In some venues there is no choice of caterer; you are required to use the onsite caterer. To ensure the quality of the catering, it is advisable to:
- Provide the chef with a brief containing the budget, the length of the reception/dinner, and the number and type of guests
- View sample menus
- Go for a menu tasting
When you go for a menu tasting be sure to enquire about wine, and also how the tables will be dressed. Take time to consider other dietary requirements, such as vegetarian, vegan or food allergies/ intolerances. Be aware that some caterers charge for a menu tasting, ask for any associated costs upfront.