Over the past few years there has been enormous growth in the leisure market as functions such as weddings; sporting, fundraising and celebratory events have become more lavish with the use of outside caterers becoming the norm. In addition, changes within the workplace, such as the closure of canteen facilities, have led to a growth in opportunity for contract caterers to supply refreshments. Our love of dining and entertaining has created a tremendous market for caterers across the world. A wide range of social and business events are providing the opportunity for caterers to cook up tasty dishes and delicious profits. In fact, growth among social caterers has been one of the strongest in the overall food-service industry in recent years, and that trend is expected to continue.

Off-premises caterers – caterers who take the food to the customers, rather than a catering department operating on-site in a hotel or convention center – offer everything from a gourmet breakfast in bed for two to elegant dinners for 20 to charity galas for more than 1,000 people. Some caterers specialize in one kind of food-cakes and breads, for example–while others offer a wide range of services, including floral arrangements, specialized props and costumes for theme parties, and wedding coordination

Contracts are often awarded to large companies with a proven track record for contracts such as school dinners, hospital catering, air, rail and ferry travel, and it may, therefore, be difficult for anyone setting up a business to make inroads into this market. However, there are plenty of opportunities for smaller contracts and one-off celebratory functions. As such you should start your catering business to specialize in weddings, sporting, fundraising and celebratory events. By offering creative, colorful, and unusual food options which is a break from the normal catering options you can expect to generate new business in your new venture. By injecting new life into the catering market, leveraging your chefs’ culinary skills to develop creative new catering options your catering business will soon be in profit.