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Catering Advice, Glasgow

Foods for a finger buffet lunch

Finger foods for lunch are excellent when you are hosting an event that involves plenty of mingling. When you want to make the most of every minute by meeting and greeting everyone, the last thing you want is to be seated for most of the afternoon. What some people might wonder is what kinds of foods they should serve and the good news is that you have more options than you think!

The first order of business are sandwiches. Now, we're not talking about your regular, plain bread and topping type sandwiches that you whip up for the kids when you're in a hurry. These sandwiches include a variety of toppings and you can even opt for baguettes or wraps if you prefer. Sandwiches should include meat and non-meat options as well as plenty of fresh salad items. The salad toppings like lettuce, tomato, and cucumber add flavour while keeping the sandwiches moist and that much more nutritious.

Apart from sandwiches, you can also serve a wide variety of other finger foods such as chicken wings, quiche (or mini quiches), kebabs (meat and non-meat options), prawns for seafood lovers, spring rolls (with meat, vegetables, or both), and a selection of dips of course. Since everyone has different preferences, it's good to offer several sauces and dips. It's also important to make sure that you choose your sauces according to the foods you are serving. Sweet and sour or sweet chilli sauce goes really well with foods like spring rolls whereas BBQ or ranch dressing might be preferred for those chicken wings. Make sure that you include at least one sweet, one spicy, and several mild options.

As for dessert, mini cakes, biscuits, and anything you can hold between two fingers are ideal. After enjoying all the delicious food set out on the finger food buffet, dessert is usually enjoyed in moderation. Keep the portions small. Your guests can always have more than one but it's best to avoid any waste. Fruit is also a great idea for a healthy dessert option. Fruit kebabs look great and they are easy for your guests to pick up and enjoy too!

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Why serve catered sandwich lunches?

Sandwiches are not just for packed school lunches. They also go far beyond the usual cheese and ham. If you are wondering when and where you could possibly serve sandwiches in a corporate setting, you'll be surprised!

Firstly, think about offering your employees a variety of healthy sandwiches for lunch. Sandwiches don't require a whole lot of cutlery and crockery. They are also a quick yet satisfying meal that will keep bellies full without making anyone feel sluggish. They are great no matter the weather and there are plenty of exciting seasonal ingredients that can be used to keep it interesting. Best of all – you can have your caterer create sandwich plates according to all of your employees' dietary needs.

You can also serve gourmet sandwiches at informal meetings as a way of satisfying everyone's hunger without an actual formal dinner. Much like appetizers, mini sandwiches can be served by dedicated staff members or they can be set out in the same way as a buffet for guests to help themselves.

Another idea is to offer fresh sandwiches to your clients. If you find that clients spend a fair amount of time in your waiting area, this will be particularly attractive to them. Nothing makes clients more impatient than hunger! By tending to this need, you help prevent them from watching the clock.

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Advantages of regular office catering service

When hiring a professional catering service to serve meals at your office, it's important to understand just how many advantages these services have to offer. Here are some of the main perks of having your own regular caterer.

Enjoy a bespoke service

By hiring a regular catering service, you will be able to really pick and choose. Your caterer will be far more open to providing a wider variety of menu options. Even if the caterer does not usually prepare certain meals, you might be able to convince them to do so if they will be catering for you on a regular basis.

Never get bored

Professional catering services are able to serve a wide variety of meals with an even wider variety of ingredients. Having different meals ensures that you and your employees will never get bored.

No trouble for you

Having somebody else prepare your office meals means that you don't have to! You won't need to worry about thinking of the menu or making any of the food. Simply put, it's convenient!

Familiarity with the location

By using the same catering service, you can be sure that they will be familiar with your business and the layout. This means that they will be able to set everything up quickly. Speedy service means that your staff will be able to tuck in, enjoy their lunch break and get back to work feeling satisfied and refreshed.

Competitive pricing

If you agree to regular catered meals, you might even be able to negotiate when it comes to price. Make sure that you understand the prices of several catering services so that you can spot a good deal when you see one.

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