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The Power of Food

Besides providing nutrition that is essential for body and soul, food plays an important role in our social life – either at home or at work.

Never underestimate the power of food at a meeting:

  • Food relaxes the atmosphere
  • Food helps to make people feeling comfortable
  • Food boosts energy levels
  • Food builds camaraderie among the attendees

Since food is such a powerful force for successful meetings, amateurish catering is most likely not only an inconvenient experience (think late arrival of the food, not enough food, unprofessional attendants), but can seriously impact the effectiveness of your meeting.

When selecting your caterer for your meeting you want to make sure to work with a caterer who knows how to handle meetings. You might want to find out like

  • Will their setups include the necessary equipment to keep hot food hot?
    (Cold breakfast burritos anyone?)
  • Have they catered for organizations similar to yours?
    (Want to be a guinea pig?)

If in doubt, ask for references and so some research and interviewing.

Plan for Success

Space

Check out how much space is available for the catering setup. For various reasons offering meals in the meeting room might not be desired or possible and the hallway or an adjacent break room may be needed.

Breakfast

Breakfast Setup

Offer a healthy and nutritious breakfast – no matter whether your meeting attendees have access to breakfast before the meeting or not. Studies have shown that people who eat breakfast tend to pay closer attention, participate more in discussions, and manage more complex problems better than those who skipped breakfast. Leftover items such as fruit or juices are good to snack on throughout the morning.

Offer Action Stations

Different Tex-Mex Menu Items

Move away from traditional buffet or plated meals to more action stations, where attendees can sample, mingle and interact with each other.

Chocolate Fondue Station

WOW

Do you want to “wow” your attendees? Almost no one talks about how great the salad was, but many will remember a beautiful and delicious dessert like for example this delicious Chocolate Fondue Station.


 

Pop Corn Afternoon Break

Afternoon Breaks

Don’t forget the afternoon break as in the afternoon the attention and productivity can really falter. Afternoon break menus tend to be inexpensive and are well received by your attendees.      


 

Yogurt Parfait

Diversity and Healthy Alternatives

Ensure that you meet the diverse needs of your group with the food you serve. For example, offer healthy alternatives to heavier items and sweets.

Special Dietary Needs

Also, make sure that attendees know to share any special dietary needs at least three days prior to the event date. Vegetarian or gluten free requests are most common. With this much notice, your caterer should be able to take care of these attendee requests.

 

Contact the expert team at Royal Catering - (972) 437-1466 / royalcatering@sbcglobal.net - to help setting up your next meeting for success!

 

 

 

 
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