Funerals present special challenges when it comes to catering. Clients often don’t know how many people to order food for since people don’t always announce that they’re attending a funeral, and the emotional toll of losing a loved one can add stress to the decision-making process of choosing the menu and setting a budget.
However, having a funeral catered is a good way to eliminate some of the responsibilities during a time of change and sadness. While it’s customary for family and friends to show their support for the grieving family by bringing food, relying on potluck isn’t always practical. And someone who is mourning the loss of a spouse, parent, family member or dear friend may not feel up to cooking and cleaning for a large crowd.
A caterer can discuss the services they offer so they can provide the type of day you’re looking for. Some caterers specialize in “drop off” menus, meaning they prepare and package all the food at their facility, then deliver them where you need them and leave. This is a good option for finger foods that don’t require a lot of cleanup, such as sandwiches and chicken wings, and if you don’t feel up to having strangers in your home or wherever you’re hosting the funeral service.
If you’d rather go for a larger, more formal spread, a caterer can also provide full meals with staff service that includes serving, maintaining the food and cleanup. Going this route usually means allowing one to two hours prior to and after the service for the caterers to set up and break down their equipment. As funerals are a less structured event than a wedding, choosing a buffet-style meal may be more practical than a plate-by-plate menu so people can help themselves. Since you may not know how many people are coming, a good rule of thumb is to add 20 people to your highest estimate, so no one is left out.
Caterers have their own tried-and-true menus. Some may accept requests if they have enough time for preparation and most have options for people with special dietary needs, such as those who are vegan or diabetic.
It’s a good idea to get a few recommendations and read reviews before choosing a caterer if you haven’t done it before. You will need an experienced funeral catering in Bucks County. You’ll want someone who understands the unique pressures of serving a funeral and who can handle everything with grace and tact. This is a time when you’ll truly appreciate being able to hand some of your worries to someone who knows what they’re doing.