Catering for a large group

It’s a very exciting (and nerve-racking) experience to plan a corporate event for a large group. If you engage the services of an experienced corporate caterer, they’ll take care of the menu, beverage selection, the staff, the equipment, the delivery, and the food-related logistics of your big event.

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Preparation is the key to success

The more information you can give to the caterer, the better. Whether it is a multi-day event or a client lunch, a good caterer will be better equipped to serve your needs if they’re contacted early.

Important considerations include the type of event, time of day, budget, location, the number of guests, the length of the event, and a few ideas about what you’d like on the corporate menu. Many corporate caterers are flexible and can provide a bespoke service. A high-end caterer or service like Order-In will have plenty of expertise and ideas that you can draw upon.

As the logistic requirements expand with the group numbers, it may be a good idea to engage the services of a dedicated event manager to ensure your event runs smoothly and professionally.

When it comes to corporate catering, less is sometimes more

While the five course sit-down meal is impressive for a boardroom dining occasion, consider hosting a more intimate and casual affair. An American-style barbeque, a Mexican fiesta, a large daytime garden brunch, or a classy cocktail reception can be a trendy, fuss-free solution. Fresh finger foods like Vietnamese Bahn Mi rolls or Thai salad boxes can give your menu an extra lift.

An experienced corporate caterer will suggest delicious menus that can be executed flawlessly. It’s a cliché, but quality always trumps quantity.

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More is...not that hard!

Buffet catering and food stations are the way to go for large group settings and can be a very time and cost-effective way to cater for big numbers.

Step it up a notch and use these themed food stations to tell a story. We’re fans of the saloon style grill station, a midsummer's nights dream themed dessert bar, a secret garden cocktail station and pop-up style Mexican finger food stalls.

By having separate stations, ideally with dedicated chefs and staff, service becomes focused and efficient. This allows your caterer to cook dishes on site and minimise waste – and save you money in the long run. By taking complicated table service out of the equation, guests can control their own portions, select their own food, and dine at their own pace. They also encourage mingling and hungry guests can get to the food straight away.

Whether it’s 50 or 5000, a good corporate caterer will be able to scale their services to take your event from ordinary to extraordinary. Order-In’s extensive experience with catering for a range of clients around Australia and occasions means no matter the brief, you’ll get a fantastic result. Contact the corporate catering experts today to find out more!

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