Finding someone to cook and serve morning meals for your business’s guests and employees can help save time, money and space. Here are some key decisions you’ll want to make before ordering corporate breakfast catering. Full Service vs. Drop-Off Some providers take care of all your needs, from cooking food to serving it and cleaning up. Other services give you ready-made sandwiches, finger bites, or similar breakfast foods. There’s no clear-cut choice here. If your corporate space has a kitchen, full-service can be great. If you’re getting catering for an office or conference room with limited space and no kitchen - which is often the case in London and other big cities - drop-off is an excellent choice. Fresh vs. Pre-Cooked Foods At face value, the fresher a food is, the better - but don’t make any hurried decisions here. Processing large amounts of food is difficult, especially if you need regular catering. Letting your provider do some pre-cooking can be much more convenient. We recommend offering some mix of fresh and pre-cooked courses. For example, you can ask your breakfast caterer to offer fresh fruit and veggie salads alongside pre-made pies, desserts and fish/meat dishes. Regular vs. One-Off Prices Do you want to outsource meals for a one-off corporate event, like an all-weekend seminar or a long lecture? Or are you looking for someone who can deliver food some or all workdays, saving time and energy for yourself and your team? The price points on the market will vary based on your answer. In our experience, a single delivery costs far then regular ones for several reasons: A provider can’t buy foods in bulk to save money when cooking for one day. Transport prices tend to be higher because caterers often have to hire outside help at a premium. There’s no leverage for you to negotiate a lower price since you’re not expected to come back and order more going forward. Generally speaking, breakfasts for single events can cost £10-25. The same meals delivered on a regular basis might run you £7.50-20. This large price difference is limited to regular customers - so if you need frequent deliveries, make sure your provider knows this and ask for some kind of discount. Choosing the Best Possible Provider Start by making a shortlist of catering businesses that serve morning meals in your area. Visit their websites and, if you’re interested, call or e-mail several with any questions you have. Afterwards, either visit the businesses on your shortlist to sample their food - or several few small orders to get an idea of how they work. This is best done before you leave a deposit or put your name on any contract. --- Finding someone else to feed your team and your guests at the start of the day can be helpful - and cheap, too. If you’d like to learn more about breakfast catering, visit us at catery.co.uk. We’ll be happy to give you a free consultation.