Contract catering is catering on a large scale, such as for schools, hospitals, entertainment venues and nursing homes. A catering manager is responsible for contracts with the company's clients and ensuring the requirements and specifications are met.Continue Reading
Some catering companies do business with individual clients on a one-to-one basis. Some examples include weddings, birthday parties and family reunions. Contract catering, however, deals with large companies and other organizations. For example, many companies have a catering service which provides meals for its employees. That catering service is under contract to supply a certain amount of food each week or month, depending on the terms of the contract. A catering company may also provide meals for a nursing home. Rather than have an in-house cooking staff, the facility may decide it is more cost-effective to contract with a catering company.
A company that specializes in contract catering will meet with a prospective client to discuss their specific needs. The client may only require a few simple lunch selections or may need three meals a day for a large number of people. If there are dietary concerns or restrictions, the catering company will need to take that into consideration. It might be necessary to hire a licensed nutritionist in that case. Once the contract is signed, the catering company is expected to fulfill all aspects of that contract or risk being in breach of the agreement.Learn more about Managing a Business