Of all the questions we get asked from our clients, this is—by far—the most frequent.
ZeroCater partners with hundreds of vendors across the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City, Chicago, Austin, Washington DC, and Los Angeles. We use the word vendor when describing our partners as the list extends far beyond a typical brick and mortar restaurant— it encompasses food trucks, caterers, pop-up kitchens, and even private chefs.
We believe strongly in supporting independent, local businesses—which is why we do not partner with national chains. While you may find your favorite neighborhood café listed in our vendor network, there will be many more names you may not recognize.
How do you choose your partners?
We search for top-rated, locally-owned partners. We conduct a vendor tasting for each partner in our network, so you know we’ll never serve something we did not enjoy ourselves. Some of our partnerships come from client referrals, so if you have a preferred restaurant in your city, by sure to let us know.
Our extensive onboarding program evaluates vendor presentation, timeliness, courtesy to clients, and attention to detail. Did the vendor provide plates, napkins, and utensils? Did the food arrive hot? Was each dish correctly labeled? These are the items we look for in a vendor, beyond food taste and quality.
What cuisine types do you offer?
Our vendor network is comprised of over 30 cuisine types, which vary from city to city. Some of our client’s favorite meals include Mediterranean, Indian, sushi, New American, BBQ, Asian fusion, Italian, Peruvian, and Mexican.
What if we want breakfast or happy hour appetizers?
No problem. We include vendors for each meal of the day—breakfast, lunch, happy hour, and even dessert. Breakfasts are in high-demand, so you’ll be able to choose from a hot bar (think breakfast casseroles and pancakes) or continental (bagels with specialty cream cheese, yogurt parfaits, and fresh fruit). Many of our vendors will offer variations to their lunch menu for happy hour, such as meatballs, vegetarian sushi, and kabob skewers. Our dessert vendors vary widely, from your local bakery to crepe and s’mores bars.
How do I see your vendor list in my city?
Contact your Customer Success Coordinator—we’re more than happy to build a sample menu for you! Or, if you’d like a glimpse into a few of the restaurants, food trucks, and caterers we partner with; check out our Vendor Spotlight column on the ZeroCater blog.