If you are planning the menu for an important corporate event, you have a lot of responsibility.
Whether you’re catering a breakfast, lunch, or dinner for coworkers or clients, you want to make sure you order enough to feed the group, and you want to make sure the dishes you select are well received by your guests. To plan the menu for your company’s gathering, you need to take several factors into consideration, such as the purpose of the event, the attendees, how much time everyone will have to dine, and the time of day.
Your menu selections served to clients during negotiations will be completely different from the fare you offer your employees at a holiday party. If you are in the midst of formal discussions with customers, serving alcoholic drinks may be a bad idea. During an office party, spiked punch may be a welcome beverage. You also want to know whether any of your guests have dietary restrictions you should incorporate into the menu. For example, do any of the attendees adhere to vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, or gluten-free diets? Are any of them allergic to peanuts? This information is crucial! The amount of time reserved for eating also plays a key role in decision-making. If a meeting will be held in the morning before a client flies out of town, you’ll want to choose foods that are quick to serve and consume such as blueberry muffins, seasonal fruit, and breakfast sandwiches.
Once you get an idea about the ambiance of your function and the people attending, you’ll want to select enough of a variety to suit everyone’s tastes. Choose two or three entrees, three or more salads, two or more desserts, and at least three beverages. Always try to offer foods that are attractively presented, have been locally grown, and fit the mood of your gathering. For menu ideas and other tips about hosting the perfect corporate breakfast, lunch, or dinner, take a look at this infographic.