Start a Catering Business

Discussion in 'Ideas' started by thechef, Jul 21, 2006.

  1. thechef

    thechef New Member

    I'm thinking of starting a home-based catering business. Can anybody tell me how much investment is required and also the basic requirements on getting started. Thanks.
  2. Vishal P. Rao

    Vishal P. Rao Administrator Staff Member

    According to various sources, you can start a home-based catering business with as little as $1000 to as much as $30,000 or even more. Most small-time caterers start with using their own kitchen and renting out equipments. This brings down the initial cost considerably. However, if you are confident about your abilities and talents, you can start with a professional kitchen and your own equipments.

    Here are some resources that will of help to you:

    Institutes and Programs

    ACFFAC Accredited Culinary Programs and Institutes
    List of colleges and universities offering culinary programs accredited by the American Culinary Federation Foundation Accrediting Commission.


    American Culinary Federation

    International Association of Culinary Professionals

    National Association of Catering Executives


    Provides education, support and products for the caterering industry.

    Books and Guides

    How to Start a Home-Based Catering Business by Denise Vivaldo

    Successful Catering: Managing the Catering Operation for Maximum Profit (The Food Service Professionals Guide, 12) by Sony Bode

    The Professional Caterer's Handbook: How to Open and Operate a Financially Successful Catering Business by Lora Arduser
  3. thechef

    thechef New Member

    Thank you Vishal. That was very helpful. Any tips from those who have actually done it?

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