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What Is a Catering Contract?

A Catering Contract is a document that outlines the details of a catering service that a caterer will provide to a client for either a single event or multiple events.

A Catering Contract is also sometimes known as a:

  • Food Catering Contract
  • Catering Services Agreement
  • Formal Catering Contract
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Who Should Use a Catering Contract?

A Catering Contract is typically used by:

  • Restaurants
  • Catering companies
  • Hotels
  • Fast food franchises
  • Wedding planners or organizers

In other words, any business or individual that provides food services for events (such as office lunches, school lunches, birthday parties, or weddings) can benefit from creating a Catering Contract to outline which services they are able to provide, how much the services cost, menu options, and more.

How Do I Write a Catering Contract?

A Catering Contract should include important details regarding the rights, obligations, and expectations that both parties have for the duration of the contract.

A Catering Contract should include:

  • The name and address of the individual or company providing the catering service
  • The name and address of the client (the person or company receiving the catering service)
  • Specific details about the service, such as the date and time of the event (or events), the menu, the number of expected guests, and any other relevant details, like if the catering company is providing waitstaff, cutlery, drinks, etc.
  • Details regarding how the services will be billed, such as a flat rate or hourly rate, and the amount
  • Whether the caterer will be reimbursed for expenses, such as gas mileage or alcohol costs, if those costs are the responsibility of the client
  • If the caterer requires a deposit
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Do You Need Another Service Contract?

You may find our other service agreements useful:

  • Create a Cleaning Services Agreement to set out the terms and conditions of a cleaning service between a cleaning company (or individual that provides cleaning services, such as a janitor) and a client.
  • Use a Child Care Contract to determine the responsibilities and obligations for someone providing care to your child.
  • Create a Computer Services Agreement to outline the responsibilities, terms, and conditions of a contractual computer repair service between a computer repair services provider and a client.
  • Use a Service Agreement to determine the details of any service-related job between a service provider and a client.
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