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Catering Advice, Glasgow

Essential points not to be overlooked when hiring a caterer

When hiring a catering service for any event, it's important that you cover all your bases. Apart from the number of guests and prices, you need to remember the following four points. If any of these matters are not addressed in advance, it can result in disappointment on the day.

Special dietary needs

This should be obvious but there are still many people who forget about guests with special dietary needs. This is not limited to allergies. Sometimes preferences like vegetarian or vegan diets also need to be catered for. The first thing you need to do is check with your guests and then you can discuss further with your caterer. If you are booking a caterer in advance and you will confirm specifics later, you should ask them what types of meals the offer. Ask in advance if the are able to prepare certain types of meals.

Custom catering services

Do you need the plated meals served to each guest? Would you prefer a buffet with a few serving stations? No matter your preference, you should always make sure that the caterer understands and is able to deliver. If you need a staff member to carve meat, for example, make sure that you ask about this in advance.

Licensing

Ask your catering service if they are fully licensed. Any licensing issues can result on the caterer being rejected by the venue owner. The last thing you want is to have no caterer for your birthday, wedding, corporate meeting or other event.

Other extras

Your catering service should be fairly flexible regarding what they are able to provide. In other words, they should have a list of items that they can include and you should be able to choose whatever you need. This includes plates, bowls, cutlery, glasses and so on. You need to know what you need and how much you need. Remember to always ask for more than you need. You never know when a glass might break or somebody could drop their fork.

With these tips in mind, planning the event with your caterer will be that much easier. Not to mention far less stressful. Less stress means that you get to enjoy the event that much more.

 


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Creating a menu for outdoor events

During the warmer months of the year, it gives us the opportunity to make the most of outdoor venues. Depending on the type of event and the number of guests, it's important to plan your outdoor event menu with care and with the help of your experienced caterer.

Served Hot

While you might not have people lining up for a hearty stew or similar 'heavy' meal, you might like to serve something hot. For a casual event, you could enjoy something simple like a BBQ. Burgers, hot dogs and similar hot picnic-type foods will satisfy all of your guests. If you have any special dietary needs, like a vegetarian guest or two, then you can always ask about veggie burgers or similar non-meat alternatives. If there are any food allergies, this also needs to be specified so that your caterer can set aside a portion of the grill for guests with certain allergies.

Served Cold

Not everything you serve needs to be hot. In fact, BBQ foods are best served with a selection of delicious and nutritious salads. A green salad, a potato salad and any other salads you know that your guests enjoy are always a great option.

Something Sweet

Sweets are usually served after the meal but, if any of the guests are children, they might like to nibble on some fresh fruit. Fruit does not fill the belly for long which means that you don't have to worry about ruining their dinner. In addition, you can help curb their sweet tooth and make it that much easier for them to wait for dessert. Speaking of dessert, cold and refreshing sweet treats are usually the most popular. Ask your caterer about the option of something simple, like ice cream, for the young and young at heart. Sweet mini tarts and cakes are easy to serve and extremely satisfying.

Remember, if you are ever unsure about what you should serve at your next outdoor event, ask your catering service for their expert advice. You can confirm with a few of your guests if you want even more reassurance before making any final menu decisions.

 


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Whole food alternatives to processed foods

When you go grocery shopping, you will notice that there are plenty of foods from which to choose. Since there is such a demand for convenience, the shelves are overflowing with processed foods. As people are getting more health-conscious, whole foods are becoming even more popular for their nutritional value. If you want to substitute processed foods with whole foods but you don't know where to start, here are some great alternatives.

Whole fruit

When you want fresh fruit juice, there is no better option than putting your juicer to work. Even if the package says 100% fruit juice, there are additives in the product to prevent it from going bad. So, make your own instead! Serving whole fruit is also great when you want something sweet at your breakfast, lunch or dinner buffet.

Real potatoes

Crisps are a popular snack but also one of the most unhealthy. All that salt and fat is no good for your health. If you enjoy real whole potatoes with your meal, you will be less inclined to crave those crisps. If you really want crisps, you can always slice up some potatoes and bake them in the oven. Add very little salt for flavour and enjoy a more natural alternative.

Brown rice

White rice and similar products are significantly more processed than the brown variety. If you are worried about flavour, you can rest assured that these whole varieties taste even better and your guests will love the delicious change.

Hummus

Mayonnaise is high in fat and, while it does add unique flavour, it can be substituted with hummus. Hummus can be used in various dishes to add flavour and achieve the best texture too.

Meats

Processed meats like salami contain an alarming number of potentially harmful ingredients. Instead of serving processed meats, you could opt for roast beef, turkey or chicken. Thinly sliced, these meats are delicious and nutritious. You can serve along with scrumptious salad items too.

Cheese

Avoid sliced cheese and similar packaged products. Real fresh cheese is a far more nutritional option. There are many different types of cheese from which to choose.

When looking for whole foods, always think about how the food was prepared and check the label for any unnatural ingredients. The closer your food is to its natural state, the better.

 


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