Caterer Job Description: Top Duties and Qualifications

A Caterer, of Catering Chef, is in charge of preparing, delivering and serving bulk meal orders to clients based on their menu selection and event type. Their duties include developing menus and service packages, coordinating meal delivery, managing event schedules and food preparation timelines, setting up equipment to serve food and preserve its temperature, shopping for ingredients, cooking food and advertising their business to bring in new clients.

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Caterer duties and responsibilities

Caterers are responsible for cooking and serving meals at many different kinds of events. Their typical duties include:

  • Preparing and storing food safety before and during events
  • Setting up all tables and food service areas with chairs, linens and dishes
  • Serving food to guests at events
  • Cleaning up and tearing down the dining area by removing all tableware, linens, garbage and furniture
  • Creating menus according to a client’s preferences and dietary needs
  • Visiting sites before events to assess the kitchen facilities and make necessary plans
  • Ordering any necessary supplies for events
  • Settling on prices and creating contracts for clients

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Summary of Position:

Non-exempt position working in Tacoma Art Museum's TAM Cafe with an emphasis on customer service. This position requires cooperation and communication with museum visitors and customers along with other departments within the museum. The cafe employee will assist in all aspects of cafe, association events, and after-hour event operations. The position is part time approximately 20-28 hrs plus hrs per week. Candidate must be willing to work after hour events and overtime when needed.


  • Provide a pleasant atmosphere for all TAM Cafe and Tacoma Art Museum visitors.

  • Greet customers, explain the menu, take orders, and deliver orders.

  • Assist when needed with prep and short order food production

  • Work after-hour events, including prep, set up, tray and table service, buffet set-up, bar service, tear down, and clean up.

  • Duties to include sweeping, mopping, dish washing, and other cleaning as needed.

    Willingness to be approachable, gracious, and dynamic.

  • Established leadership skills and 3 years’ relevant experience


  • Established foodservice skills with references.

  • Knowledge of health code laws in respect to food operations with current food handlers card.

  • Current alcohol server’s certification (or must be obtained after employment).

    Travel, Working Conditions, and Physical Environment

    The essential physical requirements of this position include:

  • Standing or walking for long periods of time.

  • Frequently reaches with hands and arms and uses hands and fingers to handle objects and operate tools, machinery, computers, and/or controls.

  • Ability to lift objects (up to 60 pounds) and perform other similar actions during the course of the workday.

  • Continuously exchange information through listening and talking with staff, volunteers and individuals in the community.

  • Some work may be occasionally performed outside where employee is subject to adverse weather conditions.

  • Negligible local travel, less than 5% of work hours.

    To Apply

  • Please email a succinct cover letter and resume to address provided here

  • Include “Café Staff: First Name Last Name” in subject line.

  • No phone or email inquiries, please. Resume review will begin immediately. Position is open until filled.

    Job Type: Part-time

    Salary: $13.50 /hour


  • cooking: 1 year (Preferred)

  • catering/events: 1 year (Preferred)

  • restaurant: 1 year (Preferred)

  • hospitality: 1 year (Preferred)

  • kitchen: 1 year (Preferred)

    Additional Compensation:

  • Tips

    Work Location:

  • One location


  • Paid time off

    Hours per week:

  • 20-29

    This Company Describes Its Culture as:

  • Innovative -- innovative and risk-taking

  • People-oriented -- supportive and fairness-focused

  • Team-oriented -- cooperative and collaborative

    This Job Is:

  • A job for which military experienced candidates are encouraged to apply

  • A good fit for applicants with gaps in their resume, or who have been out of the workforce for the past 6 months or more

  • A job for which all ages, including older job seekers, are encouraged to apply

  • Open to applicants who do not have a college diploma


  • Weekends required

  • Day shift

  • Night shift

  • Overtime

  • 8 hour shift

  • 10 hour shift

    Company's website:

  • [website]

    Company's Facebook

  • ×


    Catering Team Member Driver Description:

    As our catering business grows, we are passionate about adding people to our team that are as authentic as our brand. Tijuana Flats Catering Team Members are high energy, friendly, great communicators and can adapt their excellent customer service abilities to different off-site environments. Catering Team Members produce, deliver and set up orders accurately and on-time. Most important of all, they like to have fun at work and work hard.

    In addition to the responsibilities of preparing, delivering and setting up a catering order, our catering team members market and promote Tijuana Flats! Catering Team members advocate for our brand to businesses and organizations near where the catering is delivered, by dropping off marketing materials, catering & to go menus.

    Job Type: Part-time

    Salary: $12.00 to $15.00 /hour

    Additional Compensation:

  • Tips

  • Store Discounts

    Work Location:

  • One location

  • Multiple locations

  • On the road


  • Flexible schedule

    Hours per week:

  • Less than 10

  • 10-19

  • 20-29

    Typical start time:

  • 9AM

    Typical end time:

  • 1PM

    Pay Frequency:

  • Bi weekly or Twice monthly

    This Job Is:

  • A job for which military experienced candidates are encouraged to apply

  • Open to applicants who do not have a high school diploma/GED

  • A “Fair Chance” job (you or the employer follow Fair Chance hiring practices when performing background checks - learn more at [website]

  • A good fit for applicants with gaps in their resume, or who have been out of the workforce for the past 6 months or more

  • A good job for someone just entering the workforce or returning to the workforce with limited experience and education

  • Open to applicants who do not have a college diploma


  • Monday to Day On call

  • Other
  • ×


    Principal Responsibilities:

  • This individual will possess superior communication skills.

  • They will have the ability to convey clear and concise information related to all ABM Catering Truck activity, including assignment, reassignments, irregular operations, and command decisions that protect the quality of our service

  • Coordinates and pre-plans all ramp related activities with the various department groups including Leadership, Warehouse, Assembly, Dispatch, and Drivers.

  • They will work very closely with the Dock Supervisor and other key leadership personnel to ensure that the most effective plan is executed.

  • Directs and supports the Drivers and Driver helpers with Top off procedures, safety concerns, and relays any missing item feedback for correction.

    Knowledge, Skills, AND Abilities:

  • Must be able to read, write, and speak English

  • Must be able to work with minimal supervision

  • Must have a neat and professional appearance.

  • Ability to lift 50+ pounds occasionally, 25+ pounds frequently & 10+ pounds consistently

  • Bend/stoop & twist repeatedly & stand for 8 – 12 hours a day

    Qualifications; Education AND Experience

  • Must be fluent in English

  • Must have a flexible schedule

  • High School Diploma preferred

  • Must have the ability to work under pressure while maintaining composure

  • Must be a team orientated individual

  • Must be available weekends

    ABM is an EOE/AA (M/F/Vet/Disability/Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation)

    Job Type: Full-time

    Salary: $22.00 /hour

    Job Type: Full-time

    Salary: $22.00 /hour


  • English (Preferred)

    Application Question:

  • How many years of Aviation experience do you have?

    Work Location:

  • One Health Dental Vision Retirement plan
  • What does a Caterer do?

    Caterers can be self-employed at their own catering business or work as a part of a larger restaurant or catering company to provide food service to clients for meetings, conferences, parties, weddings, sports events and other gatherings. They meet with clients to discuss their needs and expectations, including determining how many courses they want, whether they want buffet-style meals or table service, what their budget will be and how long the Caterer should expect to work at each event. Their job is to coordinate client information and prepare food either independently or with a team of assistants.

    Caterer skills and qualifications

    Caterers should have strong cooking and food production skills in order to cater an event effectively. Other skills they need to handle their job duties include:

    • Advanced customer service skills
    • Strong leadership and supervisory skills
    • Knowledge of dietary restrictions and the ability to come up with menus accordingly
    • Understanding of safe food handling policies and procedures
    • Excellent communication skills for conversing with clients, guests and employees
    • Business acumen and negotiation skills
    • Problem-solving and critical thinking skills
    • Time management and organizational skills

    Caterer salary expectations

    A Caterer makes an average of $13.75 per hour. This compensation may vary depending on a candidate’s education, experience and geographical location.

    Caterer education and training requirements

    Usually, no formal education is required to become a Caterer. Most employers will hire candidates with a high school diploma and training in the food industry. Some organizations prefer candidates who have pursued culinary arts degrees and certificate programs, such as those that are available at the community college level and in vocational schools. Caterers should have a catering license and any other permits necessary to serve food and alcohol to the public, and they can achieve voluntary certification as a Certified Professional in Catering and Events (CPCE) through the National Association of Catering Executives.

    Caterer experience requirements

    Employers typically look for candidates with a few years of experience working in restaurants or as a Caterer. Many Caterers gain experience by completing an internship or an apprenticeship, and some expand upon their cooking skills by working in restaurants in the front or back of the house. In general, employers should look for applicants with strong food preparation and customer service skills. Experience supervising others is also a plus.

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    Frequently asked questions about Caterers


    What should you look for on a Caterer resume?

    Someone with catering experience can list it on a resume by describing their experience managing a staff, handling commercial kitchen equipment, creating delicious menu items and providing excellent customer service to clients during important moments. A catering resume should be service-oriented and provide examples of problem-solving due to the many different factors that need to be coordinated to successfully cater an event. 


    What is the difference between a Caterer and a Catering Assistant?

    Caterers oversee the general catering operations at a company while Catering Assistants are responsible for taking care of smaller tasks. Catering Assistants often work with ingredient preparation cleaning, chopping, measuring and organizing ingredients in the appropriate amounts so they can be put together efficiently before an event. They help communicate with clients, set up and break down serving stations, tables and other equipment at a venue, and may fill in as a Cook or a Server when necessary. Catering Assistants may be required to run errands for the Caterer like shopping for last-minute ingredients.


    What qualities make a good Caterer?

    Because they are in charge of preparing different types of meals on a tight deadline, a good Caterer thrives when they are busy multitasking and managing a range of responsibilities at once. They are friendly and positive, providing excellent hospitality for all of their clients and event guests. Good Caterers are vocal, communicative and are often natural leaders. Caterers work long hours doing intense physical labor in the kitchen and setting up events, so they also need to be self-motivated and have excellent stamina to keep up with the pace of their work.


    What are the different types of Caterers?

    The main types of Caterers are Wedding Caterers, Corporate Caterers, Concession Caterers and Food Truck Caterers. Caterers can offer multiple types of event packages or focus on a single specialization depending on their resources and interests. Caterers often focus on a specific type of cuisine within their specialty. For example, some Corporate Caterers exclusively prepare simple deli meals for office box lunches, while other Corporate Caterers provide upscale Italian dining options for important events and executive luncheons.

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