We recently had the pleasure of talking with the super talented folks at Crave Catering. Below they share some insight into their business as well as general tips for picking a caterer.
How long have you been in business? How did it begin?
Crave Catering has been exclusively catering off-site since 1997. It all began with a free-standing culinary stand at the Farmers Market at PSU. Folks began to crave our food more than one day a week, creating a demand and yielding a small, family-owned restaurant serving the greater downtown Portland area. That wasn’t enough; our customers began to ask us to bring them our delicious food at their special events, boosting the little restaurant into a full-time catering business. Now, we’re proud to cater at just about any kind of event and any kind of venue.
What's your specialty?
Simply put, crafting mouth-watering food out of a symphony of local ingredients. We partner with farmers and merchants within 100 miles of...
This week are you sharing tips on how to have the traditional wedding reception – an evening reception with a dinner.
For this type of reception, the biggest tool in your toolbox is your negotiation skills. You must remember that when dealing with vendors you are doing a business transaction. With that you need to be comfortable negotiating the price of everything. These vendors are in the business to make money. Your job is to have the wedding you want within your budget. It is our experience that the vendors to operate on a sizeable enough profit margin to lower their rates from their introductory proposal and still make a profit. When negotiating always remain calm, kind and professional. Remember this is a business transaction, and it is best to check your emotions at the door.
Take their initial price and talk to them about the areas where they can go lower. Get specific with the prices you would be comfortable paying. And, be prepared for some give a...