How to Find an Aspen Caterer

How To Find a Caterer in Aspen

Home to many exclusive clubs and resorts, Aspen, Colorado, is a world renowned destination for not only skiing. It is a top location for parties and receptions of all kinds – large and small, private and public, glamorous and low-key.

If you are hosting any kind of event in Aspen, and are looking for just the right caterer, here are a few tips for finding a caterer in Aspen, Colorado:

1. Talk to your friends and family 

The number one way to find a great caterer is through word of mouth. Nothing beats the referral of a satisfied customer, especially if it’s someone you can trust, like a friend or family member. Ask around – chances are someone in your circle of acquaintances recently hired a caterer for a party or wedding reception. Find out who they hired and what they liked and didn’t like about them.

2. Read reviews and ratings online

The next best thing to word of mouth is an online review. People tend not to hold anything back on their reviews of companies online. Check Google Places and Yelp for “caterers in Aspen” and find the ones with the best reputation overall for what they offer.

3. Determine your budget and compare your top 4-5 choices

Only you can determine what you can afford. Identify your event budget and make preliminary calls to about 4-5 caterers to see whether their prices will fit with your event. At the very least, you should have an idea of the number of guests, what type of food, and whether you prefer seated, buffet or serving stations before you call so they can price your event accordingly.

4. Ask questions

You are the employer. Interview your potential Aspen catering company as if they were a job applicant, because that’s what they are. Ask about their menus. Ask to see their portfolio, or inquire after previous clients/events. Ask what sets them apart. Are they abreast of the latest trends?

5. Taste test

And finally, be sure that you get to taste food by any potential catering company. It is appropriate to ask for samples at a first or second meeting. Obviously, the taste of the food is something you can’t overlook. You want your guests to enjoy their experience and have it be memorable – in a good way.