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    Top Picks for Event Planning Software: Catering Mobile Apps That Help with Meal Planning

    June 11, 2013

    Meal planning can be one of the trickier components of event planning. From seating charts and food supplies to special diets and allergies, there’s a lot to think about when serving a meal to a large number of guests in your event space. Thankfully there are a multitude of mobile apps and software that can help you plan meals at your next event easily and efficiently. Take a look at some of the top technology out there today and try one out for your next big event!

    CaterShark by AdvancedChef is a high-tech catering software management solution that allows caterers and event planners to gain visibility into the tracking and management of catering events, as well as an insight into the costs associated with those events. You can access your data from any computer anywhere as long as you have an internet connection. CaterShark also syncs with Google Calendar so you can stay connected with your schedule at all times. You can build custom menus and use the recipe servings calculator to make sure the meal goes off without a hitch!

    ReServe Interactive Catering Software is a dynamic solution for event planners and caterers alike. You can remind your staff of tasks to complete as well as coordinate menus, pricing, and equipment lists. The software also allows you to coordinate staffing lists, manage customer databases, and create sophisticated financial reports. The software takes the headache out of meal planning for events so you can focus on other items like making sure the event venue has the correct lighting and décor.

    ResortSuite CATERING works well for large or small events. Features include sales quotations and contracts as well as banquet orders and invoicing. The software has the ability to manage the planning of a simple, single-day banquet or wedding and it can also manage multi-day conferences and even multi-venue conventions. One great feature of ResortSuite CATERING is the special instructions feature. You can streamline your event planning by creating special instructions for an event or simply add notes to an existing contract or invoice.

    Canvas also has a Catering / Event Planner Worksheet app that covers everything from the type of meal, head count, special instructions, alcohol, and special orders. The app can be tailored to your specific event planning business and also includes a page with direct total costs. Costs include everything from employee labor, equipment, food, and more, as well as overhead and profit amounts. You can get the app for free simply by signing up on the Canvas website.

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