Choosing Your Catering Menu
There are a variety of catering menu options available to you
when choosing a catering company for your next party or event.
From formal multi-course plated meals to informal, serve
yourself buffets there is a wide variety of catering company
menus available from which to choose. To determine which
catering company menu will fit best with your party theme there
are several things to consider.
Many catering companies let you select from variety of types
of food to create the ideal menu for your event. From a variety
of cheese and fruits to uniquely flavored meats there is a
countless number of flavor combinations available to you when
thinking about catering menu options.
The first consideration when planning your catering menu is
the time of day during which your party or event will be held.
If you are planning an early morning corporate meeting, you may
want to offer a catered menu with a selection of light breakfast
foods such as bagels, fruit, muffins, and coffee. However, if
you are planning a baby shower brunch you will should select
catering menu options to create a more substantial meal for
guests. This menu may include more hot items such as breakfast
casserole or even an omelet station. For a party hosted in the
afternoon, you may desire selecting a catering company menu
serving a variety of hors d-oeuvres. For evening parties and
receptions, you will likely desire a full dinner menu.
Another option to consider when picking a catering company
menu for your event is the option to select certain menu items
to fit with a particular theme of your party. For example, your
theme for a graduation party might be a luau. If this is the
case, you should select a catering company menu that focuses on
tropical flavors. Some examples of catering menu items, which
fit in this theme, include tropical coconut shrimp and almond
crusted halibut. A catering company menu can also be customized
to fit into your color theme. For wedding and baby showers, you
may decide to select catering menu options that match the color
theme of the party. For example, deserts can have your desired
color icing or side dishes can be chosen to match a color them.
Finally, when determining your ideal catering menu options,
you should consider the different menu types, which are
available to you. The following menu styles are common styles
among catering company menus:
- Buffet style Menu: A buffet catering menu is usually an
economical way to serve large numbers of people. This style
of catering menu allows you to choose several main courses
and side dishes to make available to your guests so that
they can choose the meal, which they desire.
- Multi-Course Plated Menu: A multi-course plated menu is
a very formal catering menu option. In this case, you guests
will remain seated and be served each course individually
throughout the meal.
- Stations: A catering company menu which provides
multiple chef’s stations allows your guests to enjoy the
experience of selecting their ideal ingredients and have
their meal prepared in front of them. This catering menu
option creates a unique dining experience and makes the
dinner the central focus of your event.