If you have a celebration coming up for your business, you want to make sure that your employees know their worth and that they are valued, so naturally, you want to throw a party or have an appreciation meal. This is a great idea, but it can be a big undertaking at the same time. When you sit down and start to think about everything that is needed, you will quickly find out that there is more to it than just ordering some food and putting on some music.
A good event will meet the needs of all of your employees when it comes to their dietary restrictions, and it will be planned out so there are no hiccups in the road. This also means that you may be spending a lot of extra time figuring out the details – time you don’t have. Fortunately, you can hire a catering company to handle all of the food for you, and you will be able to save time and avoid headache.
Below are some of the benefits of working with a catering company, no matter the size of your event. You will be impressed at just how much will be lifted off your shoulders, should you choose to entrust someone with the food for your event.
Simple Meals? No Problem. Large Number of Guests? No Problem.
When you think of a catering company, a common initial thought used to be that catering companies are only available for events of the rich and famous or someone who is hosting a lavish affair. This is not true and many local caterers work with even the smallest number of guests. You will find that catering can help to free up time and money for you, no matter the meal you want served or the size of the party.
Think about it for a moment. If you do not hire a catering service, you will have to run around the day of and the days before the party and try to gather all of the food and snacks you will need. You may also need to prep the food and you will need to be able to plate and display it all. Sometimes this will require two or three people, which means they are not working because they are busy setting up for the event. This itself is an expense because they are obviously unable to work and be productive during this time.
Hiring a caterer will allow you and all employees to focus on what you need to while the caterer prepares the food for you and your guests. No more worrying about what time to leave to pick up the food and no more downtime to put the food on the tables. Leave it up to your caterer and they will pull through. Full-service caterers will help you with the initial setup and layout of the spread when they drop off the food. You can also request professional serving staff to help with handoing out the food if you choose to, at an additional cost.
Meet Any Food Restrictions and Requirements
Another benefit of working with a catering company is that the caterer is able to help you identify what types of foods need to be served. Whether known to you or not, many of your employees may have some dietary restrictions that need to be addressed and met. For example, you may have some employees who have a gluten sensitivity and others that are strictly vegan. In addition, some of your employees may be allergic to nuts or seafood.
A caterer is able to help you wade through the many different food options to offer a menu that is varied and will address everyone’s needs. It is also important to make sure that items meant for those employees with allergies do not come into contact with the allergen. Hiring an experienced caterer will eliminate the possibility of cross-contamination and you will not have to worry about the stress or the possibility of a medical emergency.
Help Determine Food Amounts
It can be difficult to estimate the amount of food needed for an event. Whether your party is large or small, you may not know how much food each person will consume. For example, if you have a party size of 15, you may think that 15 sandwiches and some chips will do it, but this may not be accurate. The amount of food you should provide depends on a variety of factors, namely the time of day, the type of event, the intent of the meal, just to name a few. This is an important judgment that your professional caterer will be able to make properly, based on their experience. Also, you may want a variety of food options and the amount a person consumes will vary. You will have some guests that are satisfied with one sandwich, some that need less, and others that need more. There are many factors at hand. After all is said and done, it is better to have a little bit of food leftover, than to run out of all food almost immediately. This does not set a good impression at all.
Make the Event a Success
Another reason why you should hire a catering company is because they will go above and beyond to make sure that your event is the best it can be. They care about the quality of their food as much as you care about the success of your event. You will find that your employees or guests say, “Wow!” once their meal is over and they will talk about the food for days to come!
Your caterer will focus on making sure that all food options are delicious and that the desserts are as heavenly as you dreamed they would be.
Free Up Your Time
Your time will be freed up when you hire a caterer and you will not have to worry about the meal preparation part of your event. This is one of the most important benefits you can enjoy. As you establish a relationship with a catering company, they can learn your preferences, habits and particular needs. This streamlines the process of ordering food over time because you know you can trust the company to take care of everything that needs to be done and you really do not have to worry about it.
A catering company will take on the entire food preparation task for you from planning out the menu to purchasing all of the ingredients down to the preparation, cooking, and serving of the items.
Final Thoughts on Using a Catering Company for Your Event
While you may think that you can plan and prepare an entire event for all of your employees, the fact is, you can save a lot of time, money, and stress if you simply hire a catering company to do it for you. Whether your party is small or large, a caterer will be able to sit down and plan out a menu that meets the needs of all of your guests and provides an array of options for everyone to choose from.
In addition, you will not have to worry about driving all over town to pick up your food orders and you can focus on mingling with your employees and recognizing them for their wonderful achievements throughout the year.