Catering is the business of providing food service at a remote site or a site such as a hotel, public house (pub), or other location.
A mobile caterer serves food directly from a vehicle, cart or truck which is designed for the purpose. Mobile eventcatering is common at outdoor events (such as concerts), workplaces, and downtown business districts.
Events range from cheese lunch drop-off to full-service. Caterers and their staff are part of the foodservice industry. Eventcatering services provided vary depending on the event and can include: cooking and delivering food to an outside location; cooking, delivering and serving food; and full-service (preparing food, providing service staff, decoration of event location, prep and clean-up). In some cases of full-service catering, the caterer is called an event managing company.
When most people refer to a „caterer“, they are referring to an event caterer who serves food with waiting staff at dining tables or sets up a self-serve buffet. The food may be prepared on site, i.e., made completely at the event, or the caterer may choose to bring prepared food and put the finishing touches on once it arrives.
The event caterer staff are not responsible for preparing the food but often help set up the dining area. This service is typically provided at banquets, conventions, and weddings. Any event where all who attend are provided with food and drinks or sometimes only hors d’oeuvres is often called a catered event.
In addition, many caterers will provide partial services in addition to full-service. Partial eventcatering can include cooking and delivery of prepared foods, pre-cooked dishes for pickup at the caterer’s location, and cooking, delivery and setup without service.
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