Catering for working lunch meetings is much easier than you’d expect. But, don’t go it alone - get the services of a corporate caterer to take the guesswork out of the menu planning. In the meantime, we’ve put together some ideas about food that we believe can inspire productivity and positivity in the boardroom.
Food at a business meeting should leave the crowd energised, awake, and focused. Make sure your colleagues and clients are able to perform at peak level by providing plenty of fresh, nutritious food. It’s important to remember that healthy doesn’t have to mean bland or tasteless.
Keep the sandwiches and wraps for your meeting or working lunch small, light, and delicious. We recommend thinking of a gourmet cooking magazine for inspiration – check out some of these tempting fillings:
While white bread is a very popular option, consider adding options like sourdough, rye, brown-bread, or wholemeal. Artisan bread can elevate a sandwich and give it plenty of wow factor.
By avoiding foods that are high in sugar or trans-fats, everyone can stay energised, awake, and ready to tackle the issues of the day.
From the humble beginnings of sandwiches and fruit on a London to Paris Handley Page Transport Flight in 1919, to the stir-fried lobster in black bean sauce enjoyed by Emirates’ first class passengers today, in-flight meals have evolved from a necessity to keep passengers nourished on transport flights, to a culinary specialty involving monumental bulk food preparation. We have lots of different options if you're looking for something different from the usual sandwiches.
We’ve also seen a trend towards low GI dishes that are packed full of yummy ingredients and vibrant colours. Unlike high GI foods that tend to create a spike in energy, low GI foods release longer lasting, slow burning energy. If there is a slower, steadier rise of glucose in the blood, they will keep you full for longer and encourage the body to burn fat. These foods are often gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian friendly.
Consider serving your colleagues and clients trays of thinly sliced roast chicken, roast beef and a side of mustard, hummus, spiced beetroot and bulgur, roasted eggplant, a mozzarella platter, olives, a delicious mix of lentils and roasted capsicum, and a pumpkin, watercress and barley salad. Superfoods like sweet potatoes, quinoa, broccoli, pomegranate, and mixed nuts are also fantastic options to serve on a buffet tray. Lean meat is a great example of a healthy twist on a traditional crowd pleaser.
Modern workplaces can be incredibly mobile and flexible, so depending on the meeting and the event, we suggest the option of boxed lunches and food that your guests can grab and go. Bento boxes are hugely popular in Japan, and are a beautiful and fun way to present lunch.
The beauty of having a lunch that is healthy and filling, means that your guests won’t feel the need to gorge on desserts. However, it’s always nice to provide something sweet to bookend a boardroom lunch. A simple platter of brownies and some fruit salad can often do the trick. While it’s important to serve coffee and tea, offer some bottled water and fresh juices so there’s plenty of options.
Remember, food is fuel, so it’s important to nourish your guests and keep them energised throughout the day.