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Catering Advice, Glasgow

What are catering services?

While many might think of catering as the mere provision of food for a certain event, it really is so much more than that. Caterers go through a great deal of preparation in order to make sure that every event is a magnificent success.

Catering for a private or corporate event means that the host will need to provide the caterer with the number of guests and any specific meal requests like vegetarian, gluten-free and so on. Once the caterer has all the meals planned and accounted for, it is time to provide the host with a quote.

Caterers will prepare all of the food and transport it to the specified location ahead of time. Everything will be set up and ready to go by the time your guests arrive. In many cases, your caterer will also handle all of the cutlery, crockery and glassware needs. Some caterers offer or collaborate with decorators so that the host need not lift a finger! This kind of all-inclusive package will cost a bit extra but it is worth it considering that you will not need to set up or clean up.

Catering services will also employ staff to tend to your guests’ needs during the event. As the host, you can focus on your presentation, speech or mingling rather than worrying about the food and drinks.

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What every corporate meeting needs with regards to catering

When hosting a corporate event, there are a number of aspects that need to be considered. One main point that needs to be perfectly planned is the food. This is why you need the right caterer and you need to follow these steps in order to ensure success:

Available space
The kind of foods and style of your setup will largely depend on the venue. Take some time to consider where you will be hosting your corporate meeting and how much space you will have available for setting out the food and drinks.

Attendee information

It is important to know who you are catering for. You may employ people with various cultural and religious backgrounds. In this case, it is important to draft a confirmed list of attendees and check their files for any such information. The last thing you would want is to discriminate in any way (even unintentionally) against a particular group.

Diverse meal options
Not everybody shares the same tastes and preferences. Any catered function needs to offer diversity. Consider such options as vegetarian or vegan foods as well as low carbohydrate and low sodium choices. This will show consideration on your part.

The catering team that you select needs to be professional at all times. Once the staff arrive, they should be informed about all the food that they will be serving so that they can advise your guests. By having the support of a professional team tending to all the food and beverage needs, you can focus on your presentation and deal with more important matters.

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Finding the best catering companies in Glasgow

December is always a busy time for catering companies. With Christmas fast approaching businesses and organisations begin to prepare festive parties for their staff and members. A time of getting together and having a feast!

For some businesses this can be relatively straight forward. They will have a preferred supplier which they have come to know and trust with all their catering needs. So a quick phone call to arrange the menu, number of people attending, venue, etc and everything is taken care of.

But for some newer companies (or businesses who rarely use outside caterers) the Christmas party means having to find a catering company who will not let them down. This is not necessarily an easy task when starting from scratch. The people involved will have to work out a budget, call for quotes, weigh up the pros and cons of different suppliers - before reaching a decision and placing the order.

Whilst all this is going on behind the scenes. Staff are getting excited in anticipation of the party - hoping their bosses will be putting on a good spread. A chance to let their hair down and enjoy some food and drink together before breaking up for Christmas. If everything runs smoothly then staff head into the New Year with a feeling of being treated and appreciated for the hard work they did in the previous twelve months.

So with all this riding on the Christmas party we have put together some tips to help you find the best catering companies in Glasgow!

1. Seek out a personal recommendation
It is always good to find a first hand recommendation from someone you already know and trust. Perhaps you want to ask one of your clients? Consider how valued they would feel if you call them and ask "Can you recommend a good catering company in Glasgow?".

If a client cannot help then perhaps ask a supplier instead or even send an email out to your staff. Someone's friend/family may run a catering company.

2. Keep it local & save on delivery
With so many catering companies in and around Glasgow, the chances are there is one right on your door step - or at the very least a stones throw away. So ask around, search based on your postcode and see who is nearby. Being able to pop-in and meet them face-to-face will not only give you a better rapport, but also save on delivery costs!

3. More traditional approach

If all else fails then you can turn to the yellow pages or an equivalent internet directory for catering companies in Glasgow.  Nowadays these sites will often have customer reviews which allows you to see the best rated caterers in your area.  Here are few to get you started:

- http://www.yell.com
- http://www.thomsonlocal.com

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