The Business of Catering

Get your catering business on the go, with all the important information and must have knowledge to run a successful catering business. This course is suitable for anyone who is thinking of setting up a catering business, be that a farmers market stall, an event caterer, inhouse catering, off site catering.

To be a caterer takes strong arms and legs, a constitution like a horse and a keen sense of humour. Catering is a very satisfying way to indulge a love of cooking while making profit.

Trainer: Having run a catering business for 18 years, Blathnaid Bergin knows the ins and outs of the catering life; the do’s and don’ts and how to create a good work life balance.

Duration: 4 days over 4 weeks

Dates: May 15th, 16th 23rd and June 5th

Cost: The cost of this event via NOTS is €671.25 for eligible members (this includes a funding rate of 25%).

Time: 9.00am sharp – 5.00pm sharp (Tea, Coffee, Lunch provided)

Venue: Abbeyleix Manor Hotel, Abbeyleix, Co. Laois.

Course Content:

  • Becoming a Caterer – The Key Factors
  • Trends in Catering
  • Menu Planning
  • Menu Costing and Pricing
  • Kitchen Operations Management
  • Setting up a Systems based business
  • Being organized on the move as a caterer
  • Hiring and managing staff for catering events
  • Finding and dealing with food suppliers
  • Buying the right equipment
  • Getting the Coffee and Tea bits right
  • Simple service skills for staff
  • Legal responsibilities in Food Service
  • Waste management

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, you will come away with a plan for setting up your catering business.

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