How To Cater For All Day Conferences

Date Posted: 11/03/2020 10:00:00 AM
Posted By: Deanne Events



An all day conference is a unique challenge. While you likely have a lot going on throughout the day, you also need to keep people well-fed and well entertained. What's the best way to ensure that your event is memorable and satisfying?

Catering for corporate events demands precision, but that doesn't mean that you need to handle everything. Here are some important tips.

Let Your Caterer Do the Heavy Lifting


Your caterer can do everything from creating a menu for you to finding the perfect venue. At Laissez-faire, we have thirty years of experience in event and corporate catering. We can accommodate dietary needs, create a complete all day menu, and manage the perfect theme.

What do we need from you? Start with a headcount, budget, and deadline, and we can go from there. Let is know if we will be catering your facility, if you have a venue in mind, or if you'd like us to suggest some of the fantastic venues we've partnered with in the past: Australian National Maritime Museum, Urban Winery Sydney, State Library NSW, and Harbour 220.

Making a Schedule for the Day

Your daily schedule is going to have a big influence on the menu. Laissez-faire is well equipped to provide a conference menu for your team.

If it's an overnight conference, or if there's an early start, you should cover breakfast or provide morning sustenance.

Morning tea helps people stay alert without breaking the flow of the day. It allows a small reprieve to digest the days conference, and helps people return to work refreshed. Consider tea and pastries or a grazing table of fruits, cheeses, and crackers.

We've got some great menus that include a variety of breakfast options that people can mix and match. And don't forget that these options can be used all day. Breakfast can be served at any time and is often exciting.

For lunch, there are countless options. First, you can have lunch delivered to your facility, or plan to dine at the venue. Lunch is often the most important meal of the day. People look forward to lunch during morning events, and they'll remember their lunch during the evening events.


Buffet options are active and engaging, letting your team mingle and stretch their legs. Individual, pre-packaged meals are convenient and fast, while I'm the go. And sit down meals, for longer breaks, offer a greater chance to socialize.

Dinner is often best suited for conferences or corporate events that span multiple days; otherwise people often want to head home and eat dinner on their own terms or at a hotel.

When it comes to dinner, it's usually a special occasion. For something like an all day event, you want to reward everyone with a full, hearty dinner, often with multiple options, or a buffet where they can try out different things. While there are great menus for lighter dinner fare like canapes, these are better for shorter events.

Make an Enquiry

Are you ready to get started? Contact us online or over the phone, and make sure you plan early for the best catering experience. Contact us today on (02) 9209 4810 or make an enquiry online.