Hiring a Catering Company: Advantages and Disadvantages

Do you know what is more stressful than hosting an event? It’s food event catering. May it be a personal party or corporate events, guests will have different tastes. Having to think about the kind of food the guests will like, the quantity that should fit that number and the type of food suitable for the event can all be troublesome for the host.

Hiring a catering company can help take those burdens away from you. Let us look at some of the advantages and disadvantages of hiring outside caterers:


  • Convenience. It is easier to coordinate and host your event if the food aspect will be taken out of your responsibility. Having someone prepare the food for the guests, do the serving and even clean up after the event makes everything convenient.
  • Depending on the services of the catering company, you can opt to have your food prepared in your own location or they can bring all the premade foods straight to your event.

  • Wide Selection of Menus. Naturally, a catering company has a wide selection of menus you can choose from. You can also ask them to prepare foods you specifically suggested.
  • They always say two heads are better than one. This works for catering as well. Since catering companies are experienced with different kinds of event, they can help you come up with the proper menu selection.


  • Cost. It is quite predictable that hiring a catering company can be expensive. The payment will include not only the food you ordered but also preparation, transportation and the services of the crew.
  • Strangers vs. guests. For corporate and huge events, people don’t mind strangers preparing and serving the food for them. However, this might be uncomfortable to people attending an intimate event. Having to mingle with strangers may not be the best idea.
  • Before hiring an event catering company, there is a need to gauge first whether the benefits outweigh the disadvantages.