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4 Things to Consider When Choosing Banquet Halls in Houston

Whether you're hosting a graduation dinner or celebrating a Sweet Sixteen, you'll find that the venue options in Houston are almost endless. There are venues to fit crowds of 20 or 200; some indoors, some outdoors (or both); the formal kind or casual type, or something in between.

As one of the most experienced catering companies in town, Goode Company Catering has provided Texas delicacies for everything from corporate parties to wedding receptions in the Houston area. So what do the most deliciously successful events have in common? Here's what we've found:

1) Communicate with your catering company: 

Let's face it: what most of your guests will remember about your event is the food they're served, and the atmosphere you create. This may seem like a simple issue—choose a couple of popular menu items and everyone will be happy, right? Not so fast!

An exceptional event calls for exceptional food, which in turn takes a bit of thought and planning.

Start by contacting an experienced, reputable catering company with some miles on its back. We mean that quite literally—a caterer who has traveled the town over many years and served at hundreds of events is more likely to deliver the awesome service, food presentation and quality you need and expect. Do some research to avoid becoming some newcomer's test client.

One you've narrowed down your choices and selected a final candidate (of course, we highly recommend Goode Company Catering!), be prepared to answer some basic questions when you make the call.

  • What is the date and time of your event?
  • How many guests do you expect?
  • What menu do you have in mind?

Your caterer also needs to know if you've already decided on a banquet hall you'd like to use. If so, you'll be asked about the venue's size, location, and what sort of ambiance you're hoping to achieve— a Texas hoedown, a formal dinner, a sophisticated soirée, a casual party? Based on your answers, your caterer can help you finalize your catering menu to achieve the desired effect.

2) Don't have a venue in mind?

Any self-respecting caterer who knows the lay of the land can provide you with a list of banquet halls, parks, dance halls and civic centers to choose from. Goode Company Catering can recommend dozens of great venues we've had fantastic experiences with in the past, and we gladly assist you in choosing a perfect match for your event. We even open our own doors to guests. That's right—host your affair right at the source of all the Goodeness by booking your event at the Armadillo Palace or one of three other great Goode Company locations around town.

3) Know what's provided, what you can include, and what you need to bring:

One of the main things to keep in mind when you're comparing Houston venues is that each offers different types of service. Some will provide settings and silverware while others only come with basic tables and chairs. Decorating is another consideration, especially for more elaborate events.

It's always a good idea to check with your banquet hall and take a look at what's provided, especially if you have a specific look in mind for your event. You may find that you don't like the tablecloths that are offered, or that the glassware is not of the quality you had in mind. In some cases the venue may offer different types of packages or may be able to recommend third-party service providers, such as a florist or an event planner.

Then again, why not let Goode Company Catering handle some of these details for you? Years of catering experience have taught us exactly where to find the most reliable, reputable vendors. Need flowers? Check. A photographer? Check, and check. A dance instructor? Triple check.

As you shop for a venue, it's equally important to know the level of service your catering company provides. Will the caterer provide servers to clear away empty plates and pass around appetizers? Is the food cooked onsite and, if so, will the catering company bring its own equipment? When you choose Goode Company Catering, the answer once again is yes, yes and yes.

4) Cleanup is as important as setup:

While it's no one's favorite part of an event, someone has to do the cleaning up. After all, you don't want to lose your banquet hall deposit for leaving behind an abominable mess.

That leaves the question—who's responsible for cleaning up? You or the banquet hall staff? Make sure you understand what condition you are expected to leave your banquet hall in after the last guest has departed. Because a large part of the heavy clean-up will come from your catered meal, ask your catering company whether or not the staff will clear away used plates and silverware and help pick up after the event is over. If you decide to go with Goode Company Catering, the answer is—you guessed it!—another resounding yes.

Full-service catering has never been easier than with Goode Company Catering—your source for outstanding menus, helpful information and recommendations, and impeccable service. Request a free quote for your special event today and leave the details to us!

Sources: 

(2009). 'Glass hold' reveals personality. BBC News: Health. Retrieved from http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8073432.stm

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