It has been proven that ordering food directly from a restaurant and managing your small event yourself is much more cost effective than hiring a full service catering company. The troubles we face in a post-Covid-19 world are that there are less restaurants from which to choose.
It was once proposed that as many as 75% of restaurants could close because of Covid-19. This was the worst case scenario and that number emerged before the governments PPP and EIDL programs helped many establishments weather the storm.
It is not clear how many actually will close as a result. But, as most people know, restaurants are a tough business and the margins are slim. These facts account for the fact that 60% of restaurants will close in their first year of operation.
The Covid crisis also has many restaurants running at low capacity. Catering events may not be a possibility for many of them at this time. The best idea is to start contacting places months out from the planned event. This way they can work toward satisfying your request. Always have a back-up plan. If your restaurant of choice isn’t able to make your acquaintance, then you should have at least one more picked as a reserve.