Business meetings and corporate events have changed considerably in recent years. Not only are these events about discussing business matters they present a unique opportunity to reward the hard work of your team.
When it comes to catering for a corporate event, whether it’s a lavish gourmet meal or just an office tea party, it’s important to have a plan of action, because food can go a long way in winning people over.
In most cases, you’ll hire a professional caterer and lean heavily on their advice, but it pays to have your ducks in a row beforehand. In this two-part post, we’ll look at six catering tips to help make your corporate event a steaming success.
Do a head count
Successfully catering for an event is all about the numbers so have an estimated headcount ready to go by the time you meet with your caterer so that they can start planning menu options and ideas. As things become clearer remember to update your caterer. A rule of thumb is to always overestimate your head count to account for last minute attendees.
UP A TONE EVENTS creates delicious cuisine and menus custom-made to the catering you need for your conference, seminar, training and development workshop or company fun day. We can either coordinate with the venue’s catering facilities or pre-prepare all catering. We have a set of menus that can be tailored to your individual catering needs.
Set a budget
As is the case with all elements of an event you need to have a budget set aside for your food. Sit down with management and ensure that you understand what their expectations are regarding the catering so that you can ensure that the budget they’ve given you is in line with their expectations. You can’t expect to work with your event planner and caterer to deliver a lobster meal with a hotdog budget.
Look at theme
What is the focus or theme of your event? What feeling are you hoping to convey? Is this a surprise function to reward your employees for a job well done or are you looking to celebrate the successes of a specific team? The answers to these questions will determine how you should cater or whether you should opt for a waited service or a buffet style meal.
Don’t miss part two of our post where we look at three more catering tips for your next corporate event.