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Reader Asks: How do I incorporate catering into my restaurant business?

By October 30, 2012

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Rob. D writes in and asks how he can incorporate off-premise catering into his growing restaurant business.

I own a small restaurant, which has been open for three years. I would like to start offering off-premise catering for weddings and other large parties, but I'm not sure how to get started. What type of equipment do I need to buy? What should my catering menu look like? How do I know what to charge? Do I need special licenses or insurance, or will my current restaurant insurance be enough?

Great question Rob! I think that catering is a natural extension of owning a restaurant, and including off-premise catering as part of your business will help your profits grow. Read on for my complete answer.

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