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With many people throwing parties here and there, it’s not surprising that there is a high clamor for caterers. That’s actually why many people go to extreme lengths to set up their own catering business. For instance, a homemaker who loves to cook and wants to earn additional income for her family could start a small catering business that she can do on the side. Even recent graduates of culinary schools may want to just start their own business rather than work for someone else.

Starting a catering business is not hard as long as one knows its ins and outs. Variety of menu, taste of food, competitive rates, personalized service, and professionalism are some of the things a good caterer can offer his or her clients. Nevertheless, it’s important for a caterer to have the proper catering equipment to ensure that each catering gig is successful. So what essential equipment and tools should caterers have? The rest of this article will show you just what.

Table Settings

Obviously, this refers to the things people would need in order to enjoy the good food prepared by the caterer. While some party hosts may demand that their own flatware, plates, and glasses be used, a greater majority of hosts expect caterers to bring their own stuff.

At any rate, a catering service should have the following in assorted designs and different sizes:

  • Flatware – Dinner plates, bread plates, salad plates, spoons, forks, and knives
  • Glasses/Glassware – Water glasses, wine glasses, coffee cups with matching saucers
  • Cutlery – Knives, forks, spoons, and other utensils used for serving food
  • Serving dishes
  • Linen or paper napkins
  • Tablecloths and centerpieces

Commercial Kitchen Equipment

A caterer should invest in high-quality commercial kitchen equipment that he or she will use to prepare, store, and serve the items on the catering menu. This includes:

  • Induction cooker – This is preferable over stoves because it’s energy saving and cooks food more efficiently. If you’re wondering have you seen this before, yes you probably have. An induction cooker is usually the type that looks like glass although the “burners” can remarkably be seen.
  • Broilers
  • Convection ovens
  • Freezers
  • Commercial refrigerators
  • Steamers
  • Grills
  • Food processors
  • Mixers
  • Blenders

Ice cream makers, coffee makers, and espresso machines are optional equipment that could add more appeal to the catering business.

Cleaning Supplies

People hire caterers because they don’t want to get their hands dirty before, during, and after the party, literally. A caterer is expected to clean up after himself, that’s why cleaning supplies and materials should never be missing.

  • Dishwashing detergents
  • Sponges
  • Laundry detergents
  • Stain removers
  • Other cleaning chemicals
  • Garbage bags
  • Bus stubs
  • Disposable containers (for leftover food)
  • Plastic wrap
  • Tin foil
  • Rags or paper towels

Staff uniforms are essential, too. The chef and servers exude an air of professionalism when they go about their business in their immaculate white uniforms. In addition, that would give a great impression to the host of the party and the guests.

While all the tools and equipment mentioned above may burn the bank, those are to be considered a required investment for your catering business. If you don’t want the quality of food you serve, as well as your service, to suffer greatly, invest on the proper equipment and see your catering business soar great heights.