The importance of paying attention during your client planning meetings makes all the difference during an event. In today’s episode of EventPlanning BlueprintTV, I talk to award winning catering company Food For Thought’s VP of Catering, John Rudy about catering trends and paying attention to the details.
‘Prepare For The Experience’
With a slogan like, Prepare For The Experience, it’s obvious why Food For Thought is at the top of their game. Not only have they won the Industry Excellence Award For Best Off-Premise Caterer as well as the Catering Executives Club of America Peer’s Choice for Best Caterer, but have also gleaned the first ever Green Seal Certification, something that took them four years to attain! These trail blazers are a must watch this year!
In today’s episode…
You’ll learn how listening to the small details that your clients discuss will help you cater to their needs (I’m full of puns today!).
We’ll share how you can meet your client’s expectations; How to showcase your creativity; How to craft signature menu items such as craft cocktails which are sure to knock the socks off your client and finally the importance of making the caterer part of your event-planning team.
8 Questions To Ask During a Client Planning MeetingJohn gives you 8 unique questions that are sure to get the most out of your client planning meetings.
- How did the couple meet?
- Where have they lived?
- What is their favorite restaurant?
- What is their favorite dish?
- What TV shows do they watch?
- How did they get engaged?
- What movie is their favorite?
- What do they do in their off-time together?
1.48 Why are certifications important? 2:47 How event planners can work best with caterers. 4:55 How craft cocktails affect catering and creativity. 8:10 Achieving your client’s goals and how event planners can make the caterer part of the team. 9:51 Eight unique questions that are sure to get the most out of your client planning meetings. 10:59 The importance of creating the experience for the client. It’s not just about the food! 11:51 How Blue Cheese Grits Can Help You Get The Most Out Of Your Client Planning Meetings. 13:03 Catering trends. Some of the trends may surprise you. 16:17 Would you buy cheap shoes? The downfall of cutting back on a catering budget. 18:46 People always remember the food. Food For Thought has shared their recipe for Bee’s Knees:
- 1.5 ounces gin, Tanqueray recommended
- 1 ounce honey syrup
- .75 ounce fresh lemon juice
- Muddled summer berries (2 blackberries & 2 raspberries or 2 blueberries and ½ strawberry, adjust to your liking)
- Pour the ingredients, except soda, into a cocktail shaker, over ice
- Add mulled berries
- Shake briefly
- Add splash of club soda
- Strain into a chilled cocktail or Double Old Fashion glass
- Garnish with berries
Now it’s your turn John and I could have talked for hours and we’d love to hear from you. How do you get the most from your client planning meetings? As always, thank you for reading, watching and sharing your comments. We read every single comment and love what you share. Happy Planning,