There’s something about seafood that hits differently in the summertime. Maybe it’s because the fresh taste of seafood reminds you of the beach, or maybe it’s because seafood fests are traditionally held outdoors. Whatever the reason, now’s the perfect time to gather your friends and family members, choose a venue or get your backyard ready, and prepare yourself for the seafood feast of a lifetime. With freshly grilled fish, tasty sides, cold drinks, and hours of laughter and conversation, this evening will be one to remember.

But before you break out the picnic tables and start buying pounds of fish from the grocery store, there’s a few things you should know to make your seafood fest a success. Here’s some advice on throwing the seafood party of a lifetime.

1. Hire an Expert Catering Company

Why worry about the long process of cooking and clean-up when you can hire event catering in NJ to do all the work for you? Foodini’s expert catering services include a personal chef, a manager, cooks, waiters, and bartenders. You’ll essentially have a whole restaurant set-up at the venue of your choice. And you can expect restaurant-quality food made from freshly caught fish that’s been seared and grilled to perfection.

Hiring a corporate catering company in NJ is typically seen as something you only do on special occasions–weddings, birthdays, graduation parties, etc. But you can hire an expert catering company any time of the year. Get in touch with Foodini’s and see how we can make your seafood fest a hit.

2. Figure Out How Many People are Coming

This might not seem like an important step if you’re planning on having a buffet-style feast, rather than serving everyone individually. But even if your guests are going to fend for themselves, you want to have an exact number of attendees before you figure out how much food you’ll need. You don’t want anyone to go hungry, and you also don’t want to have a lot of leftovers–especially since seafood doesn’t exactly last long in the hot sun. Send out your invites, ask your guests to RSVP by a certain date, and figure out how many people are coming. You’ll also need to know how much space you’re going to need–if you can’t fit everyone in your backyard, consider renting a space at a park or an event venue.

3. See if Your Guests Have Any Allergies

Seafood allergies are common, and as Alaskan King Crab Co. points out, it’s important to have that figured out before you start ordering food. Not attending a seafood fest if you have a seafood allergy might seem like common sense, but some people are allergic to specific types of seafood like shellfish or crab. And unless you know exactly what you’re going to be serving, they won’t know what to expect. Make sure your guests report any allergies they have before you get started. It’s also important to determine food preferences so you don’t end up serving a dish that’s hated by most of your guests.

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