What is Catering Software?
Catering software is an instance of event management software. But catering software also supports needs specific to caterers or restaurateurs who provide catering. As event management software, catering software will provide a means of managing events common to that class of software (e.g. calendaring) to engage attendees. But catering tools may also support on-site personnel with a platform for payment processing, or collaboration between kitchen and servers. Generally catering software packages support pre-event transactions with branded proposal generation, electronic signature, or recipe sharing and approval workflow.
Catering Software Features & Capabilities
Catering software provides the following features, some specific to it and others common to other event management tools:
Online scheduling and calendar
Online registration, payment processing
Reminders for attendees & staff
Document generation and management
Proposal generation & electronic signature
Forecasting for inventory & personnel needs
Workforce management for event
Activity logging, CRM-integration & synchronization
Client history view, correspondence tracking
Team communication & collaboration
Recipe building & sharing, approval; nutritional facts
Point-of-sale capability (or integration)
Event costing & analytics
Vendor management & communication
Business management (e.g. yearly comparisons, trends)
Catering software is commonly SaaS, and available on a monthly or annual subscription basis. Some vendors offer 30-day free trials before commitment. Many catering software vendors provide a standalone, comprehensive offering. However, some catering applications may be acquired as an extension of a retail-specific CRM, or with restaurant management software. Also, some event management vendors may provide add-ons that turn their general event platforms into catering specific applications. If acquired with restaurant management software, catering software’s price will scale with number of sites managed under the platform.
Danish company Pronestor offers the Pronestor Meeting Management Suite, a software focusing on operations automation, particularly around resource and order management, and multi-location management. The suite includes Pronestor Planner booking system, Pronestor Visitor boarding…
Curate is the platform for full-service catering companies designed to save time on the proposal process and help increase bookings. The vendor states that unlike Word documents and PDF invoices, Curate elevates the client experience with modern technology and interactive proposals.…