Catering for Small Parties: The Complete List of Questions to Ask Your Chef

Dining in is the new eating out! Having a small party? Why not get it catered? We will tell you why this is a good idea! Trends have changed and so has our behaviour as consumers. We value culinary experiences, good conversations with friends, being in control of what we eat and what goes into our bodies. How many of us love cooking or enjoy hosting, or love to be invited over for friends’ gatherings? We’re sure that about 90% of us fit those criteria, but no one likes that hassle of doing the cooking or even knowing that our friend has been in the kitchen the whole day. What’s the solution then? It’s catering! Yes, catering for small parties is your solution.


You may think that catering for small parties is expensive and lacks creativity and character. At one point, we wouldn’t have argued with you. Instead, we came up with a great solution for this! We’ve changed the way people view catering by making the foodies decide on what exactly they want and by having the food made by our excellent Private Chefs. Forget about ordering take-out or pizza, and get a tailored menu specifically for your party.

Catering for parties at home is even better than going out to a restaurant because you know that your food will be warm, right on time and there is no wasting of delicious leftovers! Let’s learn more about the steps of getting catering for small parties with ChefXChange and the questions that you may have.

Catering for Small Parties: The Complete List of Questions to Ask Your Chef

Catering For Small Parties? Book Your Catering Only After Reading These 10 Points

1- What is the smallest number of people you do catering for?

With ChefXChange, you can get your food catered and delivered to you even if you were only two people. Our goal is to make sure that every foodie has an exclusive culinary experience, thus, if foodies prefer a private setting, we can assure that too. Our chefs are also ready to cater for medium sized and bigger events. However, some chefs prefer to cater only for larger events. We recommend reaching out to multiple chefs in order to check which one would be able to do the catering for parties at home for smaller number of people.

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2- Considering my party budget and guest count, what catering menu choices or food would you recommend?

When catering for small parties, the menu options should be discussed with the chefs. Once you provide your budget, guest count, and dietary restrictions, the chef will be able to make a creative tailored menu to satisfy all palates and dietary requirements. Your chef will recommend the best menu for your party based on your outlined preferences and requirements.

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3- Do you specialize in certain cuisines?

We do! Did you know that you can search by experience and cuisine? Once you’ve done your initial search based on experience, city, and date, you can add more filters to your search. Are your friends vegetarian? Pare down your search results by chefs who specialize in vegetarian food and you’ll be set-up with a delicious vegetarian meal!


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4- Can you create a customized catering menu for our small party or event?

Absolutely! As we mentioned before, the first thing to do is discuss your culinary vision with your chef. Tell your chef or community manager what you have in mind and we’ll work together to execute your vision. We can customize your menu depending on your taste and guests’ dietary restrictions.

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5- Will the food be prepared on-site or be brought in already prepared?

This all depends on you, foodie! If you’d like to have the private chef come to your house and learn the tricks of the trade from him while watching him do his magic, you can ask him/her to prepare the food on-site. But if you’d like your kitchen to stay spotless and/or if you have a small kitchen, you can ask your chef to drop it off to your place or you can pick it up if you prefer. Our main goal is to make sure that catering for your party is being done smoothly and as you prefer.

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6-When would I need to finalize the catering menu?

Planning planning planning! The earlier, the better! We suggest that you reach out to your chef at least one week in advance in order to have all the details and the menu created for you. All event details should be finalized and booking should be paid for at least three days in advance.

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7-What time will you and your staff arrive at the site?

It all depends on you, you should let your chef what time you’d like the food to be served and he/she will let you know when they’d need to arrive at the site.

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8-Do you need any specific food processing equipment?

When you sign-up for a foodie profile, you’re prompted to describe your kitchen. This way, the chef knows what it’s equipped with. If you don’t have much in your kitchen, the chef will bring what he/she needs. As a general rule, for catering, the chef brings the food prepared and very little (if anything) will be done on-site. 

9-How do you charge for alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages? Per consumption or per person?

You can discuss this with your chef. Generally, the pricing would be per person or a set price.

10- Can we provide the alcohol and you provide the bar labour?

Yes! If you’d like to provide your own alcohol, you can communicate that with your chef and they will bring a bartender with them at a set rate.

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We hope that these Q&As will make it easier for you when deciding to do catering for your small party, and always remember that with ChefXChange we always strive to make every culinary experience memorable. If you’re not sure what to do, just ask! Your Community Manager in your respective city is your go-to resource for your upcoming culinary experience. Search for Caterer now!