We love the food ideas that some of the best event planning companies are running at the moment.
Food is a multi-sensory experience that can elevate events and brands. It can influence a feeling of well-being and even attention span, so it’s a core part of every event experience.
If you are planning an event, have you considered these culinary options?
1. Grazing tables
Styled grazing tables continue to lead the way in event catering, and it’s easy to see why. They pack in colour and variety, each guest can take their pick, and they look rich yet can be kept relatively affordable. Grazing tables can be as traditional, modern or creative as you want. Think charcuterie, seafood, fruit, antipasto and delicious desserts.
2. Food trucks
Food trucks have come a long way in quality and are a convenient and cost-effective way to supply food at events. Many focus on small yet carefully curated menus and source ingredients locally. They are also a way to support small business, even when working with larger venues. Check the venue space is compatible.
3. Themed food and drink stands
From bagels and pancakes, combinations like tacos and margaritas, to cocktails, stands are a fun way to showcase food and drinks that guests might not experience every day. Many events brand their food and drink stands as part of collaborations to create a richer event experience. Stands are a clever way to tailor catering to guests as events move away from a cookie-cutter approach.
4. Vegan, plant-based and gluten-free options
Vegan and plant-based foods are frequently sustainable catering options and can also be a smart way to level up a brand when they’re a core value of guests. Many customers who shop clean beauty for example, might also eat plant-based foods, which is a natural catering fit. This isn’t the case every time of course. In any catering situation, consider the strongest guest fit and cater to special dietary requirements so everyone can fill their plate.
5. Put a fresh spin on traditional catering
Fruit ticks many boxes at events – it’s fresh, healthy, delicious, low-cost and fits most dietary requirements. Have you considered serving it in waffle cones? Kombucha, a drink recognised for its health qualities, is making its way into alcoholic beverages. Again, this can be a smart way to elevate a brand if the audience fit is right. Sandwiches? Source quality breads, gluten-free options and fresh ingredients presented well. Coffee station? Choose fresh-ground from a local supplier. Quality can make all the difference.
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