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What to Consider When You Hire Outdoor Catering Equipment

There’s nothing quite as exciting as thinking ahead (no matter how far ahead that might be) and planning an outdoor event.

Whether it’s a wedding, festival, or delayed Christmas celebration, your outdoor event will need to be meticulously planned. If you’re not a fan of planning, that might sound a bit dull, but the more groundwork you do now, the more you can enjoy the big day.

There’s nothing quite as exciting as thinking ahead (no matter how far ahead that might be) and planning an outdoor event.

Whether it’s a wedding, festival, or delayed Christmas celebration, your outdoor event will need to be meticulously planned. If you’re not a fan of planning, that might sound a bit dull, but the more groundwork you do now, the more you can enjoy the big day.

Let’s take outdoor catering equipment as a classic example. It’s one of the easiest things to get wrong, simply because of some common misconceptions. But with the right hire company helping you, it’ll be easy… and fun!

Today, we’re going to ensure you don’t make those same mistakes.

 

Common mistakes with outdoor catering equipment hire

The biggest mistake people make is to engage the wrong mindset with the kit they think is required for an outdoor event.

For instance, if you have an outdoor wedding to plan for, you’re probably thinking that you’ll need:

ü  a BBQ;

ü  oven hire;

ü  a paella pan;

ü  lots of plates and cutlery.

But that’ll only get you so far. In fact, it’s almost certain to result in nothing more than needless stress and panic.

For an outdoor event to go smoothly, you actually need a temporary kitchen. But don’t worry – it’s a lot easier to get something like that setup when you work with a hire company.

It doesn’t matter what type of event you’re holding, where it is, or how large or small it is; you’ll need a bit more than a BBQ to feed guests and ensure the food and beverage operation is as slick as it should be.

 

You’ll need some juice

Clearly, if you’re hiring a kitchen for your event, you’ll need a decent supply of power to keep everything going.

Thankfully, this is easily accomplished these days thanks to modern generator technology. The good news is that you don’t have to spend a fortune, either.

The dangers of having insufficient power don’t bear thinking about. Ruined food, hungry guests, and time wasted looking for a solution can all be avoided if you do your homework now.

As you’ll discover, it’s all about the required wattage and an understanding of the power requirements. But you obviously don’t want to worry about that yourselves, which is why we’ve put together a super useful power guide for outdoor events.

Oh, and you’ll probably need some lighting, but the hire company will be able to sort you out with that, too.

 

…and don’t forget the rubbish

It’s best to cover this early on, because the last thing you’ll want to do is leave the venue in a mess the next day. Thankfully, if you do the groundwork now, you’ll have far less to worry about on the day.

You just need to take into account the kind of things which are easily overlooked. For instance, should the caterers clean up? Or do you need to organise a specialist cleaning team to do the dirty work?

You may even need a skip if it’s a particularly large event. Check out our advice for making sure rubbish doesn’t ruin your outdoor event.

 

 

What you’ll need for your mobile kitchen

So, that’s the boring stuff out of the way. But what about the kitchen itself? What will you need exactly?

The exact equipment and supplies you’ll need for your event will depend very much on the type of event, the number of guests you’re expecting and the type of food you’ll be preparing.

There are, however, some types of kit that are pretty common across all events. They include:

-          ovens;

-          hot cupboards;

-          fridges;

-          prep tables; and

-          food serving units.

There might be more, depending on the event. For instance, you may need beverage equipment, too, such as coffee percolators, and water boilers. This is all super-easy to source from the right hire company.

It’s also important to think about food production. Spend some time talking to the person who’ll be responsible for the food on the day and find out what they need. How many hobs, ovens, and LPG BBQs will they need to get the job done?

How will you make sure everything runs smoothly?

The only missing piece of the jigsaw is a SafeHire company (always look for that logo) to help you arrange the perfect event. The SafeHire logo shows you who you can hire from with peace of mind, which is why you should look for it from anyone you hire from. When a company has certification from SafeHire this demonstrates compliance to the health, safety, and wellbeing of its workforce and the users of hired equipment. It’s a great indication of a good level of compliance and quality, so you know you’re in safe hands.

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