As an established mobile event cater, we have experienced some challenging situations when providing catering for our clients. Everything can be planned to perfection, but the one thing that can’t be planned is the British weather.
If you are planning a marquee wedding or event to be held in a marquee, consider how the food is to be prepared and how it will be served to your guests. One client thought that this catering tent would suffice! With 200 important guests to prepare a hot meal for and on a very wet and windy day, it was with true professionalism that the food was prepared and served to perfection. Thank goodness the waiting staff had umbrellas!
Your catering tent should ideally be attached to the venue, just in case it rains. Who wants rain soaked food served at their table? This certainly would not impress your guests. The catering tent should ideally be enclosed; this helps to keep the chefs and more importantly the food warm!
Consideration as to where refrigerated vehicles can be parked. Adjacent to the kitchen would be perfect or as close to it as possible. Remember the refrigerated vans acts as a fridge, in which food is stored at a safe temperature.
Likewise, can the vans be driven to the kitchen? Remember we are mobile caterers, so our equipment is also mobile. Unloading mobile ovens, tables, catering size saucepans, crates of table wear etc from vans to the catering kitchen can prove awkward if access is not easily accessible.
The Event Manager should arrange to do a site visit prior to your event, to check out your requirements, but once the marquee goes up, things can become a little tricky. However, we have overcome many problems we have encountered in the past and will be sure to provide you with the catering service you have been expecting.
Past events have seen us erecting a large catering tent in a city centre car park, to prepare food for a building next door, which didn’t have any kitchen facilities.
Or the time when the caretaker of a well known sailing club couldn’t unlock the kitchen, so we were given a Bowman’s Shed, surrounded by boat parts, tools etc to prep in.
Creating canapés in a Hugo Boss men’s changing room, for the launch of Rio Ferdinand’s clothing range, Five, at Selfridges
All events are different and throw up all sorts of challenges, but a professional mobile event caterer will overcome these to ensure your event goes as smoothly as possible.
author Emma Whitehurst