At Roozervelts, we provide corporate catering services to the businesses that surround our restaurant in Collins Place, Melbourne. We’re experienced caterers and we know how challenging it can feel to be in charge of events ~ including successfully organising the catering! We’re putting together a comprehensive resource here to help you make your resource a success. Enjoy!
The Purpose of Your Catering
Know what the purpose of your catering is before you begin. There are different kinds of corporate events, each with different catering requirements. For instance, do you want to provide a filling meal, or just a light snack? Is your catering for nourishment, or colour?
After you’ve set the purpose of your catering, use great communication to create the right expectations for your event. By aligning guests’ expectations with what you’re organising, you can increase your chances of success and avoid disappointment.
How Much Catering Should I Order?
Regardless of the purpose of your catering, it’s important to ensure you order enough. What constitutes “Enough” varies – appetites vary and different combinations of guests have different eating capacities. So, how do you know how much to order? Here are some tips to help with the process:
Tips for catering quantity
Quantity Tip #1 – More is Better..
If in doubt, order more. An ideal catering scenario (depending on the purpose) will have leftovers. It’s unlikely you’ll be able to precisely synch your catering volume with your guests appetites, so by going over, you will be safe at least. Have a plan for any leftovers so they don’t go to waste.
Quantity Tip #2 – Ask The Pros
Talk to our team about your catering quantity requirements. We’re professionals and we’re experienced. We help our clients with volume and also options for the best result. We’re here to help – just ask!
Quantity Tip #3 – Serving Modes
With catering, there are two main modes – buffet or portion-based. In the case of a buffet, guests serve themselves from shared dishes. Portion-based meals are when meals are organised for individually. We offer both options, and both options can be applied for different corporate dining experiences through the day.
Buffet Meal Options
With buffet options for meals, it helps to create a vision of an ‘average portion’ based on your group. It’s a serving of catering that is mid-range, considering the guests you have. This portion can then be applied to the number of guests to help with decision-making for food & beverages.
In the case of portion-based catering, it’s a great idea to provide a supplementary option for those who are still hungry. Backup options might be savoury, sweet, healthy or a combination. Our fruit platters are popular for this – fruit is a refreshing way to finish a meal, too.
Understanding dietary requirements is important and should be done in depth. If you’re regularly serving catering in your company, knowing common requirements and their implications is imperative.
People have dietary requirements for different reasons, but all requirements need to be equally respected.
No matter how small your catering guest-list, always take the time to ensure you’re familiar with your guests’ dietary requirements, and never make assumptions. There’s some helpful information on this topic available from the Department of Health.
Structuring Your Dietary
For successful catering, you need to look after everybody equally well. While it’s essential to provide for people with dietary requirements, it’s also important to do so in an inclusive way. For example, they may feel excluded if they can only eat a single item in the catering options.
A solution to this is the strategy of structuring your order so that dietary requirements are met on a larger scale through the entire order. In other words, if there is a single gluten-free guest, consider adding more gluten-free options to other parts of the catering for the rest of the guests to enjoy.
This approach can create a more inclusive dining experience for everybody.
A good corporate catering order should include vegetarian options as a matter of course. Why? Even if you don’t have any vegetarians on your guest list, what are you going to do if there’s an unplanned arrival? By having vegetarian options available you can help improve your chances of providing a great experience for your guests – even if they’re a surprise addition.
Any successful event is the product of careful planning. Sometimes things don’t go according to plan and this is when having a contingency plan can work in your favour. You can’t guard against every single possible thing that can go wrong, but you can consider major ones and imagine how you would respond if it occurs.
Bringing Contrast into Your Catering
Rather than just selecting your catering inclusions because of food you think your guests may enjoy, another approach is to consider your catering from the point of view of contrast. It’s a powerful idea for dynamic results – by including items that contrast, a more exciting, colourful and flavoursome catering experience can be created. Contrast can be strong or subtle. Innovative contrasts may make your catering memorable!