Booked first event

by Tim

Hi guys ,
Just booked my first event with the catering van , open day on the farm around 400 visitors .
Menu it will be straight forward - breakfast baps (sausage, bacon , egg) , burgers , hot dogs , coffee, tea etc .
Has anyone got any advice ? Apparently i’m The only one to cater food.
Any help is much appreciate !

Many thanks

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Mar 13, 2019
Have Fun - First Day Of Trading
by: David

Hi Tim,

Well done for getting the business to its first day of business. Not an easy feat nowadays. Be encouraged.

Make a basic checklist before you leave out in the morning. This will help you make sure you don't forget any important items. I won't

I would just say first impressions are really important, don't be nervous. Below is some further suggestions.

Arrive early to set-up
Make sure your food area and vehicle is clean.
Clear pricing structure and menu options
Decent size portions, don't skimp
Give customers a menu to take away that they can give to others.
Smile, be happy and approachable. You are in the service sector.
Engage your customers as soon as possible.
When you have a queue of people - remember to acknowledge each customer waiting.
Take the order as soon as possible.
Take regular temps of hot food, this reassures customer.
Keep utensils clean and the food prep area
Keep an eye on stock levels
Grab a newspaper, the customer would appreciate it
Keep prep area clean all the time.

Finally, have fun, it's your business. Keep us updated and let us know how you get on.

Best of luck,


Elliotts burger bar

Firstly good luck with your venture.
The most important part of your business is your customers, remain customer focus at all times, and they will become regulars and do your advertising for you with recommendations.

I have only been running mine for one month on an industrial estate hidden away in the yard of a brand new builders merchants who are not generating many customers at all, maybe 5 a day,

Despite this and without any advertising except for a sandwich stye blackboard outside saying "HOT FOOD" we are already averaging about £550 a week mainly from local business on the small estate.

I use quality food and keep an immaculate van, I also passed the Food Safety & Hygiene Level 2 for Catering and display the certificate in my van.

I created a loyalty card and bought a stamp off ebay and this has been a fantastic success, giving away any hot food to the value of £2.80 after getting five stamps, also my menu's are going well and are being put up in my customers works canteens by my customers,

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