7 Catering Tips For Your Next Big Event
A massively important part of throwing a successful event, after sorting out gazebo hire of course, is deciding what you want to feed your guests. The décor and the food will be what people remember and you don’t want them leaving with a bad taste in their mouth – so here are a few hints and tips to help you get it right without much fuss and bother at all.
Come up with some signature cocktails
You might not want or be able to afford a free bar but a few complimentary cocktails here and there will never go amiss. And it can be a lot of fun to come up with a few signature drinks that reflect the kind of event you’re putting on… this will also help ensure you stick in the minds of your guests for all the right reasons.
Consider buffet catering
Depending on the size and nature of what you’re putting on, buffet catering may be the most practical option. This is the best way to ensure that you have a wide range of food on offer and people can cater to their own dietary requirements without much input from you. Talk about time-saving! It’s also a cost-effective way of feeding lots of people.
Check to see what’s included and what’s not
You might think you’re getting a great deal with your caterer but always check the fine print to see if you’ll need to rent extra glassware, tables, cutlery and so on. What you don’t want on the day is a nasty surprise and lots of food but no plates to eat it off.
Think outside the box
Offering your guests something different or exciting that they’re unlikely to have had before is a great way of winning them over immediately. But do a little taste test first of anything really unusual in case this strategy has the opposite effect!
Team up with a well-known chef
Really up the ante and ensure maximum guest numbers by partnering up with a famous chef. You’ll be able to trade on his name and everyone will know they’re in for an absolute feast.
Think about location
It might be possible to come up with a menu that complements the area you’re holding your event in. If, for example, you find yourself entertaining guests in Cornwall, you might want to see what you can do with the Cornish pasty. Or perhaps if you’re in Stoke-on-Trent you could do some kind of variation of lobby, a delicious regional stew that will make everyone feel at home immediately.
You can certainly do a lot worse than following a trend or two where food is concerned and over the last few months, veganism has become a lot more mainstream. Devising an entirely vegan menu could really be what your next event needs to be a raging success.