Obviously the taste of catered food is a large contributing factor toward your happiness with a company, but service should not necessarily take a back seat to flavor. Many catering services take pride not only in the quality of food but in the professionalism of their cooks and serving staff. Your catered event can be as elegant and rehearsed as they come, or it can simply be plates of food passed around among friends. The atmosphere is always up to you, so the catering company that you hire should match your style with their service. With that in mind, when you’re in the middle of your search for the perfect caterer, keep an eye on their service types as well as their array of menus and prices.
The Gourmet Kitchen, located in Denver, offers three distinct kinds of food service styles for your event, but they are willing to adjust to any specific requests you have. Their first option is Drop-off service, where they simply prepare the food and drop it off at your event site in disposable containers. This leaves the presentation, dissemination of food, and cleanup to the customer. The second option is Buffet With Set up and Tear down, which is exactly how it sounds. Staff will not stay to serve food at this type of event, but they will prepare food and set up buffet stations before your event, and will return afterwards to break down the stations and clean up. In this case the customer is responsible for serving plates and replenishing trays. The third service option is a fully Staffed Event, where food preparation, presentation, service, and clean up will be completed by The Gourmet Kitchen. A staffed event can come in different forms: buffet, sit-down, stationed, or passed plates. In this case the staff can also provide plates, glassware, stemware, utensils, tables, centerpieces, bar tenders, chocolate fountains, etc. Their menus can be specialized and they can recommend venues and entertainment options if you’re still looking for those things as well. The Gourmet Kitchen also provides perks with no charge that many other catering companies would charge for, like cake cutting fees or cork fees. Complimentary tastings are also available before your event if you need some help deciding on menu options.
Understanding the service options of the caterer that you have in mind will help the decision-making process go much more smoothly. Taste is important, and food presentation and sanitation is even more important, but don’t let these elements overshadow the necessity of proper service. If you have an elegant seated dinner in mind, but you happen to have chosen a catering service that only offers buffet service, you might be out of luck if your event date is fast approaching. On the other hand, you might end up overpaying a catering company that specializes in glamorous services when you really only wanted the food dropped off so that you could worry about the presentation, service, and cleanup by yourself.
The Gourmet Kitchen
5604 Kendall Court
Arvada, CO 80002