Most catering and event suppliers will work throughout an entire province, sometimes two or three, depending on their location. We only need the approximate area of your event venue in order to notify suppliers of events within their operating area. Once your supplier is booked you can message them freely to give exact location details.
Catering companies and event suppliers who search jobs in their areas of operation and category can view your event details and bid accordingly.
Keep it short and simple, it’s often good to add a short description, this will help attract suppliers, they can see clearly what the event is about. e.g ‘Party for my husband’s 40th.’
Be as descriptive as possible, the more information you add, the more likely you will be to attract suitable suppliers.
Be clear in your expectations. If you are unsure as to the exact thing you are looking for, no problem, give a description of your planned event and ask for suggestions, catering and event suppliers often have tried and tested ideas that you may not have thought of.
Any questions you have for catering and event suppliers can be asked in the Description section of the Post an Event form.
If your event is longer than a day, no problem, just add the start date in the Date of Your Event field. Please make sure you make suppliers aware of how many days you expect your event or catering service to last in the Event Description section, suppliers can then bid accordingly.
Often at the time of booking it’s not easy to know your exact number of guests, you only need to state the approx. numbers you are expecting. Catering and event suppliers are generally used to this and can add or subtract guest numbers accordingly.
Any changes to the balance payment can be arranged between yourself and your supplier at a later date.
Prices of services can vary greatly according to area, quality and experience. By default your budget is set at zero, if you leave the default as zero it will automatically leave your event open to offers, this way you will get varied bids on your event.
If you have a set amount to spend, add it and see what offers you get within that price.
If you allow project bids to be public it means suppliers will be able to see each others bid amounts. If you mark no, it means only you will be able to see individual bid amounts and proposals.
Should you wish to get a tasting or have a viewing, please ask if this is possible in the Supplier Questions section of the Post an Event form. Once you have paid your deposit and have access to messaging the supplier, arrange a date for your tasting or viewing, please ensure your tasting date is before the service cancellation period that the supplier has entered in their bidding form.
If for some reason you are not happy with the tasting or viewing you can simply cancel the event in your dashboard and receive a full refund on your deposit.
When a supplier bids on your event, you will receive an email notification. Log into your Dashboard and view the proposal in the My Events section.
In order to view bids and proposals on your event, log in and go to your Dashboard, click on My Events in your navigation panel, find the event you wish to view and click View Event and Bids, at the bottom of the page you can find any proposals and bids that have been posted on your event.
You can view all proposals, supplier profiles and accept bids from here.
Inviting a supplier is easy:
You can find suppliers by location and category by doing an Event Supplier Search
This could be for a number of reasons:
Nothing to worry about, if your supplier doesn't accept your offer, simply login to your Dashboard go to My Events and Bids and withdraw the offer, you can then choose another supplier!
Please be patient and wait up to 48hrs, sometimes caterers are extremely busy, but will normally get back to you within this time, on the rare occasion you don't hear anything back, please login to your Dashboard, withdraw your offer and choose another supplier.
Once you've booked your supplier, they will appear in the Messaging section of your Dashboard, you can freely message, exchange phone numbers and upload files here with real time messaging.
Uploading a profile picture adds a face to your event, this can help make your post look more personal and helps to attract different suppliers.
Navigate to your Dashboard and Account Settings, you can change your password at the bottom of your settings page.
Yes, login to your Dashboard, navigate to My Events, find the event posting you wish to change, use the Edit Event button to make the changes you need.
It takes less than a minute, click on the Log In / Sign Up in the top menu bar, click the Register tab, Click on the Event Organizer tab, fill in your username, email and password and that's it!
Your address is purely optional and is completely private to your account. Your email and phone number are sent via email to your chosen supplier only after he has accepted the job. Your contact details and address are in no way by any other users on the site.
Catergate can help, post an event with your requirements and select a supplier who meets your criteria. You may have a client who wishes to have a full bar set up, which maybe a service you don't provide, Catergate makes it easy to sub contract other suppliers.
Catergate simply gives you more choice and helps you stay within your company budgets. It also works great as a subcontracting tool, helping you put the right team together for those bigger catering jobs!
In order to post an event you need to create an organizer account with an email address separate from your supplier account.
As with many email managers, sometimes our email notifications end up in your spam box, if you can't find any mail in spam, please get in touch with us.
Once you've registered as an Event Organizer (takes less than a minute) and Logged in, you will be redirected to your dashboard, simply click on the Post an Event button at the top of the page, fill in the form, submit and you're done!
Yes, this is completely normal especially on larger jobs such as weddings and big events, this is normally to cover any pre event costs incurred by the supplier in the case of a cancellation. With any large deposit it is generally advised to have some form of mutual contract drawn up between parties, many caterers have set contracts already laid out for deposits.
No, it doesn't cost you a cent, posting an event is absolutely free with no hidden costs.
Posting an event takes two to ten minutes, it's quick and straightforward. Once you've posted your event you only need to sit back and wait for quotes and proposals. You save time searching for catering and event suppliers and time sending enquiries.