Catered business lunches are a great way to build camaraderie with your team and even to conduct working meetings with clients. When sharing meals with people, you have the opportunity to get to know them on a more personal level. While business lunches feel informal, you still want to be sure that the food is delicious and leaves a lasting impression.
When planning a business lunch, first consider what the occasion is. Is the event a formal luncheon, or a casual corporate lunch? Do you want to serve the lunch buffet style or will it be plated? How many people will be there? Where will the event take place? These are just some of the questions you’ll want to ask when deciding what kind of food to serve and how to serve it. The following business catering tips and trends can help you take your business lunches and events to the next level.
If you want to impress your lunch guests, provide “build your own lunch” menus that allow guests to choose their lunch from a menu that includes the following:
Some popular choices for the entrée may include chicken, pork, salmon, beef, or a vegetarian option and various sides like a vegetable, potato, pasta, or rice.
If you are planning a working lunch, a box lunch is a great option because it’s quick and easy, and attendees can continue to focus on the objective of the meeting while having their lunch. Box lunches typically consist of a sandwich, piece of fruit, cookie, chips, condiments, utensils, and napkins. It’s a good idea to offer multiple varieties of box lunches for guests to choose from while keeping dietary restrictions in mind.
A deli buffet typically consists of unassuming finger foods, such as a green salad with different dressing options, dessert trays, fruit salad, chips, breads, and sandwich meats. Deli buffets are a popular, simple choice for no-frills events.
There are many themed buffet options to choose from, including Asian, Italian, and American. Themed buffets typically include appetizers, an entrée, and desserts that fit the theme. For example, an American themed buffet might include mac and cheese, barbecue, collard greens, cornbread, and cobbler for dessert. An Italian themed buffet could serve pizza and pasta. Asian themed buffets might offer sushi, noodle dishes, stir fry, and spring rolls. The options are virtually limitless.
Be sure to offer a variety of beverages to your guests for them to enjoy with their meal. From bottled water and sparkling water, to sodas and energy drinks, provide plenty of options. Other common choices include coffee, tea, and juice.
Plan your next corporate lunch event with ease by using Resource Central, the meeting room booking system for Microsoft Outlook® and Exchange. Resource Central allows event organizers to order catering from a custom menu when they book their meeting rooms and resources. The catering provider is immediately notified, so they can start working on the order and send an invoice. The whole process is quick and seamless. No phone calls, spreadsheets, or hassle of any kind.