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How to Find and Book a Caterer for a Raw Space

Posted by Gabrielle Ricci on Dec 16, 2016 12:32:45 PM
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Raw spaces: your best friend or your worst enemy. If you're a creative mind chasing a vision, raw spaces provide you with the blank canvas that you need to execute your ideas. For others, raw spaces might trigger fear and apprehension. How can I host an event in an empty room? Where are the tables? The Chairs? More importantly, where's the food?!

When you book an event at a raw space, you might be surprised to find that there isn't an international chef preparing food in a small closet for your corporate event. Instead, you're forced to hire a caterer. Here are some tips on how to find and book a caterer for a raw space: 

Step 1: Reivew Your Budget

Because the rental fee of a space does not include food, you have to make sure that you have enough money set aside to feed the amound of guests you itend on inviting. 

Step 2: Ask the Venue Manager of the Space

They might have suggestions or work closely with a certain caterer that they recommend for all of their events.

Step 3: Ask Your Friends!

Reach out to your network and see what caterers they know. You're bound to find at least one good option from your crew.

Step 4: Check the Interwebs 

Websites like WeddingWire and ezCater offer an abundance of options for all of your catering needs. Surf their sites for various styles and cuisines that fit the theme of your event.

Step 5: Schedule a Tasting

After you've compiled a list of all your potential caterers, choose your top three. Make sure you schedule tastings for these three before you make a final decision.

Step 6: Pick Your Favorite and Book!

Now that you've done the tastings and narrowed down your choices, it's time to make a choice. Compare the prices with the food quality and cuisine type to come to a final decision. When you feel confident in your choice, book it and check it off your to-do list!


You have the tools and all the steps, now it's time to execute. Stand up to those raw spaces and tell them who's boss. They don't scare you anymore. You're one step closer to becoming a professional event planner.

Looking for raw spaces in NYC? Check out Lorela's recent blog post!

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Topics: Food and Beverage, Event Planning