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Creating a Catering Proposal and Quote

A catering proposal is the quote that outlines the services, food and beverages that will be provided for an event as well as the cost for each item. The proposal usually doubles as a contract. If the client is happy with it and wants to contract you as their caterer, they will sign it at the bottom and give their payment information. For the most professional-looking proposal, use your catering company’s letterhead. In order to create a catering proposal, outline everything you will provide to your client with a price attached to each piece, as well as a grand total price quote for the entire event. There is no specific order that you have to use to present your catering proposal. However, it is recommended that you use a certain organization to make the proposal less confusing to your client. Try ordering your quote in the following manner.

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Finding a Commercial Kitchen for a Catering Business

Finding a commercial kitchen that works for you is an integral part of bringing your catering concept to life. The location, type and size of your commercial kitchen determines many aspects of your business, including the type of dishes you can make, the capacity of events you can handle and where they can be located. When it's time to find a commercial kitchen where you can drop anchor, guide your search by the type of food you want to make and the scale of your operation. Because we want you to succeed, we've even outlined the 6 most common kitchen options for catering businesses.

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Types of Catering Operations: The Pros and Cons

When they hear the word “catering,” most people think of the last buffet they went through at a wedding or conference, or picking hors d’oeuvres off of a tray at a recent party. However, there are many other types of foodservice operations that fall under the domain of “catering.” If you are thinking of starting a catering company or expanding an existing one, learn about the pros and cons of different types of catering operations to determine what is right for you.

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5 Ways to Keep Halloween Customers at Your Bar

Let’s set the scene: It’s Halloween night, and your bar is packed with costume-clad consumers looking to have a scary good time. “Monster Mash” is blasting through the speakers, and drinks are poured and served faster than Dracula can morph in to a bat. All the pieces are in place for a profitable and productive night for your business, as long as (knock on wood) your customers keep feeling that Halloween vibe. As one of the busiest bar nights of the year, it’s up to you to keep your customers’ tabs open instead of closed and looking for a new bar. How do you do it? Read on to find out.

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How to Start a Home Catering Business

On the outside, starting a home catering business seems like the best idea since sliced bread. You'd save money by working in your own comfortable, familiar space and do what you love day in and day out. But before you dive headfirst into your own business, there are many factors you should consider before making the decision to base your catering company from your home. Home-based caterers face difficult obstacles that other caterer’s can easily overcome. Along with limited space, equipment, meeting health codes and regulations, home caterers looking legitimate enough to compete with other caterers who have their own commercial kitchens or store fronts.

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