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Catering Advice, Glasgow

Good foods for lunch meeting

In many cases, corporate meetings take place during the course of the day. This means that they are often scheduled sometime around lunchtime. When hosting any meeting, it’s important to tend to the needs of everyone present. This includes food. While it might sound cheap and easy to place an order for several pizzas, this is not the best option.

Instead, you should consider a healthier approach that does not contain processed foods or menu items high in fat. Good examples of healthy bite-size foods include chicken skewers (baked, not fried), vegan dumplings, salads and veggies on the side.

If you want to serve a sauce or dip along with your meal, you can opt for an artichoke dip. This dip uses artichokes, parmesan cheese, brie, cream cheese, and sun dried tomatoes.

There are plenty of salad items that are filling, delicious, and healthy. A salad bar is ideal if you want to make sure that everyone can choose what they want to eat. Not everyone eats the same ingredients and there’s the added concern of allergies. Consider offering at least two different types of lettuce or greens. Add sliced or chopped tomatoes, onion, cucumber, raw carrots, bell peppers, olives, and at least two different salad dressings. Place olive oil and vinegar on the side for everyone to help themselves if they want a really light salad dressing option.

During the colder months, you might like to add soup to the menu. Most soups are quite light provided to steer clear of creamy soups (like broccoli and cheese). You can even serve a cold soup like gazpacho in the summer.

The best kinds of meat to serve for lunch include chicken and fish. Both of which should be prepared with minimal to no oil. Red meat can be tougher to digest and this can make everyone feel rather sleepy. With regards to pasta, as long as you keep the sauce and toppings light, you can still add this to your menu.

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When to plan the catering for a corporate meeting

Corporate meetings are a regular occurrence for businesses around the world. While some like to schedule regular corporate meetings around specific points in the financial year, others prefer to plan meetings as and when they are needed. There are many different kinds of meetings and the type of meeting will determine its frequency. For example, staff meetings might need to take place every month whereas management meetings or partner meetings every quarter.

Regardless of the type of meeting, it's important to make sure that you book the appropriate catering service in advance. You cannot start planning the food just a day or two ahead of time and expect the best possible outcome. You will most likely end up overspending and the food or service provided might not be exactly what you wanted.

Ideally, it's a good idea to book a catering service at least one month ahead of an important meeting. The more people you are catering for, the more time your caterer will need to prepare. Making your reservation in advance will allow them to plan, stock up on necessary food items, and make sure that your meeting goes off without a hitch. Smaller meetings can be arranged just a week or two ahead of time. It does, however, depend on the availability of the caterer. During busy times, like the festive season, booking far in advance is essential. There are plenty of other people looking for the same service that you require so make sure that you snag that spot before they do

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Where to look for the best corporate catering service

When looking for a suitable catering service for your corporate meeting, it’s important to know where to find your best options. There are many freelance caterers as well as restaurants that offer catering services. The wide variety of options can make it difficult to choose. Choosing the right service will bode well for business while the opposite is true if you hire a less than professional caterer.

The first step to take would be to look around your neighbourhood and ask those in your social circle. A recommendation can go a long way. If you don’t find the right catering service through this method, you can take your search online.

Run a search online for catering services that operate in your area. Once you find a few, take a look at their menus to compare prices and meal options as well as any additional service options. When you narrow your search down, you can then continue your online search and look for customer reviews. This will help you establish which catering service is the best according to the opinions of previous customers.

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