Underestimating how much food and beverage to order for your catered event can be a costly mistake. Prevent this by counting how many guests will be in attendance and making a safe estimate of how much the average person may consume of each item. Business catering isn’t an exact science, but you can be successful by following these menu guidelines at your next event.
The amount of appetizers you should order depends on whether or not you will be serving dinner. If you are not serving dinner, be safe by ordering 10 to 15 pieces per person. If you are serving dinner, between three and five should do. Appetizers are often buffet style, so you will want to make sure that there is enough for all.
There are different types of breakfast you can serve. Perhaps your guests will enjoy a bagel platter, an egg wrap platter, or even an assortment of muffins. The main entrée should come with a pair of sides. People love to drink coffee and orange juice with breakfast, so prepare as if they will drink at least two glasses each.
Lunch can come in a variety of ways as well, but it typically starts with hors d’ouvres. Each guest should eat between two and four hors d’ouvres. Be sure to offer a main entrée with multiple sides and a dessert. Sandwiches are also an excellent lunch option, so make sure you have enough so that your guests can eat one or two each. In a catered business meeting, you will be more successful if everyone is happy and full.
Dinner is the biggest meal of the day, and it is typically the longest too. Prepare between three and five hors d’ouvres per guest. Order a big entrée for each guest, along with two or three sides. Salad, soup, bread, and an adequate supply of drinks are also musts for a successful dinner.
If you are in Toronto and need quality business catering for a breakfast, lunch, or dinner event, contact Select Sandwich. Call us at (647) 931-9519 to learn more about our catering options.