Planning a corporate event is already stressful itself, but creating a delicious menu for every guest will only add extra pressure to it. The good news is that there are probably local restaurants that offer catering. They can offer you their menu options and even customize the entire menu for you. However, the entire process can be very difficult and overwhelming. So we’ve decided to create easy guidelines for you.
Here are some of the most important things to keep in mind:
- Determine the exact number of guests for the upcoming event.
The course options and amount of food should depend on the number of people coming to your corporate event. Refer to your guest list and make an estimate. You want to make sure that the menu has a variety of options and that it will be enough food for all guests.
- Make sure the food menu goes along with the style and the nature of the event.
Do you have guests coming from far-off places? Is your event covering a lot of discussions or meetings? In that case, keep the food simple so people can focus on problem-solving and networking during the event.
If you plan to serve food during socials, choose portable portions. Check the sample menu of the best restaurant in Santa Ynez and Solvang, like First and Oak.
Consider the time of day when you’re serving the food. That way, you can add some light food snacks and beverages.
- Choose the best service items for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
If it’s a whole-day event, you may want to include style.
There are five types of food services:
- Self-serve buffet
- Heavy appetizers
- Family-style servings (a large bowl of food set to each table)
- Traditional plated meal
- Food stations
Not all of these will suit your event. Think about the programs and activities and decide accordingly.
Choose a caterer that can provide flexible options and will allow you to sample the food and see the exact servings.
Try browsing the Solvang restaurant menu of First and Oak and arrange a meeting by filling out the catering request form.
- Make sure your guests have variety of options to choose from.
Consider the special needs of some guests, such as religious requirements, food allergies, and other dietary restrictions. Discuss them with your caterer. When in doubt, consider three entree options, specifically a health-conscious, vegetarian, and decadent one.
First and Oak is the best restaurant in Santa Ynez and Solvang. We can help you plan your menu while considering your guests’ needs.
- Know what appeals to your audience.
Do you want it simple? Are you looking to impress? Keeping it simple may be best for an older or mature crowd. Younger audiences may appreciate adventurous or spicier foods.
Don’t forget to consider the event’s theme. For example, if you’re discussing budgeting and savings, a gourmet lunch might seem out of place.
If you need more help on planning your menu, don’t hesitate to ask us! First and Oak cooks for all types of corporate events such as: company dinners, offsite retreats, board meetings, offsite strategy meetings, offsite workshops, training sessions, and many more – no matter how big or small. We’re always happy to help and serve some of our specialties and favorites.