Did you find a great venue or event location, but they don't offer on-site catering? You should consider yourself lucky, as there are many advantages to off-site catering. Here are a few examples:
No Need for an On-site Kitchen
When you decide you want on-site catering, you're limited to venues with kitchens. That will significantly limit your options. Some of the best event locations don't have on-site kitchens.
If you choose to go with an off-site catering company, you can select any venue or event location you desire. For example, if you wanted to have your wedding on the beach, you would have to get your catering done off-site.
More Room for Creativity
Are you looking to add some elements of creativity to the meals you serve at your event? Maybe you prefer to have a themed buffet setup or use unique tableware. These types of customizations are hard to do when the venue is in charge of the catering, but it's easier to do with off-site catering.
The convenience of on-site catering comes at a cost. You'll pay higher fees to cover things like kitchen costs, staff members, etc. That's because your event is the only job they're handling at the time. An off-site catering company will typically have multiple clients at once, so operational costs won't solely be your responsibility.
More Food Options
If you rent a venue with on-site catering, you can only choose from their food options. The staff will be limited in what they can offer by the size of their kitchen and their ability to create a vast menu in the space provided. When you go through an off-site catering company, they will likely have more room to prepare food and offer you a wider variety of choices.
When using on-site catering, you won't have many options regarding the culinary style of the food. What if the venue only offers French cuisine, but you want American barbecue? With off-site catering, you choose any type of food you can imagine and then make sure the company you choose offers it.
The food you get from an off-site caterer may be of higher quality. Off-site caterers are not limited by space constraints or distracted by other responsibilities.
Feed More People
A venue with on-site catering may limit how many guests they can serve. What if it's not enough? If you're having an event with an extensive guest list, you may want to choose to use an off-site catering company.
Contact a company like Rogue Kitchens to learn more.