Hey, so the caterer that is most affordable for us and we like the most is an hour drive from our venue. And they said they will cook the food and bring it, my biggest concern is that it's an hour. I'd hate for the food to be cold; has anyone had a caterer coming in from a distance or worked for a catering business and the food was alright even after an hour drive plus set up? The caterer said the food will be alright, but I feel like almost anyone would say that for a sale. I'm just feeling concerned.
Did they detail how they would keep it warm? Depending on the food choices, if they keep everything in insulated bags for the drive and set up chafers for the food, you should be fine as far as the food being warm. If they're not using chafers, I would be a little worried. My FH is a chef and does this all the time. I would avoid things like salmon, chicken breast, other types of seafood (shrimp, scallops, etc). Salmon and chicken breast will both get super dry being warm for that long and other seafood will continue to steam and will end up overcooked.
This is what they do, so I wouldn’t be terribly concerned. As one PP mentioned , there’s no harm in asking for all the details on how they ensure they’re serving hot food. My caterer did come from about that distance, but they did much of their cooking on site.