When tasked with planning a corporate event, there are many details to cover. You might ask yourself if you should hire a professional caterer. Whether your event is large or small, the answer to that question is a resounding “yes”!
Why Corporate Catering?
Food is expected and even necessary at most corporate events due. This is a positive thing for your corporation. Sharing a meal is a powerful way to build unity and foster connection among team members. During a meal, people can let their hair down a little and get to know each other more personally.
Some high-profile companies such as Google and Facebook strategically use shared meals for team building by taking it a step further. These highly successful businesses provide corporate lunch catering services to offer their employees the chance to develop personal connections and fellowship on a regular basis.
Every corporate event needs food, and catering is simply the most accessible, best, most professional way to go.
Catering is always your best option for good food. You could order takeout, but catered food is so much better. Catered food is offered fresh and at the ideal temperature. No more cold pasta, warm cold cuts, or stale bread. Most catering services provide various options catered to your specific needs, whether that is snacks and hors d’oeuvres, sandwiches and other finger foods, boxed meals, BBQ, or fine dining. Many catering services even allow for menu customization.
There is a lot to think about when feeding a crowd. Not only must you provide enough food, but you have to consider allergy accommodations, delivery, set-up, dishes, time management, food safety, bussing, food, and beverage replenishment, clean up, bartending, and more. This can be a massive challenge for someone not trained to entertain on a large scale without the staffing needed to manage such a large job.
Luckily, that is what caterers do best. They understand how much food is needed and take care of each detail from start to finish. They also provide the number of staff members required to get the job done right. By serving your event with professionalism and finesse, corporate caterers will ensure that your event impresses everyone in attendance.
Types of Events Perfect for Catering
Most corporate events will require some form of food. Not only will delicious food delight your guests, clients, or team, but it has come to be expected.
Awards and Galas
Awards and galas are significant events that deserve careful attention given to every detail. You want a “wow” factor for these events that only a skilled catering service can offer.
Conferences, Seminars, and Meetings
As informative and vital as conferences, seminars, and meetings are, they can be long and physically and emotionally draining. Good food is required to keep your guests happy, focused, engaged, and attentive. The right food and beverages have the unique power to take a mundane meeting or conference and turn it into a fun event.
Company parties are one way to show genuine appreciation for the hard work and dedication that your employees give the business day in and day out. This is a chance to wine and dine with your team members and help them feel valued. There is something about a professionally catered party that makes people feel special. Studies show that when people feel appreciated, they want to give their very best.
Customer Appreciation Parties
Your appreciation for your customers can never be overstated. They are the people who keep business rolling and your jobs secure. When you go the extra mile to show gratitude to your customers and clients, you ensure their loyalty for years to come.
Board meetings are not known for their excitement, but they are important. When you provide catered food at board meetings, you ensure greater participation and engagement. As archaic as it may seem, people do show up, literally and figuratively, for just about anything, so long as there is good food.
Team building activities are only effective when employees can relax and let go of their insecurities. If people feel anxious or uncomfortable, they will have difficulty forming connections. Good food is the key to helping people loosen up and enjoy the activities.
Corporate Event Catering FAQs
When Should I Book a Caterer for my Corporate Event?
When it comes to booking a caterer, sooner is always better. While many events can be booked six weeks before the event, some will require several months. This is especially true for holiday events, very large or lavish events, or if you are hoping to hire an unusually popular and busy caterer. The general rule of thumb is to book your caterer as soon as you know your event’s date and essential details.