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Catering Equipment Checklist

Everything You Need to Cater Big and Small Parties


Catering Equipment Checklist

Use a catering checklist to help keep organized during parties.

Kerryn du Plessis
Catering, whether on or off site, involves a lot of equipment. Here is a list of everything you need to cater both large and small functions.

Table Settings
Dinner plates
Bread plates
Salad plates
Water glasses
Wine glasses
Coffee cups with saucer
Silverware settings
Linen or paper napkins
Table centerpieces
Salt and pepper shakers
Sugar holders
Butter holders

Serving Equipment
Serving trays
Bus tubs
Water pitchers

Buffet Equipment
Silverware rolls
Bread Basket
Chaffing Dishes
Fuel cells for chaffing dishes
Lighter or matches for fuel cells
Serving spoons
Cutting board (for beefs, hams, turkey)
Sharp knife for cutting
Rags (for spills)
Decorations (seasonal flowers, ect.)

Coffee/Beverage Station
Air-pots for coffee, decaf and hot water
Water pitchers
Iced tubs for soda, juice and other cold drinks
Drinking straws
Drink stirrers
Cocktail napkins
Coffee cups
Water glasses
Basket of assorted teas and or hot cocoa
Basket of sugar packets
Small wastebasket

Additional Items for Off-Premise Catering
Cambro- An insulated container that keeps food hot or cold
Garbage bags for dirty linen
Extra bus tubs for dirty dishes
Disposable containers for food storage (if you are keeping it or the customer intend to keep leftovers).
Plastic wrap
Tin foil
Extra serving utensils
Jugs of water- if no running water is available at the site
Hand sanitizer
Extra cleaning rags or paper towels
Directions to the location (don’t forget this one!)

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