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2018 Wedding Trends Every Caterer Needs to Know

Dev Wizard | March 2, 2018

From the decor to the drinks, we’re seeing the unique touches that take weddings from “standard” celebrations and turn them into a personalized experience. Every year Pinterest reports on the trends with the highest search volume. These are the biggest food and drink trends caterers need to know for 2018! A Bigger Bash How often…

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Client Spotlight: Chef Jeff Catering

Dev Wizard | February 14, 2018

Jeff Riley is the Owner and Executive Chef of Chef Jeff Catering. Jeff started his culinary career as the head chef at a high-end restaurant and catering small jobs on the side. He loved providing a high-end experience at an affordable price, so Jeff decided to go into business for himself. It was about 14 years…

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How Caterers Can Maximize ROI at Wedding Shows

Dev Wizard | January 17, 2018

Wedding shows can be a great source of business for caterers, or a huge waste of money. Learn how to maximize your return on investment during engagement season, and start filling your calendar now! Come Prepared Come to the show with a quick form for couples to complete where you can capture pertinent information including…

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Catering Sales and Marketing Strategies for the New Year

Dev Wizard | January 11, 2018

As we enter into a new year, now is a crucial time to start planning and implementing for a successful New Year. The best marketing strategies are going to give you stable and continuous growth, rather than quick-wins that fade out after a month. Since some of these strategies are more of a slow burn,…

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2018 Drink Trends Every Caterer Should Know

Dev Wizard | November 22, 2017

2017 was the year of the Old Fashioned and Moscow Mule, so what will 2018 bring? With the advent of Instagram and Snapchat, restaurants and caterers have seriously upped their cocktail game to make their drinks as beautiful as they are delicious, and the trend is not slowing down anytime soon. The Healthy Drink “Healthy”…

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6 Unique Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas

Dev Wizard | November 21, 2017

If you’re a die-hard Thanksgiving traditionalist, you may balk at the idea of new menu items for the holiday. Before you dismiss it completely, take a look at this list of 6 Unique Thanksgiving Dinner ideas. You may just find a new dish that will become a turkey-day staple in your house! Whether you’re hosting…

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Offering Tastings Of Your Catering Menu to Gain New Business

Dev Wizard | October 11, 2017

A well-crafted tasting is one of the best ways to gain new accounts for your catering business.   Tastings help express your company, food, and other services to your potential clients. This is the time to showcase what sets your catering company apart from your competition. Tastings should be included in your budget as a part…

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Quick Tips to Help Caterers Improve Their Social Media Presence

Dev Wizard | August 27, 2017

Social media has become a huge, often times free, marketing tool for catering companies. Having a great social media presence will help increase your catering business. It’s also a great place to advertise any public events that showcase your offerings in catering and event planning. Here are 3 tips to help you increase your social media…

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6 Tips for Increasing Catering Referral Business

Dev Wizard | August 11, 2017

In the catering and events industry, the majority of businesses rely on referral business.  Referrals are a wonderful tool because they come pre-qualified from your trusted clients and business partners. With social media and other apps, people are highly influenced by word of mouth recommendations from family, friends, and other businesses.  Here are a few…

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John’s Interesting Finds for Caterers at the 2017 National Restaurant Show

Dev Wizard | June 16, 2017

The National Restaurant Show is always a great excuse for restaurants and caterers of all sizes to visit the windy city of Chicago, IL. This year was no exception.

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