The first thing you should do to make sure your event is a successful one is to choose a good caterer or catering service. Begin by readying a list of caterers or catering services in your area because it will be easier for you to have access to their facilities and can check them out personally.
Also keep in mind that professional caterers or catering services that are well known for their good food and service may have been booked in advance. So if you don't want to miss out on the best caterers or restaurant catering service providers, start early. Try arranging meetings beforehand, to meet them and brief them on your event and to explore what they can offer you.
When looking for caterers or catering service try to make a list of the best caterers or catering service providers in your city. Don't just stick on a particular catering service provider. Keep in mind, that just because a catering company is the biggest or the oldest doesn't necessarily mean that it is also the best.
You can also try checking out caterers or catering service providers that are small or new. These small and new catering service providers desire to prove themselves and will many a times agree to provide the kind of services that often established companies don't. They might even offer value added services and better deals in order to get your business. Smaller catering companies also incline to prepare fresh food from scratch instead of using frozen or canned foods. Also, smaller, newer companies in all likelihood won't be to a great extent booked up in advance like the bigger companies.
Try meeting the caterer in person, talk about your exact needs, get approximations and most vital, sample their food. After you have met a few caterers or catering service, you can equivalence competitive quotations as well as the quality of their food, as well as their standards of service. You will now be in a better position to take an informed decision on the caterers or catering service to be used for your event.