Red Flags to Avoid When Hiring a Catering Service

A critical part of any successful event is having great food, which means that your choice of catering service matters a lot. Here at Purple’s Side of the Table, our chef has won multiple awards for his catering business, including the 2016 Reader’s Choice Best of Charlotte #1 Private Chef/Caterer award, so we know a thing or two about what separates a good caterer from a bad one. In this article, we’ll go over a few red flags you should look out for when choosing your catering service to ensure that you won’t end up regretting it.

  • A Disorganized Website- One sign that a catering service isn’t up to par is having a disorganized website. The best caterers are extremely detail-oriented, and they are eager to show that level of detail and organization through their online presence. For instance, you can find a comprehensive collection of menu options on our website, and any reputable catering service will provide such examples, too.
  • Poor Communication- Another red flag when it comes to catering services is poor communication. You are relying on these professionals to feed your guests, so you need to be able to get in touch with them reliably. If you reach out to a caterer and don’t hear back for days, or if they don’t answer your questions to your satisfaction, we at Purple’s Side of the Table recommend moving on. Chef Purple will always get back to you promptly and will take the time to answer any questions you have.
  • Lack of Flexibility- Lastly, you should definitely avoid any catering service that isn’t willing to be flexible with you. At Purple’s Side of the Table, we understand that everyone’s needs are different, and we take pride in creating fully customized menus to suit any palate and accommodate any dietary restriction. If a caterer can’t offer the flexibility you need, move on to the next candidate.