The meal service for your event can be as casual or as formal as you desire. You can cater a sit-down dinner or a casual buffet. The options are limitless when you discuss your desires with your event caterer ahead of time. Here are four choices you can make to craft the breakfast, lunch, or dinner that your event needs:
1. Do you want to use reusable dishes and flatware or disposable varieties?
Even if you plan to serve appetizers alone, your guests will need somewhere to put their hors d'oeuvres. However, you can choose to apply disposable dishes or reusable varieties. Reusable dishes can give your event a formal and elegant atmosphere, especially if you choose ceramic plates and bowls. However, disposable plates may suit a more casual event. Disposable plates and utensils also make it quick and easy to clean up after your event is done.
2. Do you want a buffet or table service?
Meals can be served buffet-style or with table service. Each option has its benefits and drawbacks. Buffet-style dining allows guests to make their own plates, customizing their meals to their liking. Buffet service is often more affordable than table service since it requires fewer servers. However, table service may be more suitable for formal events. Guests can stay seated throughout the meal, which can make it easier to control your crowd. You can also choose to serve a hybrid meal by allowing guests to graze at an appetizer buffet before being served a sit-down meal.
3. Do you want to serve alcohol?
Alcohol can provide excellent social lubrication at private events. An event caterer can provide alcohol for your event in addition to a delicious meal. If you decide to serve alcohol, you'll have to decide what varieties you would like to make available. Beer and wine are a good place to start. However, you can also choose to provide a full bar to your guests. You can choose to make the drinks free for your guests at an open bar or set up a cash bar to defray your costs.
4. How many courses do you want to serve?
You'll have the opportunity to discuss meal courses with your event caterer. You can decide how many courses are appropriate for your event. Appetizers, entrees, and desserts can make for an excellent pared-down menu. However, if you'd like to provide a more luxurious experience, you can also include salad and soup courses for your guests.