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2018 Top Catering Trends for Corporate Events

Date Posted: 18/04/2018 9:31:07 AM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

Did you know corporate events that take advantage of catering are often far more successful than events that don't provide guests with food and beverages? When guests attend an event, they want to know their time and presence is valued, and there is no better way to do this than by offering them a variety of food and drink options. 

When you take advantage of catering services, such as those offered by Laissez-faire,  you'll be able to save time and money by letting the professionals handle the food and beverage aspects of your event. More so, you'll have more time to focus on other pertinent parts of your event, such as seating arrangements and speeches. Laissez-faire offers a versatile menu and always pays special attention to detail, both of which are paramount to making a statement that is sure to impress your guests. 

For now, let's take a quick look at the top 2018 catering trends for corporate events. 

Branding and Catered Food

No matter the type of corporate event being hosted, you will want to choose foods that positively reflect your business or brand. And because of this, you will want to invest in high-quality catering, which can also aid in promoting the values of your company. You’ll be showing guests you truly care about them by satisfying their appetites.

 

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Gluten Free

Events offering gluten-free choices are rising in popularity. Frozen desserts that are gluten-free are a great choice for your event because they are convenient: simply thaw them and put them on a plate. They come in all different flavors and are a unique treat that allows you to cater to guests with varying dietary needs.

 

What's for dinner? #tasting #catering #event #cateringwedding

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Bacon Bacon Bacon!

Even if you choose to lean toward healthy catering for your corporate event, you can still take advantage of an all-time favorite food: bacon. Caterers are adding bacon to the menu in a versatile and creative way to spice up food and beverage offerings. For instance, brussel sprouts and scallops wrapped in bacon will add a small amount of flavor to your dishes and soups, bringing out the taste people love in a healthy dose.

Street Food

Food trucks are becoming a popular option for corporate catering. This type of catering goes beyond burgers and tacos, giving you a wide variety of culinary delights to choose from that are suitable for corporate events. The use of food trucks at events helps to combine convenience and the element of fun all while providing guests with tasty food selections. Even better is that food trucks are a versatile catering option for both outdoor and indoor events.

 

Light Snacks

Corporate events can also take advantage of catering services that serve light snacks, such as vegetables, dips, crackers, and cheese. These are ideal for cocktail parties and networking events. Food stations will help keep your guests fed and happy as they  mingle. If your event has a larger dinner planned, snack stations are the perfect option for satisfying guests before the big dinner is served.

 

Upscale Foods

Offering upscale food selections, like shellfish, prime meat cuts, and fresh wines, are great for corporate dinners. Caterers serving these upscale events often keep the menus very flexible, with options such as:

Chicken and Leek Pot Pies
Ocean Salmon Terrine and Apple Martini Recipe

Offering upscale food options is a great way to surprise your guests and do something fancy for them, which as a result,  increases their trust and loyalty to your brand. 

 

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Warm and Hearty Foods

Comfort food is always a big hit at corporate events. Opting for catering services that serve ragu sauces and hearty soup dishes is a great way to provide substantial textures and big flavour to the menu. You’ll also want to make sure you choose a catering service that offers healthy food choices, like lightly fried sweet potatoes, zucchini fritters, and other vegetables that are in season.  

 

Classic foods

Foods like burgers and spaghetti never go out of style; this makes for a safe catering option for your event. With classic foods, you can take your guests back to their childhood and you are sure to satisfy everyone’s taste buds. Even if you are hosting an upscale corporate event, these food choices will work for any formal experience.

 

Cocktail and Food Matching

Another corporate event catering trend that is worth investing in is one that crafts cocktails with the specific flavors and tastes of the food selections being served. Cocktail catering is a great way to reflect a themed event. 

 

The Takeaway

If you would like to learn more about the top catering trends for corporate events, please contact  Laissez-faire today. 

From Bite-sized to Brunch: Trends of 2015

Date Posted: 16/12/2015 2:01:00 PM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

Catering Trends in 2015

2015 was the year for caterers. Check out our round-up of the various trends that graced party tables across the globe.

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Ingredient fix

This year, some organisers had very specific requests. One that stood out the most was the ingredient fix trend. Ingredient fix is incorporating one ingredient in one food station. For example, the ingredient is cheese and bacon. All the food in that station would be different but incorporate the two main ingredients. You can have an ingredient fix using a healthier option like broccoli and kale which is very popular with health-conscious guests.

Vegetarian Dishes

There seemed to be a new movement in catering this year - the move to balance diet between fatty foods and vegetarian dishes. According to Daily Telegraph Australia, the new trend is being called flexitarian - being vegetarian but eating meat once in awhile.

Going local

Sourcing produce locally was very in this year and probably will still be over the next few years. Aside from the fact that it saves money, it also means food is delivered fresh. This may have limited organisers to the produce of the season though it did not become a deterrent since it’s a healthy option which supports local growers.

Inventive food preparations

Ever heard of a circus-inspired food preparation style? Catering today is all about keeping guests entertained while you fill their stomachs.

Bite size

Bite sized delicacies were one of the biggest contributors to parties this year. Bite sized burgers, bite sized desserts and bite sized gourmet creations; you name it, caterers can make it fit in the palm of your hand. They’re interesting and quite a conversation starter plus they are the best foods to eat while socialising.

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Gluten free

Caterers certainly submit to food trends and food requests. And since people are hopping on the healthy lifestyle wagon, giving them a gluten free option for their parties works really well.

Action stations

Food stations were very popular at all kinds of events this year. From simple comfort food to mini gourmet options, food stations are the number one way to get food to guests at an event. One reason these stations are such a good idea is that they add a spectacle to any event. Guests can watch as their food is prepared by a chef at the station.

Ethnic flavours

Bringing culture to the table is certainly one way to add flavour to an event. More caterers are becoming familiar with different cuisines since the number of clients requesting particular flavours reached an all time high this year.

Upscaled comfort food

Comfort food is in! Hors d’oeuvres and gourmet choices may be appropriate at specific events but comfort food took the limelight this year as one of the most requested foods. They are now served with a chef’s twist on the recipe and presentation, usually designed into bite size pieces and dedicated to one single station for the guests who are avid fans of these delectable comfort foods.

Mini cocktails and hors d'oeuvres

Guests love the presentation of mini cocktails along with bite sized hor d’oeuvres. This trend is making its way into many company events. This way, there's not too much booze for a corporate event.

Brunch

This year, clients were aware of costs and tried to find innovative ways to save. Brunch is one way to save on costs since daytime events are almost always less expensive than night time events.

What's in season for 2016?

The future of the catering industry is looking bright, but what’s in store for 2016? Here’s our overview of what to expect:

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  • Mocktails. Everybody wants cocktails at their event but guests are conscious of staying healthy.
  • Crafted cocktails. This trend has crawled its way into the mainstream and now it’s here. Carefully crafted and presented cocktails with small sides of snack food will be a thing of next year.
  • Strolling buffets. Portable buffets have been getting a bit of attention this year but next year they will be much more popular.
  • Nostalgic desserts. Remember homemade banana pies? Desserts reminiscent of home will be moving into the spotlight. Time to find your copy of grandma’s recipe!
  • Multicultural menus. Guests love tasting different flavours. Next year, caterers will be more than happy to cater to this trend. Expect menus inspired by East meets West, European Infused and African recipes.
  • Authentic ethnic tastes. Everybody’s tried the semi-authentic ethnic recipes. In 2016, the world will be ready for real ethnic ingredients at their events.
  • Healthy over heavy. Looks like the move to healthy food is here to stay with 2016 trends.
  • Made-to-order meals. The quest to entertain and engage guests while keeping them filled and satisfied never ends. So 2016 brings you the made-to-order meals (table sides mostly).
  • Going local. Going local and supporting sustainability is still in. And it’s here to stay.

Now that 2015 is coming to a close, we’re ready for what catering has to offer in 2016. What’s your own forecast for catering trends for next year?