Living in a country as sunny as South Africa often means that people like to host events outdoors. These events could be anything from weddings, to birthdays, to corporate team-building parties. What this means is that catering businesses need to be able to cook food and cater for these events. However, if you are new to the industry or have never catered an outdoor event, you might not be exactly sure what equipment you need for outdoor catering. 

When you are looking for catering equipment for an outdoor event, there are certain aspects you need to consider. If you are going to be cooking food for guests as per request, then a gas griller is an ideal choice of cooker. You will also need urns for making hot drinks, which may need an electrical outlet. 

Not sure where to start? Keep reading below for all the catering equipment you will need for an outdoor event. 


Gas Or Flame Grillers


For some outdoor events, your clients might request that you provide them with food cooked to order, which can be tricky if you only have electrical grillers and catering equipment. You should invest in a gas or flame griller for outdoor events so that you can easily cook food without needing to worry about connections and extension cords. 

A gas or flamer griller is ideal for large outdoor events, as you can easily cook larger volumes of food on these pieces of equipment. If you will be using a flame griller, be sure to follow all safety guidelines and ensure that the person cooking on the griller knows how to safely use it. Gas grillers are quick and easy-to-use, allowing you to concentrate on providing delicious food to your clients. 


Chafing Dishes


If the event you will be catering is a buffet event, the most important piece of catering equipment you will need is a chafing dish. A chafing dish allows you to keep your food warm for longer, making sure that when it comes time for the event attendees to eat, their meal is piping hot and fresh. 

You can opt for a gas chafing dish if you will not have any access to electricity, but for those venues that do have extension cords and other equipment, a normal chafing dish is ideal. A chafing dish can also be used for those outdoor events where the food has already been grilled and the attendees are not ready to eat as yet. 


Gas Boiling Tables


Gas catering equipment is the ideal choice for an outdoor event, especially if you need to boil water or keep soup warm for a winter event. A gas boiling table will allow you to boil water or stock for soups outdoors, without the need to worry about heating up an electric stove plate. This is perfect for those times when you need to makes soups or sauces as part of a menu. 

Gas boiling tables are simple and easy-to-use, requiring only the need for a gas canister to be connected. Popular outdoor events such as potjie cookoffs or winter soup evenings can easily be catered for by using this table, especially if you do not have access to a fire at the venue for this type of cooking. 


Tables And Serving Equipment


No event is complete without tables, napkins, crockery, cutlery, and other serving equipment. This can be said of both indoor and outdoor events. Stainless steel tables are ideal for being used outside as they are not prone to rust or any other issues related to being outside. They are easy to clean and maintain, too. 

Table cloths and napkins are also important for any catering event, and for an outdoor event, darker colours are ideal as white could easily become stained. If you are unsure of whether or not you will have access to electrical outlets at the event, gas catering equipment is an ideal choice. Contact Caterwize today to find out more about our affordable catering solutions.