Catering is the business of providing foodservice at a remote site or a site such as a hotel, public house (pub), or other location. A mobile caterer serves food directly from a vehicle ,cart or truck that is designed for the purpose. Mobile catering is common at outdoor events (such as concerts), workplaces, and downtown business districts. Events range from cheese lunch drop-off to full-service catering. Caterers and their staff are part of the foodservice industry. When most people refer to a "caterer", they are referring to an event caterer who serves food with waiting staff at dining tables or sets up a self-serve buffet. The food may be prepared on site, i.e., made completely at the event, or the caterer may choose to bring prepared food and put the finishing touches on once it arrives. The event caterer staff are not responsible for preparing the food but often help set up the dining area. This service is typically provided at banquets, conventions, and weddings.
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