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Friday 19 October 2018
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7 tips for selecting a BBQ delivery service for a small family event

7 tips for selecting a BBQ delivery service for a small family event

For smaller events and family gettogethers, you may need a BBQ delivery service. Now, before we talk of the tips, it is important to understand that delivery and full-service catering services are very different. In case of the latter, onsite catering, bar services, waitstaff and bartenders are included in the package, whereas delivery services include the food along with basics like disposable ware.

Below are the 7 things you need to check before selecting a BBQ delivery service.

  • Check for the best caterers in business. From references from your friends and family members to online listings, take your time to find the best caterers in business or at least make shortlist of five names.
  • Check the menu. BBQ menus are often extensive, with a wide range of meats on offer. Find a caterer that can offer a nice spread. Think of options like smoked ham, chicken wings, smoked chicken, turkey breast, spicy pork and duck fry.

  • Ask about the recipes. Every caterer has a few signature dishes, which are offered on request. Planning to serve handmade sausages and salamis? You need to find a caterer who can deal with all of that and more.
  • Insist on fresh ingredients. Barbeque food needs to be fresh and local. Right from the meats to the veggies, everything should be sourced from the local suppliers, and as a client, you can ask the service about the way they source their products.

  • Find what’s included. Since we are talking of BBQ delivery here, you need to check what all is a part of the package. Usually, you get disposable ware, such as plastic plates, napkins, forks, knives, and spoons, besides disposable serving ware. Many caterers may also include chafing dishes on request and for a charge.
  • Additional food items. Apart from BBQ menu, you may want to include other things on your menu, such as beverages, desserts and soups. Check if the caterer can handle such requests. If you are ordering beverages, ask for ice, glasses and cups too.

  • Finally, check the notice period for placing a booking. Some caterers may take up last-minute orders, but it is largely dependent on their existing bookings. However, in your best interest, consider booking the order at least 48 to 72 hours in advance. That way, you also get time to plan the menu.

Make your shortlist and consider the menu options now to select one!