There are a lot of details that go into planning an event, including the guest list, venue, decorations, music, and more. But the food you serve is by far the most important selection, and it can make or break any event. Whether you're throwing a wedding reception, business meeting, or family reunion, here’s how to plan the perfect catering menu so your next event is a success.
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Before you meet with your caterer, determine your budget for the event. You don’t have to know the exact number, but you should have a range in mind. This will help your caterer design a menu that’s not only delicious, but also affordable. If you’re not sure what your budget should be, your caterer should be able to give you a general idea on costs to help you create a catering menu that’s right for you and your event.
If you want your event to be a culinary success, it’s important to know who’s on your guest list. Here are some questions to ask when coming up with your guest profile:
Once you know your guest profile, you can use that information to create a crowd-pleasing menu. Below are some guidelines to take into consideration when making food selections:
From sit-down meals to buffets to boxed meals, there are plenty of ways to serve your guests. Whatever you choose, you want to make sure both the service style and menu fit the event and work with your timeline. If your guests only have a limited time to eat, a full meal service that can take up to two hours probably doesn’t make sense. But if your event is more formal, providing a boxed meal probably won’t impress your guests.
You may not be able to please everyone, but your menu should have a couple of different (and tasty!) options so no one leaves the event with an unsatisfied stomach. Here are some general guidelines to consider when planning your catering menu:
Whether you’re planning a wedding reception, birthday party, or work event, you always need to ask your guests if they have any dietary restrictions or food allergies. Some common allergies and dietary restrictions include:
Knowing this information ensures that all of your guests will have something to eat. It’s also important for your caterer so they can prepare food that’s safe and avoids cross-contamination.
Not all venues are designed to serve every size party and every type of meal. Talk to your venue ahead of time to figure out how the food can be stored (especially food that needs to be chilled or refrigerated), where the food can be heated up, and how much space you need to serve guests. You can also ask the venue what they’ve done for past events. However, if you work with an experienced caterer, they should be able to tell you what kind of facilities they need to serve different menus.
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If you want to feel confident about the food you’re serving, it’s important to work with a caterer that’s both professional and dependable. Here are some questions to ask when meeting with potential caterers:
Now that you know how to plan the perfect catering menu, get started today! Full-service catering from City Roots makes it easy for you to serve and enjoy amazing vegan cuisine at your event. With many delicious vegan options to choose from, assistance from our staff from start to finish, and great event spaces to enjoy your get-together, you’re sure to impress your guests when you work with us. Contact us to get a quote for your next event!
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