Editor’s Note: Costco is a huge retail organisation with 839 outlets across the globe (Sept 2022). Understandably, both the items stocked in-store and what is available on their catering menus may vary enormously from country to country. As this is the case, please make sure to check your local listings to see what is available in your area.
If you are organising a party or an event then you are going to need some catering.
Costco is a fantastic option for this. They offer a range of choices at reasonable prices that suit lots of types of events.
Even if you have a tight budget, you can still put on an impressive selection of food that would be great for business events, birthday parties, or other kinds of celebrations.
There is something for everyone on the Costco menu, so whatever kind of food you like you will be able to come up with some great options to suit your guests.
If you don’t know where to start then don’t worry- we have put together this useful guide to tell you everything you need to know about Costco catering.
Keep reading to find out more.
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What Is Costco?
Costco is one of the biggest retailers in the world and it’s known for selling high-quality products at affordable prices.
The company was founded by Sam Walton back in 1962 and has since grown into a massive operation.
It now sells over 1 billion dollars worth of goods every year and employs over 400,000 people around the globe.
It also operates several warehouses across the United States and Canada.
You can buy all sorts of things from Costco including furniture, electronics, clothing, groceries, sporting equipment, and much more. They even sell their brand of beer!
Due to the success of their other products, Costco began offering a catering service which has proved to be very popular.
The Costco website offers a wide variety of information about what they do and how they operate.
This includes details about their history, products and services, locations, and contact details.
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Why Choose Costco?
Costco is one of the most popular retailers in the United States with over 200 stores nationwide.
It’s also one of the largest warehouse club chains in North America with nearly 2 million members.
As a member, you’ll receive discounts on groceries, household supplies, electronics, clothing, shoes, jewelry, sporting goods, home decor, furniture, toys, health care products, pet supplies, and much more.
Costco catering is a great option for any event because it is affordable, tasty, and there is something for everyone.
They offer deli platters, sandwiches, various types of meat like chicken wings and ribs, seafood, vegetarian options. There’s even a full roast dinner.
How you present food is so important. After all, we eat with our eyes! If you serve cold meats and cheeses, it’s nice to have an attractive charcuterie board to make the food look more appetising.
Costco catering offers its products at wholesale prices which can save you a lot of money. It works out cheaper than going through a traditional catering company.
They are also passionate about providing their customers with fresh food. With Costco, you can be sure that all of the food will be freshly prepared.
It is really easy to order catering from Costco using the order forms. The process is simple and efficient and you don’t need to do it as far in advance as you would with other providers.
Costco offers an extensive range of food to choose from which is very convenient.
You don’t need to worry about going to multiple different places to get a range of choices for your guests. You can get it all in one place and save yourself the hassle.
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It is convenient and the array of food will certainly impress your guests.
If you’re hosting a large gathering and want to make sure that everyone has enough to eat, consider ordering from Costco.
The company offers a wide variety of foods including appetizers, entrees, desserts, drinks, and more.
And the best part? You can get all of these items in bulk so you don’t have to worry about running out of any ingredients. Plus – and this is a big bonus -Costco will deliver your order right to your door.
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There are lots of different options when it comes to Costco catering. However, for many, the Costco Platters are the most attractive option when catering an event.
The selection available varies according to where you are. For example, in Australia, the options currently includes:
Kirkland Signature Assorted Hye Roller Platter
Buffalo Wings Platter
Plus Rotisserie Chicken
Here is a more detailed look at some of the most popular choices:
Firstly, the Costco party platters are designed to offer a variety of options for a reasonable price. What’s more, they are also very convenient for serving at large gatherings.
They come with items such as chicken rollers, Swiss rollers, meats, cheeses, croissants, and sandwiches.
The prices will vary based on how many people you want to cater for and which items you choose- the party platters can be made to feed 16 to 20 people.
Other platter choices include fruit and cheese, meat and olives, cheese and crackers with grapes, antipasto, devilled eggs, vegetables and dip, sliders, wraps, and spinach dip with sourdough bread.
If you are hosting a big event then you can mix and match these different platters to create a buffet of delicious and exciting choices for your guests.
Ordering these platters is very easy- you simply need to complete a party platter ordering form.
If you entertain a lot, you might want to invest in some Serving Trays to keep in a cupboard at home. These ones are light, BPA-Free and can be popped in the dishwasher. Perfect.
If your order is large then you should make sure that you place it at least 48 hours in advance. This ensures that Costco catering are able to get all of the food ready on time.
Have a look at the Costco website for more details.
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You could also go for a traditional sandwich platter with over 30 fillings to choose from.
First, you pick your base – a croissant sandwich, an egg bun, or a standard sandwich on white or brown bread. Then you choose the fillings from options like chicken mayo, roast beef, cheese, egg mayo, ham, ham and cheese, and turkey breast.
There is also a selection of hot and specialty sandwiches. For example, the turkey and provolone sandwich which is served on a torta roll with red onions, basil, garlic, and mayo. Then there’s the Italian sausage sandwich has delicious red peppers and onions.
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The BBQ beef brisket is packed with coleslaw and BBQ sauce. The premium roast beef sandwich is made using slices of freshly roasted Angus beef and served warm with provolone cheese.
And one of the bestsellers – a tuna salad sandwich with olives on croissant bread.
Each sandwich platter should serve 10 people. The standard sandwich platters are a similar price to the party platters but the specialty sandwiches are more expensive.
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Meat And Seafood
If you have a bit more money to spend and you want to get something a bit more fancy than you could go for some seafood.
The prawn platter is served with cocktail sauce and serves 10 people. There is also a sushi platter for 24 people with a variety of salmon, spicy tuna, vegetable tempura, and crispy chicken.
If you want to offer something meatier you could consider the buffalo wings platter that comes with a delicious blue cheese dip. It serves 15 people.
For vegetarians, there is a tasty vegetable platter which is very reasonably priced. It comes with carrots, broccoli, snow peas, and tomatoes.
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As well as their usual catering options, at certain times of the year, Costco also offers special holiday catering.
These include Mother’s Day platters, Easter Platters, Thanksgiving platters, Christmas platters, and many more.
These platters include seasonal food and holiday favourites and would be ideal for a themed party or celebration.
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Whilst Costco pride themselves on their freshly prepared food, they also have an extensive range of frozen food that you can order for delivery.
This is ideal for people that want to cook the food themselves but don’t have the time or kitchen space to prepare it all.
The frozen section has everything you need to cater for an event – appetisers, main courses, desserts, finger food and nibbles, salads, and much more.
Interestingly, this service is especially popular in Canada.
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How To Order
Now that you know about the amazing catering options available from Costco, you are probably wondering how the ordering process works.
It is very simple and it is done online. Go to the Costco website and fill in the online ordering form.
It will ask for your details, the types of platters you want, the number of platters needed, or the number of guests you are catering for.
You can also specify if there are any other requirements or things you need to advise them of.
You provide the date and time that you need the food and where you need it delivered to, and then you make your payment. It is that simple!
You can also place your order by telephone if you prefer. Whichever method you use, make sure that you place your order with enough time for them to prepare it.
If it is a large order then they will need at least 48 hours’ notice.
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Clearly, there are lots of reasons to become a member of Costco. They offer a wide range of products at wholesale prices which can save you a lot of money throughout the year.
One of the benefits of being a Costco member is that you can use their catering services for any large events, parties, or gatherings that you may be hosting.
Finally, the Costco catering service is easy, efficient, and offers a fantastic range of food. Simply fill in the online form and choose from various platters with something to suit everyone.
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