How to cater a business meeting

How to cater a business meeting

Looking for a way to impress clients or your boss?

Catering a great business meeting is one of the easiest ways you can add value to your role as an Office Professional. Not only will you knock the socks of your company’s clients you will also impress the boss!. However, you’ve got to cater in the right way so that your effort doesn’t go to waste.

Here’s the best tips to get you started.

1) Variety

It’s important to choose a variety of options when you’re catering for your meeting. Not just sweet and savoury, but exciting options in those categories. There’s old faithfuls like sandwiches and muffins, but it’s not for everyone.

Mix hot and cold options like quiches and salad cups for working lunches, or yoghurt pots and egg tarts for breakfasts.

2) Make it easy to eat

Part of catering a meeting is encouraging your guests to take part, so you need to make it easy for them to do so.

Avoid foods that are difficult to eat or require a lot of preparation as nobody will want to eat them, so stick to finger foods, or options that come in containers.

Furthermore, you should provide a small plate, cutlery and plenty of serviettes.

3) Beverages and plenty of water

Including a range of beverages is critical for everyone’s enjoyment. Water shouldn’t even be a question, and it should be plentiful and within easy reach for all guests.

Depending on the time of day, you should include tea, coffee, soft drinks, juices, and if appropriate, wine and beer.

4) Special diets

Nobody wants to miss out and setting out catering that someone can’t take part in is uncomfortable, awkward and rude. With more and more Australians reporting intolerances, it’s foolish to assume that you won’t need options.

If you’re unfamiliar with the intolerance, read up on the most common ones and then simply ask if any attendee’s have dietary concerns. They’ll truly appreciate it, and everyone can enjoy the food!

Stick to the four points above and you’ll provide an excellent experience for your clients, and colleagues alike!

Author: Jonathan Rowley

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