Everybody loves food. It’s often the glue that holds events together. Without food, there’s a big piece of the puzzle missing. That’s why it is important to knock the catering piece out of the park for your next event. We’ll help you understand corporate event catering with four things you need to know.
Stick with one caterer or venue
For onsite meetings, find a caterer that you really like. For off-site meetings, choose a venue that has the atmosphere and services you require. It’s a good idea to settle on one, because you could work with this service throughout the year for all your corporate events. It may sound simple, but it can really help when planning your next event.
Let’s say you have an event every month. That’s a lot of work to plan each time. With a trusted caterer or event venue, however, it will make planning a breeze from the second event on. The caterer or venue will already know about your company, your events, the style, the theme. Even past history is helpful as they will remember what worked and what perhaps fell short of expectations. Best of all, they’ll know what you need to keep things familiar yet fresh and new.
Be flexible with food options
According to FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education) approximately 32 million Americans have food allergies and with heightened awareness of dietary restrictions, food options for your guests are paramount. Talk with your caterer or event planner about the types of food they could serve at the event.
With large events and hundreds of people, obviously it will be tough to please everybody with their favorite meal. Not enough variety could hurt your event, though. Make sure to discuss some different food options depending on people’s needs. Have plenty of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options available for guests that need those.
It doesn’t mean you have to break the bank with tons of options either. Good caterers should be used to accommodating a diverse palate.
Budget, budget, budget
Yes, money makes the world -- and corporate events -- go ‘round. It’s always important to set a budget for the food and catering at your event. It’s a good starting point, because that will determine the type of service you can afford for the event. We all would love to offer elegant mini dessert stations, champagne for every table, and a five-course meal, but that might not be in the cards for your event. If the purse strings are a little tight, here’s a resource that might inspire some ideas. Remember, having a budget in place will help your caterers find the best options for you.
Do your homework
It’s easier than ever to vet businesses for their service and quality thanks to online reviews. But before doing your research, make sure you’re clear about your needs and expectations. This will help you when you compare caterers. Once you’ve done that, check out those helpful reviews of your catering and venue candidates, ask for references, and make sure the caterer can provide the menu and services you need. Take a look around to give yourself some options and a chance to compare companies. It’s important for guests to have a good impression of the event, and a big part of that is enjoying the catering services. The caterer needs to be able to deliver all the services you need with capable, friendly employees.
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