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Event catering in Washington D.C. can be potentially overwhelming when faced with so many options to choose from. Party and event planning is a serious undertaking that requires attention to so many details and sometimes includes unforeseen details. For starter’s the choice has to be made of how much one wants to be involved in the catering process. While it’s perfectly reasonable to take the details on oneself when planning an event, there’s also the availability of professional Washington D.C. catering services. While the idea of hosting a party or corporate event and preparing and serving food on one’s own may seem economical, that’s not always the case. The often unforeseen details add up in cost, time, and labor very quickly.

DIY Catering in Washington D.C.

Group Of People Enjoying Catered Meal - Catering in Washington D.C.If you’re planning a party or gathering for 10 guests, then a do it yourself approach is definitely going to be cost-efficient and manageable. But increase that number to 25, 50 or even 100 guests that are going to be in attendance and logistics become a group effort and juggling act by the host or party planner. On first thought, most people think about the food and the food alone when it comes to planning for an event where guests are to be fed. But that logic is flawed, as there’s much more that goes into a food service than just the food. Take silverware, plating, tables needed, table linens, chairs/seating, and the idea of serving a simple meal becomes complex quite quickly. It’s safe to assume that most households around the world, don’t have 100, 50, or even 20 place settings on-hand for such a production as catering an event. Most DIY catered event planning includes rentals of all the items needed to pull it off.

If you’re attempting to cater an event yourself to be budget conscious, without sourcing these details like chairs, cutlery, and plating from friends and neighbors, you’re going to be spending money. Now, it’s not uncommon for churches or synagogues to have some of these supplies on hand for use by members and those are excellent places to start when attempting a DIY catered event. However, some churches or synagogues may require those items to stay on the property, so in that respect, your event will have to be hosted in the church or synagogue ‘cultural hall’ or ‘multi-purpose room.’

Professional Catering in Washington D.C.

Large Catering Spread - Catering in Washington D.C.Catering in Washington D.C. is very easy to successfully accomplish in that there really are handfuls and handfuls of reputable and cost friendly caterers at one’s disposal. D.C. area catering companies are experienced in all manner of events that are catered and have the foresight to offer tips or knowledge-based information to an event planner that may have been overlooked. If you were to plan and host a catered event on your own, it’s still an invaluable idea to at least consult a professional caterer (or two) to give you some insight into some avenues you may have overlooked or left unexplored. Quotes on prices, estimates on how much food and the possible need for staff assistance are not trade-secrets and professional catering companies are happy to share their experience. It’s that experience that affords caterers a sense of pride in what challenges they’ve overcome and the acquired knowledge they’ve gained in successfully navigating the industry. That said, if you really are the ‘go-getter’ type and have the drive and resources available to pull off the catering of an event, do it!

Caterer Serving Food To Guest - Catering in Washington D.C.To successfully pull off the catering of an event is amazingly rewarding beyond compensation, but in personnel and team accomplishment as well. Another note worth mentioning is that some (if not most) catering outfits are flexible in the level of involvement a party host or planner has in the catering effort. So if your personal skills or resources aren’t up to par, you can be involved in the areas of your abilities and lean on the caterers in areas where your skills or resources are lacking. Now, I should also address here that a service staff of a caterer may be directly responsible for a lead or head server or some form of a recognizable manager. The staff is not in your employment when you hire a catering service, the staff is beholden to the catering business as an entity. Though the staff will be receptive to input, all concerns about the service or details involved should be addressed to the person in charge at the event being catered. This ensures proper communication throughout the service staff’s chain of command and more importantly, this ensures the event is being catered to your immediate needs as well as a predetermined plan.

The Pros and Cons of Do It Yourself Catering

Catered Event With A Variety Of People - Catering in Washington D.C.If we come at DIY catering vs. professional catering from a pro’s and con’s approach, the basics or essentials would resemble the lists that follow. Here, we’ll approach pro’s and con’s from the perspective of hosting or catering one’s own event.

The pro’s of DIY catering are: Complete control of all details pertaining to the event (sourcing materials, sourcing food items, sourcing event staff, briefing or training of event staff, event pre-preparation, event setup, cooking, transportation of prepared food, more event setup, execution of catering at the event, event clean-up, and post-production/rental returns), complete control of menu planning/details, complete responsibility (for all details involved, including rental items), and complete control over the post event details.

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The con’s of DIY catering are: Labor and time involved in (planning, sourcing, managing all the details) a catering an event, rental details (sourcing, procuring, transportation, billing details, inventory management, etc), managing service staff (you have to source and train), managing food-prep and cooking staff, arranging transportation of food items, managing the execution of the catering at the event (overseeing personnel, food quantity and quality, mitigating unforeseen issues as they arise, and finally, managing all details of post-event activities involved after the catering has been concluded.

Another key thought that should be considered. Are you planning on enjoying the event and participating as a guest as well as trying to “run the show”? Because, unless you are highly experienced and prepared for the endeavor of catering an event, you’re not going to be able to manage the catering and be an attendee at the same time. This is not a realistic line of thought and most people who’ve been in these shoes have had a stressful time and didn’t “enjoy” the event they were planning on celebrating.

Consider A Professional Caterer In Washington D.C.

Caterer Preparing Appetizers - Catering in Washington D.C.This isn’t meant to be a deterrent to anyone inquiring about catering on their own, but more as a realistic and thought-provoking piece to prepare one for this endeavor. DIY catering can be done and is attempted (and even pulled off) all the time. But the most professional and successful DIY catered events were (are) pulled off with an entire ‘behind the scenes’ back story. Those ‘back stories’ are chock-full of troubles, heartaches, triumphs, overcoming adversity, sweat, tears, and in dire cases, even blood. Go this route how you choose, but always know help is literally a phone call or web inquiry away. Happy hosting, and good luck with your endeavors!

 

Washington D.C. Breakfast CateringWashington D.C. offers so many different venues to have your next event, political rally, or party at that it can be overwhelming for you as the host to choose the perfect venue and the perfect breakfast catering in Washington D.C. While Mr. Omelette can only point you in the right direction for venue options, we certainly can provide the best menus for breakfast catering around. You may be asking yourself, why has a company with a silly name been able to stay in business for over 27 years? Because we serve delicious and unique menu options, while providing excellent service to all of our customers that just can’t be beat. But don’t let our name fool you! Though we are Washington D.C.’s premier omelette guy, we also provide other menu packages for all party sizes and palettes. As you’ll see below, we have something for virtually everyone.

Washington D.C. Breakfast Catering Menu Packages

Washington D.C. Breakfast Catering: Corporate Special

Washington D.C. Breakfast CateringOur Corporate Special is by far our customers favorite and most valued package that we offer. If you need to fuel up your team for a Washington D.C. political event, this is the perfect package for you. For this package there is a required 30 guest minimum and an omelette chef is included for up to 4 ½ hours. You can find more information on pricing for weekdays and weekends, here. In our Corporate Special Package you will receive:

Omelette Selection: Treat your guests to hot and fluffy omelettes served with their choice of sauteed onions, tri-color peppers, mushrooms, Feta cheese, avocado, salsa and more!

Breads – Receive assorted bagels with cream cheese and raisin pumpernickel bread.

Desserts – Fruit filled danishes and other pastries.

Beverages – Tropicana orange juice, coffee, and condiments.

 

Washington D.C. Breakfast Catering: Executive Corporate SpecialWashington D.C. Breakfast Catering

Really show off at your next party or event in Washington D.C.! Mr. Omelette highly recommends our Executive Corporate Special menu package. This package is perfect for larger parties and rallies and requires a 35 guest minimum. Instead of the usual omelette spread served with our various omelette packages, this particular menu comes with a gourmet egg dish, like our homemade vegetable frittata, served in a chafing dish. Along with this freshly made egg dish, your Executive Corporate Special menu comes with:

Breads – In addition to the assorted bagels, served with cream cheese and the raisin pumpernickel bread, your guest will enjoy a selection of freshly baked, assorted mini muffins.

Desserts – Fruit display with berries, alongside fruit filled danishes and assorted pastries.

Beverages: Refresh your guest with delicious, cold Tropicana orange juice.

Washington D.C. Breakfast Catering: Belgian Waffle SpecialWashington D.C. Breakfast Catering

At Mr. Omelette we know that our customers like to change it up from our “eggs-ellent” menus once in awhile with our Belgian Waffle Menu. Once you and your guests get a taste of our fresh, homemade Belgian waffles, you’ll wonder why we aren’t called Mr. Belgian Waffle instead! Choose this one of kind menu the next time you need breakfast catering in Washington D.C.  Treat your guests to the following:

Waffles And Topping Selections – These waffles come with all the “fixins”. Your guests can top their waffles with: fresh blueberry or strawberry topping with sauce, whipped cream, maple syrup, whipped butter and powdered sugar.

Fresh Fruit Display – Artfully displayed on our fruit tray are strawberries, pineapple, grapes, watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, and assorted berries.

Beverages – Coffee with condiments and Tropicana orange juice.

All of our corporate menus for Washington D.C. breakfast catering come with plastic cater ware with Buffet covers and a personal omelette chef(s). 

Mr. Omelette For Your Washington D.C. Breakfast Catering

Just because you are having a corporate event, doesn’t mean you need to stick to our corporate menus! No matter your event or party we offer many different types of packages from pasta parties to espresso/cappuccino bars and everything in between. No matter the style or size of your party or event we have something for you. Call us today, to find out more information on how we can help to make your next event an unforgettable one!

 

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