When you are catering, you want to make a good impression on your clients so they will refer your business to others. How can you ensure your cutlery will make the best impression on them?
What Is the Occasion?
Knowing the occasion is the best way to help you select the right cutlery. You want your cutlery to match the mood, and choosing the correct style is important. If you are just starting your catering business, you should start out by catering to one specific type of occasion to begin with so that you only need one type of cutlery. As your business grows, you can expand to add other types of events. What Is the Style?
Once you have decided the occasion you are going to focus on, you can choose a style to purchase for your catering cutlery. Are you looking for a more modern look or a traditional look? Is the cutlery brushed or polished? Both styles are beautiful, but a polished finish can appear more professional and elegant while a brushed style can fit other, less fancy occasions. Additionally, check out rounded versus flat handles. Flat handles have a no-nonsense feel while rounded handles are usually considered more high-end.
How Was the Product Manufactured?
While looks will be important for your guests, the utensil’s manufacturing will be important for you as the buyer. Why spend a large sum on cutlery that will wear out after only a few uses? You need cutlery that will stand the test of time. Ask yourself the following questions:
- What kind of metal was used to make the product? You usually want some amount of stainless steel mixed into the cutlery to give the utensil strength, even if it is not the main component. Ceramic cutlery can have an amazingly sharp blade that does not wear out. However, you need to decide how much of an investment you are willing to make in the beginning and how long you want your cutlery to last.
- How often will you need to polish the metal? Some metals stain easily and get smudges that are hard to remove. Consider the manpower you will need to put into maintaining the cutlery.
- How well does the metal combat corrosion? Lifespan and durability are important aspects of cutlery selection. Check to see if the utensils have been brushed with some sort of protective material to keep the rust at bay. Read product reviews, if possible, to see if any consumers have had problems with consistent rust on a specific type of cutlery.
- How are the handles formed? Knowing the handle quality is also important. You cannot have a utensil without a handle. Look to see if the handles are stamped (giving them an elegant feel) or if they hollow. Additionally, if you have the opportunity, take a few samples in hand and try them out for yourself.
- How much do they weigh? Heavy dining ware can be troublesome for your clients. Make sure the utensils are light and easy to use.
Looking at these factors will help you select the best cutlery possible for your catering business.