Corporate catering is simply the company of supplying food to employees of an organization. This may be for a particular one-off occasion, such as a one-off special event or even for a frequent business-related occasion, such as a yearly meeting or training programme. Some businesses specialize in corporate catering, whilst others are large restaurants which provide such catering services to many clients. Here we’ll look at some of the options open to you and how to find what’s right for you.
It’s well known that many corporate events are attended by a large group of people. Whether this is staff from within the organisation or hired staff, there will probably be a large number of guests. If the occasion is a social one, then you could have a caterer to prepare meals (or a buffet if it’s a corporate catering lunch) for everyone. If it’s a more formal affair, you could have your caterer also supply catering for dinner. Catering services for larger groups, like lunches or dinners, are generally more expensive than individual catering. However, if you have a big menu to cater for, it may still be cheaper than preparing the menu yourself!
The best way to choose a corporate catering provider is to find out what the service level is like. Just because a caterer offers one price for a large group, doesn’t necessarily mean their service level is excellent. To find this out, you can ask for feedback from past customers, or get quotes for repeat business. Speak to the chef manager of the caterer you’re considering, as they will be able to tell you how happy their customers are with their service. Of course, it’s important to ask them to provide specific examples, rather than general comments.
Speaking of customer satisfaction, always ask your potential corporate caterer for their individual orders. If they are unwilling to share this information, consider hiring a separate catering company that offers personalized advice on individual orders. Make sure you get an indication of individual requests in writing, so all of the pertinent documentation is kept. The same goes for the times that a particular caterer holds a special event or simply runs out of food. In these situations, the company culture of the restaurant where you’re getting the food should come into play, and the caterer should be willing to hold personal food requests until the next order is ready.
One last thing to consider is the time of year. Corporate catering during the colder months is likely going to cost more, as the food service will need to be increased. Likewise, in the warmer months, you may find the prices go down at corporate catering. This is especially true during the summer months when large groups of people eat out at restaurants all the time. Keep this in mind when choosing the season that you will be operating your catering services, and make arrangements accordingly.
If you think these tips will help you manage your corporate catering lunch every day better, consider sending out different notes. Ask employees for feedback on service, quality of foods, and anything else that you might notice. Do not take their requests for granted. Once you hear back from your workers, follow up with them. By doing so, you may be surprised at how quickly things improve. And it really does make a difference!