A Caterer has a variety of event types of available to cater for. These styles are formal or causal and full service or buffet style. No matter what type of catering style a caterer prefers they will need a variety of catering supplies. With the right supplies a caterer can run a profitable catering business of any type.
Kitchen supplies are every good caterer's first step, since all good catering businesses start in the kitchen. The kitchen supplies of a caterer must be able to make large volumes of food and take lots of use. Depending on the type of food that the caterer does, a wide range of items are need for the kitchen.
Depending on if the food is being prepared on the event site or not, the food may need to kept warm during transportation. Gastronorm containers are great for this since they allow food to be reheated in the same container it was transported in, and for buffet style events chafing dishes can be used to store and serve the food as well.
Basic serving dishes such as plates and serving utensils are essential for every caterer. A good caterer should have both disposable and non-disposable dishes available for them to use at different events. Even though non-disposable dishes and polished silver look nicer and are preferred for formal events using disposable dishes make clean-up easier and are often used for casual events.
Every caterer should own some basic decoration items such as table cloths and candle holders. An investment in some candle holders for various types of events and both black and white table cloths will help a caterer decorate for any type of event.Staying with black and white for colors allows a caterer to match almost any decorating theme and if done right candles are a simple way to make a table look elegant for a formal event.
No one wants to eat without something to drink so most caterers provide some basic drinks at events. Coffee, juice, water, and tea are drinks that are commonly offered. Something to make the tea or coffee are needed on the event site to help maintain the demands. A buffet style event will need something guest can easily use to get their own drinks, something that doesn't have to be picked up and poured is best. For a full service event servers will pour drinks and will need pitchers to refill the glasses.
Drinks can not be served without glasses. Plastic and disposable glasses can possibly be used for a causal event, but a formal event uses a wide range of real glasses including stemware. Cocktail glasses and shot glasses will be needed if a bar is provided by the caterer.
The amount of catering supplies needed may seem overwhelming at first but having the basics for any type of catering event will allow a caterer the opportunity to do more events and make more of a profit. Most new caterers will start with one style and slowly add other types as they go so they are not so overwhelmed.