I am the general manager for a small catering firm. I am looking to upgrade our current order taking/packing system. Right now the orders are printed in an ms word document with an excel sheet input for the pricing. It is then also transferred to quickbooks for invoicing. The problem with this method is it doesn't give me a proper way to generate packing lists and I find myself at jobs and having forgot items. I know there is software out there that allows for catering items to be associated with menu items but I feel that those software packages will be very costly and will create a huge amount of redundancy.
What system do other professional catering companies use to properly generate packing lists so that it is more simplified.
Also, if there is a system that will also analyze food cost to tighten up that aspect that would be nice too.
The main thing, is that I use quickbooks right now for bookkeeping and I don't want to have to handle multiple systems.