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Catering for picky eaters

For the most part, we all have at least a short list of foods that we do not enjoy. These foods are not those that result in allergic reactions, but rather foods that we simply do not like. Most people are not particularly picky but there are those few who can make catering a real challenge! If you are planning a wedding, birthday party, anniversary celebration, or any other event and you have to satisfy a picky eater, here are some tips.

The first thing you can do is ask this guest in advance. They should provide you will a reasonable list of foods that they are happy to eat. If the food needs to be prepared a certain way (i.e. grilled instead of fried), they should also make this clear. Keep this list and discuss these foods and various options with your catering service. They should be able to come up with a menu that pleases everyone. Alternatively, they could cater specifically for that person if you are sure that this will not cause problems among your guests.

Another good tip to remember is to serve a variety of foods. Not everyone enjoys fish, so make sure that you offer white and red meat alternatives as well as vegetarian dishes. Keep all vegetables separate with individual serving spoons if you are setting out a buffet. Sauces should also be keep separate and on the side. For example, somebody may love a particular cut of meat but the sauce you have chosen is not to their liking. By serving the two separate, you keep everyone happy.

Finally, there is always joy to be found in a delicious dessert! Serve simple desserts that are popular and classic favourites. By sticking to the classics – like ice cream and a selection of toppings – you will ensure that the meal ends on the perfect, high note.

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Corporate breakfast menu ideas

Breakfast, as many people know, is the most important meal of the day. This might sound like a cliché, but it really is important to give your body a kick start with all the best nutrients. If you are hosting a corporate event in the earlier part of the day, it's also important to make sure that you offer everyone a healthy meal.

Many people agree that protein is important to get you through the day. This is why eggs are popular for breakfast. You could include an omelet bar with a variety of fillers from which to choose. Some people prefer egg whites only and others enjoy the whole egg. You should have a variety of meats and veggies too. Some popular omelet ingredients include tomatoes, peppers, olives, and onions. You will need cheese too, of course.

If you already have an omelet bar set up, you could also offer scrambled eggs with or without cheese. Other delicious ingredients like sausage can be added to the eggs as they are tossed around in the pan or on the side if preferred.

Some other options include French toast and pancakes. You could even offer some fresh fruit, cereal, yogurt, cheese and cold cuts for those who prefer a cold breakfast. Don't forget to include a few different types of bread and crackers. Biscuits, scones, and muffins are also great to finish off the meal. Finally, don't forget to serve coffee, tea, and fresh fruit juices. Orange juice is one of the top choices for morning meals.

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Menu ideas for your fancy tea party

Tea parties are perfect for many occasions. Many people opt for a tea party menu rather than a full menu for various events including baby showers, engagement parties, birthdays, and even weddings to name a few. This type of menu is perfect for keeping everything simple yet classy.

The first thing to remember about a tea party is that you do not strictly have to serve tea. You can also serve coffee along with other beverages. Depending on the occasion, some people may even like to pop the cork on some alcoholic or non-alcoholic champagne. It's good to make sure that you offer options that include caffeine as well as decaf options. If you would like to put on a lovely display, you could make a pot of blooming or flowering tea in a clear teapot. Make sure that you offer things like sugar, lemon, and milk as well as natural sweeteners.

As for the foods, it's good to include both sweet and savoury foods. Examples of sweets include biscuits, scones with toppings, muffins, and cupcakes. You can also serve larger cakes that are cut into smaller portions. Mini tarts are also a great option for those with a sweet tooth. Savoury foods can include finger sandwiches like cucumber tea sandwiches, roast beef finger sandwiches, chicken sandwiches, and so on. You can also serve mini pastries with various fillings. Think about puff pastries, mini quiches, and so on. It's also good to remember to include both meat and non-meat or vegetarian options.

Finally, keep your guests in mind when planning the menu for your tea party. You might like to have your caterer stick to a particular theme (like pink or blue for a baby shower). Communicating your needs and vision with your catering service is essential for best results.

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