Things to Consider When Choosing Corporate Event Catering
Whether it’s a staff incentive, conference dinner, executive retreat, client meeting, or any other type of business function, no doubt planning a corporate event is often stressful. The food served at your business function has a huge influence on the atmosphere and overall impression guests are left with. As one of, if not the most important elements in a successful business event, it’s important to get the cuisine right. As event management experts, Sane Event Group work together with a number of premium catering teams and hotels to ensure our clients get great food to match their memorable function. Here are the key things to consider when choosing corporate event catering.
- Consider the logistics of the event
The first and most practical way to begin organising corporate event catering is to establish the logistics of the event – crucial details include the venue, the type of event and the size. Although it may be hard to know exact numbers and figures, an approximate headcount should be determined in advance in order to know that whoever is hired could cater to the number of guests.
Ensure the corporate event catering company specialises in the sort of event you desire, and let them know your budget upfront, remembering to establish what’s included in their service, and what’s not (this varies between companies).
- Ensure flexible menu options
Corporate event catering can be challenging as there may be a big guest list that you want to please, without offering up food that is too boring. Most caterers have standard menus to choose from, and a good caterer will offer flexibility so you can personalize an exciting menu to your specific needs, for example if the event is themed.
The key thing to look out for is a variety of quality food – if possible, check this is up to your standards in a taste-test. Note the presentation and taste – seasonal menus in particular tend to be more flavourful. The right caterer should also be able to provide vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, catering to other dietary requirements and food allergies.
- Invest in an experienced and quality chef and catering staff
With a huge variety of corporate event catering companies in the market, it can be tricky to narrow down the caterer that best suits your needs. Pick a company with a quality chef and attentive, customer-service focused wait staff who will ensure a memorable and successful event. An experienced caterer is great, and is even better when coupled with a stellar reputation (read reviews and see their portfolio before making the commitment).
Well regarded corporate caterers will be accustomed to working together with other companies offering event services, such as florists, which is more likely to ensure a cohesive occasion that runs smoothly. It’s these details, such as good communication skills, a strong network and great customer service skills that can be tricky to identify but will make a world of difference to the overall result and therefore should be noted.
The talented event planners at Sane Event Group are experienced in organising premium events, including assisting in sourcing the ideal corporate event catering to suit the needs of your business. Contact us to find out more or speak to our event management experts.