When it comes to corporate catering, boardroom tables in Sydney are turning fast. Once predominantly a place of work, the corporate world has embraced the boardroom as a place for celebration and enjoying a little treat during meetings.
While the good old sandwiches do remain an important component of feeding your clients and crew, here’s a look at some innovative corporate catering that more and more offices in Sydney are ordering. You should try them too!
If your office is located in areas such as the Sydney CBD, the trendy Inner West, or the sunny Eastern suburbs, then you are well-placed to jump on Sydney’s latest menu of share food platters.
Once a scene of traditional delights like sandwiches, cakes and miniature pies, you can now enjoy a spread of food platters containing a range of yummy treats. Anything from burger sliders, miniature rice paper rolls and fudge brownies can adorn your platter for the office to share, or for your clients to enjoy.
Never underestimate the value of a platter spread, for you can provide more variety for your money, and food portions which can be eaten with little clean-up. It’s also much easier to provide for special diets with a platter menu. All you need to do is label the relevant platter, and the lucky employee or client will be able to enjoy their corporate catering.
When finger food is the desired catering spread, you might want to consider jumping on a growing demand for canapes. Canapes are small finger food items consisting of a cracker, piece of puff pastry or other crisp base, upon which other morsels of food are layered to create a festival of flavours.
Don’t be afraid to get creative or try something new with your canape catering. Anything from Brie tartlets to antipasti skewers will dress up the boardroom for an impressive feast, and fill all the bellies hungry for catering at the office cocktail party.
Canapes are perfect if you want to show a special client the class that your team can bring to the boardroom table (as well as the account!), or if you want to treat the team to something special during the company cocktail party.
Culinary globetrotting and themed catering are growing more popular in Sydney offices every year. Sydney is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world, and there’s no reason why corporate catering should not embrace the vibrant flavours that make up Sydney’s palate.
Popular catering trends include Latin and Asian catering, but European options also remain a strong component of the market. Read on to see three themed spreads you might like to put on display at your next boardroom meeting or cocktail party.
Fancy a barbecue with a twist, then a Brazilian catering spread might be the option to get your office licking their lips. From marinated servings of fresh lamb, herb and garlic chicken thigh and pumpkin and mint couscous, a Brazilian barbecue offers Latin flavours to the Australian palate.
Brazilian catering tip: We recommend Brazilian catering for an occasion when the Sydney team is ready to unwind, such as Friday night drinks or the company cocktail party.
Vietnamese catering offers Sydney offices a lighter option. It will work best for working lunches, business meetings and other occasions when you need tidy portions, which can be easily eaten.
Vietnamese catering is at your fingertips with tasty office catering options like rice paper rolls, bao buns, and fresh seasonal fruit salads. Crispy spring rolls and tofu-centred dishes are also on trend, such as a gourmet tofu and papaya salad.
Vietnamese catering tip: Serve your rice paper and spring rolls with a sweet chilli sauce to provide that extra flair from Hanoi and Saigon.
Paella parties are a new and popular occasion in Sydney offices, embracing the rich flavour of Spain. Currently on trend are the classic Spanish paella, as well as Indonesian, Moroccan, Indian, Greek, and Mexican dishes.
Paella is essentially a rice dish, which incorporates a range of other ingredients relative to the cultural inspiration. Typically including a protein, vegetables and herbs and spices, this mixed dish is one to try if you want to spice up the boardroom with something a little different, but exceptionally tasty.
Paella catering tip: One idea for a Paella catering is the quarterly company update. If you’ve had a successful quarter, you may wish to reward the team with a delicious spread to thank them for their efforts.
Sydney is rife with exciting opportunities to do office catering uniquely and to do it well! If you’re tired of traditional options like sandwiches and muffin platters, then don’t be afraid to branch out and try something new for your next working lunch.
The options we’ve recommended above are only a scratch on the surface of what’s out there, so if you’d like to know more about other corporate catering trends in Sydney, contact the Order-In team today!