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Catering For Corporate Events: 6 Embarrassing Mistakes To Avoid

One of the most difficult parts of planning a corporate event is to make all the arrangements related to catering. Especially if your event is quite big and you have invited a lot of guests, you must be very careful when it comes to the foods you are serving. Here are a couple of corporate catering mistakes you should avoid, otherwise your event might be unsuccessful.

Not considering the seating space properly


It would be quite embarrassing if you invite a lot of guests to your event, but you don’t have enough seats for them. When planning your event, make sure that there are enough seats and tables to accommodate all your guests. Similarly, it would be a good idea to have a couple of spare chairs, just in the case one of them gets damaged in the last minute.

Offering too many food options to your guests

Obviously, it is bad to have too few food options, but it can also be troublesome if you offer your guests too many food options. If the menu list is too comprehensive, your event might appear a little bit too informal and your guests might find it difficult to choose the foods they want. Instead, you should provide your guests with one vegetarian, fish, chicken and beef dish and everything is going to be ok.

Not taking into consideration the food issues of various guests

When planning your event, make sure that you take into account that some of your guests might have certain food allergies. For example, some people might develop allergic reactions to egg yolks or peanuts. Similarly, some of your guests might not drink alcoholic beverages at all and in this case it would be wise to provide them with non-alcoholic alternatives.

Believing that you won’t run out of food

This is another big mistake that can cost you the success of your event. Make sure that your caterer provides you with sufficient fresh food throughout the entire night in order to make sure that each and every single one of your guest is well satisfied. In some cases, caterers can even provide written guarantees that you won’t run out of food for a particular number of guests and you should take advantage of this.

Not providing food for the musicians and the photographers

The musicians will entertain your guests for the entire night, so it is a good idea to provide them with a choice of meals and beverages in order for them to perform at their peak during your event. Similarly, make sure that the photographers are well-fed too. You can speak with your caterer about this subject and determine what foods and beverages should be offered to the musicians and photographers.

Not having a backup plan for those guests who might show up unexpected

It is not uncommon for certain guests to arrive at an event unexpected and if they do, the caterer might run out of food if you don’t have a backup plan. In this case, you can negotiate with the caterer in order to obtain a flexible guarantee. This means that you specify the caterer a guaranteed number of guests and he agrees that he can feed an extra 5% or 10% in the case unexpected guests show up. As a result, you are covered and you prevent an embarrassing situation during your event.

Also, it is important to choose a professional catering company if you don’t want to experience unpleasant surprises during your corporate event. Make sure that you explore our website and give us a call today in order to take advantage of professional and customizable corporate catering services.


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