Are you bad at cooking? Or maybe you just don’t have as much time as you used to over the holidays to cook. With many businesses choosing to stay open on traditional holidays, extravagant home-cooked meals are not always an option for some people. Thankfully, there are many options now for having your holiday parties and meals catered by local businesses or chains in your area. Here are some benefits to having your holidays catered:
1. Less trouble
The biggest benefit of getting your holiday catered is that you have to go through less trouble. You don’t have to stand in lines at the grocery store or visit multiple stores to find the certain item that you need. You won’t have to go home and cook after working all week just to eat for an hour and then start cleaning it all up again. You won’t have to make any last minute trips to the store for things that you forgot. And best of all you can spend more time with your family in the real spirit of the holidays.
2. Not that much more money
Some people are under the misconception that getting their holidays catered is going to cost them a fortune. However that is not the case. Many times catering has the same amount of value if you add up the costs of all the ingredients you need to buy to cook on your own and add in the time you spent preparing the meal. And even if it does cost a little more, it generally is not that much more than you would normally spend if you were getting a comparable meal to what you normally serve.
3. Spend more time focusing on other things
The holidays are supposed to be about relaxing and spending time with your family, not about slaving away over a stove or washing dishes. Getting your holidays catered is quick and easy and allows you to enjoy all of the time that you have off to relax and do things that you want to do.
4. Try new specialty items
Believe it or not, some people don’t like traditional holiday food items. If you get your holidays catered you can try different specialty items that you normally would not be able to cook. It also allows for you to have multiple different things for people who don’t like what everyone else is having. This is especially good for vegetarians or people with other restricted diet needs, which might normally be forced to eat only bread or one or two items that are available out of a traditionally cooked holiday meal.
5. Guaranteed that it will be good
If you are getting your holidays catered from a place that you have used before you are guaranteed to have a delicious meal. You don’t have to worry about trying a new recipe and it not turning out, because you have already had it before. Also if something does go wrong, there will be catering employees who are dedicated to making sure it goes right. This way the whole load doesn’t fall on the hosts shoulders and they can focus on being a good host instead of correcting cooking problems.
Ryan Davis is the owner of Argyle Catering Co., a professional catering company in Jefferson City, Mo. For over 5 years, Argyle Catering has served the Jefferson City areafrom weddings and corporate office events to other special gatherings.