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Making a Catering Contract
If you intend to hire a caterer for your event, finalize your agreement with a Catering Contract. Catering Contracts make sure that everyone is on the same page regarding what menu options will be served, when service is expected, payment details, cancellation policies, and insurance requirements.
Catering is a professional service where food is delivered at a remote site (for example, a hotel or event venue). There are approximately 6 types of catering: wedding catering, corporate catering, social event catering, concession catering, food truck catering, and restaurant catering.
You may use a Catering Contract if:
Catering Contracts help ensure that the person hiring the service and the caterer understand what is expected of them. It includes the essentials like menus and dates as well as legal necessities such as insurance requirements and health and hygiene compliance.
You only need to fill in a bit of information to make this contract. Before you create this agreement, gather this information:
After you submit this information, the document is automatically created for you and ready to sign. The topics commonly covered in the document are:
Independent contractor statement
This states that the caterer is an independent contractor and will provide their own tools and equipment. This is an important distinction since it shows that the caterer and their team members are not the hirer's employees.
This protects both the client and the caterer from "Acts of God" or events beyond their control that may interfere with the event such as a flood, fire or riot.
Insurance and indemnification
This contract requires the caterer to have adequate general liability insurance. It is also prudent for the event host to carry event insurance, as well. If alcohol is served, you might also need liquor liability coverage.
Rules and regulations
The caterer is required to comply with all applicable local laws and health requirements. Every good caterer should know what the health requirements are and how to ensure that the rules are followed.
The contract states that if a legal action occurs, the party ruled in favor shall have their legal fees covered by the other.
No one is going to tell you that catering is an easy business. It's more difficult than running a restaurant since it is more like running a moving restaurant. If you are just starting out, we can help you incorporate and write a business plan. Since operating a catering business can be tough, it is always a good idea to try to find ways to improve your business, such as:
Making an Invoice for catering is straightforward and easy. Just answer a few questions and Rocket Lawyer will build your document for you. Your invoice can include an invoice number, the products or services included in the invoice, the tax rate for the transaction, and contact and payment information.
If you have never hired a caterer before, you may be confused about where to begin. The first thing to do is to gather a short list of caterers you want to consider hiring. You can find caters by word-of-mouth, online, by asking an event planner for references, or by simply asking the office next door what services they have used.