Why Hire a Caterer?

Are you making plans for a special occasion? An important part of your planning will most likely include the decision of whether to hire a caterer. Since catering goes well beyond simply preparing and serving food, the benefits of hiring a caterer often outweigh any advantages of trying to conquer it all by yourself.

From weddings, to corporate events, to cocktail parties – and plenty of other types of special occasions in between – a good caterer helps save you time and can certainly ease the burden of handling everything on your own.

Why Hire a Caterer?

Here are 5 great reasons why you should hire a caterer:

1) A caterer has experience in planning menus

Caterers create and prepare menus every day. They know which foods best complement one another, as well as which drinks pair best with the foods on the menu.

A caterer also knows from experience which menus work best for the type of event you are planning, and can provide appropriate recommendations.

And finally, most caterers realize the importance of providing safe options for guests with special dietary restrictions and/or food allergies.

2) Remembers the necessary details of an event beyond the menu

Caterers do so much more than simply bring food and drinks to your event. They also remember the “little things” that you may forget: decorations, silverware, plates, linens, glasses, and so on, for the full-on experience your guests will expect and appreciate.

3) Knows exactly how much food and drink to serve at your event

Caterers have experience with calculating the right amounts of hors d’oeuvres, starters, entrees, side dishes, desserts, etc. they need for each guest. This leaves you with no worries about running out of food, or having too much food left over after your event.

4) Catering an event helps ensure each and every guest is satisfied

When you hire a caterer, he or she most likely brings an entire staff along with them for events. At all times, there are people on hand who help prepare and serve food, make sure drink glasses stay filled, clear up dirty dishes, and handle your guests’ requests professionally and politely. They work with everyone involved in your event so that everything flows smoothly and stays organized.

5) Caterers take care of setting everything up before your event, and then cleaning up afterwards

This is probably one of the best reasons of all to hire a caterer. Setting things up, then taking everything down afterwards is probably the most time consuming aspect of any event.

A caterer and his or her staff takes care of every detail involved with setup:

  • Preparing and setting out the food and drinks in a visually pleasing manner
  • Assembling and positioning tables and chairs (or other seating arrangements)
  • Arranging decorations, linens, silverware, glasses, plates, etc.


After your event, the caterer and staff also handle clearing the tables, washing the dishes, and putting everything back where it belongs.

Bonus: When it comes down to it, hiring a caterer saves you a significant amount of time and trouble. This lets you relax and enjoy your event along with your guests without any worries.


Are you planning an event in the Portland-Metro area and looking for a caterer? We would love to help you with any questions or concerns you may have. Please give us a call at 503-222-4553 or contact us online anytime. We look forward to helping your with your catering needs.



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