Businesses that supply and deliver food services at areas or places that are usually away from people's homes are generally referred to as catering business. There are a number of caterers who offer food services from various areas, for instance one such type of catering service is known as mobile catering. A mobile caterer supplies food directly from a place that can be easily moved about from place to place, such as a cart, truck or modified vehicle. These forms of catering services are extremely popular at areas where a stationary or a retail outlet is not feasible, for example at music concerts, outside an office building, outdoor events, and hectic downtown areas.
The catering industry is unique in itself, unlike the restaurant business, and sometimes there are logistical problems that need to be addressed by the catering business. In addition, caterers always have to focus on quality and presentation, especially at social gatherings and events where people get together in large numbers, to celebrate an occasion.
Almost every individual who might have attended a social function such as a rehearsal dinner, a bridal shower, a book launch, or a gallery opening might have had a catering experience. Although catering might appear to be a simple and straightforward business, there is much more to it than just cooking and serving food.
The goal of a caterer is to satisfy the guests in terms of taste, flavour and presentation of food, whether it is a small party of 50 people or a large event of over 500. Caterers work keeping the client's vision in mind and the set parameters that they are required to follow, executing the plan depending upon the theme and requirement of the event.