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Top 3 Varieties of Catering Supplies and their Usages

Top 3 Varieties of Catering Supplies and their Usages

13/12/2016 05:03 AM |

Catering is a vast and diverse sector with plenty of scope for profit making. If you are new to the industry, there are some essential supplies that you will need in order to get started. While the work practices will dramatically change depending on the size and nature of your enterprise, you will find that there are a handful of basic requirements that you'll need regardless of whether you plan to operate a small, independent business from a small kitchen or a bigger service that will cater for a large number of people. Here are three of the top wholesale catering supplies that you'll need to further your business and a look at their invaluable uses.

Storage and serving facilities

It goes without saying that storage and preparation facilities such as fridges and ovens are one of the most important aspects of catering at any level in any kitchen. However, there are also a number of smaller items that will be required for off-site functions that may require you to store, transport and serve food outside of your kitchen. Items such as insulated food containers, food warmers (and fuel cells to operate them), cleaning supplies and serving equipment such as tongs, ladles and serving trays are all needed. You should also consider your cleanup equipment and think about how you'll remove any wastage away from the site if you are required to do so.

Tableware equipment

Basic tableware such as plates, cutlery, mugs, glassware, napkins, and salt and pepper shakers are the very basic items you'll need when it comes to running a catering business, but there is often a lot more to consider as you progress. Different plates and cutlery may be used for different foods or courses, and if you are planning a niche sort of business such as an afternoon tea venue or a themed cafe/restaurant, your tableware will often need to be more specific in order to match your theme and style. Bear in mind that these are the things consumers will handle and pay the most attention to (besides the food itself) so be sure to invest in good-quality items if you want to give the right impression.

Beverage items

Don't forget your beverage station and the equipment needed to prepare and present your food. A range of glasses to suit all drinks (including wine glasses, tumblers, tall glasses and other cups), pitchers, tea and coffee making facilities, ice and straws are just a handful of the items you'll need to offer consumers. Some new firms become so preoccupied with the food side of a catering business that they may neglect the drinks, but this sector is just as important.

As a new caterer, it is important that you have the right range of equipment without splurging too much on wholesale catering supplies in the beginning. For example, if you plan to cater functions, some clients will be able to provide items like their own tableware, which will reduce your costs initially.