05 Jun: Tapping Into the Community: Supporting Local Suppliers and Producers

As a restaurant owner, manager, caterer, or event planner, you have the opportunity to not only provide high-quality meals but also invest in and support your community. By obtaining ingredients from nearby suppliers and producers, you can create a unique experience for your customers while building relationships with those around you. In this blog post,…


31 May: Caterers’ Guide: Handling Heat for Outdoor Events this Summer

Summer is upon us, and it’s the perfect time for outdoor gatherings. Whether it’s a wedding, corporate event, or a barbecue with friends and family, catering plays a critical role in ensuring the success of the event. But, outdoor catering comes with its own set of challenges, especially in the summer heat. As a caterer,…


23 May: Adding Events to Your Restaurant Business Plan

Restaurants are not just about serving food; they are also about creating an unforgettable experience for their customers. One way to elevate your restaurant's status and generate additional revenue is by successfully holding events. However, it is vital to properly plan events in order to ensure they are beneficial for your business and create repeat…


16 May: The Key to Customer Loyalty: How Catering Software Is Enabling Better Communication and Feedback Management

As a restaurant owner, manager, or caterer, you know that the customer is always right. This is especially true in the catering industry, where good communication and feedback management are essential for keeping customers happy. Luckily, the key to customer loyalty can be found in catering software. In this blog post, we'll discuss how catering…


12 May: From Pop-Up to Permanent: Exploring the Current State of the Catering Industry

The catering industry has undergone a significant evolution in the recent past. Initially, catering events were solely associated with weddings, corporate functions, and private parties. The industry has since grown to include food trucks, pop-up restaurants, and online catering services. These recent changes highlight the dynamism of the industry and the need for businesses to…


05 May: The Psychology of Flavor Pairing: How To Create Innovative Menus

As restaurant owners, managers, and event planners, you know that creating a delicious, unique menu is essential to your success. Your menu should tantalize your customers' taste buds, entice them to try new flavors, and keep them coming back for more. But how do you create a menu that achieves all of these goals? One…


25 Apr: What Small Restaurants and Franchises Can Learn From Each other

Running a restaurant business is no easy feat. It requires a combination of passion, creativity, hard work, and a willingness to adapt to change. Whether you're running an independent restaurant or a national chain, there are many lessons that you can learn from each other, from menu design to marketing strategies. In this blog post,…


24 Apr: Keep Your Catering Concept Fresh with These Tips

When you're running a catering business or managing a restaurant, one of the biggest challenges you'll face is keeping your concept fresh and exciting for your customers. With a constantly evolving food landscape and ever-changing customer preferences, it can be tough to stay ahead of the curve and remain relevant. But fear not – there…


24 Mar: Enhancing Client Relationships with Catering Software

Are you looking for ways to enhance the relationship between your organization and your clients? Catering software can help you do just that. Leveraging catering software to increase organizational transparency and improve communication with clients can help foster better relationships, maintain detailed event history, and improve the overall client experience. Let's break down how a…


20 Mar: How Catering Software Solutions Can Help Reduce Food Waste

When it comes to running a catering business efficiently and sustainably, there is no denying the importance of inventory management. With proper inventory tracking, businesses can ensure that their perishable items are used in an optimal manner and that food wastage is minimized. Fortunately, catering software solutions have become increasingly sophisticated in recent years and…


08 Mar: Graduation Parties: The Best Menu Ideas

Whether you are hosting a small graduation dinner for your family or a large celebration for your graduate’s friends and classmates, it is important to have the perfect menu. It needs to be tasty and something that everyone can enjoy. Here are our top ideas for a graduation party menu that will make this special…


28 Feb: How to Create a Restaurant Staff Schedule That Keeps Everyone Happy

A restaurant staff schedule is one of the most important aspects of running a successful restaurant. Having an organized, well-thought-out schedule ensures that your team has enough time to do their job without feeling overwhelmed, and that customers are receiving excellent service. But how do you create a restaurant staff schedule that keeps everyone happy?…


21 Feb: Making the Most of Spring with Outdoor Events

As temperatures begin to rise, spring is the perfect time to start planning outdoor events. From garden parties and picnics to barbecues and beach days, there are plenty of ways to make this season special for your guests. So if you’re looking for some fun outdoor event ideas, then read on! Garden Parties and Picnics…


14 Feb: How To Cut Catering Costs Without Cutting Corners

Catering on a budget can be tough. You want your food to be delicious and your service to be top-notch, but you also don’t want to blow your budget. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to save money while still providing an amazing experience for your guests. Here are some tips for catering on a…


08 Feb: Streamline Your Catering Calendar With These Tips

Planning and organizing your catering business can be overwhelming. You have to manage events, bookings, and customers all while ensuring that you deliver the highest quality of service. One way to help streamline your catering calendar is by using a few simple tips to help get organized. Here are a few tips on how to…


02 Feb: Food Pairing – Making the Perfect Meal for Your Next Event

Have you ever attended an event where the food just didn’t seem to fit together? Or maybeyou’ve served a meal and it just didn’t have the desired effect? If so, you may have been missingout on the art of food pairing. Food pairing is all about creating a meal that is balanced in flavorand texture.…


27 Jan: How to Present Food Professionally

Food presentation is an important part of any event, whether it's an intimate dinner or a large corporate gathering. Not only does it affect the overall look of the event, but it also affects how guests feel about the food they are served. For caterers, restaurant owners, and even event planners, knowing how to present…


19 Jan: A Closer Look at 2023 Catering Trends

The catering industry is ever evolving and constantly changing. As the years go by, trends come and go, but some remain constant. To stay ahead of the curve and keep your business competitive, it's important to stay informed about what's new in the catering industry. Let’s take a closer look at what trends are expected…


12 Jan: How To Elevate A Catered Buffet

Buffets - they were once an attractive novelty but have certainly lost their splendor over the years. Many people now associate them with cheap restaurant meals and events you want to avoid being at. But they don't have to be boring or traditional! With a few simple ingredients and creativity, you can turn your next…


29 Nov: The Top 4 Things To Look For In A Catering Service

  The catering industry is booming right now and has been increasing annually since 2017, and we understand this may be leaving you with many caterers to choose from. When hosting an event, you want to make memorableand well put together. This will include the catering company that you end up deciding on. Catering contributes…

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22 Apr: Helpful Tips for Caterers During COVID-19

As a result of COVID-19, all social gatherings have been put to a halt nationwide. Catering companies feel the immense impact this has had on them and their employees. Owners have seen their companies change overnight due to the coronavirus, and they must get creative to adapt to these modern times and keep their businesses running.
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11 Dec: How to Stay Below Budget During the Holidays

*Ka-ching!* That’s usually the sound many of us hear when we think about event planning during the holiday season. It can be easy to go overboard with holiday décor, food, and entertainment. All the details that go into planning an event during this time of year can mean major dollar signs, which unfortunately can quickly…

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21 Jun: Why Millennials Are So Obsessed with Craft Beers

Every generation is known for something once that generation has come to pass, at least for a few years. Starting with the Baby Boomers, then to Generation X, the Millennials and finally, Generation Z. Every human born between 1977 through 1995, bunched in a group that defines them by their accomplishments, their work ethic, their music, their interests their spending habits…
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14 Jun: How To Promote Your Event To Increase Attendees

So, what are we doing tonight? If you've ever traveled somewhere new or even attempted to plan an evening that didn’t involve the Netflix or Hulu stay at home standard, you’ve asked someone (or yourself) that very question. Presume, then, that your customer has as well. Here’s where you come in, guiding the consumer like…

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20 Mar: How to Align Event Staff with Your Catering Brand

When customers book you for an event, they're looking for more than just good food. They’re expecting a specific visual style, event atmosphere, and attitude from staff. They set those expectations based on what they see on your website, your reputation in the market, and your discussions throughout the sales process -- in other words,…

How to engage guests at your next alumni event

05 Dec: How to Engage Guests at Your Next Alumni Event

An alumni event is more than just a friendly reunion between former schoolmates. It's an occasion to continue ongoing relationships with a university. Building and maintaining an engaged alumni network benefits the school, but it’s not simple to approach the alumni at the end of the year and then suddenly ask them to support, donate…

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29 Oct: 8 Uncommon Fundraising Event Ideas

You’ve been tasked to plan a fundraising event but you’re stuck with the same ideas – cocktails, ambient jazz music, and long speeches that end with asking the audience to donate. While these activities are common, they may not deliver the kind of engagement an audience wants. Organizing unique fundraising events can help your donors…

9 Unconventional Wedding Catering Ideas

23 Oct: 9 Unconventional Wedding Catering Ideas

Are you tired of typical wedding catered meals? Looking for something a little different than the others? Is your wedding in an area that has a limited amount of caterers with a few caterers offering the same options? As you read through this article of 9 unconventional wedding catering ideas we have cooked up for…

How to Improve the Event Experience for Guests

25 Sep: How to Improve the Event Experience for Guests

You're an event manager. As a planner of gatherings of people for various different occasions, you manage staff, come up with creative ideas, and make sure each event is a success. However, no matter how hard you try, not every event will go well. That's why you’ve got to keep using your creativity to tie…

Labor Day Blog

29 Aug: Labor Day Event Ideas

Labor Day is known as the closeout holiday to the summer season. Even though most people are off work and kids are out of school, it's a busy time for many event managers. As an event manager, your goal should be to get as creative as possible and give your event guests something memorable as…

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27 Aug: New Feature: The Caterease Payment Link

The Caterease Payment Link feature through Vantiv/Worldpay is the latest innovative way Caterease Software can save you time and make your workday easier. Using this handy tool, you can quickly send payment links to your customers – individually or in batch – and let the customers make payments themselves!   From any event in Caterease,…

How To Handle Difficult Catering Clients

06 Aug: How To Handle Difficult Catering Clients

It doesn't matter the industry you're in, you are bound to encounter difficult clients. The hospitality industry is known for its high level of hard clientele. Since it's a service-based industry, it’s easy to see why. The catering sector is no exception to this. A successful catering operation is always juggling between the different types…

Reasons Why You Could Be Losing Catering Staff

16 Jul: Reasons Why You Could Be Losing Catering Staff

The hospitality industry is known to have one of the highest employee turnover rates. Topping 70% in 2017, it's an area across all sectors that every business owner should keep an eye on. Employees make career transitions for a long list of different reasons. As the owner of a catering business, it’s more important than…

Catering Industry Myths

10 Jul: Catering Industry Myths

Catering is a fun and exciting industry to be in just like any other sector within the hospitality industry. It's an industry that is full of growth, but also a lot of misunderstanding. There have been many myths regarding the catering industry. We debunked a few of the most common myths below: Myth 1: Adding…

Habits of A Bad Catering Manager

14 May: Habits of A Bad Catering Manager

A successful company depends on the success of its managers. Being a successful manager is a trickle effect to all the employees within a business. It's not enough to have a solid product or services, you have to have the right bodies behind it to make it successful. A good way to tell if there…

Catering Business Start Up Costs

07 May: Catering Business Startup Costs

Congratulations! You have chosen to start your own catering business and you want to create a truly unique experience while keeping your costs down and becoming an overall successful business. It's a smart thing to sit down and analyze the costs of starting your business. It will give you clear insight on what you are…

8 Expert Proven Tips for Organizing a Successful Event

03 May: 8 Expert Proven Tips for Organizing a Successful Event

A successful event is as much an art as it is a science. Art - it requires your expressive and visionary aspect to attract the present audience. Science - it needs a calculative and keen eye to pull things off on budget, yet keeping the success formula intact. Planning a productive event is certainly not…

Best Online Resources for Caterers

30 Apr: Best Online Resources for Caterers

The internet is buzzing these days with all kinds of content. Things are constantly changing in the hospitality industry and it can be hard finding the right resources to help your business. Keeping up with the latest news and trends within the catering industry is crucial to maintaining a successful business. Below is a list…

A Caterer's Guide To Pastries

18 Apr: A Caterer’s Guide To Quick and Easy Pastries

How Sweet It Is Catering in today's world can be demanding, with countless food allergies and dietary restrictions throwing a wrench into the mix. However, with a little imagination and ingenuity, making pastries for the masses can be a successful business venture. The most important thing to be sure of before starting is that you…

2018 Spring Catering Trends

16 Apr: 2018 Spring Catering Trends

We have waited so long and we are finally done with the winter season. The outside weather is starting to warm up and the catering business is starting to boom with spring events. We wanted to share with you some of the hottest spring trends we are seeing so far in the catering industry. Colors…

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09 Apr: The Benefits of Catering Software

Let’s face it, pen and paper just don’t cut it anymore when it comes to managing your catering business. It’s even come to a point that using just Excel or other Microsoft office programs is not enough to keep up with the competition in the catering industry. People are staying competitive and managing their business…

Wedding Season Tips For Event Managers

12 Mar: Wedding Season Tips For Event Managers

Wedding season can be a lucrative time for event managers. According to the Knot, the most popular time of year in most countries for weddings is during the months of June, August September, and October. It’s easy to see why, since those months generally have the best weather. As wedding season approaches this year, we…

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05 Mar: Partner Spotlight: AllSeated

As the leading software provider in the diverse event planning industry, we at Caterease have established partnerships with other prominent players to provide our customers with the most robust, feature-rich solution available.

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28 Feb: Introducing Nowsta

As the leading software provider in the diverse event planning industry, we at Caterease have established partnerships with other prominent players to provide our customers with the most robust, feature-rich solution available. One of those partners is Nowsta – a powerful staff scheduling program specifically designed for the food service industry.

Catersource 2018

27 Feb: Lessons from the Tradeshow Floor

The Catersource tradeshow is always an exciting event, and this Catersource 2018 was one of our most productive and rewarding in years. It was incredibly gratifying to meet with so many of our current users and hear their heartfelt appreciation and incredible stories of success – and it was exciting to see the reactions from…

Challenges & Solutions Within The Catering Industry

05 Feb: Challenges and Solutions Of The Catering Industry

Every business within every industry has its challenges. It’s how they face them is what makes them a success or a failure. The hospitality industry is known for its high failure rate, especially in the catering sector. Being in the catering business takes hard work, dedication, and experience to excel. Continue reading for common challenges…

Customer Service

29 Jan: The Importance of Customer Service

In every company, there are many departments working as one cohesive unit to make the business successful. Sales, Human Resources, Accounting, Support and management at different levels all have an integral part in the day to day operation. However, there is one branch of a business that is potentially the most important piece of this…


22 Jan: The Perfect Way to Manage Your Business: Caterease Sales Dashboard

At Caterease Software, every tool we produce is developed with the end user in mind – providing the utmost in power and flexibility. And the incredible new Caterease Sales Dashboard is the latest cutting-edge example of this.   The Caterease Sales Dashboard can be accessed by an unlimited number of users through any browser, and…

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15 Jan: Unexpected Wedding Costs

Getting married should be a joyous occasion for all concerned. Unfortunately, budgeting for a wedding may bring unwanted stress. Weddings can be very expensive, and there may be costs associated with your wedding that you may not have anticipated. Here are a couple of items that you may not have thought of and tips to help ensure your special day remains budget friendly.

5 Steps to Grow Your New Catering Business

08 Jan: 5 Steps to Grow Your New Catering Business

Today is the day! You have your new restaurant; you have all your shiny kitchen equipment; and you are excited and ready to start making a living doing what you love. Now what? How do you build your brand? When do people start calling in? What kind of food should you make? Most importantly, how…

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01 Jan: Benefits of Business Texting

In a world where more and more professionals include their cell phone numbers on their business cards and email signatures, texting is fast becoming the preferred method of communication.

What Has Happened To Food in 2017

25 Dec: What Has Happened To Food in 2017

Throughout history, eating has always been seen as a social activity. Families gather around the table and share stories, while they enjoy a nicely prepared meal. With the growth of Social Media, what we eat has only become more public.