Catering can be EXPENSIVE! But Sam’s Club is known for their budget-friendly products and services.
Which got us wondering, does Sam’s Club provide catering?
Does Sam’s Club Cater?
Sam’s Club are not specifically caterers in that they do not provide catering services. However, they do supply food in catering quantities, and they do prepare the kind of foods that are requested for occasions of significance. In other words, Sam’s Club supply specialty event gourmet food items, eating platters, baked cakes, kitchen supplies, and specialty décor.
This article takes a look at what Sam’s Club can offer for your catering needs: what they offer, how to order, and what you need to know before ordering.
Does Sam’s Club Sell Catering Supplies?
Sam’s Club retail warehouses don’t have a specific section or department for catering. If you need specific catering supplies, you’ll have to search for them on SamsClub.com.
The reason for this is that there are catering supplies in more than one of the Sam’s Club Departments. For example, say you’re looking for:
Pre-prepared party trays: the best place to look is in the Grocery Department under Deli &Sides. On the side bar you should be able to see four categories (Deli & Sides, Sips, Spreads & Salsa, Prepared Sides, and Party Trays). Select Party Trays and you should be able to see:
- Variety wrap party trays
- Fruit trays
- Gourmet vegetable selectionsPinwheel wraps trays
- Fruit and cheese trays
- Specialty cheese variety trays
- Breakfast party trays
- Sushi roll trays
- Cookie trays
- Shrimp trays
Catering foods in bulk: the best place to find these is in the Shop For Your Business under Bulk Foods & Case Sales. Here you’ll find a range of:
- snack foods
- bakery good
- meat products
- canned goods
Equipment and kitchen supplies: Under Shop For Your Business, you’ll also find Restaurant Supplies. Here you’ll find:
- Kitchen and beverage equipment
- Paper goods and disposables
- Catering and buffet trays
- Food preparation supplies
- Flatware and serveware
- Drink and snack dispensing machines/supplies
Decorated specialty cakes and baked snacks: On the Sam’s Club website, navigate to Grocery, and then to Fresh Food. This is where you’ll find the Bread and Bakery section. Here you’ll be able to order:
- Cupcakes, cake balls, and cake bars
- Tuxedo bars
- Chocolate dessert cakes
- Unicorn cakes
- Un-iced cakes in bulk quantities and a variety of shapes
- Bulk icing supplies
- Coconut cake
- Mini cakes
How Do I Order Sam’s Club For Catering?
The most important thing to remember when ordering in catering quantities from Sam’s Club, is that you need to plan ahead and not assume that everything you want will be available.
You need to be a member of Sam’s Club to be able to access these products.
If you’re after preparation supplies, check first that your local club has them in stock – or as least has some of what you need in stock.
If you’re ordering catering platters or trays, you need to make your order at least 24 hours in advance. You should check how many people each tray caters for, and if certain ingredients are unavailable, be clear about what you are prepared to accept as substitute. Most trays you’ll be directed to keep refrigerated.
If you’re ordering cakes, read the product specifications carefully. Some cakes require 48 hours preparation time, some longer depending on what kind of modifications you’re making.
Sam’s Club has a good reputation for their catering products: customers have felt that the catering tray products and cake options have been consistently first-rate and the prices excellent.
You’ll find Sam’s Club food catering options under the Grocery section on their website, and catering preparing and supplies under the Shop For Your Business section.
Remember that to order food in catering quantities, you always need to order ahead.