Considering outsourcing your company meals out on a regular basis - or treating guests and team members to a healthy, nutritious meal at your next meeting? Then you likely know how hard it is to find good help, whether for events or office lunch catering. Below, we’ll give you some tips and insights for finding a quality service. Follow them to make the best menu possible without going over budget! Choosing the Right Provider Delegating your work lunches to a caterer is tricky, but keeping the following points top of mind will help: Distance. Look for businesses in your area, especially if you’re in London or another congested city. The further a company is, the less likely they are reach your office on time consistently. Prices. This is one of the most important variables, period. “More expensive” doesn’t always mean “better” - so keep an eye on costs. Work hours. Needless to say, services that only open in the evening - or specialize in breakfasts - won’t do here. Where possible, look for providers who have experience with corporate events and business lunch catering. They’re the most likely to understand your needs and desires. Making a Menu When you’re making a menu, think about what your guests or employees will and won’t eat. Be mindful of diets (vegan, vegetarian, etc); religious requirements (halal, kosher); allergies. Additionally, try to balance costs with quality nutrition. This is especially important if you’re in a major city; for example, office lunch catering prices in London, Birmingham, and other metropolitan areas are high to begin with. If saving money is a priority, look for young businesses looking to expand; they’ll often be more affordable. Differentiating by Status and Department Different situations call for different kinds of business meals. For example, your employees may want simple but healthy options for their everyday needs. At the same time, executives and guests may expect something a little more fancy - especially if they’re used to eating out in London on a regular basis. We recommend that you consider using differentiated menus. Either ask a chosen provider to suggest several options adjusted for budget and needs - or look for several catering providers for your office lunch needs. --- In our experience, even the best providers need a little help when serving a new business. This is especially true when outsourcing all your needs, from starters to desserts, to save yourself the extra work. Be patient with whichever business or company you pick for company lunch catering - and allow for one or two small mistakes at the beginning. To get more information, visit our website at catery.co.uk - and email or call us for a free consultation.