How to Choose Menu Items When Catering

By Bricco Posted on July 7th, 2019

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Whether you’re looking for catering for a baby shower, graduation or another milestone, you want the menu to be wonderful. You have a seemingly endless array of options, so how can you make sure you have the menu items your guests will love?

Here are a few ways to get the perfect catered menus.

  1. Check Food Allergies

Start by asking anyone attending your event whether they have any allergies. Some allergies mean you can’t even have specific allergens anywhere on your menu to avoid possible reactions.

  1. Think About the Event

Consider the venue, occasion and guests. Does this feel like a relaxed event with finger-foods? Do you want something casual and fun or more elegant? Is the catering for breakfast, dinner or a more relaxed lunch? This will help you decide what menu items will work best.

  1. Ask About Food Preferences

If some of your guests are vegan, vegetarian or are on a paleo diet, this can inform the items you choose. You may also need to choose some halal or kosher items to ensure everyone is included.

  1. Offer a Variety

Even if you ask everyone carefully about preferences and allergies, you may end up with surprise. A guest may have just switched diets or may have forgotten to let you know about an allergy. When catering, make sure you have different types of food, so you’re not scrambling to find something a guest can eat.

  1. Taste Test

If the caterer has a restaurant, try and visit to get an idea of what their food is like. You might also ask to sample a few menu items before you commit. You want to serve foods you’re happy to share and that your guests will enjoy.

  1. Consider Your Setup and Cleanup

Events aren’t just about eating. Someone will need to set up the food and clean it up. Stay away from messy foods that can ruin clothes and furniture and can end up being difficult to clean up.

  1. Order Ahead of Time

You will have more options when you order ahead. Your caterer will be able to accommodate any special requests more easily.

  1. Remember the Season

Since you may be ordering in advance, consider what will be in season when your event will take place. This lets you order items made from fresh ingredients.

  1. Your Caterer Is as Important as the Food

Reliable, good caterers show up on time, offer wonderful menus and work with you to make your event a success. They’re responsive and can even remind you of any menu items you may have forgotten. Good caterers even take care of little details, such as stirrers for coffee, so you don’t have to worry.

Are you looking for a caterer who can pull together amazing menus for your group? Bricco can help you arrange private parties and events. Just contact us to speak to a member of our team about what you need and take a look at our catering menu.

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