Event Catering Trends: What to Do and What Not

In order for any business activity to be successful, you have to ensure all the latest trends in the particular area are utilized. Likewise, when it comes to event catering, taking on the trends is a MUST. Why? Because people are the most about ‘food’, and most of us can compromise on everything but food.

Indeed, good food equals good mood, and this is one thing your event attendees deserve for taking out the time to attend your event.

In the words of Ken Follett:

“Hard work should be rewarded with good food.”

In simple words, the same-old wantons and so-so appetizers will not deliver a good impression of yours. And this is why you need event planners/caterers to ascertain everything is up-to-the-minute!

Here are some trends you should and shouldn’t follow when it comes to a culinary party.

 

  • Dos

 

  • Locale-Specific Food

 

 

There are high chances of the attendees traveling especially to attend your event. The best you can do to return the favor is give them the chance to gulp down specialties of the region. They are new to the town/city and will love to experience the city/town, its culture, food, etc. This is the reason having a destination-specific menu is a big YES!

Not sure about the specialties yourself? Hire Go for well-reputed corporate caterers, such as Artisan by Santa Barbara Catering, Atlasta Catering & Event Concepts, Creations In Cuisine or Levi Catering (Kosher or Non) to decide the menu, cook, and serve famous foods.

 

  • Local Ale and Wine

 

It is likely your event attendees will go out to have a drink or two as the event ends. How about you fulfill this need too? It is a good idea to present local beer and/or wine to the guests so they can get back home directly after a long day.

You can also add other regional beverages to not make the non-drinkers feel left out!

 

  • Smart Menus

 

Menus are extremely important for a party. The menu you have for the event will make a huge difference to everyone based on their preferences. Keep it balanced. Add equal vegetarian and non-vegetarian food items that are both healthy and fatty but also tasty so that no one has to leave without eating; not even the healthy eaters!

The key to a successful event is successfully engaging the participants, and the menu can actually serve the purpose if smartly planned.

 

  • Don’ts

 

  • Dreary Buffets

 

 

Gone are the days when the number of dishes on the menu would entice the eaters. Preset buffets have lost fame as people have become more particular. Today, most foodies are more into quality than quantity, and this is a good reason for you to have limited but special items on the menu.

 

  • Sugary Snacks

 

It is a long event and the attendees have been here for 3 hours already. About time they should be served some snacks and recharge themselves to make it through the end of the event.

What should you serve for snacks? If sugary snacks like donuts or cinnamon rolls are what you thought of, then it is a disastrous choice!

Sugary items will leave your people lethargic and sleepy until it is finally dinner time. So, go for protein snacks instead!

 

  • Failing to Consider Dietary Limitations

 

Not everyone in the event will be young or hearty enough to eat anything that is presented. Consider taking into account the needs of seniors and those who are ill, vegan, etc. There is no disappointment bigger than having to leave a gathering without eating because there is nothing you can eat. For questions on our bar packages please call Karen at 602-296-8000 or karen@spevevents.com

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