4 Important Catering Considerations

When organising catering for either a personal or corporate event, there are few, important menu planning items that should be taken into consideration. These items aren’t always the most
obvious, but they are critical in order to ensure the  catering at your event is a success. Here’s a quick look  at the top 4 one our list.

Who are Your Guests?
What’s the profile of the guests that are invited to your event? Will your guest list predominantly consist of corporate clients or are you hosting an intimate dinner party for friends? Asking yourself these questions will help you identify the event style which is necessary when working on the catering menu development.

What are Their Preferences?
Prior to meeting with a catering company, spend some time gathering information on the preferences of your guest list. Are there a lot of vegetarians attending? Are there any guests with specific religious dietary requirements?

When developing an event menu with your caterer, remember that if your guest list mainly consists of older attendees, it maybe a good option to serve a milder menu. While a predominantly younger or middle aged guest list will prefer a more adventurous menu with global flavours and spices.

How Many Menu Choices are Needed?
A successful catering menu should always offer several choices, so that all attendees are pleased with the menu and can choose according to their tastes and likes. The general rule of thumb is to offer at least two choices of entrees, three or more salad options and two dessert options: one indulgent and one healthy dessert. Remember to serve all condiments on the side, so that guests can feel free to flavour their meal according to their palate.

It’s critical for you to find out if any of the guests attending have special dietary requirements for religious or health reasons and let your caterer know as early as possible to avoid any catastrophes at the event.

What’s the Event Schedule?
While this information may not be important when planning the catering for a personal event, for most corporate events the clock is the best guide when deciding on a menu.

A few things to remember when planning a catering menu for corporate events:

  • If the event is a part of a corporate meeting and you have just 30 minutes from start to finish, a boxed lunch is the best route to take.
  • Plated meals usually require 2 hours,  while buffets need about 1 hour depending on the number of guests.
  • Cocktail receptions require a minimum of 1 hour before dinner.
Posted by Jessica on February 14, 2013 at 04:28PM