I’m working with a client who wants to host an event in a parking lot of a convention center after his show closes. My client is a nice man but very cheap when it comes to the wallet, aka spending.
When he first told me about this event he explained that he wanted a Texas-style barbecue with just sandwiches and a bag of chips. The party will be for 350 people and his band is going to play. He said he planned to work in the parking lot all day and make the BBQ while his sales team was inside working the event.
Does anyone reading this want to speak up about why this is not only a bad idea, but a horrific idea? Let’s start off by stating the obvious. HE ISN’T QUALIFIED to cook for that many people in a parking lot that boasts 100-degree heat. Nor is he insured, nor does he have the proper equipment with which to present or serve the food.
After explaining this to him, he reluctantly agreed to let me hire a caterer. Being from the area, he gave me a list of catering companies to contact. I’m fine with clients who make recommendations, but after that they need to step back and let me do my job. The caterer he wants to use does BBQ from a smoker and works primarily at festivals. OK, readers, now it’s your turn. What red flags went up for you based on this information?
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