How To Use An Online Catering Service

By: Lee Dobbins

The next time you have a party, save yourself the time and trouble of agonizing over appetizers by buying all your hors d'oeuvres online. They’ll think you hired an expensive caterer or spent weeks slaving over a hot stove!

Your munchies can make or break your party so you want to be sure that you have fabulous tasting foods. You can order sumptuous appetizers such as stuffed mushrooms, egg rolls, scallops in bacon, salmon pinwheels, coconut shrimp, artichoke and spinach tarts and more - all prepared by wonderful gourmet chefs. They’ll arrive pre-cooked so all you have to do is pop them in the oven and cook. And the best part - you can get all this for around $5.00 per guest!

Of course, ordering online can be a disaster if you don’t know what to look for.

Some tips for ordering food online include checking out the site credentials and making sure you know how to prepare the foods after they arrive.

When using an online food catering service, make sure their plant is USDA approved. This ensures that the meats are inspected by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service and are up to federal standards. Also, make sure they use grade A meats. You should be able to find this information on an "About Us" page or query them via email.

You’ll also want to order foods to arrive on the right day. It won’t do much good to have 200 appetizers arrive the day after the party! Most online food catering services ship overnight so make sure you plan properly. Most appetizers will arrive frozen so you want to make sure that you are home to accept delivery so that you can get them into the freezer for proper storage before they thaw out.

Make sure you know how to properly prepare the appetizers so that you can plan your day appropriately. Since the food will be frozen be sure you read the instructions to know if and how they need to be thawed. In addition to thawingArticle Submission, you will get instructions on how to cook the appetizers and make sure you follow these precisely since if you don’t your fabulous hors d'oeuvres could end up tasting like mush!

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