If you are looking for a simple, healthy and unique beverage for spring and summer, agua de mango is an excellent choice. Popular in Central America, agua fresca can take several forms including mango, pineapple, horchata, hibiscus and tamarind. These refreshments are often served at cafes, street vendors and local markets. There is no comparison between agua fresca and bottled “fruit juice” that are common in the United States.
1 Mango, peeled and pitted.
2 cups water
1 teaspoon lime juice (or to taste)
1 teaspoon agave nectar or honey (to taste)
1 lime wedge
Combine water and mango in blender.
Blend until liquified.
Pour through strainer.
Serve in tall glass, on ice.
Mix in lime juice and agave nectar or honey to taste.
Garnish with lime wedge (optional)
5 O’clock somewhere?
Add vodka or white rum to taste for a unique backyard or beachside cocktail.
Understanding how to budget for a catered event can be tricky if you have no experience working with caterers. There are many ways in which, if you aren’t careful, you can add additional charges to your event without even realizing it. This article will focus on several things to look for when budgeting, and then hiring, a caterer for your upcoming event.
The first thing that you need to do is set your budget. It is okay to work within a given range, however if you hold firm to your amount when communicating with catering companies this can help hit that number, or at some times even help lower prices if competing companies want your business. Even if you have a budget of $4,000-$5,000 try starting off at $4,250, for example, and work from there.
What is Included
This may seem obvious, but it is immensely helpful to understand what is and is not included in the services of your caterer. For example, will your catering company be responsible for setting up tables, linens and presentation? Will they be responsible for cleaning up and tearing down? Another very important thing to speak with about your caterer may seem obvious, but depending on the company that might not be true: will your caterer be providing staff and food within the cost of their estimate? Leave no stone unturned, reputable companies will be excited at the chance to earn your business and any company that acts unfriendly or annoyed may not be the best fit for your event.
It is important to also discuss if the charges you agree to are absolutely concrete, or if they may rise (or fall) depending on extenuating circumstance. We have all been to weddings before when receptions have been going well and guests wish to stay longer, or the food is so good that the line at the buffet doesn’t exactly get any shorter. With event planning, no surprises are the best surprises.
–What if the event runs over the allotted hours?
Will your catering company simply stay and work for free or will there be additional overages for your catering company? You shouldn’t expect to gain free labor beyond your agreement, but it is always best to address these concerns ahead of time so that both parties are prepared, and no one feels as if they were given a raw deal.
–Service Charge or Gratuity
When speaking of raw deals, it is essential that you discuss whether or not your catering company typically attends events where their staff is tipped out or if they would rather you not give gratuities to their staff. Understanding if there is an additional 15% charge assumed to the final bill can, again, help avoid unwelcomed surprises.
Many caterers will require a deposit be made so that they can appropriately plan for your event and schedule their staff to be present, schedule cooking to be done etc. It is not unreasonable for a catering company to require a deposit, and helps secure the agreement for both parties. Conversely, if a catering company does not require a deposit, it would be wise to complete a bit more due diligence on that company to make sure that they do show up to events which they have booked.
Another natural question that always arises when catering an event is what the method of payment is. First, what methods does of payment does the company accept? Cash? Check? Credit? Second, do they offer installments of payments, if needed? Finally, it is important to identify when the final payment is expected to be received, especially if you deposit 25-50% prior to the event. Does the caterer require the payment after the event has concluded? Net 15? Net 30? Be clear with both parties expectations.
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