Catering operations, as either a stand-alone facility or as part of a larger hospitality-related business, exist in a wide variety of formats, or styles. Most common are those that are readily identifiable as private rooms in restaurant operations, hotel facilities, and independent catering facilities. The increased demand by the international public for private function space outside of their own homes and businesses has led the catering segment of the food service sector of the hospitality industry to be a leader in the continued growth of both facilities and revenue. Forward thinking food service businesses from fine dining restaurants to delicatessens are incorporating catering services into their operations in recognition of the expanding market for prepared foodservices. Off premise catering and take-out services offer an excellent avenue for increasing revenue with minimal costs.
The categories of food service operations catering