Q. What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
A. I ask the customer certain questions to determine exactly what services they're expecting for their budget. Based on the information provided, I offer suggestions or different scenarios of service to help them receive the most value for their dollar.
Q. What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
A. I grew up working in my parents' catering business. I have worked in every facet of the bar and restaurant industry from food stands to fine dining. I've worked and have held supervisory positions in kitchens and front of the house throughout my career. I've trained in kitchens preparing several types of cuisine.
Q. Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
A. I do not have a standard pricing system for my service. I work to base my prices on the customer's budget and needs.
Q. How did you get started doing this type of work?
A. I grew up working in my parent's catering business. I have always been interested in cooking, since a very young age.
Q. What types of customers have you worked with?
A. I have worked with many types of customers, from boxed lunches to full scale weddings.
Q. Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
A. I catered an 80th birthday party. They requested BBQ so the actual cooking process took about 17 hours. The delivery and set up took about 30 minutes. The customers were so nice and the "Birthday Girl" was very pleased with her cake.
Q. What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
A. Have a budget in mind but try to have some wiggle room. Let the caterer know if there's any food allergies or special dietary needs. Be open-minded about the menu you want to serve. Please understand that sometimes not all items are available for your event because circumstances beyond our control, shortages due to weather conditions, price increases, etc.
Q. What questions should customers think through before talking to
professionals about their project?
A. What is my maximum budget for this project? How flexible can I be with the date of service? What if any compromises can I make in relation to this project? What is more important, how much I spend or the quality of service for this project?