The Company that Eats Together…
There’s something special about sharing a meal with others. Think about it. Meals are always an integral part of special events, from annual holidays to occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, or graduations. Eating together gives us a chance to sit and relax, chat, and enjoy good food that nourishes our bodies and souls.
So, why shouldn’t it be the same in the workplace? Corporate events that include a meal are a great way for colleagues to sit and enjoy each other’s company. They’re an ideal way for executives to get to know their employees. They are a lovely way to introduce guests to the company. They’re perfect for networking. AND a meal together – be it breakfast, lunch, or dinner – should also be an opportunity to partake of great food.
A corporate event that involves food can be something as simple as continental breakfast or as a complex as a multi-course meal that employees will savor for a long time. But what’s most important is that the food is tasty and presented in a pleasing fashion and that the service is top-notch. That’s why hiring a corporate caterer – rather than heading to the nearest donut shop for sweets or getting sandwiches from a delicatessen – is the preferred way to proceed when making good impressions is paramount.
There is a long list of solid reasons to hire a caterer for your next corporate event. These include:
When you turn the food procurement and preparation over to the professionals, you’re relieving yourself or an employee of a time-consuming task. A catering service will do everything from start to finish to make your corporate meal a suitable one for your company and your guests. You’ll never need to worry about things such as whether or not you have enough forks or if you need to make a last-minute run to the market because you forgot the mustard and mayonnaise!
Freedom of Choice
A good corporate caterer can provide you with a wide variety of options for your company meal. Most will offer hot or cold options for all meals so that you can choose which best suits your needs and time frame. Buffets can be a good option for many company functions or you might choose a more formal sit-down meal if that seems more appropriate. And if you’re looking for something fun, you might even consider a corporate BBQ, ideal for the spring or summer months and featuring favorites such as burgers and hot dogs, chicken, ribs, corn-on-the-cob, and more. Many caterers will also craft themed meals for certain company events and are usually open to hearing your suggestions for a meal that will make your occasion special.
Ease of Preparation
When you use a corporate caterer, the hassle of food preparation is left to the professionals. You don’t need to worry about food being handled properly or being kept at correct temperatures, which are issues that can get you into trouble when things are done incorrectly. Furthermore, the caterer will do all the set-up and insure a beautiful presentation of the food for your guests to enjoy.
Putting your Best Foot Forward
Let’s face it! Hiring a corporate caterer makes you – the company – look good! When you put forth a beautiful presentation, it becomes clear that you are a business that cares about quality. You’ll impress not only your employees but also longtime clients or guests that are just being introduced to your company. And, of course, everyone enjoys their food more when it’s tastily prepared and beautifully presented! It’s a win-win for all involved.
One might automatically assume that when you hire someone to cater a corporate meal rather than doing it yourself that you will spend more money. That’s actually not true, unless you cut a lot of corners and skimp on quality. By hiring a corporate caterer, you’ll not only get delicious dishes and great service, but you’ll also be able to consult with professionals who can suggest the best way to plan a meal that fits your budget. And, don’t forget, you’re also saving time by letting someone else do the work, and – as they say – time is money!
Choosing a Corporate Caterer
As you begin to consider using a caterer for your next company meal, take time to search for someone who you can be assured will get the job done right.
Start with local companies that are close to your location. Begin by reviewing their menus for the meals you seek. Don’t see what you want? Find out if they are willing to make changes or adjustments. Most quality caterers are open to changes and can suggest deviations from their regular menus that’ll better suit your needs.
As a perk, also ask if they use local ingredients, such as produce from area farmers or fish from local fishermen. That’s always a plus!
Finally, ask for an in-person meeting where you can chat with the owner and/or chef and request a tasting, if appropriate.
All of these steps will put you on the road to a great corporate meal, served by a caterer who cares about the food they serve and the people who eat it.
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