your wedding day. We believe in making your Wedding Day exceptional so give us a call ask for Emily at (316) 685-8701.