In The Catering Kitchen With Allez Catering!
For our January Spotlight, we caught up with Deane Young of Allez Catering in Manchester, CT. Read on for great info and tips!
Tell us about your business.
Allez Catering is an off premise caterer specializing in freshly prepared, make from scratch food. We are an all occasion caterer, providing delicious food and superb service for groups of 15-250 persons in the greater Hartford area and beyond.
What brought you to begin using Total Party Planner?
I was tired of writing reports and scaling recipes longhand. It seemed that I was always forgetting something. There were only a few catering software companies 10 years ago and I didn’t have a lot of money to spend. John was very personable and persuasive about TPP. This personal support is what sold me in the end.
What is your favorite program feature in Total Party Planner?
I like that you can put together a proposal very quickly and email it to a potential customer. They are always pleasantly surprised at the fast service.
How has Total Party Planner helped your business?
TPP has helped me stay competitive by having all my costing up to date and knowing whether it is economically feasible to bid on certain events that competitors choose to take. I value our reputation for great food and service and will not cut corners just to make a sale.
How did you get started catering?
I turned a hobby into a business. I had always cooked for family and friends and worked in the food service business during the summer when I was going to college. I worked for more than 20 years as a chemist and project engineer and wanted a change from the corporate world.
What sets your company apart from others in your area?
My made from scratch delicious food and exceptional service.
What do customers expect when doing business with you?
My customers, if they are repeat ones, will get the same great food and service every time. New customers receive the same thing. I couldn’t serve something if it wasn’t up to my highest standards. Everything should taste great every time.
What advice would you give a new caterer?
Buy TPP to save you huge amounts of time and minimize, if not eliminate, mistakes in service.