Whether you are hosting a large corporate event, a small networking session or a team meet up, it’s essential to get the catering options right, else the event could be remembered for posterity for all the wrong reasons.
Such an event could take on the form of a sit-down breakfast or with some\ drinks and canapés. If going in for a full day’s conference, refreshments in the morning and afternoon are a good idea to break the day up. A light buffet lunch would provide delegates with a pick-me-up and avoid the ‘afternoon slump’ that follows a heavy meal!
Here are our top tips to make your event memorable – the right way.
The very first thing to consider is the venue with sufficient space for catering. It’s crucial to match your venue with the type of event you are hosting and check whether the venue has the right style of catering space available. You should also take into account the number of guests you have and the way you are organizing your event.
Sufficient space for tables and chairs if you are planning a sit-down meal. On the other hand, if you are planning a cocktail reception, only lesser space may be needed, but a few high tables can come in handy for attendees to rest their glasses.
Another crucial aspect is whether to opt for in-house catering service if they provide it. This can do away with the trouble of finding a reputable catering company.
Menu tasting is the best way to ensure that the food lives up to your expectations!
Try a selection of popular choices from the caterer. This will allow you to not only taste the food but also review the service, hygiene and set up.
It is impossible to satisfy everyone’s tastes with limited options. A variety of food and drink options should be considered. A buffet is a good way of catering for a variety of different preferences.
If you’re providing alcoholic refreshments, ensure that you include soft drinks such as juice, water or coffee as well.
Keep in mind that the safe temperature for heating food is 140° F. This will not only enhance and maintain the food safety and quality but also add to the food and catering experience.
Communication and Organization
This combination will make sure that your catering turns out perfect. Communicate well with your caterer, give them all the information that they need.
It’s best to coordinate with the guests first and then with the caterer. A caterer can recommend a range of food and menu options that may just satisfy everyone! You can also suggest some good ideas that may suit your invitees!