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Off-site catering locations require for you to carefully transport your food from your commercial kitchen. Consider preparing the food that you will bring beforehand so that it will be easier for you to serve the food once you get to the venue. You should already cut your ingredients in your kitchen where you have access to available kitchen utensils and equipment.
Cook cold dishes in your commercial kitchen so that you have time to chill them before you place them in your van. Fresh ingredients such as vegetables and fresh fruits should be placed in a pan. You can refrigerate them a few hours before the trip. If you frequently have off-site catering locations, you can also invest in a refrigerated vehicle or purchase a food carrier that allows refrigeration of dishes which are already placed inside catering trays. You can also rent out a van if space if you only have a small vehicle for traveling.
Hot dishes should also be prepared in advance. Once you arrive at the location, you can re-heat the dishes since food warmers might not do the job adequately. You can also consider preparing casserole dishes a day prior to the event since they actually taste better when reheated. However, this strategy will not work with pasta or meat since they tend to get dry when reheated. Prepare such dishes a few hours before the trip or even see to it that they are cooked as soon as you are ready to leave. Transfer these dishes in their respective food pans after cooking so you can easily transport them in the food van.