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Corporate events, whether they're retirement parties or annual presentations, offer an opportunity for networking, training, and collaboration. In order for your event to live up to its potential, you must plan to accommodate your guests' needs effectively. In most cases, this accommodation includes some kind of food.
In this blog, we discuss eight of the reasons why catering often represents your best option for providing food at corporate events.
1. Accommodations for Dietary Restrictions
Your business partner may make a great crab cake, but what about your employees with shellfish allergies? When you go through a catering company, you can specify which, if any, dietary restrictions there are in the crowd.
A catering expert can accommodate food allergies and intolerances, without making the planning process more stressful or significantly more expensive.
2. Classic Food Options
Some foods are simply tried-and-true with most groups. Most catering companies build their menu options around classic favorites. This step ensures that all your attendees find something to eat that they'll love.
3. Cost-Effective Meal Planning
Unless you have experience with event and meal planning, you likely don't have the knowledge needed to effectively execute a large-scale meal. Your caterer knows exactly how much food to bring for each estimated guest to make sure each person leaves satisfied.
Some catering professionals can even help you pin down your estimated number of guests.
4. Expert Help With Permits and Handling
Food handling requires specific knowledge that may be overlooked when not handled by professionals. When you work with a caterer, you know you've hired a professional who helps reduce the risk of undercooked food, cross contamination, and other food issues.
Additionally, if you plan to serve any alcohol at your event, your caterer can help you determine if you need any permits, licensing, or space at a particular venue.
5. Positive Impressions of Your Company
When you get dressed for the day and meet with clients, your appearance and demeanor create an image of your company that can make or break any deal. The same theory applies to the food served at company events.
Professionally prepared, served, and presented food gives clients and employees the impression that your company is both confident and capable.
6. Reduced Stress and Responsibility
If you have ever organized a corporate event, you know how hectic the process can be from inception until the end of clean-up. Delegating the responsibility for food to a catering company lets you mark one task off your list.
Catering companies even provide wait staff and servers so that you don't have to worry about messes or even disproportionate portions.
7. Set Event Tone and Atmosphere
The food items and style you choose can set the tone for your entire event. For example, hors d'oeuvres circulating on trays provide an air of sophistication and promote mingling, friendly conversation and a spirit of fun. On the other hand, a formal sit-down dinner lends a gravity to your event and encourages important conversations over the meal.
Most catering companies offer many different styles so that you can craft the perfect atmosphere for your event.
8. Varying Menu Options
When you handle food on your own, you're limited to what you can prepare and buy. After two or three events, chances are your employees would love a little something new.
Take advantage of these benefits when you have your next corporate event catered by a reputable company.
Need catering for an upcoming convention, meeting, or company bonding activity? Discuss your needs with the team at McHale's Events & Catering. We offer a wide variety of menu options, perfect for events of all sizes and purposes. We can even help you find the right venue.