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2 Core Principles of Catering: Surprise, Delight, Satisfy – and Make It Easy to Eat

John Cohen | September 3, 2015

Almost every fun, surprising, and successful food trend you can find can be traced back to these 2 core principles of catering: surprise, delight, satisfy – and make it easy to eat. What that boils down to is: 1. Think ahead to what people will truly enjoy (versus feeling boxed in by what tradition dictates…

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3 Questions Caterers Have for Other Caterers

John Cohen | August 25, 2015

Have you ever been in a situation that makes you think to yourself, “I wonder how other caterers would handle this?” You’re not alone. We’ve got 3 questions caterers have for other caterers, along with solutions we recommend based on best practices in catering and business. Giving out your cell phone number Ever thought about…

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4 Surprising Things about Total Party Planner Catering Software

John Cohen | August 17, 2015

Supporting you and your business is what Total Party Planner is all about. That’s why we rarely talk about ourselves or our software in this blog (even though we’re really proud of TPP and what our clients accomplish with it every day)! We use this blog to focus on things that will help you build…

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Fall Food Catering Trends 2015: What’s got staying power and what will wow your clients

John Cohen | August 4, 2015

If you’re a smart caterer (and signs seem to indicate that you are), then you’re probably reading up on catering industry news and thinking ahead to the next season. So, while mere mortals are soaking up those last few rays by the pool before having to buy school supplies, most small business owners like you…

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The Dos of the Dinner Party Chef

John Cohen | July 31, 2015

The dinner party, once reserved for the nation’s wealthy to make business connections, the original social networking, is making a comeback. Only this time, the dinner party is not reserved solely for the wealthy. Many people are getting in on the dinner party train, using it as a reason to get together with long-lost friends…

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The Importance of Building Your Business through Catering and Event Partnerships

John Cohen | July 22, 2015

Customers aren’t the only thing you should be focusing on when it comes to building your business. Customers are important, of course, because they are the ones ordering and eating your food. However, if you really want to give your business a shot in the arm, build your business through catering and event partnerships. Partners…

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Tips for New Caterers

John Cohen | July 17, 2015

Being a new caterer can be hard. Well, not “can be,” it is hard. No matter how much you plan, there are experiences you haven’t had yet which makes it hard to plan for them. We’ve known a lot of new caterers, though, and we’ve heard a lot of new caterer’s stories. Here are a…

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Optimize Your Website for Mobile Use

John Cohen | July 9, 2015

Have you ever been on a website where the font was so small you had to pinch your fingers in and out on your screen to make the font legible? Or have you been to a site where you can actually read the words (yay) but you have to scroll both up and down and…

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Catering for the Fourth of July

John Cohen | July 1, 2015

It’s just a few days until our most patriotic holiday. Let’s give a big shout for the red, white and blue! Fourth of July cookouts can be anything from a high end not-so-casual event to a down-home comfort cookout. Many times these events include food cut into stars and lots of little flags combined with dishes…

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Why Caterers Want Wedding Coordinators

John Cohen | June 25, 2015

Have you ever been prepping for a wedding with your team and suddenly a bridesmaid rolls up to you, frantic, because the bride happened to peak out the suite window and can see none of the tables have been dressed or set? Did she think that was your job? How about standing around after dinner…

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