Choosing dishes for corporate guests or employees can be difficult. For starters, every little detail and decision reflects on your business. Then there’s the fact that executives and professionals can be very demanding and picky. Fortunately, this article will help you put together a business catering menu that pleases everyone without going over budget. Making Smart Meal Choices As far as food goes, “more” isn’t necessarily the same as “better”. For example, fruit and vegetables might be healthy as well as cheap - but they’re also less filling than legumes or, say, animal products. When making a smart menu, be sure to cover the following food types: Fibers (plentiful in fruits, vegetables) Protein (found in dairy, meat, fish, legumes) Healthy fats (like the ones in avocados, nuts) Talk to your catering service to make sure every business meal option maximizes the above while minimizing processed fats and sugars. If you’re serving lunch, do your best to offer hot meals; anecdotally, most people find them more sating than sandwiches and salads. Working Together With Your Employes and Colleagues If you work in a small or mid-sized office, consider talking to your team and learning of their dietary restrictions and preferences. You’re likely to find that, given a little information, most (if not all) people don’t mind going out of their way if it helps design a quality menu that’s both delicious and convenient for everyone. It doesn’t matter if the order is meant for a one-off event or weekly deliveries; ask others for their input where possible. Furthermore, see if you can find volunteers to take over some of your caterer’s duties. For example, if you’re using a drop-off food service, finding someone with a car to take care of transportation can result in significant savings - which you can split with the volunteer to pay for their gas or time. The same is true for cleaning up and getting disposable cutlery; if you’re managing a small budget, consider finding internal volunteers who don’t mind helping out. --- The one thing you should be very mindful of with corporate events is spacing and seating. Executives and upper management may find it awkward to eat together with their subordinates. On the other end of the spectrum, semi-formal events call for seating arrangements that let everyone mingle, encouraging socializing. If you’d like to get a free consultation and learn about our own catering services, visit our website at catery.co.uk.