Catering for Corporate Events
Lucky for you, there are numerous options when planning your catering for all types of corporate events in the tri-state area. Many venues such as hotels or private event halls will offer on-site food and beverage options. Check with the event planner or manager for menu suggestions and creative ideas.
If you are hiring an outside catering company there are a few things to keep in mind when booking for your product launch, awards dinner or gala event. Do your research online to see what types of services are offered by the company and then schedule an in-person meeting. You will want to be sure the staff is courteous, professional and willing to stick to your proposed budget. Many catering companies within the City are able to also provide full or partial bar service at a reasonable rate. Check to see if they can also aid in providing decorations, tableware and floral designs.
A new trend is to use locally sourced food so inquire as to where they will be getting most of the ingredients. Discuss any dietary restrictions you might want to adhere to such as gluten or sugar free dishes for some of your guests. Always make sure any food allergies are taken into consideration.
You will need to check with your venue to see what facilities they can offer your caterer. Many will not have a fully equipped kitchen but may have some necessary products to make the job a little easier. It is often possible for your caterer to contact the venue directly to coordinate what is available and what will need to be brought to the event.
The type of food and service you request can greatly affect your budget. If you want to keep everything simple and low-cost it is better to have a buffet instead of requiring a wait staff. Passed hors d’oeuvres can also add to your final cost.