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Catering Advice, Glasgow

Why order a catered lunch

Catering services are known for offering a wide range of meal options. From breakfast and brunch to lunch, dinner, and everything in between, your professional catering team has it all covered. When it comes to catered lunches, there are a number of reasons to call in the professionals.

Firstly, if you are planning a training session, you will need to make sure that everyone is well fed. Most training sessions will take place during the morning and early afternoon so that they coincide wih office hours. Training sessions that take place over several days will call for daily meals which can all be arranged with your caterer.

Afternoon staff meetings also call for lunch to be served. Since you wouldn't want your employees to have to duck out of the office to grab a bite, it's up to you to ensure that lunch is provided. The type of foods you choose will depend on the duration of the meeting, budget, and personal preferences.

Corporate meetings also often take place in the middle of the day. Even if you have a small meeting in your boardroom, it's important to impress prospective clients and business associates. In many cases, business professionals opt for a buffet style meal because it usually means that they can spend less time waiting for food and more time getting down to the actual agenda.

Choosing lunchtime catering means that you will not need to worry about preparing the food yourself or even setting up. You also don't need to worry about keeping food warm or properly chilled because it will be taken care of by your caterer.

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What is so specific about lunchtime catering?

Different times of the day call for different types of food. The kinds of food you would serve for breakfast will differ significantly from those served for lunch or dinner. So, if you are planning a meeting, training session, or any other event that requires lunchtime catering, it's good to know what to expect.

In terms of food, lunchtime meals are quite diverse. During the warmer months of the year, the types of food we enjoy is usually lighter than those we seek in the winter. Whether you opt for plated meals or a buffet, you have many options to consider. Buffet style lunchtime meals may include cold meats, different types of cheese, various breads, salad items, various cooked meats, vegetables, and perhaps even a couple of soups. Plated meals will usually include a light salad or soup for starters, meat and vegetables as the main course, and dessert of your choice.

Unlike breakfast, you will not be serving items like bacon and eggs. Similarly, you most likely will not be serving strong alcoholic beverages or even any at all, as you would around dinnertime. Wine, beer, cider and similar lighter beverages may be served at social events but are usually avoided during training sessions for obvious reasons.

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Good foods for late afternoon or evening meeting

As we all know, different types of foods are associated with different meals. Bacon and eggs are often enjoyed for breakfast whereas a cold meat, cheese, bread, and fruit spread is quite common for lunch. Later in the day we tend to crave something a bit more filling.

When scheduling a meeting for the later part of the afternoon or evening, it’s important that you indicate this to your caterer. By making them aware of the time of your meeting, they will be able to make various meal recommendations and they can also schedule the preparation and set up with more than enough time to spare.

We tend to enjoy a hot meal closer to the end of the day and, as a business owner, you can decide between a buffet style setup or the meals can be plated by the serving staff. The former is somewhat more advantageous since you allow your guests to serve themselves and choose their food as well as the quantity. You should offer a variety of meats as well as several vegetables and some salads too. Try to keep the meal as light as possible by choosing grilled and baked foods rather than fried. Fatty foods will end up making your guests feel sleepy. You want them to be satisfied but not with the wrong foods!

Don’t forget to serve a variety of non-alcoholic drinks as well as tea and coffee. Drinks with moderate amounts of caffeine can help your guests focus but beware of too much caffeine since it can have other side effect.

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