Guests may not remember the playlist a DJ was playing, or even what a speaker said at a corporate event, but they will most definitely talk about how good (or bad) the food was.
When planning an event, there are many details you need to take care of. From making the guest list, sending all of them invites, finalizing the venue and taking care of decorations, it’s not a simple task!
The pressure can get to you, which is why we have tips from experts to help you make the perfect menu so that your event is a successful one, even if you hit mini bumps and hiccups on the way.
Make a list of the known details
When you have the finalized details of your event including, the date, location, guest list, start looking for the right catering company. The theme of your event should translate into the menu as well.
It could be a day time event or an evening soiree, formal or casual etc. These are important details that will help you plan out the event.
Will you be serving food outdoors at the location or is there a seated dining area? This matters because you want to serve food that will be convenient to eat and hot when you eat it!
Research! Research! Research!
Be thorough when looking up any companies you want to work with. Have they done events before and if so, what scale of events? Read up on reviews and call up references.
Make sure you know if they’re punctual as well as serve delicious food just so you have a comprehensive idea of their services. Also request for a tasting beforehand to confirm if the food is worth it!
Serve a variety of options
A good menu is one which has something for everyone. Accommodating vegetarians and people with certain allergies when planning an event will definitely earn you brownie points. Make sure you have a balanced menu so that no one holds a grudge against you if you have limited options.
The bigger picture with food
Think about how you want to serve the food as well. If everyone will be required to sit and eat for example at a wedding, you have to include options for multiple courses.
If it’s a cocktail reception, and you want guests to socialize before a main event, then serve bite size hors d’oeuvres . If it’s a laid-back event at your home, you can ask for food to be delivered just when you want to serve it so that it’s fresh and hot. Ask your catering company for advice when in doubt!