It’s stressful enough coordinating staff and client schedules to get events off the ground, but then there’s the food. How do you cater for different events, tastes and appetites? My answer would to use the event itself to guide your judgements, and there’s an easy recipe to figuring out which catering is best for office functions.
If there’s one thing we’ve seen in corporate events catering, it’s that protocols pertaining to guest list and occasion rule the menu. For instance, you wouldn’t usually order pizza catering for a client meeting over morning tea, whereas you might for Friday Night Drinks.
Read on to learn what food and beverages you should provide for three common types of office events and functions.
1. Client Meetings
Catering requirements for client meetings will vary depending upon the time of day, and the occasion. There’s a big difference between pitching to a new client or a check-in over morning tea and coffee. The important thing is to keep it simple, and do simple well.
For morning or afternoon teas we’ve found that light food options and coffee are great crowd pleasers. Fruit and yoghurt cups, scrumptious pastries, cupcakes, coupled with a hot cup of coffee are effective for a productive meeting with a tasty twist.
Meetings over lunch require easy-to-eat petite foods. Gourmet sandwiches never go astray, but if you want to be more creative you can order a finger food spread, including everything from burger sliders to mini rice paper rolls.
Knowing the dietary requirements and tastes of your clients will be critical, so if you don’t know, make sure you ask! It’s polite, will ensure no one misses out, and that you avoid the embarrassment of ordering chicken skewers for your vegan prospect.
2. Friday Night Drinks
At the end of the working week it’s time to kick back and enjoy a beer or glass of wine with your team. You’re among good company, and the stress to impress is a lot less in a more casual setting. Everyone will be thankful for the chance to try something new, and celebrate the wins of the week.
It’s occasions like Friday night drinks that the benefits of using a catering portal like Order-In really comes into play. At the click of a button, you have the flexibility to try a myriad of new caterers and dishes.
As you’re sipping your pinot grigio, you might like to bite into a soft slice of pizza, or delve into designer donuts. Whatever the team is craving, Friday night is the time to sink your teeth into a special treat.
3. Birthdays at the Office At some point we’ll all spend a birthday in the office, and the protocol is not much different from what you’d see at home. It’s their special day, so you want to make sure you provide a cake, or something sweet that will put a smile on the lucky co-worker’s face.
I pride myself on putting the best of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane’s sweet scene at your fingertips. Office staff enjoy anything from traditional cakes to personalised cookies, and cupcakes to dessert cups. It’s up to you as the best friend, or unlucky intern, to know the birthday boy or gal’s tastes, and act accordingly.
Enjoy A Successful Event!
Catering protocol is all about thinking intelligently, acknowledging convention, and taking advantage of opportunities to try something new when appropriate. Act with common sense, know who you’re ordering food for to avoid complications, and you have the recipe for a successful event.