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How to Start a Home-Based Catering Business, 6th: *Become the top caterer in your area *Organize menus for parties, corporate events, and weddings ... caterer (Home-Based Business Series) Paperback – January 6, 2010

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Everything you need to know to build and run a successful catering business from your home.

Are you passionate about parties? Do you live to cook? Now you can realize your dream of working from home doing something you enjoy. Denise Vivaldo shares her experiences and advice on every aspect of setting up and running a thriving home-based catering business, from estimating your start-up costs and finding clients to outfitting your kitchen and staying profitable. She even offers tips on working green, as well as the latest high-tech help: culinary Web sites, online videos, and computer software designed especially for chefs and caterers.
 
Whether you want to plan parties, cater corporate events, or specialize in beautiful weddings, How to Start a Home-Based Catering Business can help you experience the satisfaction of building your own home-based business.
 
It is packed with forms, checklists, and worksheets, including:
 
Equipment checklists
Sample menu themes
Sample catering contracts
Party budget worksheet
Event planning worksheet

About the Author

Denise Vivaldo is a veteran chef de cuisine with extensive experience teaching and consulting in the hospitality industry. She is the author of How to Start a Home-Based Personal Chef Business (Globe Pequot Press), and the founder of Denise Vivaldo Group, Inc, a firm that offers food styling for photography, TV, and movies.
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Product Details

  • Series: Home-Based Business Series
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot; Sixth edition (January 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076275267X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762752676
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #833,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've used How To Start A Home-Based Catering Business as a resource
for the past three years. As a culinary professional, I've referenced
it at every turn as I grow my business. I never read the title
thinking I would run my food business out of my home, mostly because I
already knew that I couldn't cook commercially from my home kitchen
due to state law. The term "home-based" to me meant that I would run
my own business as an entrepreneur, keep my own books, do my own
marketing, etc...not that I would physically cook in my kitchen. This
is the most user-friendly and informative book I've found on catering,
and for me and my success, it's been priceless!
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This book is a great resource for anyone interested in starting a food business. It covers all of the basics thoroughly by someone who has been in the business and knows what talking about. Great starter guide, gives good guidance.
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This book truly helped me in starting my catering business. The samples of forms etc. were perfect for someone just starting out. Since I purchased the book I have been hired for three professional events ranging from 40 to 170 guest! Each event has been a success due to all the preparation this book afforded me and profitable! Thank you Denise!
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By Ed Valdizan on February 7, 2012
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This book has many answers to questions I had. I believe it will help people who are planing to start a catering service business. Gives good tips, it does not give too many details though. I consider it was a good investment.
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This offers wonderful information on set-up and great tips on how to get into the field without killing yourself or your budget.
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I would recommend this book for anyone thinking about getting into catering it's the best book out there! Full of good tips and instruction easy to follow and read!!
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love this product , wont be disappointed by it been having it for a while now couldnt be happier . fast service
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It is hard to know if a book is good until you've opened it up and see for yourself. When I received it and started reading, first found that the pages in the first sections were not in order. That has to do with the printer. It made for very difficult reading. But besides that, I felt it was not the information that I was looking for. I suppose it would be good if you are wanting to know more about the business aspect and how to make money, but as far as practical information on operating a catering business--it fell short. There was not enough information on things like: how to set up a buffet table properly or in creative ways, and other things. I guess I am more interested in the service part of catering and how to go about it. Have not found a good book to help in that respect.
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