With the holidays right around the corner, many companies will have catering brought into the office. Finding the balance of what you want, where you will put it, and if it can be produced and served properly is not always easy. Start by looking at the number of guests in attendance. As a general rule, you need one buffet line for every 50 to 60 guests if it is served as a full meal. Do you have this kind of space? Do you have a kitchen, oven, or sink? Throwing the caterer in a back hallway or supply room and hoping for the best does not always work! Remember that action stations create lingering aromas and can quickly fill an office enviroment. Try to stagger you staff so they are not all hitting the buffet or station at once. Are you allowed to have open flame or sterno on your property? Do you have the proper electrical outlets? Remember, industrial coffee makers blow fuses easily!
What looks great in the magazines does not always translate into an office space with no kitchen facility. Keep things simple, abundant and beautiful and you will save on food costs, labor and decor. Good looking ideas do not always have a practical application!
A focused meal or culinary experience that is plentiful and artfully displayed always garners good results. Delicious breakfast pastry with some type of egg casserole, hot coffee and juices is crowd pleasing and cost effective. Sandwiches with hot soup, an afternoon cookie and cocoa station, wine and cheese with antipastas, or even happy hour munchies will make your employees feel special.
Start by taking a focused menu such as a Dessert Buffet Station and make the display stellar with a few specialty linens and buffet enhancements. If there are grids or beams above the table, hang candles or lanterns, beads, snowflakes or wreaths. Use a color story that enhances the food and beverage and works with things you might already own. Make your event an experience rather than a deli tray on the employee lunch table.
If you need some suggestions on how to make your employees feel appreciated this holiday season, call us! We have extensive menu ideas and decor to help you celebrate in SBFD style. What is the best culinary item you have ever had at a work function? We would like to know!
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