Online Courses in Catering Management

Students interested in catering management can find a number of online courses in the field in areas related to food and beverages, entertainment and much more.

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Online Catering Management Courses

The following descriptions detail a few of the most popular online catering management courses.

  • Introductory Hospitality and Tourism Course: This course is usually taken in the beginning of a catering management program. Students generally study the history of hospitality, career opportunities and the different areas of hospitality. Instructors may lead students in online discussions on the differences between hospitality and tourism or the effect the economy has on the hospitality industry.
  • Personnel Management Course: A personnel management course is usually taken towards the middle of a program, generally after the student has completed an introductory hospitality course. This course typically covers practical management skills, such as scheduling, hiring, wage and salary regulations, safety in the workplace and job performance evaluation. Students may be asked to complete assignments on effective leadership techniques and submit them online via e-mail or the course website.
  • Food Service Management Course: Students usually take this course in the middle of their catering program. Instructors generally lead the class in online discussions on the logistics of successfully managing the food production and service of an event. Students may be asked to complete online assignments that demonstrate their understanding of menu concepts, food and beverage cost and budget, supply purchasing and storage, food service and site mapping.
  • Introductory Accounting for Events and Catering Course: This course can be completed toward the middle or end of a catering management program. Students learn to use basic accounting skills in order to meet a client's budget, order an appropriate amount of supplies and provide payment to all personnel and vendors.
  • Entertainment Management Course: This course is designed for those who are looking to start a career in entertainment. Students will learn about many different aspects of the entertainment industry, including film, radio, travel, sports, tourism and more with an emphasis on how these areas relate to hospitality services. All areas of entertainment management will be covered, including the financial elements, economic implications and social considerations.
  • Food Styles Course: This course introduces aspiring caterers to various methods for presenting food in appealing ways. They learn to garnish meals so that they are aesthetically pleasing, which can increase customer satisfaction.
  • Catering Dynamics Course: Students learn about the general operations of a catering company so that they are ready to take on a leadership role in this fast-paced field. Topics include the ins and outs of table service, beverage service, setup, cleanup and catering etiquette.

Program Information

Online catering management courses may be part of bachelor's degree programs in catering or hospitality management. There are also a variety of online certificate programs related to this field, such as those in meeting and event management and special event management. Many schools also offer individual online hospitality courses to supplement their on-campus programs. Graduates of online catering management programs may go on to own a catering or event coordinating business or manage the catering department of a restaurant or hotel.

Through online courses, aspiring catering managers can gain the administrative skills and industry knowledge they need for success in in their careers.

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