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How to Start a Catering Business: When You Don't Know What the Hell You're Doing Paperback – January 8, 2003


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (January 8, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1403358907
  • ISBN-13: 978-1403358905
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #391,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jennifer Williams was born into a family of great cooks. It was her lifelong dream to own a catering business, and in 1996, she made her dream a reality. Lacking formal training, Jennifer relied on catering books, seminars and other caterers to help her get started. Within one year, she had booked fifteen jobs and had an exclusive catering deal with a local hotel.She has taken a break from catering to focus on her son but wrote this book as her way to keep her foot in the catering door. This is Jennifer's first book, but not her last.Jennifer hopes to teach other aspiring caterers her techniques for success by teaching one-day seminars. She's been happily married for nineteen years, has a three-year-old son and enjoys cooking (of course), shopping with mom, and spending time with friends. She makes her home in Southern California.

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Evil Troll on June 21, 2005
How disappointing. I was eager to receive this book and as it only took about 45 minutes to read from front to back, I didn't put it down because I kept thinking that there had to be some redeeming value. Some useful tidbit of information that I as a person who has never catered anything could use. There was not one thing in this book that someone with common sense wouldn't think of themselves. There appears to be only one reason this book was written. The author had enjoyed being a caterer and when she left the field to raise her son, she needed money. I'm only sorry that she didn't put more effort and thought into it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Aniruddha M. Railkar on November 6, 2006
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I liked this book because it is written in simple language and goes over the nuts and bolts of the catering business. It talks about pricing, portioning, and etiquettes for servers and bar tenders. I think it gives you enough information to decide whether catering is for you. I liked it.
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24 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 12, 2003
This book is written in easy to understand terms for the catering beginner. The author shares some humorous stories and mistakes with the reader. Includes some great recipes and menu ideas.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By food lover on September 21, 2005
This is a small book but packed with fabulous information and tips. Highly recommend this book!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Claudia on October 17, 2007
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There is no rating low enough - this book surely does not deserve even 1 star! Poorly written, double spaced, obviously not proofread...not a book I would have ever bought if I had been able to look at it in the store before buying.
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