The entertainment and catering business is a multi billion dollar business in the United States. Catering is used for a variety of events, including weddings, graduations, baby showers, work luncheons, and family picnics. Catering or hosting an event requires many months of planning. The host needs to consider all of the guests and their needs, attempting to make the experience great for every single guest. The following are a few tips to consider when hosting a large event that will involve providing a meal to guests.
Type of food served
The type of food that is served often goes hand in hand with the type of event and the time of the day. Weddings, for example, tend to have higher scale dinner menus. They may be buffet or single plated. A family reunion luncheon is likely to have finger food and BBQ items. The host should also consider sides, attempting to provide the guests with as much of a variation as possible.
When it comes to food presentation or plating, children prefer 6 food colors and 7 different food components, while adults prefer 3 colors and 3 food components. It can be helpful to work with a chef or the catering company on narrowing down the exact menu that will be served. Also, remember to consider dietary restrictions or allergies when planning a menu for a large number of guests.
Appetizers are a great way to push back the timing of an event. If you plan to serve dinner later than usual, be sure to offer your guests many appetizers. You will also want to plan if the appetizers will be strolling finger foods, allowing guests to mingle while eating them or plated appetizers that are served at their tables.
Salads tend to be a great appetizer and are often appreciated by most guests. You can change up to boring, normal salad by adding in season fruits or by adding microgreens to salads. Ensure that the microgreens are of great quality for an even better taste. Microgreens are generally rated on a scale ranged from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent). A marketability threshold is 3 and up (on the visual quality scale). A rating of less than three designates an unmarketable product.
Desserts are a common food served at most events. The cake is celebrated at a wedding. Candles atop a cake or cupcakes are blown out for a birthday party. Even a work event might have muffins or cookies for the guests. When planning the dessert, consider numerous multiple options for guests. If you have a large cake with crystallized edible flowers, think about having a healthier option too.
It is also important to incorporate your cake or other dessert design into your event. This can be easy if you have a themed event. You can simply add crystallized edible flowers to the top of your cake in the colors of your event. If your event is not themed, however, incorporating the edible flower petals into your overall planning may be more difficult. A baker can generally recommend different designs and alternative ways to use crystallized edible flowers on your dessert options.
Small design touches
It is generally the small details and personal touches that make an event great. Adding a crystalized rose for a couple who enjoys roses can really personalize the wedding event. Designing sugar flowers for cupcakes leave guests with an affordable and edible wedding favor that does not look thrown together. Candied flowers are also welcomed, providing guests with a sweet flavor dessert option.
Another way to improve the experience for the guests is to hire the best service staff. Guests will be impressed with the professional service. With the upscale segment of the restaurant industry making up approximately 10% of total U.S. restaurant sales, people care about the level of service they receive and are sure to remember it.
Hosting an event often requires a lot of planning. The host is responsible for feeding and entertaining the guests. They must consider dietary preferences and restrictions and need to find ways to personalize the event, sometimes using crystallized edible flowers or professional and upscale service. When planning your next event, keep the guests in mind.