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BBQ Catering a Great Autumn Alternative to Traditional Menus

Aah, barbecue! Just think about it for a moment and chances are that, in your imagination, you can smell (and hear) those sizzling beef burgers, succulent ribs, tasty chicken, and all the mouth-watering side dishes that go along with a delicious BBQ meal.

Fact is that just about everyone loves a barbecue. It’s a down-to-earth, friendly meal that’s meant to be shared with friends and family, and the food that’s offered at such an event can range from simple burgers and dogs to more elaborate items like steaks and seafood. For many, barbecues are a highly-anticipated summer tradition and many foodies just can’t get enough.

At Catering Visions, however, we believe a great barbecue meal mustn’t be limited to the summer months. Fall is the ideal time for enjoying such a feast, so we offer BBQ catering throughout the autumn months for those who want to hold onto a piece of summer, even when the weather has turned a bit, along with the leaves on the trees.

 

A Fete for Friends

If summer got away from you and you didn’t have the opportunity to invite your best buds over for a meal and some camaraderie, it’s not too late. And, if you let an experienced caterer handle the particulars, you can sit back and relax and enjoy spending time with your pals instead of at the grill or in the kitchen.

Furthermore, the meal doesn’t need to be elaborate or expensive to make your friends smile. BBQ catering can be quite basic but still delicious, offering entrees such as those perennial cook-out favorites, juicy hamburgers and scrumptious hot dogs with all the fixins’. Add a few sides, such as potato salad, a green salad, fruit, and some sweet delights, and you’ll have a meal that fills the stomach and the heart.

Of course, if you want to move towards the slightly more elaborate, there are many more options beyond the burgers and dogs. Chicken is often a welcome addition to the menu, especially for those who prefer not to eat red meat. It can be simply seasoned and then grilled or can be marinated in BBQ sauce (or similar) for a zesty taste.

Want to go a step further? Take advantage of amazing local seafood and add it to your menu. It’ll be the highlight of the party along with perhaps some juicy, delicious steaks. You can spruce up the side dishes too, adding items such as Caesar salads, corn-on-the-cob, baked potatoes, baked beans, and more.

Companies that do BBQ catering have plenty of experience in customizing menus for their customers and they’ll be eager to sit down with you and come up with a selection that will encompass the tastes of all your guests, including vegetarians or vegans.

 

Corporate Cook-outs Rule!

In the summertime, a lot of companies deal with a “skeleton staff” because employees are busy taking time for their holidays. However, in the fall, everyone is back at work and it’s a great time to have a “welcome back” get-together where everyone can actually chat about what they did this summer! It’s an ideal way to kick-off a new project, give a jump start to a brand new fiscal year, or just to say “we appreciate you” and we want to show you how much.

Similar to barbecues you might have at your home, corporate cook-outs with food provided by a BBQ caterer can run the gamut from modest to quite extravagant, depending on your budget and/or the size of your company.

So, why a barbecue and not a fancy sit-down event at a restaurant or catering venue? Simple! Corporate BBQs encourage and allow much more interaction between individuals. Employees are not confined to a table with 8 to 10 people, where they are likely to stay for hours when the event is more formal. With an informal event such as a barbecue, there’s likely to be more moving around or you’ll find that many people will stand and eat, allowing them to go from co-worker to co-worker to get the scoop on their summer adventures and upcoming fall plans.

 

BBQ for the Bride and Groom?

An outdoor autumn wedding. They’re more popular than you might imagine. It’s a great time of year to be outside…and think about the wonderful pictures the photographer will take among the fall foliage and other greenery!

With an outdoor wedding in the pleasant early fall weather, there’s no reason to limit the wedding dinner to formal food in a big white fancy tent. Many brides and grooms these days opt for something a little less expensive and perhaps a little more rustic, and a barbecue could be ideal.

If the chosen reception venue seems suitable for a barbecue dinner, go for it! Again, those experienced in BBQ catering can recommend the right menu for your autumn wedding and perhaps even suggest a few foods that might match the time of year, like something made with everyone’s favorite fall gourd – the pumpkin.

 

Choosing a Caterer

So, if you’ve decided a cook-out might be the right choice for your next event, look for a company that has plenty of experience in barbecue catering…and don’t be afraid to ask them if you can do a little tasting and perhaps call some references.  A quality BBQ caterer can help you craft a sumptuous menu for your event and will take care of all the little stuff too, like set-up, serving stations, servers, condiments, napkins and tableware, breakdown, and anything else that’s needed to complete the event, whether it’s at your home, business, or elsewhere.

Corporate BBQ Planning Tips

Corporate and company BBQs are an almost universal hit with employers and employees. And as caterers, even we admit it’s not just about the food, as vital as that is. “Event” is the indeed the key word. It’s an opportunity for your organization to show employee appreciation, strengthen workplace bonds, and boost morale.

BBQs can also be a time to mark a major milestone like a corporate anniversary. For example, when Tree Island Industries celebrated their 100th, Catering Visions was there, keeping the festivities tasty for a loyal crowd of 300. Whatever your company’s occasion, make it an event to remember. And we hope you’ll let us bring the food– and the BBQs!

Even though many people associate a BBQ with informality, you can definitely add some finesse to the event with something more than the standard, predictable menu choices. There’s no rule that says you’re limited to burgers, hot dogs and potato salad. Actually, there was such as rule, but we threw it out. Catering Visions can offer your employees a creative and even unconventional menu, even for the most informal BBQ.

6 Planning Tips for a Successful Company BBQ

Corporate and company BBQs are an almost universal hit with employers and employees. And as caterers, even we admit it’s not just about the food, as vital as that is. “Event” is the indeed the key word. It’s an opportunity for your organization to show employee appreciation, strengthen workplace bonds, and boost morale.

BBQs can also be a time to mark a major milestone like a corporate anniversary. For example, when Tree Island Industries celebrated their 100th, Catering Visions was there, keeping the festivities tasty for a loyal crowd of 300. Whatever your company’s occasion, make it an event to remember. And we hope you’ll let us bring the food– and the BBQs!

Even though many people associate a BBQ with informality, you can definitely add some finesse to the event with something more than the standard, predictable menu choices. There’s no rule that says you’re limited to burgers, hot dogs and potato salad. Actually, there was such as rule, but we threw it out. Catering Visions can offer your employees a creative and even unconventional menu, even for the most informal BBQ.

Scratching your head for new ideas for a company BBQ? Here are a few to help you get started.

Date

Choosing the ideal date is one of the most important corporate BBQ planning steps. planning a BBQ. Think twice about choosing a date during peak vacation or on a long holiday weekend. Your employees value their family time on weekends and holidays. You’ll likely get better attendance if your event is on a weekday.

Location

If you’ve been using the same park for umpteen years, consider holding your BBQ in a new spot. We’re sure you’ve noticed that Greater Vancouver has no shortage of great outdoor locations for crowds to gather. Stanley Park, Granville Island, Queen Elizabeth Park, and of course, beaches galore! But check the capacity of the venue and its regulations about BBQs. Make sure it’s an easily accessible spot with enough people and parking space to accommodate all your guests. Feel free draw on our experience and knowledge.

One the other hand, if you have a tried-and-true BBQ or picnic location that you’ve used year after year, don’t feel obliged to change it. But you can mix it up with a new and unique theme each year, which brings us to our next planning item:

Theme

Choose a unique theme and Incorporate it into the invitations and decor. If you choose Catering Visions for your next BBQ, we’ll be delighted to work with you to incorporate your theme into the food menu, too.

Budget

Create a realistic budget allowing for venue, food, games, entertainment, activities, and door prizes. If it’s a “laid back” corporate BBQ, it doesn’t mean it should be a “cheap” one. Keep your employees motivated and loyal by giving them an event to remember. And no need for the same menu year after year. Our affordable BBQ menu choices at Catering Visions include everything from keep-it-basic burgers and dogs to sizzlin’ sirloin and salmon.

Invitations

Remember that you’re marketing this BBQ event to your employees. You’re telling them that they’re working for the best company or corporation on the planet. An invitation to a BBQ should reflect this. Think outside the box (especially if you’re a corporation that makes boxes). Create a theme. Set the mood. Whet their appetite. Make them really want to attend.

Consider extending the invitation to spouses, significant others, and children. Involving employees’ families can really reap some benefits in the way of loyalty and appreciation. And really, what are you telling your employees by not including families on the invitation?

Create a Social Media Buzz

While traditional invitations can be spiced up by incorporating your theme, consider trying something new. Create an event page on Facebook. Consider other social media platforms as well, but Facebook is especially effective at creating a buzz with the help of your own employees. If they’re sold on the theme, they’ll share the excitement and RSVP other employees.

Make your next corporate BBQ an event to remember.

Catering Visions has catered more large and small corporate BBQs at more locations throughout the Lower Mainland than we can shake a skewer at. Along with satisfying the appetites of small and mid-sized crowds, we’ve handled the needs of some large groups, too– like the 2500 to 3000 folks we’ve been serving year after year at CN Rail Family Days. We hope to help serve up a satisfying BBQ event to your company, too.

We trust these tips will make things a little easier for you as you plan your BBQ event. We’d love to help by making food part of your event as easy as 1-2-3. Or, more specifically Menu A-Menu B-Menu C, with add-ons and customization as your organization requires. Check our Corporate BBQ page for details on our menu choices. Our grills are ready when you are. Call us at 604-657-8373, or leave us a message on our contact page.