28 Things Every Catering Company Needs

28 Things Every Catering Company Needs

You’ve decided to take the leap and expand your restaurant or bar by catering off-site events. Congratulations! Catering will introduce new people to your signature dishes and hopefully translate to substantial profits for your foodservice business.

When you make the transition to event planning, the amount of organization and preparation required may give you a headache. Understand all of the upfront costs so you won’t invest more than you intended or purchase more equipment than you have storage space.

We’ve done the heavy lifting and listed every major item you need for your new catering venture to succeed. Grab a pen, or copy-and-paste this handy checklist to your Notes app. Here are precisely 28 items you should order from a catering equipment supplier.

Transport
An upstart catering company’s first priority is to secure transportation equipment to bring the supplies necessary to prepare, store, and serve food on-location.

To transport your meals to their destination without a drop in temperature, you will need the following items:

  • Vehicle — Secure a commercial vehicle that is large enough for all of your catering equipment and all of the food you will serve. License these vehicles for commercial use and hire someone on staff who has a commercial driving license and experience with these types of vehicles.
  • Insulated Food Pan Carriers — Ensure your food and beverages arrive at a safe temperature with an insulated food pan carrier. A food pan carrier allows you to keep your food hot or cold during transport or service preparation.
  • Outdoor Coolers — Keep your drinks and other chilled items frosty and cold with a transportable cooler.
  • Food Storage Containers and Boxes — Keep ingredients, appetizers, and meals fresh and away from contamination with food storage boxes and containers
  • Glass Racks — Safely transport drinkware with glass racks featuring external walls to keep contaminants out.

Cooking Equipment
If you require chef stations at your event, invest in cooking equipment that is transportable and optimal for outdoor use. The goal of launching your catering business is to attract more customers to your full-service restaurant. To turn prospects into loyal fans, you need to cook your catering offerings with precision.

The trick to effective catering equipment is reduced size and transportability. Expect outlets and water lines to be in short supply. With this in mind, the following equipment purchases will ensure attendees enjoy every item on your menu the way you intend.

  • Induction Cookers — Induction ranges are a dream for caterers. These countertop cookers are portable, compact, and don’t create ambient heat. They’re a winning choice for your omelet or crepe station.
  • Portable Gas Ranges — Portable grills and ranges allow for mobile, easy cooking, whether you’re searing burgers or putting the finishing touches on a veggie skewer.
  • Outdoor Burners — Cook and fry your most popular menu items at your next catering location by using outdoor gas stoves and burners.
  • Holding Cabinets — Catering a lengthy event? Holding cabinets regulate both temperature and humidity to create the ideal space to keep your food warm for hours.

Serving Equipment
In many scenarios, guests at a catering event will first see your food when presented on a platter or served at their table. Enable your staff to fulfill your vision with heavy-duty serving equipment. Put your best foot forward with equipment that will maintain its quality throughout the year.

  • Serving Platters — Add functionality to your catered event, whether for indoor or outdoor use. Serveware platters showcase your food and withstand the demands of a high-paced event.
  • Serving Utensils — Be sure to pack enough serving tongs, spoons, forks, and other utensils so attendees can help themselves to your mouth-watering spread.
  • Tray Stands — Optimize the food delivery process with portable tray stands designed to fold up for space-saving storage.
  • Food Pans — Ensure that you adequately organize and contain your catering options with our selection of plastic food pans with corresponding lids and accessories.
  • Chef Aprons — Every member of your staff should look professional and presentable. Update your selection of chef aprons with our range of comfortable and durable chef wear.

Beverage Supplies 
Most catering functions will require some selection of beverages to quench the thirst of attendees. The items below help you transport, dispense, and temperature control beverages like water, tea, and coffee. Browse our selection to choose between dispensers that are elegant or more casual.

  • Beverage Dispensers — Insulated beverage dispensers regulate temperature, while uninsulated dispensers are more portable and easy to assemble. We offer specialized dispensers for your catering business, including iced tea brewers and frozen beverage dispensers.
  • Ice and Water Dispensers — Keep guests cool and refreshed with accessible ice and water dispensers at your beverage station.
  • Coffee Dispensers — A breakfast or business spread wouldn’t be complete without a portable coffee dispenser.

Disposable Supplies 
Spare your clients extra fees by using disposable cutlery, plates, and other dinnerware. Eliminate the risk of broken dishes and reduce cleanup time with these handy disposable supplies.

  • Plastic Cutlery — Casual events with a high guest count benefit from the ease of disposable cutlery and plates, especially when you’re looking for ways to cut costs.
  • Picks — Cocktail picks assist in assembling drinks, and food picks can identify allergies and dietary lifestyles like vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free.
  • Packaging Supplies — Tin foil, plastic wrap, disposable bags, and other packaging supplies maintain food quality and help you efficiently take leftover food off-site after an event.

Launch Your Catering Company With Chefs’ Toys
After you’ve acquired the basics, consider the table settings and furniture your restaurant or bar will need to execute memorable events. These finishing touches can propel your catering arm to success in your community.

Folding tables, chairs, benches, table cloths, napkins, dinnerware, flatware, and glassware should also make your list of necessary catering items. When you order equipment like induction cookers and beverage dispensers from Chefs’ Toys, you know that each item is hand-selected by chefs and catering experts with decades of experience in the foodservice industry.

Talk to one of our chefs today to determine what transportable restaurant equipment will provide the most impact as part of your catering strategy.