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Catering Advice, Glasgow

What catering services should your business make use of?

Searching for the prefect catering service can often feel like more of a chore than it needs to be. Hiring a caterer for a corporate event will require time, patience, and sufficient planing ahead of the event or meeting.

When trying to decide on the the type of catering service that your business should use, it's important to remember a few important points. Firstly, hire a qualified caterer. Catering personnel need to have the right qualifications as well as a fair amount of experience.

The service you choose will also need to have all the necessary food, health and safety accreditations. You want to ensure that all the employees handling your food have undergone health and hygiene training.

As for services offered by the caterer, this will depend on the type of event you're hosting. You might need the caterer to do the plating up and serve each guest. Alternatively, you could set up food stations and allow your guests to choose what they want to eat. You could even opt for finger foods if you are hosting an informal event and you don't have too much time at your disposal. A professional caterer should offer several options as well as menu items suitable for various dietary needs. They should also be able to deliver the food and everything should be set up prior to the event.

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What good food and good meetings have in common

The success of a meeting can often hinge on the catering service that you hire to feed everyone attending. At the same time, a successful meeting and a good meal have many of the same traits.

The first point that they have in common is that they are both to be presented on time. Delaying a meeting will cause people to become frustrated. Similarly, if the food is late, your hungry guests could become irritable and this could affect their concentration.

Both meetings and food satisfy some form of hunger. We experience a need to information that is often just as potent as the body’s need for food. Either way, the food and details shared in the meeting are both a form of nourishment.

A good meal is a balanced one with a wide variety of foods to choose from. Meetings also require balance and structure. They need to tackle all of the issues and in the right manner. A meeting structure is much like a menu and this is what makes it that much easier to follow and understand.

Meals and meetings both satisfy the needs of those attending. It’s not just about what is needed but also what’s wanted. Supplementary information is much like that delicious sweet dessert that follows a great meal. They might not be absolutely necessary but they have a way of rounding things up and they create a sense of closure.

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Three examples of catering service gone wrong

Whether catering for a corporate meeting or a formal occasion such as a wedding, there are a few points that every professional caterer should be able to get right. Unfortunately, if you ask your friends or run a search online, you are bound to come across countless catering horror stories. There are several factors that could be to blame including an inexperienced caterer, the weather, poor communication, failure to plan, and many more.

Communication is an important part of life and, if you want your caterer to arrive on time, at the right location, and with your order perfect to the letter, then you need to make sure that you take the time to communicate. Failing to do so could lead to countless misunderstandings such as the lack of menu options for vegetarians or something more serious like neglecting to mention a particular allergy.

Professional caterers often cost more than your friend’s neighbour who intends on preparing your food all on their own and in their own home kitchen. Professional caterers have experience, qualifications, and all the necessary equipment required for proper food preparation, storage, and transport. Don’t try to cut corners – you get what you pay for! Remember, if food is not stored properly, it can become a home to all kinds of bacteria that can make your guests very sick.

Planning ahead is essential for any event. You should run through every step with your caterer to make sure that your needs will be met. Book in advance and make sure that your caterer knows where the event will take place. If the location, date, or time changes, you need to advise them immediately and confirm the changes prior to the event. You wouldn’t want your food ending up at the wrong place! By the time it gets to you, it could be cold or it may have even gone bad!

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