Corporate events often have varied objectives. From fostering good relationships with clients to in-house meeting with the think-tank, the purpose can vary. Expectedly, the arrangements must be made keeping the objective in mind. At the same time, any event is a platform for social interaction, so while all the serious things like speeches and programs are being planned, you need to ensure that your guests are having a good time. For that, catering is an important and crucial aspect, and in this post, we will discuss the aspects that matter the most for corporate catering.
- Set a final budget. A major chunk of event budgets goes towards food and drinks, but having a maximum limit is important. You need to know what you can spend and based on that, you can approach different catering services.
- Ask around. References are always handy when it comes to selecting between caterers. If you don’t have that, you can always look up online. Reviews on Google tell a lot about a particular catering service.
- Consider the venue. Some venues have onsite catering, and you cannot invite an outside catering. It is wise to avoid such limitations, especially if you have found a service that’s works better for your budget and needs.
- Guest list is important. If your event is a small one with less than 100 guests, you can call for a delivery service, which will arrive at the venue with food and beverages ready to be served. Full-service catering is ideal for large events. Always keep the scope to have 10 to 20 extra attendees onboard.
- Menu should be selected with care. If you are planning a lunch or dinner, you must have enough sides on the list. For cocktail parties, bar services and appetizers are more important. For breakfast and evening events, consider having more subtle beverages.
- Keep a check on special aspects. Do you have special guests who would prefer a vegan or gluten-free menu? If yes, talk to your caterer and find more on what they can offer. You may also want to set up a BBQ counter.
- Finally, ask for references. Before you select a caterer, do your homework. Ask for references and a tasting session, even if that’s chargeable. You may also want to check the list of recent events they have covered.
With little more attention to detail, arranging for corporate catering is always easy.