I wanted to get some opinions from the members of this forum on starting a catering business.
I'm currently in the early stages of assembling plans for a catering business. I am the Executive Chef at a country club in NY and won't be in a position to really start the catering business for about 2-3 years. However, I do want to start catering parties on the side. I'm frequently approached by members and their acquaintances to do cater parties for them and would like to do so.
My questions is: should I cater these parties as "John" or should I operate/cater these parties as "XYZ Caterers" implementing the building blocks of what i envision my future catering company be? i.e. name, brand, menus, service style....
If I were to start catering as "XYZ Caterer" rather than "John" would it be smart to start get the proper licensing and register the business this early?
Would love to hear some feedback...I'm sure many of you have started out in a similar way...