Whether it be friends, family, coworkers or strangers, food brings people together. Typically the most anticipated part of an event, it is important to provide an inviting menu for your guests. Follow these 5 tips to help cater the perfect group meal.
- Know your guests and their preferences. Demographics such as age are very important when planning a meal for a group. An older crowd may prefer a more traditional menu, whereas younger or middle-aged crowds may appreciate a more adventurous line-up. If this is a group you will be doing multiple events for, be sure to pay attention to what the most popular items seem to be so that you can incorporate those whenever possible.
- Choose a menu that pairs well with the event agenda. There is no need for your guests to feel rushed and not be able to enjoy their meal. For guests that may be catching a flight around lunchtime, boxed lunches would be a perfect alternative for them. Buffets typically require one hour for everyone to get through the line and have time to be seated and still enjoy their meal whereas plated meals which normally have at least three courses require a little bit more time, about an hour and a half.
- Take note of any special dietary needs there may be. Food allergies, religious requirements, and dietary restrictions are all things that must not be overlooked. Ask your guests to provide this information on their event registrations or response cards.
- Treat your guests to something local! Fresh and seasonal fruits and vegetables should always be your go-to picks, but be sure to include local delicacies as well. For example, BBQ or Cheerwine would be a great way to incorporate North Carolina into any event, and not to mention they’re delicious!
- Last and certainly not least, presentation is key! The display and aroma of the food should intrigue your guests and get them excited about their next meal.
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