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Hosting An Event? We Compare Restaurant-Style Dining Vs Hiring A Catering Service In Calgary

If you are planning to book an event for your group – whether it is business-related, a  community function, or a birthday party, having delicious food around is a must! The appetizers, the entrées, the desserts are more than just a conversation piece – the food you serve can be the “thing” that gets people talking about your event for a long time.

When planning a party, one of the decisions you’ll need to make it whether you want to host it in a restaurant or have food catered. In this article, we’ll explain the difference between restaurant-style dining and catering services in Calgary so that you can make a confident choice with what will be best suited for the occasion.

Catering Services in Calgary

With most catering services in Calgary, unless the venue is already providing the service, then you get to choose the location and the amount of people the caterers will prepare food for. If you choose catering services, we recommend going with the company whose food you already enjoy.

Here are a few things you want to be aware of when choosing a catering service in Calgary:

  • Food allergies and dietary restrictions of your guests
  • The number of expected servings
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Food specialties
  • Is the tip included in the price?
  • Refund/cancellation policy

A service that we’re known for at Rocky Mountain BBQ, our mobile BBQ catering services means we cook everything at the location, guaranteeing freshness. We come to you, regardless of your location or theme. We provide the staff, cutleries, plates, and napkins. It’s truly a great option having most of the things you need already organized, especially if you are hosting a bigger social setting.

Everything will be brought to your event from the best quality of our food, grilling units, tables, water, and even our own power!

Rocky Mountain BBQ is a top-notch catering choice when it comes to events such as:

  • Sporting Events
  • Corporate
  • Wedding
  • Birthdays
  • Community functions

We can provide a wide array of food from mouth-watering steaks, charcuterie trays, dry ribs, salmon fillets, and so much more. We even make a fine-tasting “Beyond Meat Burger” along with other vegetarian options. No reservations needed, at the comfort of your environment with all the flexibility and less of the current restrictions.

Dining in

If you are looking to go with a restaurant setting over catering services in Calgary, then first you must ensure to book a reservation ahead of time. This is especially important if you are expecting a large group. Choosing the right restaurant and location is key for what type of event you’re hosting. For example, you must decide what’s best suited for the occasion.

  • A business gathering? Then you would want to avoid a busy chaotic family buffet. Perhaps a fancier setting with the aesthetic to ease any work-related tension and a good calm atmosphere for uninterrupted conversations.
  • A laid-back gathering with familiar faces? Maybe somewhere with music and drinks. Steaks, wings, deep-fried plates where no one is bothered if the tissues got a little messy!
  • A family dinner with the elderly and children in attendance? You have family-friendly venues like Boston Pizzas, Applebee’s, etc. Chains whose flagship are targeted towards family parties with menus for all age groups.

Asides from location, you also want to consider yours and the guests’ budget as it can differ depending on what’s on the menu as well as consumption. Lastly, as restaurants are public premises and with the current restrictions, then you would need to ensure you and your attendees all have your vaccination passes ready.

We hope that this article has provided you with enough information to help you decide whether you’ll be booking a restaurant reservation or going with a catering service for your event. While deciding on the food, venue, or the atmosphere is essential, one must not forget the most important aspect to having the most memorable time at any gathering. And that is the people you get to enjoy it with!

-Lamar Ramos

Rocky Mountain BBQ Catering Calgary