(Closed) Catering company vs resturant catering?

posted 4 years ago in Food
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Catering companies are full service. They (can) provide plates, flatwear, servers, bartenders, alcohol AND food. They set up the food, serve the food, clean everything up after.

Restaurants will generally just drop off the food in a disposable tray.

So you are paying for all the ‘extras’ usually.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee

scissorgirl:  I was going to say the same. If you’re doing a buffet, you may be able to go through a restaurant since you technically wouldn’t need servers. 

The best thing I can say is to call a few, talk to them, and see what all they offer. Then you can make a decision based off of that. 

It also depends on the formality that you’re going for as well. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Yup. You can also rent some of those things seprately if you are on a budget. Hire your own servers/bartenders for less than what they are charging. Get your own chaffing dishes/burners. It’s just a bit more work and coordination.

Some caterers might also work with your budget if you don’t need all of that stuff too. It probably still won’t be as cheap as a restaruant, but always an option!

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