Host a holiday party for friends and family or prepare a church luncheon for a small crowd.
Operating on a smaller scale first allows you to find and fix potential problems and gain honest feedback from a forgiving crowd.
Like any business venture, it takes a certain level of experience to successfully execute a start-up.
Consider working for an already established catering company prior to opening your business.
Many caterers can easily rent a space or equipment, forego staffing if your operation is on the small side, and reduce food waste by cooking for an already known head count.
Alternatively, catering an event often puts you and your food in a less controlled environment than a restaurant.
Try testing your menu concept and dishes in small, no-pressure scenarios.
Gather friends and family together, or offer to cook for a small gathering or fundraiser in your community.
When choosing your theme, it’s important to think about the demographic you’ll be serving, how you plan to price your services, and if you can access the equipment needed to sustain your theme.
Create your menu before you begin to look at work spaces and equipment.