Secrets of the Caterer
is a business that has become very popular, especially for those who love to
cook and plan parties. From weddings, to showers, to business parties, catering
is a home-based business that gives the caterer an exciting and creative career.
In this introductory course, you will learn how to put your cooking and party
planning skills to work.
Learn the fundamentals of the catering business, how to cook for large crowds, organize your kitchen, manage your time, and work with clients. The course focuses on cooking skills every caterer needs, with an introduction to the business side of catering.
You'll also receive many unique and tested recipes that you can use to jump-start your business. Build your catering skills and begin a new and exciting career today.
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Note: Food preparation laws and licensing vary from state-to-state. It is important to always check your local and state government for licensing information and restrictions.
All courses run for six weeks, with a two-week grace period at the end. Two
lessons are released each week for the six-week duration of the course. You do
not have to be present when the lesson is released, but you must complete each
lesson within two weeks of its release.
A new section of each course starts on the second or third Wednesday of each month. If enrolling in a series of two or more courses, please be sure to space the start date for each course at least two months apart.
|Wednesday - Lesson 01|
|Have you dreamed of having fun and making money while
cooking delicious food? Well, dream no more! Today we're going to learn
all about the wonderful world of catering. You'll find out what the
catering business is really like. We'll look into the ups and downs of
having a home-based business. You'll get to explore your personal skill
set. And finally, you'll do some cooking.
|Friday - Lesson 02|
|Chefs often say that the key to great cooking is
using quality ingredients. But what exactly are quality ingredients any
way? After today, you'll know what they are and how to choose them.
You'll also learn how to build your personal pantry so that you always
have the right tools on hand for any kind of catering activity. And
you'll get what every caterer needs: several exciting and delicious
|Wednesday - Lesson 03|
|Since we're first attracted to food with our eyes,
delicious food also needs to be beautiful. In this lesson, you'll
discover techniques for making any dish visually attractive. You'll
learn how to arrange and present food in creative ways. You'll find out
about easy and effective garnishes and how to work with them. And then
you'll get to practice your new skills with several recipes.
|Friday - Lesson 04|
|Appetizers and hors d' oeuvres are an important part
of any catered meal. So in this lesson, you'll learn how to pair
appetizers and hors d' oeuvres with entrées. You'll see how to make them
attractive and how to present them to your guests. And last, but not
least, you'll get several tried-and-true appetizers and hors d' oeuvres
|Wednesday - Lesson 05|
|Today you'll learn the secrets caterers use to
prepare delicious main courses. You'll find out how to choose the best
main course, select the right ingredients for them, and serve them to
your guests. And you'll have the opportunity to prepare several main
|Friday - Lesson 06|
|From brownies to cheesecake, everyone loves dessert!
So today we'll explore different kinds of desserts and how to choose the
right one for your event. You'll learn a number of dessert-making
secrets and you'll have an opportunity to prepare several of them.
|Wednesday - Lesson 07|
|Drinks are an important part of any meal. As a
caterer, you'll always want to serve beverages that are refreshing and
unique. So in this lesson, you'll learn all about teas, coffees, and
punches. You'll get delicious recipes you can try and you'll see how to
garnish drinks for that extra special touch.
|Friday - Lesson 08|
|Stemware, flatware, dishes, oh my! Don't worry:
serving dishes don't have to be cause for great concern. With just a few
tips and tricks under your belt, you'll learn how to choose the best
serving dishes and flatware for any occasion. Today you'll see how to
keep things practical, but still make everything beautiful. You'll also
learn how to formally arrange flatware for any occasion. And of course,
you'll get more recipes.
|Wednesday - Lesson 09|
|Condiments and sides are a critical part of a great
meal. They can also be a big headache. But with the skills you'll learn
today, you'll be able to provide condiments and sides without any fuss.
You'll find out how to serve them easily, safely, and without a bunch of
|Friday - Lesson 10|
|Menu planning may seem a bit overwhelming. After all,
combining the right items with the right event can be difficult. But you
can master this planning skill! In this lesson, you'll learn to create
the perfect menu for the perfect event. You'll see how you can manage
menu items and keep your menu from becoming boring or too complicated.
You'll even find a number of sample menus and recipes you can use for
|Wednesday - Lesson 11|
|Since catering is a business, you'll need to manage
expenses and turn a profit. Today, we'll cover managing the business of
catering. You'll learn how to price menus, figure profit, track your
income and expenses, create contracts, and arrive at a healthy bottom
line. You'll also find out how to set personal boundaries and take care
of yourself so that your catering business doesn't overwhelm your life.
|Friday - Lesson 12|
|In this lesson, we'll walk through a day in the life of a caterer. You'll see how to work with your client, how to help your client choose the right food, and how to get a signed contract and down payment. Next, you'll discover how to organize your time, plan the event, and deliver your first job with great success. Using what you learn today, you'll be able to plan and complete your first catering job!|
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