Guidelines to Follow When Handling the Catering of a Corporate Event

If you are planning to host a corporate event, you need to take good care of quite a number of things to ensure that your event is a successful one. While the venue, design, and music are important, the most crucial component of any event is the food. When at events, bonding moments usually go hand-in-hand with food. You need to ensure the right drinks and a tasty meal is served on time. And for that, you need a catering service that can meet all your requirements. To select one, consider their certifications, references, taste samples of their work, and of course, proven abilities. Remember that to make your event the one that people can remember for years to come, you’ve got to get the food right. The following are a few guidelines to make your job a little easier:

Plan Well

The two things that determine the kind of food your caterer can serve to your guests are the season and the location. For instance, dishes with strong flavour are perfect for winters, while summer calls for a light and refreshing menu. Similarly, a barbecue is not ideal for a formal event, and bar stools are not welcome in a party that has senior citizens at guests. A good catering company will ask you about the venue where you intend to hold your corporate event. Only then will they suggest the kind of food that will be suitable for the event. Many venues also have a preferred caterer, which may be a great help to you since they already know the rules to follow. Most importantly, these people will come with an established network of suppliers. If you have ideas of your own that you wish to introduce, discuss them with the catering service. Be precise, because only then your caterer can deliver accurately. Also be informed on how, when, and where the food is prepared.  Do they clean up after? These are all questions for the business. For instance, you need to know whether it will be cooked beforehand, or left in chafing dishes to stay warm. Don’t forget to taste the food before finalising a caterer. Select the firm only if you like the food yourself.

Pay Attention To Special Needs

Not everyone enjoys the same food, and in today’s world, where people are extremely health conscious, you might need to take into consideration special dietary needs. There could also be sudden emergencies which could lead to alterations. Speak to your caterer if they are willing to consider these situations. A good catering firm usually does. You should also have the contact number or the manager handy so that you can stay in touch and always know what is going on during the progression of the event.

Know The Food Preference of the Guests

To have a successful party, you should be happy when the guests are happy. While the venue, decorations, and gifts definitely add to the happiness, the food is the primary element. And to ensure that the guests enjoy their food, you should know their preferences. While invitations contain the checkbox for attendees to choose their dish by default, when organising an event for your company, you can send a circular email as an invitation and ask the guests to check the box with the meal they prefer. This helps you reach every employee who will be at the party and also inform you about what they prefer to eat.

Wrapping up

Follow these guidelines strictly in order to have a successful corporate event. A quick recap of what we listed so far: (1) check the background and the reference list of the catering firm, (2) discuss your preferences, (3) consider the season and venue, carefully select the menu, (4) taste the food, (5) have the contact number of the event manager, and lastly but most importantly, (6) keep your guests happy and ensure they have a good time. A successful corporate event can rank you higher in the corporate circles, so give it your best shot!

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