Tasting Success: Corporate Catering Suggestions

By Aneeza Qureshi /London Venue Expert

Thu 22nd Feb 2024 Corporate Venues

Tasting Success: Corporate Catering Suggestions


Food isn’t just a meal at a corporate event – it’s a powerful tool to help set the tone of your evening, sparking conversation and leaving a lasting impression. But with an endless array of catering options, choosing the right menu to enhance your event can be a bit time-consuming. But this guide is here to quickly help you harmonise your food, venue, and occasion for a menu that leaves your guests raving.

The food factor

A mismatch between the food chosen for your event and the occasion at hand can throw off the entire night. Imagine a formal gala featuring messy finger food – the mix match here can leave a negative impression on the event’s overall success. It goes without saying that the guests wouldn’t appreciate their sophisticated gowns and tuxedos becoming stained or spoiled.

Food sets the tone, shapes moods, and even influences productivity. A light, energising breakfast fuels a brainstorming session, while a decadent dessert at a celebratory event adds a special touch to the night’s end. And, choosing the right menu isn’t just about taste; it’s about aligning with your venue, theme, and audience. Imagine a gourmet grazing table in a rustic barn setting or a sophisticated cocktail menu at a sleek city rooftop party – matching the food to the venue (or vice versa) elevates the entire experience. So, don’t underestimate the power of the food-venue duo. Craft a menu that resonates, and watch your event transform from simply good to truly unforgettable.

Choosing the right food for your party: style, theme, and timing

There are a few factors to consider when it comes to choosing the right food for your corporate event.

How will your guests be dining? Are you thinking of setting up tables and chairs for a sit-down meal, or perhaps opting for finger foods that allow everyone to mingle and chat while they eat? Then there’s the vibe of your event to think about. If you’re going for a coastal feel, why not sprinkle some seafood delights across your menu? And let’s not forget about timing – whether your party is soaking up the sun during the day, basking in the golden cocktail hour, or unfolding under the evening stars, your menu will need a little tweaking to fit the mood perfectly.

Food choices that can elevate your corporate experience

Here are some examples to match your meal with your corporate event to create an unforgettable event:

  • Gala Nights: A plated three-course dinner featuring local ingredients and inspired dishes can be a great way to showcase the local venue and create a unique experience. Don’t forget dietary restrictions – offer vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options that match the main menu. Table-side service elevates the experience, with chefs preparing dishes or salads for guests.
  • Cocktail Reception: Finger foods are perfect to encourage mingling and conversation. Consider mini quiches, crostini with vibrant toppings, and bite-sized skewers – each offering a flavourful bite without leaving any mess. Don’t forget interactive food stations like a grazing board or a fondue area for a more tailored experience.
  • Networking Breakfast: Kickstart a productive corporate day with a breakfast buffet featuring fresh pastries, fruit platters, and protein-packed egg dishes. For a twist, offer smoothie stations or build-your-own yoghurt bowls, allowing for personalisation and dietary preferences.
  • Team-Building Picnic: Embrace the outdoors with a picnic spread that’s both casual and delightful. Think sandwiches on artisan bread, colourful salads, and seasonal fruit platters. To reach the next level, food trucks are always a great way to cater to all tastes and foster more networking and connection. 
  • Partnering with the Right Caterer: Choosing the right caterer is key. Find one who understands your event vision, venue limitations, and budget. Don’t hesitate to ask for menu suggestions and tasting opportunities to ensure a perfect culinary match.

If you’re looking for more proof on the link between good food and being a memorable host, heed these words from the pioneer of multi-sensory cooking and food pairing, Heston Blumenthal: “To me, food is as much about the moment, the occasion, the location and the company as it is about the taste.”

Venue Crew: Your recipe for a memorable corporate event

At Venue Crew, we understand the power of food to bring people together and create lasting memories. We partner with award-winning venues that craft exquisite menus tailored to your specific event and guests’ needs. Contact us today and let us help you create a corporate event where the food not only nourishes but delights, leaving your guests talking long after the last bite is savoured.

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