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Starting a Catering BusinessSo you're serious about starting your own catering business?

There's a lot to think about…

There is an element of risk in starting any business. Eliminating that risk through knowledge and planning will lead to your success in the catering business.

As you can see from the table of contents below, this extensive kit has everything you will need to get your business off the ground and running. The kit has been written to provide you with the latest information necessary to start a catering business.

Table of Contents:

  • Decisions for Starting a Catering Business
  • Caterers' Qualifications and Skills
  • Complying with City Ordinances
  • Working with Your Local Health Department
  • On-Premises Catering Vs. Off-Premises Catering
  • Sharing or Renting a Kitchen
  • Required Equipment
  • Start-Up Coverage

Setting up your business:

  • Setting Up Your Pantry
  • Smallwares and Utensils
  • Finding Used Equipment
  • Establishing a Menu
  • Setting Up a Kitchen
  • Service Equipment

Types of Catering Opportunities

  • Social Catering
  • Corporate Catering
  • Community Affairs
  • Special Events
  • Kosher Catering
  • Wine and Bar Service

Event Management

  • Organizing Your Time and the Party Setup
  • Managing an Event from Introduction to Conclusion
  • How to Estimate the Food Quantities
  • Floral, Decor, and Subcontractors' Services
  • Scheduling Staff and Assistants
  • Hiring Versus Leasing Employees
  • Outsourcing Entertainment

Marketing your business

  • Defining Your Niche
  • How to Get Business
  • Putting Together a Promotional Kit
  • Getting Referrals and Repeat Business
  • How to Advertise your business
  • Tracking Your Success


  • Written Agreements and Contracts
  • How Much to Charge
  • Closing the Deal
  • Keeping a Portfolio

Running your business

  • Estimating Quantities, and Writing Proposals
  • Calculating Your Kitchen Labor
  • Making and Food Presentation
  • Beverages and Alcohol
  • Public Service Perishable Food Distribution
  • Establishing Relationships with Wholesale Purveyors

Insurance Suggestions

  • Product Liability Insurance
  • Public Liability Insurance
  • Workers' Compensation Insurance

Growing your business

  • Employing Family and Friends
  • Food Handling and Sanitation


  • Professional Organizations
  • Other Resources


  • Hors d'Oeuvres
  • Appetizers
  • Soups
  • Entrées
  • Vegetables
  • Potatoes, Pasta, Grains
  • Salads
  • Desserts
The Starting a Catering Business Start-Up Guide Kit™ also includes all of the necessary forms that are needed to operate a catering business including many financial forms, sample business letters and a complete business plan.


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