What Special Event Catering Menu
Should You Serve?
What menu to serve? And how much do I need?
Several factors influence the answers to these questions to ensure you're offering just the right catering menu that will compliment the purpose of the corporate special event or social event. The time alotted and the area or venue will also effect what a professional caterer will recommend or create for you.
What is the purpose of the special event?
Is this a celebration, corporate training meeting, working lunch, retirement party, corporate banquet or wedding reception? Each of these special events have their own unique purpose and any professional caterer will know the difference and be able to suggest appropriate menus and service that will enhance the outcome of your event. Will this be a Breakfast, Lunch or Banquet or an Appetizer Reception?
What is the budget being used to plan the special event?
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One of the most important questions is how much money you have to spend? Your budget needs to be sufficient enough and realistic for the plans you're making so start noting all the things you'll need or want for the event and put dollar amounts to those items and see what your budget really is.
Who's been invited?
Are you hosting a special event with all your friends and family? Is this a VIP corporate client appreciation celebration? Is this a grand opening for a new store, office building, or new business location? Are you launching a new product or service? Or, is this a celebration of a milestone in your life like a wedding reception, anniversary or birthday? These details also matter when you initially begin planning your special event and catering.
Will there be seating?
Is this a walk-and-talk, mix-and-mingle corporate special event or a formal affair? A seated dinner, or a grand reception. The food and beverage catering possibilities may be restriced based on these answers. You would not wish to serve a steak dinner with limited or no seating available for guests to sit down and actually cut their steak so small appetizer size items are what you'd want. Your caterer should be able to recommend appropriate menu items that compliment your event.
What Level of Service should you use for your catered special event?
Catered Food Stations
Trendy and great for cocktail parties grand opening catering and wedding receptions
Plated Meal Catering Service
For more formal affairs like a business luncheon or board of directors dinner, and where there is ample budget
Banquet Buffet Service
An economical choice for catered lunches, dinners or banquets and for groups of all sizes.
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