We Bring The Deli To The Party
Whether you’re hosting a family gathering, a corporate luncheon, or any kind of special event, Brent’s Deli is more than pleased to bring the deli to you and your valued guests. Catering is a part of our history since we opened our doors in 1967 with just one delivery truck. Family-owned and operated since day one, all of us here at Brent’s Deli have a passion for quality ingredients and recipes–because we believe good food leads to even better memories. When your family or party can’t make it to our restaurant, let us join the celebration by ordering our delectable deli trays and fare for pick-up or delivery.
To make party planning easier than ever, we even offer online ordering for our catering customers!
Where Convenient Meets Delicious | Westlake Village & Northridge Catering
Are you a Ventura County or San Fernando Valley dweller in need of a caterer for your next gathering, party, or office lunch? Lucky for you, Brent’s Deli provides full-service catering for any type of celebration. Whether you’re looking to feed 20 or 200 guests, Brent’s Deli is equipped and staffed to prepare bites and entrees for your event at the drop of a hat!
To see our wide array of trays and catering options including breakfast, sandwiches, buffets, appetizers, and more, click here.
What To Do When Hiring A Caterer For Your Next Event
At Brent’s Deli, food and family are one and the same, and all of our customers are treated like honored guests–from our table to yours. We understand that planning a party, event, or meeting can get stressful, especially when it comes to providing food and refreshments for your family, friends, and/or colleagues. Make your gathering memorable with quality catered food and seamless service for an event that runs so smoothly you can’t wait to plan the next one.
Here is our complete guide to choosing the best catering service–because every party and meal should be a success!
» No. 1: Sample and taste the menu.
Before committing to a catering company, ask if you can schedule a tasting for the dishes you think will fare well at your special event. This gives you the opportunity to ask the catering manager and/or staff how certain menu items are prepped. For example, you’ll want to know if all preparation and cooking are finished onsite before your event and all food is stored in heating trays, or if you can heat up your dishes in your kitchen to ensure fresh food and quality dining for your guests.
Also, during a tasting, you can go over any dietary restrictions that need to be considered when catering your gathering. Your feedback about the quality of food and presentation will help inform your decision, and a savvy catering service or company should take all of your requests seriously.
» No. 2: Ask for references–and call them!
As with any service, you’ll want to do your research to find a company that’s right for you and your party. Although online reviews are a good start in gleaning the level of service and customer experiences, it never hurts to ask your potential catering company for references and to actually check them. Happy customers can provide a wealth of information that guide you on your catering journey. Some questions to ask include:
- How many times have you had your events catered by this company or restaurant?
- What did you like best about the catering service leading up to your event?
- If you could change anything about the catering service you received, what would it be?
» No. 3: Look at a portfolio and/or photos from past events.
Looking at pictures of past events will give you an idea about how all trays, buffets, and/or dishes are set-up–contributing to the overall aesthetic of an event. Photos will also allow you to note what materials, utensils and wares the restaurant and catering company utilize, giving you a glimpse of how professional they are and if they are full-service or not.
» No. 4: Set-up in-person meetings to ensure professionalism and success.
Making sure the majority of planning and decision making happens in-person will prevent any minor or major miscommunications when it comes to catering your event. This also allows you to gauge the level of service and professionalism you are receiving at the planning stage, which will reflect itself on the day of your event.
» No. 5: Don’t forget to ask about how your caterer handles special requirements.
We all know that events rarely go as planned, and there’s always those guests who didn’t RSVP but show up to the party anyway. That’s why it’s important for the catering service you choose to be flexible and accommodating, no matter what changes occur. As mentioned earlier, be sure to find out how your catering company handles dietary restrictions. You’ll also want to ask about their policies regarding last minute additions, gluten-free options, and any onsite changes.
» No. 6: Find out who will be your point of contact from the get-go.
In most cases, customers will place their orders with a catering representative but have a different primary contact on the day of your event. Be sure to ask the company or restaurant who will be in charge of preparing and delivering your order to ensure seamless service.
» No. 7: Confirm that the catering staff can handle the size and scope of your event.
When placing your catering order, be sure to provide as many event details as possible up front. You’ll want to let the staff and catering representative know about the size of the event space and how many people are expected to attend. This will ensure that the company and restaurant will have ample time to plan and prepare for your gathering. Before even placing your order, also ask how far in advance they need to have your event on the books as well as how much notice they expect for changes and/or adjustments.
» No. 8: Factor in location and any necessary travel time.
Even if you’re working with a local restaurant or catering company in your city or town, be sure to provide details about the location of your event for seamless service. For deliveries or pick-ups, it will be important to plan ahead for how long it will take to load and transport your trays or platters as well as any suite numbers or special instructions for office spaces, gated communities, or etc.
» No. 9: Check certifications to ensure compliance and hygiene.
To avoid any potential mishaps, disasters, or even health risks, be sure to ask your catering service provider about the certifications and insurance policies they hold. Their compliance should not only protect their workers, but also you and other clients. Your event should be memorable for good food–not catering issues outside of your control.
Quality Catering & Family Tradition
Are you still wondering how to find the best catering provider for your next party or event? Don’t hesitate to contact Brent’s Deli with any catering inquiries! Feel free to contact our staff and catering representatives for more information or to start your order today.
Northridge: (818) 886-5679
Westlake Village: (805) 557-1882