Food Business Concepts:Catering

Americans' love of dining and entertaining has created a tremendous market for off-premises caterers across the country. A wide range of social and business events are providing the opportunity for caterers to cook up tasty dishes and delicious profits. In fact, growth among social caterers has been one of the strongest in the overall food-service industry in recent years, and that trend is expected to continue.

Off-premises caterers--caterers who take the food to the customers, rather than a catering department operating on-site in a hotel or convention center--offer everything from a gourmet breakfast in bed for two to elegant dinners for 20 to charity galas for more than 1,000 people. Some caterers specialize in one kind of food-cakes and breads, for example--while others offer a wide range of services, including floral arrangements, specialized props and costumes for theme parties, and wedding coordination.

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