Why Should I Use My Venue’s Preferred Caterer?

Why Should I Use My Venue’s Preferred Caterers?
by Millbrook Cathedral

We can all agree that food can make or break a great venue experience which is why we decided that partnering with a preferred caterer was not just great for our peace of mind but also for our clients’. From quality to service there are so many advantage to working with your venue’s preferred caterer. Let’s dive in and talk about the Top 5 advantages.

1. Home Court Advantage!

Millbrook Cathedral's preferred caterers has done multiple events on location, working with the venue staff and closely with the owners. In our case, whole teams are dedicated to Millbrook Cathedral from the chef on down and they take pride in the venue as if it was their own.

They know exactly how many staff members to bring in and how to choreograph where each server moves in order for everyone to get a bite of the appetizers you painstakingly chose for cocktail hour. They know how long the salad course is going to take and when to start plating and serving your different courses to various tables spread throughout the reception area.

At Millbrook Cathedral we have the main room and the lounge they need to cover, plus a room flip in between ceremony and reception. The preferred caterer manages all these spaces and the room flip with the venue management team in tandem to ensure everything is done on time and professionally.

2. No Hidden Costs!

There are a huge variety of things not traditionally itemized in a caterer’s quote that are included in your preferred vendor’s quote. Some of these things add up fast! Examples include staffing, building a field kitchen, equipment rentals, tableware rentals (plates, cutlery, glasses), travel time or the disposing of/hauling waste off the property.

In the case of Millbrook Cathedral, the kitchen appliances are mostly off limits so caterers who work with us understand how to manage this challenge among many of the other challenges of working in a 140 year old building.

There are many of the other non-food related tasks the preferred caterer takes care of. Because of this there are additional fee associated going with an outside caterer that the venue has to charge to cover off the extra staff needed to do these non-food related tasks. These staffing and rental costs can add up very quickly,

In addition, the preferred caterer can come and go from the premises as they please where an outside vendor is restricted to the times set out in your contract. If they need access to prep etc. that can also cost you.
3. We love them and so will you!

There are a lot of great caterers out there no doubt.

Caterers can vary wildly in price depending on what they specialize in and how they quote, but at the end of the day your experience is what’s important to us. We wanted fresh, tasty food (of course), but we also wanted it to be beautifully presented and offer the variety you need when it comes to dietary restrictions and preferences.

The teams at our preferred caterers are an extension of ours and they will be involved every step of the way with you and your venue manager from planning to execution.

4. More than just food and a choice for every budget!

Signage, table numbers, tablescapes for your sweet table and gorgeous charcuterie boards may be included in some quotes and more value add decor items are being added every day. This can save you hundreds of dollars and a lot of hassle.

Some of our other caterers have unique experiences like food trucks and on-site BBQ - there is something for every budget, taste and diet restriction.

5. Rentals are included!

Most of our caterers rent dishes, cutlery, napkins, table clothes, glasses and behind the scenes kitchen supplies you don’t see. These are included in your price-per-person quote while others have the venue rent those items along side the items the venue is renting for you, such as your tables and chairs.

What this means is that you don’t have to worry about any of it. Together with your venue manager you will choose your colours and upgrades, and then Voila! all your choices appear beautifully arranged on the big day. No outside setup help required.

Our preferred caterers works closely with our preferred rental supplier, you won’t have to coordinate delivery of tables, chairs and linens or pay extra for delivery times outside of your venue rental window.