The Two Most Important Details Of Catering A Banquet
Whether you’ve been a guest lucky enough to be invited to a banquet or you’ve served on a catering staff in your past, one thing is certain to ring true with you: the amount and variation of delicious food is in no short supply when the banquet is served. When you’re simply a guest at a wedding or other special occasion, it can be easy to overlook the details and preparation that have led to that moment. While it may seem like an easy task to prepare and deliver the meal, the catering team is focused on making the entire experience unforgettable in a wide range of ways. If you’re interested in getting a look behind the scenes of what it takes to cater a banquet, take a look at some of the most important details (and look for them at the next banquet you attend):
Presentation is Key
Any good caterer understands that while great tasting food is the ultimate goal, the way that the food is presented comes in close second in terms of importance. While there are no specific rules regarding how to best present food during a banquet, some of these tips come in very handy:
- Keeping things in groups (such as appetizer foods and salads first, then sides, and finally main courses) on the serving table can help with the general flow of the event. While the guest realizes it or not, setting up these kinds of seemingly minor details can give the food line a positive visual appeal.
- Making sure that you have a big enough table to comfortably accommodate all of the plates and food you’ll be serving is vital. Packing too many plates and creating a crowded space looks visually uncomfortable, while leaving enough space will allow guests to set their plate down on the table while dishing out food.
- By creating enough space on either side of the table as well as mirroring the plates to create two lines, guests can get to their meal quicker and more efficiently.
Choosing the Right Food
When it comes down to it, the most important part of a banquet is the taste of the food. By using certain universal foods such as fried chicken, most guests will be pleased with the food selection right off the bat. Staying away from spicy or unique (non-traditional) foods is important, as many guests may have an aversion to those kinds of meals. Additionally, choosing to include a few extra main course options (such as a vegetarian entree or another kind of meat) will help to ensure that every guest leaves satisfied– regardless of their food preferences.
For more information, contact Mascaro’s Catering or a similar company.