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Starting a new catering business? Give us a call!

Owning a restaurant is challenging, to say the least. No matter how good that your food and customer service might be, you have to be very organized, and pay attention to detail. Caterers, on the other hand, have to do most of the same things, with the additional challenge of preparing food offsite, and serving all their guests at once. This also typically takes place at in high pressure situations, and big events that people have been planning for months.

The good news is that our team at Don’s Supply is always a phone call away when you’re in the market for catering equipment and catering supplies. We’ve been in continuous operation since 1969, and operate Arkansas’ largest restaurant equipment supply superstore. We’ve partnered with a lot of great caterers over the past five decades, and we always offer quality advice at no additional charge! No two catering businesses are alike, but here are a few tips that will help get your new catering business off to the right start:

Invest in quality equipment right away-Some catering operations are a side business for a successful restaurant, but many get their start in a household kitchen. Whatever the case, you owe it to yourself to equip your kitchen with professional appliances. Standard appliances in a household kitchen aren’t designed to prepare and serve large amounts of people at once, and are much more likely to break down if they’re subjected to heavy use.

Only take jobs that you can handle-Getting offered your first big catering job is always exciting, but you owe it to yourself and your prospective client to be realistic about how many people that you can serve at once. Catering businesses grow largely through word-of-mouth advertising, and you should first focus on providing exceptional service, and letting your business grow organically.

Have a backup plan for everything-There are few jobs that require “thinking on your feet” more than catering. Clients often struggle to accurately estimate their turnout, and you might suddenly have to serve more (or less) guests than you originally planned. You can also count on surprise onsite requests for kosher, vegan, or gluten-free dinners. The more flexible that you can be, the better.

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