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Report: Caterers are seeing post-recession recovery

SmartPulse — our weekly reader poll in Restaurant SmartBrief — tracks feedback from restaurant owners and managers about trends and issues.

Last week’s poll question: Does your restaurant provide catering services?

53.97% — Yes, catering is a small part of my restaurant’s business.
22.22% — Yes, catering is a significant part of my restaurant’s business.
15.87% — No, my restaurant does not offer catering services.
7.94% — No, but my restaurant is looking into catering opportunities.

Catering companies suffered during the downturn, but things began looking up last year, with a 9% sales increase and a similar rise expected in 2011, according to a report from Packaged Facts. The recovery has largely been fueled by a return to corporate spending on business events and bigger-budget weddings, the report says.

Tell us about your catering business in the comments.