USING RESTAURANT CATERING SERVICES
More and more restaurants are offering both full and partial catering services. Catering from a restaurant is much more than just gettting "take out" - restaurant and catering menus may overlap at many establishments, but not always.
When looking into using a favorite or a new restaurant for your catering needs, it's best to start off by finding out the scope and content of their catering capabilities. Some will cater only on their own premises. Some will deliver, and others will provide pick-up only. Ask in person, call, or check their website, but find out if they fit your plan before you get too deep into the planning process.
Things to consider:
Restaurant food can be a great choice, especially for specialty foods. Special dietary concerns, special preparation or equipment and ethnic foods become significantly easier when someone else is handling the preparation and cooking!
Other sources for catering services
In addition to restaurants, many delis, specialty markets and even supermarkets also provide partial and/or full catering service, or simply bulk prepare foods for events. Again, it's a matter of doing a little research to find out if what they do is a match for what you need for your event.
Ideas for using pre-cooked foods in your event: