Corporate Catering 101 – How to ensure your next business events success
Updated: Aug 24
When it comes to arranging corporate events, catering is a crucial element to get right. The food and beverages served during the event can play a significant role in your guests' overall experience, so it's essential to do some research. In addition to selecting a delicious menu, there are several other details to consider when organizing your next corporate function. Here are our top four tips:
Stick to strict timetable
Working with your caterer to establish a timeline is a simple yet effective way to ensure that your event runs as efficiently as possible. Depending on the agenda, you may have guest speakers, activities, entertainment, or other events scheduled throughout the function. In order to guarantee the best possible experience for your guests, your catering should be planned precisely around these events, remembering set up, clean up and pack down times.
Dietary requirements can throw a wrench into the works and ruin your event. You don't want guests to go hungry and feel forgotten or unimportant. It's essential to let your caterer know about your guests' dietary restrictions so that they can cater to all requests. Additionally, finding out your guests' preferences when it comes to the menu will help keep them satisfied – particularly if you have fussy eaters in your group.
Confirm Numbers at least 7 days prior!
Your caterer needs to know the exact number of guests in advance to prepare appropriately (we usually request 2 weeks notice however can be flexible!). Many caterers have more than one event to cater for during the week, so it's difficult for them to prepare extra food last minute. Giving your caterer a confirmed number of guests seven days before the event will ensure that the event runs smoothly, and there is plenty of food for everyone to enjoy.
Make sure you order ENOUGH food.
Ensuring that your guests are well-fed is a surefire way to keep them happy and productive during your business proceedings. A sandwich and a piece of fruit won't cut it for most adults during a day-long meeting. Our minimum food guide for a corporate function is at least 1.5 sandwiches per person, with a side of fruit and something sweet! If you're looking at a working lunch buffet, two main meat dishes with a carbohydrate-based side dish (e.g., potato, pasta, or rice) and salad will usually suffice.
At A Days Graze catering, we focus on creating an unforgettable corporate experience. Our menus are fully customizable, and we work with our clients to create their ideal event. Our food is made fresh, hand-delivered, and professionally presented with a WOW factor to ensure that your guests have an enjoyable experience. Contact us today to get started on planning your next corporate event with A Days Graze catering.