The Best Corporate Catering Tips
Here at Impressions Catering, we recognize that a sandwich lunch or a casual business meeting are no longer the way to do things in the corporate environment, and our approach focuses on the best local ingredients, well prepared food and highly trained serving staff.
Your next company event can be a success if you follow these corporate catering tips.
1) The Reason for the Event
Figure out what your event is for, and then focus on that goal, whether it’s for an important company milestone or to reward and recognize your employees.
Whether you want an elaborate sit down banquet accompanied by fine wines, or your corporate event is more of a low key sausage sizzle event, make sure you come up with a realistic budget. You can avoid unpleasant surprises by making sure the catering company understands your budget and needs.
3) How Many Guests Will Be Attending?
Try to give the catering company an idea of the number of people once you initially book with them, although those numbers can be fined tuned closer to the event. When you send out invitations, include a deadline to reply and indicate whether attending the event or not. The number of guests will help to determine the food and the venue.
You may not need bar service at a training class or business meeting, although you may decide it’s a bonus at a celebratory dinner to reward employees. Of course, the budget and planning of your event will be affected by whether you are serving alcohol or not, making it a must to decide as soon as possible. And you may want to choose the right wine to match what is on your menu. Don’t worry about bar staff, as we can supply some of the best!
Try to book your venue as far ahead as possible and get written confirmation, whether it’s for a surprise meal for 20 employees or a year end do for the entire company. Leaving it until the last minute can be stressful and of course, you may not end up getting the venue that you really wanted.
6) Lighten Up
It’s important to keep your employees and work colleagues entertained and relaxed, even if it is primarily a business related event. Your audience doesn’t want to be forced to sit thorough some long, boring and repetitive corporate monologue and there is always the danger that they may fall asleep. Keep speeches brief and to the point and they will be appreciated a lot more.
Remember that your business wouldn’t be where it is today if it wasn’t for the hard work of your employees, making it important to focus on them, and make sure they know they are appreciated. All employees like to be wined and dined and generally recognized for their hard work, and we can help you make your next corporate event a success.