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Tips and Updates for Your Commercial Kitchen

We love partnering with caterers to help their businesses grow!

At Don’s Supply, we have a lot of respect for caterers. It takes a special kind of confidence to commit to providing a fine dining experience at high stakes events like weddings and banquets, and it’s definitely not a job for the faint at heart!

We operate Arkansas’ largest foodservice superstore, and we offer one-stop shopping for catering serving supplies and catering disposables. We have the most customer-focused team in the business, and when we partner with you, we offer much more than catering supplies: we also offer decades of expertise in the foodservice business. We love helping new caterers grow their business, and are always a phone call or mouse click away when you have any questions. We do offer a few general recommendations to anyone currently running a catering business, or thinking of starting one:

Invest in Quality Equipment-Most catering operations start out of someone’s household kitchen, which is fine for small events. But once you start booking larger events, your standard household appliances will no longer be sufficient. It may be tempting to try to get by with what you have, but if you’re planning on growing your business, investing in commercial equipment will save you time, and eventually allow you to book larger jobs.

Underpromise and Overdeliver-Word-of-mouth advertising is extremely important to a new catering operation, which is why you should only take on jobs that you can handle. The first few years are a struggle for most small business owners, but if you’re offered a much larger job than you’re used to, you should only take it if you’re confident that you can meet (and exceed) both your own standards and the client’s expectations.

Be a Creative Problem Solver-Any experienced caterer will tell you that Murphy’s Law applies to many jobs. Common problems for events include hosts underestimating (or overestimating) the number of attendees, events that start late or run late, and guests with surprise food allergies or dietary requirements. It’s always better to discuss contingencies with the client when the contract is signed than at the event after he or she has had a couple of glasses of champagne. Most importantly, expect the unexpected, and always be flexible.

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